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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)

Dennis Prager explains "The Middle East problem":

Mr. Prager is right on: the solution may be hard, but the problem is simple: one side wants the other side dead.

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After supporting the butcher from Baghdad, Palestinians surprised at Saddam's collapse (04.10.2003)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinians are once again surprised and shocked that the butcher from Baghdad has fallen:

There was shock and disbelief in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Wednesday as Palestinians gathered around TV sets to watch US Marines and Iraqi residents knock down a giant statute of Saddam Hussein in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.

"I'm stunned and appalled. I can't understand what is happening," said Rustum Abu Ghazalah, a 30-year-old shopkeeper in the center of Ramallah.

He and grim-faced fellow shopkeepers zapped from one Arab TV station to another with the hope of discovering that what they were hearing and watching was nothing more than a US-produced Hollywood film.

"This can't be true," grumbled Abu Ghazaleh. "Where are the suicide bombers? Where are the Fedayeen of Saddam? Where are the heroic Republican Guards?"

Saddam Hussein has given over 15 million dollars to the families of homicide bombers making the butcher from Baghdad very popular among the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's murderers from the Al-Aksa brigades. [...]

Since the beginning of the war, many Palestinians have been staging daily demonstrations in support of Saddam. The protests have often turned into anti-American and anti-British rallies where Palestinians burned effigies of US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

At least two Palestinian groups, Fatah and Islamic Jihad, announced that they had dispatched suicide bombers to Iraq to join in the fight against the US and British troops. Hundreds of Palestinian volunteers from Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip are reported to have arrived in Iraq to participate in the fighting.

Just like they did in 1991, these delusional Palestinians fully supported the Iraqi dictator, and now they simply can't understand how the American coalition forces have crushed the Baghdad butcher.

Unfortunately, just like in 1991, Palestinians will probably not have to face the consequences of their mistakes. After the war in Iraq is over, the British will try to make amends with the UN, France and other Arab countries by sacrificing Israel's security through a so called "roadmap" to peace.

After refusing peace and murdering hundreds of Israeli women and children, Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians will be offered an independent Palestinian State. I just hope the U.S. will not forget how Palestinians burned American flags and effigies of president Bush (remember the Palestinians celebrating the death of 3,000 Americans after 9/11?).

As an Israeli, I can say that if this Palestinian State comes attached with terror and an existential threat to my family, my friends and my country, this roadmap will go nowhere. If on the other hand, the Palestinians dissolve the Islamic Jihad and Hamas, give up their dream of destroying Israel and committing genocide against her Jewish citizens, we might get somewhere.

But I doubt it.

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Two Palestinian homicide bombers murder two Israelis and kill chances for Palestinian State (08.13.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that two Palestinian homicide bombers, one from the Hamas (Islamic Resistance) and one from Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have murdered two Israelis after blowing themselves up:

Two Palestinian suicide bombers struck Tuesday morning, one in Rosh Ha'ayin and another just outside Ariel, murdering two Israelis and wounding 12 in almost simultaneous attacks that shattered the month-and-a-half-long relative calm of the hudna cease-fire.

Yehezkel Yekutieli, 43, the father of two, was killed and 10 were wounded in the Rosh Ha'ayin attack, while Erez Hershkovitz, 18, who had just completed his basic training in the IDF, was slain and two others were seriously wounded in the Ariel attack. Remaining hospitalized Tuesday night were a four-year-old and his mother and two others in serious condition. Both victims were buried on Tuesday evening.

The bombings the bloodiest attacks since Palestinian terrorist organizations declared a unilateral cease-fire in late June followed threats by Hamas that it would retaliate for Israel's Friday raid on a Nablus bomb factory.

Hamas took responsibility for the Ariel attack, yet announced that it would remain committed to the hudna through its September 29 expiration date. Fatah's al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which has denounced both the road map and the hudna, claimed the Rosh Ha'ayin attack.

So much for the "cease fire". So much for a "Palestinian State".

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Palestinian terrorist murders 7-year-old Israeli girl (09.05.2003)

VictimsThe "One Family Fund" (www.onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of Noam Leibowitz, a 7-year-old girl who was brutally murdered by a terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad:

Noam Leibowitz, 7
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On June 17, 2003, Noam Leibowitz, 7, of Yemin Orde was killed and three members of her family wounded in a shooting attack near the Kibbutz Eyal junction on the Trans-Israel Highway.

