- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Nabil Al-Tikriti and Ranjit Singh ask if Israelis are “safer now than 20 years ago” (“Failure of the iron fist,” Op-Ed, Thursday). The answer is no - but not because of what they call Israel’s failed “iron fist” policies.

Rather, it is because Israel agreed to the establishment of an unreconstructed terror-supporting Palestinian Authority (PA) on its doorstep that took international aid and turned it into weapons for its foot soldiers and luxury apartments for itself. More Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the 15 years since the 1993 Oslo accords than in the entire 45 years of Israel’s national existence that preceded it.

Israel handing over half the West Bank and all of Gaza to a Palestinian terror regime did not stop the attacks - it started them. Before 1993, Israelis were not being shelled from Gaza, and suicide bombers were not stalking the streets. Rocket attacks upon Israel from Gaza have increased by 500 percent since Israel unilaterally withdrew from that territory in 2005.

Insecurity was produced by concessions to nonpeaceful parties, not to the military measures that inevitably followed these mistakes. However, I give up seeking truth in an account that claims that Hamas upheld the June-December 2008 “cease-fire” when in fact 223 rockets were fired into Israel during this period.

MORTON A. KLEIN

National president

Zionist Organization of America

New York

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