Sunday, April 18, 2004

And another one gone

The Israeli Defense Forces took out Rantisi, the new Hamas head. Response: this is a good thing. The Hamas charter is the most anti-Semitic tract since the Mein Kampf. Hamas's express purpose is to wipe Israel off the map. Here's the White House response, courtesy National Review:

As we have repeatedly made clear, Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks. Hamas is a terrorist organization that attacks civilians, and that claimed responsibility for the suicide attack today that killed one and injured other Israeli guards at the Erez crossing. The United States is gravely concerned for regional peace and stability. The United States strongly urges Israel to consider carefully the consequences of its actions, and we again urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint at this time. This is especially true at a moment when there is hope that an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza will bring a new opportunity for progress toward peace. All parties should focus on the positive, concrete steps needed now to make the Gaza withdrawal successful.

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