In the first terrorist shooting on the Trans-Israel Highway, a terrorist managed to get under a cement wall separating the highway from Kalkilya, and opened fire at the Leibowitz car at around 11:30 P.M. Eight members of the family were in the vehicle, returning home from a bar mitzva celebration in Jerusalem. The terrorist first fired at the driver, then sprayed the rear window. Noam Leibowitch was killed. Her sister, Shira, who celebrated her third birthday that day, was seriously wounded. Noam's 11-year-old brother Moshe and 70-year-old grandfather sustained light injuries. [...]

Noam's father Shlomo spoke at the funeral of the enormous hole her death has left, of her joyfulness and her ready smiles. He related that on the way home from the bar mitzva Tuesday night, Noam had sung a song from the 2nd grade graduation party she was missing because of the trip to Jerusalem. "When I asked her why she was singing, she replied that when she sang, the other children always sang louder," he said. Noam's mother said, "Noam always took care of Shira. Now who will take care of Noam?" [...]

Noam Leibowitz was buried in Moshav Nir Etzion cemetery. She is survived by her parents, Shlomo and Galit, her brother, two sisters, and grandparents, Miriam and Shmuel Eliad.

The Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas ("Islamic Resitance"), Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades reject peace - they call for the destruction of the State of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. Click here for more information, or click here to see a list of homicide bombings executed by these murderous bastards since October 2000, when Palestinians rejected an independent State of their own.

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Palestinian homicide bomber murders one grandmother (10.10.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber killed a 71-year-old woman and injured over two dozen people after blowing himself up near an Israeli bus. The incompetent morron slipped and fell while trying to board the bus, but unfortunately he did manage to murder one grandmother:

"Had the bomber gotten on the bus, most of us would have been dead," she said, gesturing to the rest of the injured lying in the emergency ward at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan.

Instead the bomber was spotted in time, and the hero of the day was clearly Dan bus driver Baruch Noyman.

He and a fellow passenger pinned the bomber to the ground after seeing some wires sticking out of hs clothing, and screamed: "It's a terrorist!. Everybody get out of here."

I studied at Bar-Ilan University for a year and was present at that bus stop dozens of times.

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Former CIA Director calls the war on Islamic terrorism "World War IV" (12.14.2002)

OpinionFront Page Magazine (www.frontpagemag.com) has an excellent speach by James Woosley, former CIA Director under the Clinton Administration:

I have adopted Eliot Cohen’s formulation, distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, that we are in World War IV, World War III having been the Cold War. And I think Eliot’s formulation fits the circumstances really better than describing this as a war on terrorism. [...]

Let me say a few words about who our enemy is in this World War IV, why they’re at war with us and (now) we with them, and how we have to think about fighting it both at home and abroad.

First of all, who are they? Well, there are at least three, but I would say principally three movements, of a sort, all coming out of the Middle East. And the interesting thing is that they’ve been at war with us for years.

The Islamist Shia, the ruling circles, the ruling Clerics, the Mullahs of Iran, minority -- definite minority of the Iranian Shiite Clerics, but those who constitute the ruling force in Iran and sponsor and back Hezbollah, have been at war with us for nearly a quarter of a century. They seized our hostages in 1979 in Tehran. They blew up our embassy and our marine barracks in Beirut in 1983. They’ve conducted a wide range of terrorist acts against the United States for something now close to a quarter of a century.

The second group is the fascists and I don’t use that as an expletive -- the Baathist parties of Iraq and really Syria as well, are essentially fascist parties or modeled after the fascist parties of the ’30s. They’re totalitarian, they’re anti-Semitic, they’re fascist. The Baathists in Iraq have been at war with us for over a decade. For Saddam, the Gulf War never stopped. He says it never stopped. He behaves as if it never stopped. He tried to assassinate former President Bush in 1993 in Kuwait. He has various ties, not amounting to direction and control, but various associations with different terrorist groups over the years, including al-Qaeda. He shoots at our aircraft, again yesterday, over the no-fly zones. He’s still at war. He signed a cease fire, which he’s not observing, and so it’s even clearer that he is at war. And he has been so for at least 11 years.

The third group, and the one that caused us finally to notice, is the Islamist Sunni. And this is the most, in some ways, I think virulent and long-term portion of these three groupings that are at war with us, and will be at war, I think, for a long time. The Wahhabi movement, the religious movement in Saudi Arabia dating back to the 18th century and with roots even well before that, was joined in the ’50s and ’60s by immigration into Saudi Arabia by Islamists, or a more modern strife of essentially the same ideology, many of them coming from Egypt. And the very fundamentalist -- Islamist I think is the best formulation -- groups of this sort, more or less focused on what they call the near enemy. Say the barbaric regime in Egypt, and to some extent, the Saudi royal family -- the attacks in 1979 on the great mosques in Mecca. They were focusing on what they called the “near enemy” until sometime in the mid 1990’s. Around 1994, they decided to turn and focus their concentration and effort on what they call the Crusaders and Jews, mainly us. And they have been at war with us since at least about 1994, give or take a year or so, in number of well-noted terrorists incidents, including the Cole and the cast African embassy bombings and, of course, September 11th.

