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Terror In Israel

Reader comment on item: State (Dept.) of Confusion [when It Comes to Palestinian Terror against Israel]

Submitted by yonason (United States), Jul 19, 2004 at 11:19

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Since Dr. Pipes refers to Israel, it might be interesting to see what the statistics actually are. The best source of accurate information on this subject is the IDF (Israel Defense Force). They even post this on their website, and update it at least daily.

If anyone actually has the State Dept.'s data, and wants to compare it to reality, I suggest they take a look at the following:

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Out of 529 suicide attempts, 134 have succeeded. That's one in four. True, fewer are succeeding now, but that isn't because Israel's enemies have stopped trying. In fact, their attempts at carnage have steadily risen. Though the past year has seen an avg., of about 2 successful attacks per month, total attacks range from 7 to 24. Last month there were no successes out of 22 attempts. Contrast this with from 2 to 6 successes out of 2 to 9 attempts in the first year. Anyone who thinks the situation is improving is in denial.

Total attacks since September 2000 total 22,309 (7/19/04). That's twenty two THOUSAND! At the beginning it was nearly 20 per day.

It is my impression that our State Department wants us to think their diplomatic efforts are beginning to pay off, and that the only obstacle to peace is the stubborn Israelis. The facts not only don't support that contention, they utterly refute it.

Just why State is attempting to sell out the only real US ally in the region, and perhaps even the world, is beyond me. Of course, when one looks at State Dept., policy blunders over the years, I suppose it really is no surprise.

And, as to the war on terror. Establishing a "Palestinian" state in the heart of historic Israel would be a world wide victory for all terrorists. It is the one thing they all say they want. Such a state would become a hub for all terrorist activity, a sort of "terror central," and it would make Saddam's Iraq and Bin Ladin's Taliban look like Sesame street, by comparison.
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