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Justified And Productive
From the Jerusalem Post
ill British Foreign Minister Jack
Straw explain why the killing of
Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and
Qusay was justified and "productive," but
the killing of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz
Rantissi was not? All three are, or were,
leaders of what the British government
defines as terrorist organizations.
Will the minister also explain why it is
unthinkable for European countries, -
including Britain, to negotiate with Al
Qaida, while it is not only thinkable, but
necessary, for Israel to negotiate with a
Palestinian regime implicated-in
At least former French
Foreign Minister Dominique de
Villepin was consistent when he warned
that the killing of Uday and Qusay would
contribute to the cycle of violence in Iraq.
That's a foolish view, but it is not a hypo-
critical one. Straw's view, however, is hypo-
critical. It is also foolish and at variance
with his previous statements.
Straw says Israel may act against the likes
of Rantissi, but only within the parameters
of international law. That suggests that
Rantissi ought to have been arrested and
tried, not killed.
Well then: Arrested how, and by whom?
Maybe we have missed the minister's calls
for the Palestinian Authority to meet its
responsibilities under the road map to
'undertake visible efforts ... to arrest, dis-
rupt and restrain individuals and groups
conducting and planning attacks on
Maybe the minister will allow that
Rantissi may lawfully be arrested by Israel.
But wouldn't that require an unlawful
entry by Israeli troops into Gaza City?
And would it not also have entailed a
much larger loss of life? And possibly the
use of military components supplied by
To follow the minister's pronounce-
ments to their logical conclusion, Israel
may take no measure in its self-defense
except to arrest suicide bombers when
they reach Israeli soil, which is as
good as no defense at all.
Alternatively, he believes Israel
must resume negotiations with
the Palestinian Authority, notwithstanding
the P.A.'s failure to move against -terrorist
organizations and evidence it is deeply
implicated in terrorist activity.
This is foolishness. Either the minister
accepts Israel's right to take what efforts it
thinks necessary against terrorism, or he
must demand the P.A. do the same and
make it pay a price if it doesn't.
It is noteworthy that after Saturday's
killing of Rantissi, Hamas would not
name its new leader. The bravado is gone.
They are afraid. This will not prevent
future attacks on Israel. But it puts to rest
the lie that attacks on Hamas only
embolden it. In that sense, Saturday's
strike has served a purpose. ❑
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