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Who violated the hudna?
: Who violated the hudna?By
: Gideon Levy Published in
: Ha’aretzDate of issue
17 August 2003Topic(s) addressed
: Commentary Abstract
The next terror strike is on its way. You don't
need to be an expert on terror, or a compulsive
gambler, to foresee that Islamic Jihad will try
very soon to avenge the death of Mohammed Sider,
the head of the organization's military wing in
Experience teaches that
virtually every such
assassination breeds a terror
attack. This week, in response
to the slaying of Hamas men
Hamis Abu-Salam and Faiz
A-Sadar at Nablus' Askar
refugee camp - assassinations
accompanied by the killing of
two innocent men, Fazi Al-Alami
and Mahmoud a-Tak - reprisals were not long in
coming. These came as two suicide attacks, at
Ariel and at Rosh Ha'ayin.
Much as Israel claims that the Palestinians are
violating the truce and regrouping in order to
perpetrate savage acts of terror, its pleading
can't alter the facts: up until Israel renewed
its assassinations campaign, there were no
suicide bombings, and the two attacks last week
were direct responses to the Askar refugee camp
Is this fact on the minds of the assassinations'
planners each time they plot another operation?
Today, the assassinations do not only provoke
more bloodshed: they threaten to derail the
road map as a whole, and, because this prospect
is so obvious, it can plausibly be suspected
that the government's aim is, precisely, to
forestall the renewed diplomatic process.