Thursday, October 27, 2005

Reactions To Suicide Bombing In Israel

Wednesday's suicide bombing in the Israeli town of Hadera provides another stark contrast between media sources in Israel and Palestine. The complete synopsis is at BBC News.

Editorial in Israel's Hatzofe
Whoever thought that a period of calm would follow the destruction of Gush Katif [Gaza Jewish settlement] and the surrender to Palestinian terrorism was wrong. The terrorist attack in Hadera and the Qassam rockets in Sderot and taught us that what happened in the past will happen again and in the end, the price will be paid by the Jews. [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon is hero enough to send the police special unit to act against pioneering Jewish citizens but he stands helpless before Palestinian terrorism.
Commentary in Israel's Maariv
Does the barrel of terrorism have a bottom? Is it possible to dry out the swamp of terrorism? It is difficult to tell. The next few months will not be simple and also not calm. The weight now shifts to Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]. The [Palestinian militant] organizations will try to create a balance of terror opposite Israel. The best that can be expected in this situation is to ensure that terrorist attacks occur one every few months rather than several a month, and the understanding that this will not be simple, will not be short and will not always be pleasant.
Commentary in Palestinian al-Hayat al-Jadidah
It is true that there are those of us - individuals and factions - who are working to make things worse through their free and easy retaliation against Israel. However, this does not decrease in any way Israel's responsibility, as it has the keys to the doors and windows that it closes on us, thus leaving us ready to explode.
Columnist in Palestinian al-Ayyam
Israel has never desisted from carrying out incursions, harassment and assassinations in the West Bank, knowing full well that the Palestinians' patience will come to an end. It was waiting for this minute. The Israeli retaliation will be comprehensive and violent.
In retaliation, around 40 Israeli jeeps and tanks moved into the West Bank city of Jenin today. They surrounded Palestinian houses as shots rang out. Violence begets more violence.

I only hope the moderates in this situation will see their way out of this chaos. The longer the tension lasts, the more the wound will fester and gush forth the bile of mutual hatred. Peace must prevail.


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