What is different after September 11th is not that these three groups came to be at war with us. They’ve been at war with us for some time. It’s that we finally, finally may have noticed and have decided at least, in part, that we are at war with them. If these are the three groupings -- and by the way, I think of these more or less as analogous to three mafia families. They do hate each other and they do kill each other from time to time. But, they hate us a great deal more and they’re perfectly willing and perfectly capable to assist one another in one way or another, including Iraq and al-Qaeda.

The speech is long, but Mr. Woosley makes some excellent points on who our enemies are, why they are after us, how we can better defend and attack them, etc... Print out this entry using the FactsOfIsrael.com printer-friendly feature and read it while enjoying your favorite poison.

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American Muslim planned to destroy Brooklin bridge in New York (06.19.2003)

NewsFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that an American Muslim planned to destroy the Brookling bridge in New York and derail trains across the U.S.:

Khalid Mohammed (left), an Al-Qaeda Muslim mass murderer,
and Ron Jeremey (right), a porn star, are not related.

A truck driver worked directly with Al Qaeda terrorists in a plot to derail trains in the United States and sabotage a bridge in New York City, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday.

Iyman Faris, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, masqueraded as a truck driver criss-crossing the United States, but all the while he was plotting terrorist attacks on his fellow Americans, Ashcroft said as he announced the man's guilty plea to two felony charges.

He said Faris, a native of Kashmir who became an American citizen in 1999, traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last two years and even met with Usama bin Laden at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

He received instructions directly from senior Al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is in U.S. custody overseas and has provided U.S. interrogators with valuable intelligence about the terror group's worldwide reach.

Although not all American Muslims sympathize and support the scum from Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, it is clear that some do.

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SF Chronicle's coverage of anti-Semitism is as biased as its reporting on Palestinian terrorism (05.29.2002)

OpinionThe San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfgate.com) covered up and minimized anti-Semitic death threats from SFSU (San Francisco State Univeristy) pro-Palestinian demonstrators against Jewish students.

On May 7, a pro-Palestinian crowd swarmed a pro-Israel rally, and using physical violence, they shouted "Get out or we will kill you" and "Hitler did not finish the job". Administration officials on the scene did nothing.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the above as follows:

"Each side said the other was responsible for the hostility during the May 7 rallies. Pro-Israeli students said pro-Palestinian students yelled "die Jews" among other things, while pro-Palestinian students said they were called "camel jockeys" and other names. "

Benjamin Epstein, a Jewish student who was present at the rally tells the real story:

"And that's when they followed us.

The Palestinians slipped around the barricade. Screaming, waving their flags, yelling insults. Women with their turbans pressed forward, yelling horrible things. Some of us tried to ignore them, or be friendly. But some got angry and argued back. More pressed forward, and I can see that most of the Palestinian movement was there in the middle of the plaza, pressing against us. I remember saying to them: "We were quiet at your rally. We were quiet at your rally." I repeated it like a broken record."

"I went back to the table, and heard more obsecenities. One black man shouted: "Burn Fuckers Burn!" We took up our flags and signs, and started singing Oseh Shalom, while they yelled at us, pushing up against the police who stood between them and us."

The San Francisco Chronicle blurs the lines and continues to minimize Palestinian violence, this time by placing at the same level a mob of pro-Palestinian thugs and Jewish students who were singing peace songs.

The same SFSU pro-Palestinians have printed a vicious poster that shows a baby with the label "Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites." (Click here to see the poster and my original article). Can we really expect anything less than an attempted pogrom by such anti-Semitic thugs?

Pro-Palestinians from SFSU printed this poster of hate
The label reads 'Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites.'

I also find there's a similarity in the Chronicle's bad coverage of this incident with their biased coverage of Israel's war against terror: while the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's terrorist groups continue to murder unarmed Israeli civilians, the San Francisco Chronicle reprints Arab propaganda from the Cairo Times, portraying Israel as the aggressor, and the Arab leaders as "men of Peace". See this article for more details.

I can only comment on one or two facets of the travesty of the Chronicle's coverage or what happened at SFSU. For other dimensions of this incident and the alarming trends it represents, check out the SFSU Blog Burst Index at Winds of Change.

