Thursday, September 25, 2008

GSS Goes Soft

Haaretz is reporting, from Reuters (who else?) a turn-about by Israel's security services regarding the effectiveness of the security barrier vis-a-vis Jerusalem:-

Shin Bet: Separation fence fueling attacks by East Jerusalem Arabs

The West Bank separation barrier is fueling attacks by East Jerusalem Arabs who feel isolated from fellow Palestinians and are increasingly likely to lash out independently, the Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday...The findings by the Shin Bet, which has usually championed tough tactics against a Palestinian uprising that erupted in 2000, appeared to dovetail with Palestinian arguments that a peaceful resolution of Jerusalem's status is key to addressing the causes of political violence in the city.

..."Awareness of the fence is creating a long-term estrangement between Jerusalem and the West Bank," the Shin Bet said in a statement, adding that some Palestinian attacks had been motivated by a grassroots desire "to ensure Jerusalem does not disappear from the political agenda".

But consider this in that story:-

"In the past, terrorists from East Jerusalem acted mainly as support units for attacks, usually under instruction by outside networks in the Gaza Strip (and) West Bank," the Shin Bet said.

So, let me think this through.

If in the past there were terrorists from the east Jerusalem neighborhoods, as support groups or whatever (and I would challenege the factual veracity of that statement), before the security barrier, why were they violent then? They weren't getting cut off. Doesn't sound logical.

If they get cut off entirely, what's to prevent them from still trying to kill Jews when they have no means of moving in and about Jerusalem? Will they be less motivated?

Moreover, before 1967, when all of Eastern Jerusalem was in Arab hands with no barrier between it and the areas of Judea & Samaria (the, shhh, "WB"), why were Jews getting shot at from the Old City walls?

A wall is a reason to kill Jews? The Pals. that dumb?

Or is someone in the Shabak, the GSS that dumb?

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