Almost every day, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights documents serious human rights violations in the Palestinian territories. People are beaten for no reason, children are killed by bombs. In the majority of cases, the violators are other Palestinians. This flood of rights violations hardly ever makes the news. If Palestinians kill a child, or murder a Christian or burn a Christian bookstore it is hardly news. It is certainly not news if Palestinian hoodlums beat up other Palestinians and take their land. But Palestinian society is Palestinian society and Israel is Israel. After describing violence and anarchy in Gaza, a Palestinian living there remarked of his society:
I wish I lived in a place where there were courts, and the law, to deal with these crimes.
Woe to anyone who lives under anarchy. We Israelis tell ourselves and the world that we have different standards, and we try to live up to them.
Ami Isseroff on 06.17.08 @ 07:05 PM CST [link]
By every indication, Israel will assent to an Egyptian arranged truce with the Palestinians in Gaza shortly. This truce is very likely to be a disaster for Israel. It will allow the Hamas to rule Gaza in peace and harmony, enjoying the benefits of absolute dictatorship. It will probably allow them to import more or less unlimited quantities of arms and money from Iran, while sending their "personnel" for courses in basic terrorism 101 and advanced Jihadism 303, given free of charge by the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. Egyptian control over arms smuggling is still apparently a tiny "detail" that needs to be worked out before the truce goes ahead. In reality, it is not a detail, it is the whole point of the truce, and the fact that it is pushed out to the last moment shows that the negotiators are not responsible.
Ami Isseroff on 06.17.08 @ 05:13 PM CST [link]