Now says Arens, "Abbas is not capable of fulfilling the two basic requirements Israel would demand in any agreement involving significant territorial concessions: First, that the agreement would constitute the end of the conflict and that no further Palestinian demands would be made of Israel. And second, that the territories ceded would not become bases for terrorist activities against Israel." (Emphasis added)
And then this last piece of information on Palestinian Arab violence:
Tekoa is a community in Gush Etzion, not far outside of Jerusalem. Once upon a time, the road into Tekoa was dangerous, as it made its way past Arab villages. But in recent years, with the construction of a new road, the way was considered safe. That is, until last night.
People I know and care about were in a vehicle travelling on that road, when Arabs threw large rocks at the car. Only because the windshield had been reinforced were they saved from a lethal situation -- the window broke into spiderweb-like cracks but did not shatter inward.
I have now learned that there were other cars on the road that were attacked at the same time.
The Arabs are becoming bolder and more lethal.
What I tremble to anticipate is that in the run-up to Obama's visit, we'll do "confidence building" gestures such as letting terrorists out of prison, or cutting back on checkpoints. When instead (forgive my political incorrectness) we should be breaking a few heads. They have to fear us.
After Purim, I will want to look in more detail at recent evidence of world-wide involvement in terrorism of Iran and Hezbollah. But for now, enough. More than enough.
I look forward to my grandchildren in costume, and to the Purim meal (seudah) and a great deal more.
Chag Purim Sameach!