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Submitted by Ilona Melstrads (United States), Jul 1, 2003 at 11:33

The article is right that Arab terrorism against Israelis indicates lack of acceptance of Israel and is a means for war. What I don’t understand is why the terrorist organizations were made “partners” for some kind of “truce” or “treaty” with the new Palestinian Prime Minister. If the Palestinians have a Prime Minister, why should he be making truce agreements with non-governmental organizations?

Alan Dershowitz’s book on terrorism was very persuasive. As people know, he made the case that international toleration or even admiration for anti-Israeli terrorism since the 70s must have given a boost to other potential terrorist operations. US State Department double-speak, if it continues, could backfire on the US in Iraq and elsewhere because it discourages imposing costs on terrorism.
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