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That suggests that the Israeli
Supreme Court will have a lot to say
over the next few months on whether
proposed punitive and deterrent meas-
ures are compatible with fundamental
Public Changes
human rights.
In early August, the Ma'ariv newspaper
In the meantime, grassroots pressure
sprang to the government's defense.
for
more radical action could grow. Boaz
Reflecting a hardening mood in Israel, it
Ganor,
a counterterrorism expert at the
wrote: "It is high time people realized
Interdisciplinary
Center in Herzliya,
that we are within our rights to try vari-
argues that a democratic country's great-
ous methods of punishment and deter-
rence to reduce the volume of the vicious est commitment is to protect the lives of
its citizens, and that it is only natural for
and murderous terrorism we are facing.
those citizens to demand that the gov-
"There is nothing immoral about
ernment take radical measures.
this, and those who claim that there is
This, he says, leads to what he calls
are indulging in attempts to be 'holier
the
"democratic paradox" in fighting
than the pope.' In order to save lives,
terror: If a government fails to adopt
we are proposing not to kill anyone,
radical measures it will be voted out of
perish the thought, not to torture or
office; but if it does, it undermines
imprison the relatives of the terrorists,
but to transfer them from one place of liberal democratic values and begins to
look like the terrorists want it to, ille-
residence to another."
gitimate and undemocratic.
Mdariv also predicted that the ter-
"A responsible government must find
ror would continue despite the new
the golden mean," Ganor says, adding
measures, and that soon Israelis would
that, in his view, Sharon is succeeding
"reach a moral crossroads where we
in this.,"There are aberrations here and
will face far more difficult choices."
there, but on the whole I think he
Within days, the moral spotlight
deserves high marks," Ganor asserts.
had turned from the Palestinians to
The bottom line is that despite the
Israeli Arabs, after Arabs in the Galilee
pressure
for harsher actions, neither
were suspected of aiding a suicide
Sharon
nor
his generals want to esca-
bomber who blew up a bus near
late the situation. In late July, the
Safed, killing nine people and wound-
Israel Defense Forces presented the
ing more than 40.
latest working plan to Sharon. It is
Police Chief Shlomo Aharonishky
based on the assumption that the next
called for a thorough investigation of
six months will see Arafat's decline as
the connection between Israeli Arabs
a decision-maker and an American
and terror. In a controversial deterrent
strike against Iraq to remove Saddam
move, Interior. Minister Eli Yishai
Hussein from power.
announced that he was revoking the
These two events, the generals believe,
citizenship of two Israeli Arabs
will the tip the terror equation in Israel's
accused of aiding terrorists.
favor and lead to a political process with
Cabinet ministers from the Labor
Party challenged the move. While they a new Palestinian leadership.
Until then, their strategy is to con-
agreed that Israel must clamp down
trol
terror as best they can, without
on terror wherever it can, they warned
adopting radical measures that could
that they would only support meas-
lead to escalation.
ures approved by law.

ciple of jurisprudence: that only the
guilty can be punished for their actions.

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