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Hamas and the facts on the ground

This short article from the Jerusalem Post talks about a possible Israeli plan to build additional parts of the security fence in reaction to the killing last week of an Israeli mother and her young daughters by terrorists. Rarely mentioned amidst the recent talk about this terrible killing (and the rejection of Sharon’s disengagement plan by Likud party members) is one massive fact: terrorist groups (especially Hamas) have carried out only one or two successful attacks inside Israel in quite awhile.

Israeli security forces and the fence have disrupted a lot of attacks partially underway, but the fact is that fewer attacks have been conceived in the first place because Israel has been successful in eliminating so many terrorist operatives in the West Bank and Gaza, including Hamas leaders like Rantisi and Yassin (watch out for similar action in Lebanon and Syria against Hezbollah, which has become an even bigger source for terrorist money and support). Simply put: Anger and threats of revenge on "the street" do not determine how many terrorist attacks there will be: they have to be planned, financed, and carried out by operational leaders with hard-to-acquire (and replace) contacts, skills, and knowledge. And those people can be eliminated.

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