Not in Sharon’s interest to defeat Gaza terror (JERUSALEM NEWSWIRE) Editorial Staff 02/01/05)
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JERUSALEM - Eliminating the threat of “Palestinian” terrorism facing
the Jews of the Gaza Strip will only make it more difficult for the
government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to forcibly uproot them
this summer, a senior minister said Monday.
“As absurd as it may sound, quiet in [southern Gaza’s Katif Bloc,
where most Gaza Jews live] will make it harder to carry out the
evacuation,” Minister of Internal Security Gideon Ezra said in a
live interview on Israel Radio.
On Sunday, Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz told the cabinet that while
he had instructed the army to increase the feeling of safety among
Gaza’s Jews, orders were also given to severely limit anti-terror
operations against the “Palestinians.”
That decision, Mofaz said, was made in light of PA leader Mahmoud
Abbas’s deployment of troops in Gaza in an effort to temporarily
halt attacks on Israelis.
In accordance with Mofaz’s directives, IDF Chief of Staff Moshe
Ya’alon issued new open-fire regulations for the Gaza Strip Tuesday.
Soldiers stationed in Gaza will now be allowed to open fire on armed
Palestinian Arabs only if they are certain the latter are preparing
to shoot at them or have already done so.
Ynet reported that troops based in northern Gaza have already
expressed concern that they are apparently permitted to defend
themselves only after being wounded.
Israel’s approach of trusting the safety of Gaza’s Jews to the
goodwill of the Palestinian Authority began to show major cracks
Several days of relative quiet notwithstanding, the Jewish residents
of southern Gaza were subjected to heavy mortar and rocket fire.
Some nine mortar shells were fired at the Katif Bloc of Jewish
communities Monday. At least another five mortars and one Kassam
rocket were deployed against the Israeli civilians Tuesday.
Two Israelis were treated for hysteria, and two homes and several
cars were damaged.
The Arabs claim the renewed aggression is in response to the killing
of a 10-year-old Arab girl by IDF gunfire Monday.
But an IDF investigation into the incident revealed celebratory Arab
gunfire had accidentally killed the girl, and that Israeli soldiers
in the area had not used their weapons.
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom warned last week that Abbas’s
hudna , or temporary terrorist truce, was “a ticking bomb which will
blow up” in Israel’s face, as it allows the terrorist infrastructure
to remain intact and heavily armed. (Copyright 2002-2004 Jerusalem
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