These are excerpts from
Israel's Long Arm
an IsraelForum.com original.
Full story at: http://www.israelforum.com/dynamix/page.pl?sn=122
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was clear-cut in his reaction to the trio of near-simultaneous terror attacks in Kenya and in Israel. The Jewish State's "long arm will get those who carried out the terror attacks," stated Sharon. "No one will be forgiven," he added ominously. As a matter of fact, Israel's retaliation against the Palestinians who gunned down six Israeli voters at a Likud polling station came swiftly. Within 24 hours of the incidents, the IDF quickly demolished the homes of the Palestinian murderers. But Israel's response to the Kenya attacks is also expected to include cross-border military action. While it is generally agreed that the evidence points to al Qaeda, there is strong suspicion in Israel that the Iranian-sponsored group Hizbullah may have played a role in the attacks.
Among the evidence pointing to the Lebanese terror organization's culpability is the incredible speed with which Hizbullah's al Manr TV station announced the details of the attack and who claimed responsibility.
Contrary to the false claims made by certain European countries, Hizbullah has a track record of committing acts of terror outside Lebanon. For example, the Iranian-directed organization is responsible for the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, in which more than 100 people were massacred. And, it is now also known that Hizbullah has attended a terrorism summit in October, together with al Qaeda representatives in South America.
In a statement made last week to the British newspaper, the Guardian, an unnamed Israeli security official said that once a link between Hizbullah and the Kenyan attacks is established, a military response is almost certain.
Although the United States has, in the past, repeatedly said that it understands Israel's need to strike back at Hizbullah, the U.S. is said to be less than enthusiastic about Israel's plans to reach out beyond its borders to attack al Qaeda.
First... If a tiny country like Israel could be effective against the al Qaeda menace, it would, no doubt, raise some serious questions about the lagging U.S. efforts.
Second, an Israeli anti-terrorism action in a Muslim country might further weaken the already-shaky support that the U.S. is desperately trying to build among Arab countries for the upcoming war against Iraq...
Unless the Jewish State acts forcefully to protect its citizens, not only will terrorism against Israel increase, but there will also be a sharp rise of Islamic violence in the rest of the world. Already, governments are scrambling to come up with ways to protect their own civilian aircraft against shoulder-held surface-to-air missiles like those used against the Israeli plane in Kenya.
It is not far fetched to speculate that if, God forbid, a 747 loaded with 500 passengers was shot down by al Qaeda in the U.S., then apart from the staggering human loss, the Bush administration would be facing even larger problems.
So, instead of worrying about Israel's Long Arm justice, the U.S. should focus its concern on forcing its Arab foreign aid recipients to stop supporting Islamic terrorism against America.
the U.S. and the rest of the world should announce their support for Israel, stop withholding vital intelligence information, and wish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Mofaz the best of luck and success in their pursuit of al Qaeda.
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There are a few points made here.
1. Israel intends on reaching outside its borders.
2. Hizbullah might be found responsible, in which case, another action in Lebanon will be forthcoming.
3. The U.S. is not thrilled about Israel going cross-border.
4. Israel needs to ignore #3 and go about its business and do what it needs to do.
What do you think?