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A way to reassure the Israeli public
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Lochery, Neil
Date: Dec 17, 2002
Start Page: 07
Section: Opinion
Abstract (Document Summary)

Given the recent history of Israel, which has seen a marked increase in terrorist casualties since it signed peace agreements with the Palestinians, comprehensive and genuine Palestinian decommissioning must take place before Israel offers any additional political concessions.

HERE THE cases of Northern Ireland and Israel diverge. Under the terms of the Oslo Accords Israel actually allowed the PLO to effectively arm itself. Those who have read the small print of the accords will have noted that the PLO was permitted to arm its security forces with only light weapons for domestic security purposes. Instead Yasser Arafat and his ad-hoc security forces stockpiled weapons to prepare for war with Israel.

It is impractical to suggest that all illegal weapons be collected, and here [Ariel Sharon]'s insistence on the dismantling of all Palestinian security bodies is very interesting. His suggestion that they be replaced with two or three new organizations consisting of a new police force and two security services presents an opportunity to at least verify and license the weapons such new organizations would be allowed to keep. Once again it would have to be job for a third party such as the CIA.

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