Israel: December 17, 2001

Archives

Israel was unimpressed by Arafat's pronouncements yesterday, as they want deeds, not words. In the past, Arafat has talked the talked, but rarely walked the walk. Arafat controls, on paper, over 30,000 armed men in the various Palestinian police and paramilitary units. But many of these outfits, especially elite specialist outfits (like Arafat's own bodyguard) have been caught engaging in terrorist acts. What it comes down to is; if Arafat ordered his troops to crack down, would they all obey, or would many do nothing or turn against Arafat? Many Israelis believe that Arafat is simply not willing to find out what would happen if he tried to crack down, so Israelis go along with their government's pronouncement that Arafat is now irrelevant. But the Palestinian Authority disagrees, pointing out that they have closed 33 terrorist (Hamas and Islamic Jihad) offices and arrested over a hundred terrorist suspects. Israel points out that the "terrorist suspects" arrested included few of the key terrorists on a list Israel has provided the Palestinians. And the violence against Israelis continues, although the level has declined in the last week. 

 

Article Archive

Israel: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close