Monday, April 17, 2006

More fun and games

Bearing in mind today's bomb in Tel Aviv, it's worth re-reading Henry Siegman's important and useful analysis, Hamas: The Last Chance for Peace? (29 March).

The BBC reports that Hamas has been observing a ceasefire more than a year, but that it does nothing to stop other militant groups from attacking Israel.

Siegman reports:
"the former head of the Shin Bet, Avi Dichter, now a star in the supposedly centrist Kadima party, announced that when the next terrorist act occurs, Ismail Haniyeh would be an appropriate target for assassination by the IDF. Not to be outdone, Israel's defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, declared afterward that every one of Hamas's seventy-four newly elected members of the PLC would be candidates for targeted assassination as well".

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