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Thursday, June 30, 2005

IDF TAKES ON SETTLERS. (WHEN WILL ABBAS TAKE ON NEOJIHADISTS?)

YAHOO/AP:

Gaza Strip - Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided a Gaza Strip hotel Thursday to remove about 150 Jewish extremists who barricaded themselves inside several weeks ago to protest Israel's planned Gaza pullout. The raid took place hours after the army sealed off Gaza, declaring it a "closed military zone" to prevent Jewish extremists from going in following several violent confrontations between settlers and soldiers.

About 10 busloads of soldiers and paramilitary police went room-to-room to remove the squatters who had stockpiled food and surrounded the Palm Beach Hotel with barbed wire. Some squatters were carried out by soldiers, and arrests were reported.

When Abbas is willing to take on the Palestinian Arab militias in a similar way he will have earned his followers a state. Until then - there can be and will be no state.

HERE'S ANOTHER ANALOGY: The ALTALENA AFFAIR. (IN SHORT: The New nation of Israel made the unavoidable decision that it had to have only one miltary, and NO militias, NO PARAMILITARIES. The IRGUN militia had to first disarm to be absorbed. When it was discovered that they still were gun-running, the new president of Israel - Ben Gurion - ordered the IDF to destroy the ship - the ALTALENA. Sixteen Irgun fighters were killed. But Israel became a nation.)

Unless and until Abbas - or some other Palestinian president - has his "Altalena moment" - there will be no state.

I'm not holding my breath. HAMAS and Hizb'allah and Iran and Syria will not stand by and see their neojihadist proxies disarmed. IOW: unless and until we confront Syria and Iran - with military reprisals - they will not cease and desist their support of Palestinian terror.

Then again: This may come sooner than we think. The road the Ramallah goes through Damascus and Tehran. And Assad's intransigence and the new president of Iran may briong things to a head. STAY TUNED!

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