Sunday, August 21, 2005

I'm sure Gaza will make them happy

Many people seem to be of the persuasion that the handover of Gaza will lead to a major reduction in violence and terror attacks against Israel. While I certainly hope this is the case, I have been more than skeptical. Articles I've seen today certainly don't make me feel any better... Arutz-7:
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) told Arabs in Gaza City that the expulsion was a "small Jihad" [holy war against Israel] and that further expulsions, a "larger Jihad," would lead to an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Just as Abbas spoke, dozens of masked Hamas gunmen briefly took over Gaza City's central square, keeping police cruisers at bay as they announced they would not halt attacks despite Israel's withdrawal. Their appearance in the park was a direct challenge to Abbas, who has appealed to militants not to flaunt their weapons in public. It also underscored the reluctance of police to confront gunmen.
Back to Arutz-7:
The Hamas radio station Radio Al-Aqsa praised terrorists who "will make you [Israel] tremble in Haifa [and] Tel Aviv. They will strike you in Safed…Wait for us in Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv [and] Ashkelon.
Posters in the central square showed a masked terrorist carrying a rifle while IDF soldiers were crying and leaving Jewish evacuated Jewish communities. Other posters proclaimed, "Israel will no longer exist" and "We drove you out as corpses."
The New York Times added:
During the Intifada, attacks by Fatah militants convinced Israelis that Fatah wanted to destroy Israel, not to achieve Fatah's official goal of a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967.
Since replacing Mr. Arafat, Mr. Abbas has tried to clarify that his faction's goal is the more limited one. As he has done so, Hamas leaders have increasingly spoken of establishing some sort of truce with Israel once the 1967 territory is free. But "this is temporary," said Abed al-Fatah Dokhan, 70, a founder of Hamas. "It's not the long-term dream. The strategic goal is the liberation of Palestine from the occupation, within its historic borders." "Tomorrow there will be the West Bank and Jerusalem, and all the Palestinian sands," he said, meaning lands. "We will go on, on that road, for the resistance to move inside the West Bank, then into all our Palestinian sands. This victory is due to the resistance strikes."
While Abbas and others may argue that this is just "extremists" talking, and that when it comes down to it the Palestinians will truly be content with Gaza and almost all of the West Bank, it is hard to trust them: Not only because they have continually attacked in the past after seemingly negotiated settlements, but primarily because Abbas clearly has no control over Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and even Aqsa Martyrs Brigade of his own Fatah. There is little, if anything, to stop any of the Palestinian territory from becoming a terrorist state bent on the destruction of Israel. Hamas is projected to do very well in the upcoming elections, despite its current status as a listed terrorist organization.
Perhaps I am wrong, and the disengagement will turn out to be a successful attempt at keeping the peace. Perhaps the PA will quash those who espouse hate, and teach its children that they can live peacefully side-by-side with the Jews. Perhaps there will be no more terrorist attacks. Time will only tell. I just hope it's not the click of a detonator clock that tells us.

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