posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 05:12 AM
The Israeli government suspended contact with the Palestinians today after 3 young Israelis were gunned down in a drive by shooting. The Palestinian
attack took place in the Gush Etzion block of settlements on Sunday and was the deadliest attack since July. The Israeli government also enacted tough
travel restrictions on the West Bank.
Israel suspended contacts with the Palestinian Authority on Monday and slapped tough travel restrictions on the West Bank after Palestinian gunmen
killed three young Israelis in two drive-by shooting near Jewish settlements.
The Palestinian attack near the Gush Etzion block of settlements on Sunday was the deadliest since July. It followed Israeli intelligence warnings
that Palestinian militants, who claim they drove Israel out of Gaza by force, would now shift their focus to the West Bank. Israel pulled out of Gaza
in September in a unilateral move.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militant group with ties to the ruling Fatah party, claimed responsibility. However, Israeli media quoted security
officials as saying they believed the Islamic militant Hamas might have been involved.
The attacks renew international pressure on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who meets later this week in Washington with President Bush, to crack
down on militants, something he's been reluctant to do. Involvement of gunmen with ties to Fatah Sunday's attacks would underscore his failure to
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I really don't understand this mindset. Why does the Israeli government want to jeapordize the gains that have been made in the past few months? Do
they truly believe that the PA is responsible for every action carried out by these terrorist groups? With that logic, the Israeli government was
responsible for the Israeli who gunned down Palestinians in retaliation for the Gaza withdrawal. Should the Palestinians have cut off contact with
Israel over that incident?
This is just putting the entire peace process in jeapordy after a single attack by a terrorist group. If there was a sign that Abbas wasn't serious
in combating the terrorists, which there is no sign hence the Gaza withdrawal, then I could understand this move. But, alas, this leaves me mouth
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