Published in The Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2007:
Tell us, Mr. Ambassador
Sir, - It was most surprising to hear US Ambassador Richard Jones say, "Now you are showing restraint… [b]ecause there is a cease-fire… The fringe groups can get away with violating the cease-fire… The policy of restraint is improving your security in the long run. You really haven't suffered that much [from the Kassams] in terms of loss of life and you have given Gaza a little breathing space."
Does Mr. Jones not know that the Aksa Brigades, the military wing of Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah - hardly a "fringe group" - also takes credit for the 77 missile attacks on the Western Negev since the November 26, 2005 cease-fire? And does he understand that there has been no loss of life over the past two months only because these missiles accidentally missed their civilian targets?
How is Israel's security "improved" when terrorists fire rockets to terrorize Israel's population in the Western Negev while Israel allows its adversaries in Gaza to regroup, rearm and reorganize? If Mexico fired 77 missiles into Western Texas, or if Canada fired 77 missiles into the Pacific North West, would any American suggest a policy of restraint? ("Pledge of allegiance," January 19.)
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