Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A New Battle for Jerusalem

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A New Battle for Jerusalem

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This generation's battle for Jerusalem has begun. With two attacks on Israeli civilians punctuated by the public "kiss of death" bestowed by Yasser Arafat on a terrorist leader, militant Arabs have shown that they intend to make Jerusalem their capital at the point of a gun.

No civilized country will tolerate that kind of negotiation under duress. That is why, on the eve of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's first visit to the terror-torn area, Israel published a list of 10 obligations - all agreed to by Palestinian authorities - that must be met before any new agreements can be made.

These range from the imprisonment of ringleaders who equip and brainwash suicide bombers (this week's temporary detention of a few dozen volunteer roundupables is a joke) to the cessation of the drumbeat of incitement to violence by holy warriors in mosques and by Arafat's controlled media. These measures to end violence are not new Israeli demands; they are promises contained in the Oslo accords, reconfirmed only months ago in the Hebron agreement. One of the broken commitments: Oslo's interim agreement permitted a West Bank and Gaza police force of 24,000, with every recruit to be reviewed by Israel to keep guns from known terrorists. But today the Palestinians under arms number 35,500, with names of half kept secret. This illegal army buildup shreds the Oslo agreement; if this Arab promise is not kept, what are others worth? "Land for peace" has become "land for a staging ground for war." The naive notion that Arab hearts would be won by handing over most of the West Bank before breaking the news that Jerusalem was not about to be divided again has been exposed as cruelly self-deceptive. With every concession of land, Arafat has grown more insistent that Jerusalem must be his capital. Most Israelis remember the last time Arabs controlled East Jerusalem. Jews were driven out and synagogues razed. Israel will not allow that persecution to happen again. That is why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the face of Arafat's 10 major broken security promises, has stopped letting Israel be the salami under the Palestinian knife. …

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