Stop Saying Sorry

(Jerusalem Post) Efraim Inbar - Israeli government spokesmen almost automatically issue statements of deep sorrow when a military operation results in Palestinian civilian casualties. This instinct to apologize is counterproductive since it implies an acceptance of responsibility for those losses. Yet the Palestinian losses are clearly not Israel's moral responsibility. The Palestinians have chosen the path of violence, particularly after September 2000. It is they who are to blame for the morally despicable acts of terror and Israel's countermeasures, harsh as they may be. Israel should point out systematically that all casualties are the result of Palestinian terrorism. The writer is director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.

2004-06-01 00:00:00

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