Will Immunity Gesture Restore Terror Infrastructure in West Bank?

[Ynet News] Guy Bechor - Nightly IDF actions have completely impeded the operations of the Palestinian terror infrastructure in the West Bank for at least a year. Instead of plotting terror attacks against Israelis, the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Islamic Jihad activists are busy seeking refuge, escaping and living underground in constant fear of the IDF. If hundreds of persecuted Fatah activists get immunity, the West Bank will once again become an immune paradise for anti-Israel terror. True, Israel wants to bolster Fatah vis-a-vis Hamas, yet these very same people also perpetrate terror acts against Israel. In prisoner release deals with Ahmed Jibril and Hizbullah, 80% percent of released Palestinians, all of whom had made a commitment not to be involved in terror, immediately resumed their terror acts against Israel. In 2005, a few prominent prisoners were released as a gesture to Mahmoud Abbas. Within a month they were apprehended for preparing the infrastructure for firing rockets at Israeli communities in the West Bank. The writer is a lecturer in Arab Law and Middle East Politics at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

2007-07-17 01:00:00

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