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TERRORISM: Sharon Gives Military Free Reign Against Militants

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posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 07:10 AM
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On Sunday, Ariel Sharon announced he was giving the Israeli Army free reign to battle Palestinian militants in Gaza. This announcement comes after cutting ties with the new Palestinian government two days ago. Sharon's announcement means the Israeli defences have now been instructed to take any action deemed necessary to stop terror.
 



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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Sunday he was giving Israel's army free rein to battle militants in Gaza and accused the new Palestinian leadership he now shuns of doing nothing to stop attacks on Israelis.

Palestinian officials said President Mahmoud Abbas would try again this week to win over fighters defying his calls for an end to a 4-year-old armed uprising so as to allow talks, but Israel suspects his approach is doomed to fail.

"Despite the change in Palestinian leadership, we have yet to see them taking any action against terror," Sharon told his cabinet, two days after cutting off all ties with Abbas because of a militant attack that killed six Israelis.


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I guess this is nothing surprising, but it does come as a huge disappointment to some who held high hopes of a new, and perhaps lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

It's a very complex situation and neither sides seems to want to give and unfortunately, because of the seemingly non-negotiable demands of both sides it doesn't seem like peace will be possible any time soon.

The fact that the Israeli Army is unrestricted in its actions now has the potential to backfire, in my opinion. I'm not sure if they've been unrestricted before, but while it certainly does have the opportunity to stop terror, I can see it also breeding more of it. Israel being heavy handed militarily is an excuse to strike back and could throw the region into further turmoil, but really, what else is there to be done?



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[edit on 16-1-2005 by Banshee]




posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 07:30 AM
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as posted by parrhesia
....but while it certainly does have the opportunity to stop terror, I can see it also breeding more of it. Israel being heavy handed militarily is an excuse to strike back and could throw the region into further turmoil, but really, what else is there to be done?


Let's mention some things that must take place:
1) Both Israel (Sharon) and Palestine (Abbas) need to show restraint.
2) Both need to adhere to the agreed upon Road to Peace.
3) That despite how many outside national leaders try to resolve and appease this situation between Israel and Palestine, it ultimately rests with each to follow through with real and lasting committments.

Two simple facts and/or problem(s) here:
1) The action of the Israeli military can be restricted and controlled by Sharon.
2)The action of those internationally recognized terrorist organizations within Palestine cannot be restricted and controlled by Abbas.

Realistically, Abbas cannot be expected to make or take dramatic steps to prevent further violence and terrorist acts against Israel, but he needs to immediately make an attempt to do so. Actions speak louder than words, and in this applied case, it appears objectively that Israel does not see such action being taken by Abbas to get to grips with these extremist militant groups and terrorist organizations. Again, actions speak louder than words.

This situation has been an ongoing cycle of violence resulting in simple 'cause and effect'. Israel kills a Palestinian, the Palestinian extremist militant groups kill Israelis. Likewise, when the Palestinian extremist suicide bomb and kill Israelis, they are like wise obligated to respond in kind. Hence the never ending cycle. The talking has been going on for decades, the problem is that both sides involved seemingly feel that talk is cheap and that the only thing that matters is action. until the talk becomes backed by real and true action, the cycle will continue and peace will continue to be out of grasp for either side.

Can Abbas control and restrict the extremist militant groups and terrorist organizations in Palestine to the point that there are little to no attacks made against Israel? Likewise for Sharon and Israel, but as pointed out, Sharon does and can control the Israeli military and their operations. As was previously mentioned, the critical question here is: Can Abbas do likewise with those groups and organizations within Palestine and their ongoing operations against Israel?




seekerof

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posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 11:27 AM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
Two simple facts and/or problem(s) here:
1) The action of the Israeli military can be restricted and controlled by Sharon.
2)The action of those internationally recognized terrorist organizations within Palestine cannot be restricted and controlled by Abbas.


You're absolutely right - Sharon has the ability to control the actions of the military, Abbas doesn't have control of the people committing crimes against Israel and this is the problem he must overcome. How can it be overcome? I guess over the next little while, through his actions or rhetoric, we shall see how serious he is about reaching peace with Israel and the steps he is willing to take.


Realistically, Abbas cannot be expected to make or take dramatic steps to prevent further violence and terrorist acts against Israel, but he needs to immediately make an attempt to do so. Actions speak louder than words, and in this applied case, it appears objectively that Israel does not see such action being taken by Abbas to get to grips with these extremist militant groups and terrorist organizations. Again, actions speak louder than words.


That's the problem. I don't see what he can do to prevent further violence against Israel that won't create further problems. Will he use violence against Palestinians to try and stem the violence against Israel? If he does, what will be the reaction amongst the Palestinian people as a whole? Can he stop the violence against Israel while maintaining support of the Palestinian people?



The talking has been going on for decades, the problem is that both sides involved seemingly feel that talk is cheap and that the only thing that matters is action. until the talk becomes backed by real and true action, the cycle will continue and peace will continue to be out of grasp for either side.


Talk is cheap when lives are being lost everyday and lives are constantly being ruined.



posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 11:31 AM
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I think the move of Sharon is somewhat prematurely, he should at least give Abbas a change to do some serious housecleaning...Now the move of sharon can be perceived as if he only wants to talk about peace if all the palestines come begging on their knees for it, something that will not even be appreciated by the moderate palestines. Naturally Sharon is under fire from his former right-wing supporters for shifting gradually towards the center of politics, so he has to show his steel fist every now and then to secure his political survival, but why doesn't he wait for Abbas to screw up for the housecleaning ????

The job of Abbas is not going to be easy, first of all, the atmosphere of 50 years distrust, every move by the other side is often perceived in a negative way,how do you convince people in palestine and israel of you good intentions?

Second , being millitant, the Hamas is currently better organised for a dogfight with Abbas than the corrupt legacy of Arafats Palestinian Authority, wich need restructuring badly.

This is not going to be an easy job, maybe the U.N. can do something usefull for a change and put a WHOLE LOT of securiity troops in Palestine and tunnel watchers near the borders, in order to allow Abbas to get his job done.


Second, MONEY, no not for the corrupt clerics, or indirectly to terrorist, no, i am talking about giving the unemployed palestinian youth a prospect of a decent future, like I would like to see an oilpipeline from iraq through joradania, israel and to the Gaza harbour, this way you create a common economic interest and jobs / infrastructure in Gaza, something that might be more valued than the millitant view of the scorged earth. Also casinos (like the indians in America) and tourism should be developed.




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posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 11:56 AM
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Well, it's not surprising that this is happening, when you look at Abbas' actions and words prior to the election:


WAR: Abbas Refers to Israel As Zionist Enemy
Presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas upped the tone of his rhetoric on the campaign trail by referring to Israel as the Zionist enemy. Abbas, considered to be a moderate, has taken on a harsh tone towards Israel on the campaign trail. Israel has taken note of this, however, they have shelved the campaign rhetoric for now and have declined to comment on it.

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Back then the thought was that this was just campaign rhetoric, meant to solidify the vote for him. Israel even stayed above the fray:

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if Abbas is elected, "he will be judged by his actions, not his words, in providing security and fighting terrorism."

So Abbas is either unable or unwilling to take a stand against the militants. My guess is that it is the latter; he is not ready to die just yet.



posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 07:31 AM
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So Abbas is either unable or unwilling to take a stand against the militants. My guess is that it is the latter; he is not ready to die just yet.


It appears that is not correct,


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces to try to prevent militant attacks on Israelis, a Palestinian cabinet minister has said.


news.bbc.co.uk...



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