Israel demands results
Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon marked the anniversary of a bombing at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University with a demand that the Palestinian Authority “put an end to terror once and for all.”
Speaking after the visit last week of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the ambassador recalled the nine persons killed in the terrorist attack, including five Americans.
“Israel and our partner, the United States, demand that the Palestinian Authority put an end to terror once and for all by fully dismantling terrorist organizations and stopping all incitement and hate-filled rhetoric,” Mr. Ayalon said at an Israeli Embassy ceremony with Jewish-American leaders.
The ambassador predicted that a Palestinian state “will never be created by terror, and we will not allow their road to statehood to be stained by Israeli blood.”
He said Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership are facing a decisive moment.
“Israel, the United States and the world community will judge the Palestinian Authority not on their words and declarations but by their performance and real results,” Mr. Ayalon said. “An end to terror is the first step toward achieving peace.”
The ambassador thanked the Jewish-American community for its “undying dedication” to Israel and strong support during the past three years of violence.
He named the Americans killed in the bombing — Marla Bennet, Benjamin Blutstein, Dina Carter, Janis Coulter and David Gritz — and said they are “all of blessed memory.”
Mr. Ayalon recalled that Miss Bennet wrote of the fear of her family and friends in San Diego, who worried about her studying in Israel.
“But there is nowhere else in the world I would rather be right now,” she wrote. “I have a front-row seat for the history of the Jewish people. I am a part of the struggle for Israel’s survival.”
The ambassador added: “These young victims were in Israel, despite the threat of terror, because of their strong connection to the land. … We mourn their loss and pray for their friends and family.”
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