Charles Krauthammer details Israel’s victory over the Intifada
While no one was looking, something historic happened in the Middle East. The Palestinian intifada is over, and the Palestinians have lost.
The end of the intifada does not mean the end of terrorism. There was terrorism before the intifada and there will be terrorism to come. What has happened, however, is an end to systematic, regular, debilitating, unstoppable terror — terror as a reliable weapon. At the height of the intifada, there were nine suicide attacks in Israel killing 85 Israelis in just one month (March 2002). In the past three months there have been none.
Israel targeted terrorist leaders — attacks so hypocritically denounced by Westerners who, at the same time, cheer the hunt for, and demand the head of, Osama bin Laden. The top echelon of Hamas and other terrorist groups has been either arrested, killed or driven underground. The others are now so afraid of Israeli precision and intelligence — the last Hamas operative to be killed by missile was riding a motorcycle — that they are forced to devote much of their time and energy to self-protection and concealment.
He also thinks the fence was important. I think the apparent success of the fence is more an artifact of attacking the terrorists. Hopefully, the US will continue to follow suit. Do Kerry supporters out there believe he will or that, instead, he would go more for a defensive law enforcement model?