Monday, January 30, 2006

According to the New Oxford Dictionary of English ( 2001 ), p. 1915,:
  • terrorism: "The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims"
  • terrorist: "A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims"

While these are slightly problematic definitions ( they could apply to several Western, democratic governments and their war-time policies ) they do cover the activities of most extremists in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including most of the militants among the settlers and their sympathizers.

Since Israel always has said - rightly so, in my opinion, though it did not always apply that rule, see for example its deals with Hizbollah - that it will not negotiate with terrorists, this morning I was surprised to read this report ( here is the same news item on the website of Ha'Aretz ). Of course I am not making any comparisons, but yet again it becomes clear that extremist violence pays off.

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