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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-08-22

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EXAM TIME from page 22

Ultimate Goals

Ezra counters that right-wing critics "do
not want the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process to succeed," but prefer "to
return to the old situation in which
Israel has to deal with the terrorists
itself." True, he said, Israel had spectacu-
lar successes fighting terrorism, but at
the cost of soldiers' lives.
"In the war against terror, you do
what's best for you and what's most
effective," he said. "Handing over the
cities is not bowing to terror or giving
up on the eradication of terror by the
Palestinian Authority. But we reached
the conclusion that it's best for us not
be in Jericho, ICalkilya, Tulkarm and
Rarnallah.. I think we'd be better off not
to be in Jenin, either."


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CARNAGE from page 23

We headed home, wanting to see the
television reports.
I watched the television, the bloodied
faces of crying children. The grand-
mother led from the carnage. The bod-
ies lying in the streets. The tiny little
girl on her back as medics worked over
her ...
And I thought of the people still sit-
ting in coffee houses and restaurants all
over Israel, and all over the world, still
trying to pretend that we are at peace,
or we are in. some kind of peace
process, or that we have people to speak
to among Muslim Palestinians, or
Muslims in general, who are in a posi-
tion of power, who actually want to
reach a peaceful compromise on any
And I thought of all the months our
government has allowed itself to give in
to American pressure to abandon its
war on terror, to let out prisoners, hand
over security control in the West Bank
and Gaza, allow terrorist organizations
to bring in more and better weapons,
train more bombers, in a process of
self-delusion that looked at every con-
cession as a step towards some positive
I thought of all these things, which
had led, inevitably, to that tiny girl
lying bloodied in the street fighting for
her young life.
And I thought of myself, as a citizen
in a democracy, and how tired I was of
fighting her enemies and her own gov-
ernment, and most of her own press
and the country of her birth — the

An Israeli pullout also should improve
conditions for the Palestinian popula-
tion, showing them that the peace
process is preferable to terrorism, Ezra
said. "I was in Samaria recently," he
said, the northern part of the West
Bank, "and I saw how long Palestinians
have to wait at our roadblocks. We are
disrupting their lives. It would be much
better if Palestinians manned the road-
blocks or took other preventive meas-
ures against terror themselves."
But Ezra agrees that if the Palestinian
Authority fails this test, Israel will have
no option but to move back into the
main West Bank cities. If that happens,
Israeli officials say, it would be the end
not only of the hudna, but possibly
also of the Abbas government and the
road map. That's why they believe the
next few weeks will be so critical. ❑

greatest democracy and lover of free-
dom in the world today, the United
all of whom have been total-
ly wrong every step of the way in fac-
ing with useless words and self-
destructive appeasement a threat to
mankind that can only be solved by
force of arms.
thought, "I'm to blame for that
little girl. I shouldn't have been going
out to dinner. I should have been
standing with picket signs outside the
home of my prime minister, my gov-
ernment, the American Embassy,
telling them that the lives of the peo-
ple of Israel were not a bargaining
chip. And that that little girl's life, her
blood, is on all our heads."
I should have been screaming: any-
one who doesn't fight terror 100 per-
cent of the time is a collaborator in
the death of victims of terror.
Those of us who wish to rid the
world of terror should learn from our
enemies. Our opposition to terrorism
— to leaders of the free world that
accommodate it, to an indifferent
public that has learned to tolerate the
deaths of others by it — should also
know no boundaries. We-are not
allowed to get tired, to take time off.
We need to be as relentless and
uncompromising and single-minded
and unmerciful and determined as
Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We need to
fight for our lives now, so that our chil-
dren will not have to fight for theirs in
the middle of the street beneath the
ministering hands of medics as their
blood washes the road. ❑

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