Meryl Yourish notes that the level of terrorist attacks inside Israel and the West Bank varied little from 2004 to 2005. Combined, 2005 saw TWO fewer attacks against Israelis in Judea, Samaria and Israel. In Gaza, attacks dropped more than 50% because Sharon made the area judenrein. Nonetheless, the total number of actual attacks were nearly 3,000 in 2005.
Kassam rocket attacks against Israel increased more than 20% from 2004 to 2005. So much for Mahmoud Abbas' alleged truce. Kassams are the homemade or low-tech rockets that can be fired from just about anywhere in Gaza and reach Israel, that the Palestinian "Authority" will not act against and that routinely slipped through the Gaza/Egypt border through smuggler's routes.
Yourish's summary is worth a quote:
The hard work of the Israeli intelligence agencies, security services, police force, and the IDF are what has lowered terror attacks. 160 would-be suicide bombers were arrested last year. There were 578 warnings of impending terror attacks. Anyone who thinks that Mahmoud Abbas is preventing terrorist attacks with that phony truce is ignoring the numbers –- which have been available throughout the year, and which are constantly ignored by the mainstream media outlets. If you do see these numbers referenced, you can bet the farm they will be quoted as showing that the “truce” is working.
It is not.
It is a sham, it has been a sham, and it was meant to be a sham from the get-go. The numbers don’t lie: 2,990 terror attacks in a year breaks down to eight terror attacks per day, with another 1.5 attacks per day foiled in some manner.
It is hardly a “truce” when terrorists try, ten times a day, to murder Israelis.
Just more proof that the peace process is all process, no peace.
As an aside, The Monk likes this headline from the Jerusalem Post today, after a suicide bomber prematurely detonated: "Jenin: Bomber explodes near troops, no casualties."
And no regrets.