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic growing exponentially (08.01.2002)

AnnouncementNow that the month of July ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much traffic FactsOfIsrael.com is getting. The numbers are great:

The total number of hits per month
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Since this site is a private attempt at presenting the facts on Israel and the Middle East, I haven't received any funding from anyone. I'm happy that my time and money spent on FactsOfIsrael.com are creating a base of users that enjoy the information.

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Anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia (12.01.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on the anti-Semitism and hatred present in Saudi-Arabian culture:

According to government controlled
Saudi newspapers, the Jews are behind
America's War on Terror

Consider several [...] examples of Riyadh's public Jew bashing:

- "Muslim brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh," Shaik Saad Al-Buraik has said. "Their women are yours to take legitimately. God made them yours. Why don't you enslave their women? Why don't you wage jihad? Why don't you pillage them?"

- Al-Buraik hosted an April 11-13 government telethon that raised $109 million for Palestinian relief, including money for the families of homicide bombers.

- O God, the Jews have transgressed all limits in their tyranny," Shaik Abd-al-Bari al Thubayti prayed in a June 7 sermon on official Saudi TV2. "O God, shake the ground under their feet, pour torture on them, and destroy all of them." This and similar statements appear in a forthcoming Anti-Defamation League paper on Saudi bigotry.

- In the June 23 Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a London-based Saudi daily, defense minister Prince Sultan (father of Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar), elucidates why Riyadh keeps enduring U.S. criticism: "It is enough to see a number of congressmen wearing Jewish yarmulkes to explain the allegations against us."

- ArabNews.com, an English-language online Saudi daily, even posted David Duke's May 15 attack on "evil Jewish supremacists."

- Harvard Law School's Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman report that the government Internet Services Unit prevents Saudis from accessing "a black list of banned sites." Thus, Riyadh specifically blocks the webpage of Amsterdam's Anne Frank House.

Not all Arabs/Muslims are racist - that said many of them are extremely anti-Semitic, becoming the new Nazis. They are brainwashed and believe that the Jews control the World and should be exterminated - it doesn't get more Nazi than that.

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Clinton confirms Arafat rejected peace and chose terrorism (08.03.2002)

NewsVoice Of America (www.voanews.com) reports that former US president Bill Clinton has declared he would personally defend Israel if Iraqi troops invaded the Jewish State. He also confirmed the fact that Arafat refused peace and a Palestinian State at Camp David in 10/200:

Clinton Says He Would Fight For Israel
VOA News, 8/3/2002

Former President Bill Clinton said he would personally rush to protect Israel if Iraqi forces ever invaded the Jewish state.

Speaking to supporters of the Jewish group Hadassah in Toronto this week, Mr. Clinton said that if Iraq attacked Israel, he would grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die. A Toronto newspaper that reported the comments said the crowd broke out into applause.

The former president also said that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a "disastrous mistake" in turning down Israeli peace offers during the final months of his presidency. But he said he still sees reason to hope for peace in the Middle East.

During his first run for president, Mr. Clinton was heavily criticized for avoiding military service during the Vietnam War. As a young man, the future president received a draft notice but managed to get a deferment that enabled him to stay out of the army.

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Israel's army enters Nablus to stop the Palestinian murderers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad (11.13.2002)

NewsIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorists from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades will have to face the consequences for deliberately murdering women and children:

One of Israel's tanks in Nablus

Large contingents of IDF Paratroopers, Armored Corps and engineering units swept into Nablus early Wednesday morning as part of Israel's response to the deadly terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night, in which five Israelis were murdered. The army focused on the casbah market in the center of the northern West Bank city and on the nearby Balata refugee camp, where Hamas and Tanzim terrorists have resurrected their terror networks. [...]

Security officials described Nablus as a "hothouse for terrorists." The recent terror attacks at Emanuel, Ariel and Kfar Saba originated in Nablus-based terror cells. In addition, security forces recently thwarted the attempts of five suicide bombers to leave on their terror missions from the city.

Shortly after midnight Israeli troops took up forward positions around Nablus to prevent wanted terror suspects from attempting to escape. At about 2 a.m. the major IDF incursion began, with tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers entering the city from a number of directions backed up by IAF helicopters. Palestinian sources reported as many as 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers entering the city.

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French Arab Muslims attack Jews in Paris (03.24.2003)

Anti-SemitismNewsmax (www.newsmax.com) reports that French Arab Muslims, pro-Iraqi and pro-Palestinian "peace" protesters, attacked a group of Jews in Paris, France:

Somebody said, 'There are Jews,'" said Duprat, "and a few seconds later, individual groups of Arabs left the march to follow the anti-Jewish call. They chased and hit the Jewish students and pushed down an older woman who tried to intervene. [...]

