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Reports suggest the Bush administration has got together with Israel to establish the legal framework for a new American targeted-assassination policy. The Israelis, of course, are world experts. Annoying pockets of resistance to their land-grabs, ethnic cleansing, abductions, illegal settlements and other “criminal” activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are answered with the wholesale imposition of specially concocted warfare laws for the benefit of Israel's “self-defence”, or “homeland security”, but which trample on everyone else’s rights. This is the sort of chicanery that suits Bush admirably as he presses ahead with his war-without-end on terror.
Israel's liking for assassination and murder goes way back to pre-state days when such atrocities were practised against Arab and British targets by the Irgun, a thoroughly unpleasant organization that believed political violence and terrorism were legitimate tools for removing obstacles to the Zionist cause and driving the Arabs off their lands. Assassination became official Israeli policy in 1999 when the military planned “initiated attacks” to stop Yasser Arafat's militia, the Tanzim, from firing on illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza.