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January 20, 2003

Suicide attacks; all in favour say "aye"

Danny Rubinstein in an article entitled The embittered Palestinian is thirsting for revenge published by Ha'aeretz claims

The prevailing view among the majority of Israelis appears to be that the murderous Palestinian terrorist attacks are not stopping because the Palestinian leadership under Yasser Arafat is doing nothing to stop them.

But he concludes
The fact that popular support exists for the terrorist attacks has been demonstrated for some time. All the public opinion surveys conducted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the violence erupted, at the end of September 2000, show support of more than 50 percent for the attacks and the suicide bombers.

[the leader of Islamic Jihad] replied confidently, "What opposition to the attacks? Eighty percent of the Palestinian public supports the suicide bombers!"

And this is so, says Rubenstein, even though.

The Palestinian leadership is against the attacks and calls to put an end to terrorism against civilians are voiced day and night. The Arab states are exerting pressure in the same direction, and, of course, so are the European states and the United States, which has effectively joined Israel in the campaign to isolate and boycott Arafat.

This is the opposite of what I have always believed and still believe, namely that the leaders want this hatred to exist and that they nurture it , in order to be able to capitaize on it.

What do you think?

Ted Belman tedbel@rogers.com