The Zionist Conspiracy
Friday, January 16, 2004
Haaretz reports in that an interview with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), Deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim said that in light of his approval of Wednesday's suicide bombing, "Sheik Yassin is marked for death, and he should hide himself deep underground where he won't know the difference between day and night. And we will find him in the tunnels, and we will eliminate him."
This is plainly idiotic. I'm all for eliminating Yassin and the rest of Hamas. But threatening to do so is counterproductive. It clearly does not deter Hamas from targeting Israeli civilians, but it unnecessarily casts Israel in a negative light. That price may be worth paying when the enemy is actually liquidated, but not otherwise.