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Weekly Commentary: Giving terrorists day jobs as cops to fulfill

Aaron Lerner Date: 26 January 2006

If the Palestinian Authority (PA) gives all the armed terrorists day jobs as
cops would that constitute “breaking up the terror infrastructure”?

The PA leadership thinks so.

And Israel’s Foreign Minister Livni, perhaps out of a desire to keep Israel’
s options open, declines to take a position.

This is a terrible mistake by all counts.

The Oslo experience has shown time and again that giving terrorists a badge
and a salary doesn’t prevent them from moonlighting as terrorists. If
anything, the police training only makes them more dangerous, as
demonstrated by the CIA trained policemen/terrorist sharpshooters.

Some have tried to draw a parallel between the recruitment of members of the
various Jewish underground groups into the IDF at the founding of the State
of Israel, but the comparison fails on all counts:

The members of the Jewish underground groups were drafted into the IDF to
help protect the fledgling State from annihilation – not take them off the
streets.

The Palestinians have the great luxury of not needing to waste their
resources on an army to battle their enemies: they did, after all, commit to
resolve their disputes with Israel via peaceful means, and they can rely on
Israel to defend their areas from foreign invasion.

The PA doesn’t need a huge army. It needs an efficient, professional,
police force. It doesn’t need tens of thousands of assault rifle bearing
forces. A few disciplined SWAT teams would suffice.

Want to give the terrorists jobs to they get off the streets?

Fine.

But not as cops.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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