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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Israeli Aircraft Strikes Hamas Militants

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli aircraft Wednesday fired at a group of Hamas militants who were about to shoot mortar shells at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, the army and witnesses said. The new violence threatened a fragile cease-fire declared in February.

The airstrike came minutes after militants fired four mortar shells at the Gush Katif settlement bloc. The army said it spotted two Palestinians preparing to fire more mortars when it attacked.

Apparently one Hamas member was injured during his "holy mission" and after the airstrike militants continued to fire at least a dozen motor shells. Apparently the "cease-fire" seems to be more real on paper than in reality, and at this rate the so called "road map" is quickly heading towards disaster.

Despite the recent attacks, there has been some good news on the Israeli front.
There has been a sharp drop in fighting since the truce was declared by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, although there have been sporadic flare-ups in violence. Israel has repeatedly said it reserves the right to respond to attacks that Palestinian security forces fail to prevent.

"What do you expect us to do if they are attacking us?" said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Sharon.

If Abbas is unable to curb the militants from striking Israel than the current cease fire is a farce. Leaders are ultimately responsible for their people (especially when they are elected) and if they are unable to quell the violence against their neighbor whether it be by petition or force, the government loses it's power to enforce it's own laws. Israel (and the United States) should hold Abbas accountable towards keeping the terrorist's in line and if the PA are in need of weapons to enforce the rules, then they should either ask Russia or America for assistance. If Abbas is unable to deliver on his end of the deal, then peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict is probably not possible.

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