The assault was videotaped by Digipresse, a small French news agency, but France's two state television stations, France 2 and France 3, refused to broadcast it on their evening news shows.

You may watch the video below. Here's a partial translation from this article on Yahoo France describing what the Muslim and French "peace" protesters were saying and doing:

About a dozen Arab Muslims start pushing everyone around. They carry metal pipes and wear their "keffiehs" around their faces. They run from the back of the crowd and seem very angry. Their shrieks sound horrible to us and are something we thought we'd never hear again in public in Paris:

"There are Jews there!" [...]

Two hundred meters away, the gang turns into Saint-Claude street while other protesters, carrying the Palestinian flag, violently attack someone on the ground. A courageous Canadian man and a few women try to help the man on the ground. He gets up in a haze. He's 14-years-old and his face is completely bloody. His only sin: to be Jewish. [...]

On top of a car, a young Arab Muslim excites the crowd with a megaphone:

"We, the Muslims, we the Arabs, we can proudly walk in the street. They (the Jews) are forced to hide! The Coran says: whatever pain you have received, you can inflict. But patience is a virtue. Let's wait, the wheel will turn (see video).

Even if you don't speak French, watch the video below (5.5 Mb) - you can feel the intolerance, hate and violence coming from the French and Muslim "peace" protesters (thanks to SL for the link to the video).

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Palestinian Leadership is stupid and vengeful - it currently will not achieve independence (07.31.2002)

OpinionStefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog) has a great analysis of Palestinian stupidity and hate and how their deliberate murders of unarmed Israeli civilians are basically also killing any chance they have for an independent Palestinian State.

Most of the attacks have not been in the territories, but within the Green Line, including today's bomb at the university. As in most western countries, the Israeli universities foster its society's most liberal elements, and its most vocal and effective peace camp. Today's bomb helped blow up (literally and figuratively) some of the best friends that the Palestinians could ever hope to have (including 10 Israeli Arabs who were wounded).

I propose the following explanations:
1) The Palestinian leadership is either too stupid, vengeful, ignorant or irrational to recognize and act on the obvious as outlined above.
2) The Palestinian aspirations are not limited to the West Bank and Gaza. They continue to maintain the pre-Oslo goal of abolishing Israel after all.
3) The Palestinians are not a monolithic society. Some factions may be satisfied with a West Bank/Gaza state. Others (such as Hamas) want the whole thing.

I would believe that it's all of the above. And where does this leave things? The fallout of (2) is that the mainstream Israeli public will not trust the other side enough to make any concessions, (3) implies that there is nobody who can make a deal on behalf of and rein in the people who commit the violence and (1) implies that there's nobody competent enough to bother to deal with anyway.

Today's murders will only reinforce this perception. The Palestinians have only themselves to thank for attaining the dubious distinction of joining the Hittites, the Picts, the Scythians and the Aztecs as peoples whose descendants live on, but whose countries exist only in the history books.

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In Memory of Danielle Shefi (05.07.2002)

VictimsA bit over a week ago, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated Adora, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and started shooting at several homes firing on people in their bedrooms.

Danielle Shefi, 5, murdered
by Palestinian terrorists on 4/27/2002

Among the victims was Danielle Shefi, a 5 year old girl who was described as an "Israeli settler" by NPR and KQED (see the message I sent NPR/KQED for more details).

Faces of the Victims has information on all Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism since Arafat, the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists started their current campaign of killing.

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No Palestinian State can be allowed until homicide bombings and terrorism stops (06.26.2002)

OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has a good article written by an Israeli doctor that describes why he currently is against a Palestinian State.

Dr. Nathan Cherny gives some insight on how he's feeling about the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings and how he copes with their result.

That I care for the well being of tens of Palestinian cancer patients and their families is irrelevant. As a Jew living in Israel, and, more specifically, Jerusalem, I am a potential target worthy of maiming or assassination. That is the miserable nature of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination

In the eyes of the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Hizbullah, and Fatah, all of this [homicide/suicide bombings] is a justifiable expression of national self-determination. In their eyes, the path to statehood is, quite legitimately, strewn with the bodies of children, pensioners, grandparents and bus drivers.

If they had their way, it would be strewn with my body as well.

Mr. Arafat's denunciations ring hollow. The paper trail uncovered by the Israeli forces show, beyond reasonable doubt, that he is directly and intimately involved with the provision of funding to the militias responsible for this civilian carnage. You can't call for a million martyrs to liberate Palestine and still call yourself a peacemaker.

As long as my friends, colleagues, patients, their children and I are targets, the Palestinians cannot be entrusted to responsibilities of statehood.

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