Monday, October 17, 2005

Half A Carrot?

The Associated Press writes about Israel's reaction to the murder of 3 Israelis yesterday by Al-Aksa:

Israel suspended contacts with the Palestinian Authority on Monday and slapped tough travel restrictions on the West Bank after Palestinian gunmen killed three young Israelis in two drive-by shooting near Jewish settlements.

...[Palestinian negotiator Saeb] Erekat said Israeli negotiators failed to show up for a meeting Sunday evening on the reopening of the Rafah terminal on the Gaza-Egypt border. The opening of the crossing is crucial for the economic recovery of Gaza.

OK. There's the tough action. Now, here comes the tough talk:

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said all contacts have been halted. "In Israel, we have no desire to return to a reality of daily attacks against Israeli civilians," Regev said. "We want to send a very strong and sharp message to the Palestinians, and the temporary suspension of talks is that message." [emphasis added]

Israel tells the terrorists up front that the suspension is only temporary?

Why not just go ahead and bomb some empty buildings while they're at it?
That'll really impress them.

See also Too Many Carrots

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