TITLE

Martyred

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;4/5/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 12, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The author considers what effect the killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin will have on Israeli-Palestinian relations. Is it heartless not to mourn the death of Sheik Ahmed Yassin? No, it is heartless to mourn it. The man was responsible for the slaughter of many, many people; savagery was his principal contribution to history, along with the attempt to transform a political conflict into a religious war. Any American who does not understand Israel's reason for hunting Sheik Yassin down, and for seeking to extirpate the leaders and the capabilities of Hamas, does not understand America's reason for hunting Osama bin Laden down, and for seeking to extirpate the leaders and the capabilities of Al Qaeda. As even some senior members of the Likud now seem finally to recognize, the demographic clock is ticking ruthlessly between the river and the sea, and unless Israel's government takes the need for diplomacy seriously, and prepares itself for a moment of truth about Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israel will find itself in a crisis even graver than this one. Sharon's decision to leave Gaza and its settlements is a fine start, if a start it is. Indeed, the campaign against the Hamas leadership in Gaza is the corollary of that act of withdrawal: The terrible emboldening precedent of the withdrawal from Lebanon, which Hezbollah and its admirers in Palestine interpreted as an Israeli retreat, is obviously weighing on Sharon.
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