Hatikva dashed February 26, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
It is so desperately infuriating to hear of a fresh suicide-bomber murder in Tel Aviv. It makes me more trenchant in my view that the obstacles to peace certainly seem more numerous on the Palestinian side than on the Israeli side, although that appears to be the view of very few, mysteriously. The message it sends doesn’t even deserve the epithet interesting, but it shows, of course, that the militants are openly opposed to the tentative moves towards some form of reconciliation and want to dash the hope freshly aroused by the apparently positive moves in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Well, the Palestinian Authority has immediately condemned the attack, but those words won’t be of much comfort to those affected most closely or anyone who expects Israel to show restraint in combatting the hate-mongers.
I still feel that the situation without Arafat around should be better than before, and Abbas seems vaguely more committed to peace than his predecessor. But how much sway does he hold over the murderous militants? I fear very little. These are people so imbued with hatred and a conviction that they are victims – they are of course: of their own wrongness – that no good can come while they still have a military capability. They will make the standard claim that this was in reaction to Israeli aggression – presumably in referral to someone attempting to get into a Gaza settlement being shot – which is, of course, utter piffle.
Well, hatikva can never be completely dashed, of course, and I will remain hopeful, but long may the terrorists and their supporters rot.