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May 02, 2003

Back to "restraint", are we, Colin?

When the Bush administration commenced its term in January, 2001, Israel was engaged in a war of self-defense against the Arafat-engineered Intifada (a forthcoming article will document that the Indifada II was, indeed, Arafat-engineered). Whatever steps Israel took, Powell's reaction was one and the same: Israel must show restraint.

After 9-11, this mantra descended for a while into the realm of silence. Amazingly, it has now resurfaced, even as Israel was subjected to two homicide attacks within days. Ha'Aretz reports today (May 2, 2003) as follows, under the heading, "U.S. urges Israeli 'restraint' after Gaza raid leaves 13 dead":
The United States urged the Israeli military on Thursday to exercise restraint after 13 Palestinians were killed, including a two-year-old toddler in a raid on the Sajayia neighborhood of Gaza City.

"We deeply regret the civilian casualties that occurred today in Gaza," State Department spokeswoman Jo-Anne Prokopowicz said.
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Nine IDF soldiers were wounded during the course of Thursday's operations.

While recognizing Israel's "right to self-defense" in response to suicide bombings, Prokopowicz said: "We urge the Israeli government to take all appropriate precautions to prevent the death or injury of innocent civilians and damage to civilian and humanitarian infrastructure. This includes exercising restraint in undertaking operations in civilian areas."
What makes this "show restraint" statement more outrageous that the average for State is the fact that it comes on the heels of news reports about civilian causualties inflicted by US troops in Iraq. Even Chirac did not come out with a statement saying, "We urge the US government to take all appropriate precautions to prevent the death or injury of innocent civilians and damage to civilian and humanitarian infrastructure. This includes exercising restraint in undertaking operations in civilian areas."

A second point to underscore is the level of violence coming from the Arabs in Judea/Samaria/Gaza (JSG). Mostly, the biassed mainstream press concentrates on the high-profile operations. But a careful reading of the news shows incessant, omnipresent terrorist acts on the part of the Arabs in JSG. To substantiate this claim, I quote below a series of one-line items from the Flash News posted by Ha'Aretz; the items are quoted from last night’s (May 1, 2003) posting, 8 pm EDT, and cover a period of only eight hours:
00:05 Shots fired at Israeli bus traveling in near Neve Suf, north of Ramallah; no injuries, but damage caused to bus
22:59 IDF troops shoot and kill armed Palestinian who opened fire on their outpost in northern West Bank
22:10 Anti-tank rocket fired at convoy traveling on Karni-Netzarim road in Gaza Strip; no injuries or damage
22:02 Mortar shell fired at settlement in central Gaza Strip; no injuries or damage
21:57 Shots heard next to Hermesh settlement in West Bank; no injuries or damage; IDF troops searching area
18:05 IDF says three brothers who were involved in firing of Qassam rockets into Israel were killed in raid in Gaza
17:36 IDF soldiers seize two Palestinians traveling in taxi near Nablus with 10 kg of explosives in their possession
17:11 2 residents of E. Jerusalem being held by security forces for having been trained in Ramallah to carry out attacks in capital
14:58 Two East Jerusalem residents indicted for attempting to attack Shin Bet security official in Old City
14:07 Hezbollah fires anti-tank shells on northern border; no injuries reported
If you encountered a news item showing that State condemned Hezhollah or the Arabs in JSG for even ONE of these acts, please let me know; I most definitely could find nothing to that effect.