Security Before Peace

(Ha'aretz) Amir Oren - The American general who serves as "security coordinator" for the Palestinian-Israeli arena, Keith Dayton, told a congressional hearing last week that there won't be security - and there won't be a Palestinian state - without the unification and purging of the security mechanisms. There won't be U.S. involvement if Hamas is running the government in general, and the security mechanisms in particular. Dayton spoke with disappointment about Abbas' weakness even before the elections, noting that "the lack of political will resulted in little progress in either security sector performance or reform." Dayton's message, like that of his counterparts in the IDF and Shin Bet security service, is bleak: Things will get bad or very bad - and soon. The relatively small number of lethal terror attacks is misleading. The terror organizations are not waiting until after the elections in Israel. Only the success of preventive operations is preventing the escalation.

2006-03-07 00:00:00

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