Palestinian terror campaign against Israel continues, even though it's now
pretty much nothing but failed terror attempts. Most of this activity is little
noticed outside of Israel. Palestinian media cheers on the hapless terrorists,
as they head for the cemetery or prison. It's an article of faith among
Palestinians that current failures are a temporary setback and that, long
term, they will prevail and destroy Israel.
November 5, 2007: The
Palestinians are particularly eager to keep firing Kassam rockets and mortar
shells into southern Israel. While these attacks are largely ineffective, they
are less likely to get the attackers killed (compared to any other type of
attack.) Several Palestinian groups, including Hamas, are involved here, and so
far Israel has been unable to stop them.
November 4, 2007: Over
the weekend, several hundred Hizbollah members carried out military maneuvers
in southern Lebanon. The Hizbollah men were unarmed, and moving about as they
would if there were another war with Israel. All this was part practical, and
November 3, 2007: Israeli
intelligence discovered and Israeli troops destroyed, seven smuggling tunnels
between Gaza and Egypt. The tunnels are mostly used to bring in consumer goods (cigarettes,
drugs and popular consumer items) and enable terrorists (and anyone else who
can pay) to move in and out of Gaza.
November 2, 2007: In the West
Bank, Fatah policemen are arresting Palestinian terrorists, or at least finding
out where they are (and letting Israeli police make the arrest). This, and the
release of up to 2,000 Palestinians jailed on terrorism charges, is what Fatah
wants in return for peace negotiations. Such a "peace" would only be
a truce. Palestinian Arab language propaganda (from Hamas and Fatah) continues
to call for the destruction of Israel. Fatah is more peaceful sounding in
October 31, 2007: Israel
has turned Gaza into a huge prison camp, and appears ready to keep it that way
until Hamas halts the attacks on Israel and Israeli troops guarding the fence.
Hamas just blames Israel and urges people to resist the oppressor. This
inspires some amateurish terror attacks, which mainly tend to get the attacker