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