Why the "Calm"?December 11, 2003 12:00 by ManagingTeam
The major news outlets have determined that since there has not been a successful Palestinian suicide bombing for awhile, Israel is now in a “period of relative calm”:
? Christian Science Monitor (11/25): “Israel is enjoying a period of relative calm – there has not been a Palestinian suicide bombing in seven weeks.”
? BBC (12/1): “Our correspondent says Israelis never stopped making arrests during the recent period of relative calm.”
? Reuters (12/10): “Signals that Israel is getting ready to impose its own arrangement have increased pressure on the Palestinians at a time of renewed interest in the road map, thanks to a spell of relative calm and a new Palestinian government.”
This description is highly misleading, for it implies that Palestinian terrorists have made a recent, peaceful gesture to “calm down.”
In fact, the head of the IDF Intelligence Corps states that no less than 25 suicide bombing attempts have been made in recent weeks ? all but one foiled by the tireless efforts of Israeli security forces. Events such as these two recent IDF intelligence successes receive little media coverage:
|IDF officers plan Gaza anti-terror mission|
12/8: Israeli security caught a 40-year-old Palestinian mother of seven trying to carry a bomb belt for a suicide bombing in Rosh HaAyin. The Tanzim militia, exploiting IDF humanitarianism, recruited her to smuggle the bomb from Nablus because IDF soldiers rarely do body searches on women.
12/3: Two suicide bombers ? both members of the PA security forces ? were en route to attack Israeli schoolchildren in Yokne’am (near Haifa) when they were captured by Israeli security forces while hiding in a West Bank mosque.
By describing this as a “period of relative calm,” the media suggest Palestinian terrorist efforts have abated. They haven’t ? IDF diligence has simply won out. But foiled bombings don’t make headlines.
A more accurate term for the past few weeks: “A period of thwarted terror”
— SECURITY FENCE IS WORKING —
This week, the UN General Assembly voted to ask the World Court to rule on the legality of Israel’s security fence. Israel’s UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman said, “Israel regards this vote as a moral victory” since the countries who voted in favor were “mostly tyrannical dictatorships, corrupt and human-rights defying regimes.”
The security fence has also played an important role recently in deterring terror. UPI reports that because of the fence’s effectiveness, life is returning to normal in Netanya:
(A Netanya resident) marveled at the city’s signs of recovery. “You see more people in the streets! All the shops are open! People are eating in restaurants!” she said…
The atmosphere changed after Israel built a formidable security barrier, at the edge of the West Bank, 10 miles east of Netanya…
Wednesday the army caught an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber on his way to attack an Israeli school in Yokne’am south east of Haifa. The bomber and his guide first went to a remote village to skirt the fence’s northern section, which is still under construction. They were arrested in a mosque in that village.
In reporting on the UN decision, did your local media note the fact that security fence has already proven itself an effective anti-terror measure? If not, HonestReporting encourages you to contact your local editors to make them aware of the fence’s effectiveness and of the failed terrorist efforts above.