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Mind Bytes: The Crisis in Israel
April 1, 2002

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

U.S. policy must be coherent:

  • Suicide bombings in Israel are terrorism.
  • U.S. policy has always been not to negotiate with terrorists.
  • Terrorists must be defeated through decisive action. Any other course only encourages more terrorism.
  • If our own war on terror is to be morally and politically coherent, the U.S. cannot have one policy for terrorists around the world and another for terrorists who target Israel.

Land for peace does not work:

  • In July 2000, attempts to broker a peace agreement showed that the best offer Israel could ever make is one that Arafat would never take.

Arafat is either irrelevant or complicit:

  • Arafat cannot be treated as a potential peace partner because it is not within his character or his capacity to act as such.
  • Arafat has been the chief architect of a culture of incitement toward the death of Israeli civilians.
  • Arafat glorifies massacres and encourages males and females, teens and adults, to blow themselves to bits in order to kill Israelis.

Actions speak:

  • When the U.S. exercises effective power without equivocation, Arab streets do not ignite and U.S. influence in that part of the world increases.measure of transcendent justice.

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