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July 24, 2007



Don't tell me you interviewed Saraa of Tomorrow's Pioneers.

Dion Nissenbaum

Yep. You guessed it.


It seems to me that that targeted assassinations are a reasonable response even with the risks you describe.

On the one hand, you have certain Palestinians randomly firing lethal rockets at Israeli civilians. Calling them, "rudimentary" does not help. Even if they hit nothing, they destroy the quality of life in the target area. I believe Israel's strikes are also intended for potential suicide bombers; even though the rate has drastically declined, I understand this is not for want of trying.

As this is a calculus, what is it these terrorists want? The only defined objective I have heard is, "all of Israel." Clearly this is unacceptable to Israel and it must respond in such a fashion as to stop the terror.

The alternative is that peaceful people must be forced to accept the attacks of belligerents just because there is a possibility someone on the belligerent side might get hurt. This approach of course favours the belligerents and it is in fact what Israel is coping with because of external pressures from bodies like the UN, EU and the ever-critical media .


Great blog, Di! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Checkpoint Jerusalem was written by Dion Nissenbaum, who covered the Middle East as Jerusalem bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers from 2005 to 2009.

Nissenbaum is now McClatchy's bureau chief in Kabul, covering south Asia with an emphasis on Afghanistan. See his new blog at Checkpoint Kabul.

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