Syrian Sincerity, The Fence and Other Hot Issues

So much for the Syrian “peace overtures.”

Three days after Syrian President Bashar Assad called for renewed talks with Israel, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whose offices are in Damascus, sent two suicide bombers to attack Israeli schoolchildren in Yokne’am and more Israelis in the northern city of Beit She’an.

A senior security official told Channel 1 TV news Wednesday night that Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus issued the order to its Jenin cells to carry out the attacks.

A massive security alert in the North was lifted on Wednesday afternoon after the two Palestinians allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a school in Yokne’am were captured by soldiers in the West Bank.

Ok, so only the really hopeful (or blissfully ignorant) believed the sincerity of Assad’s words. But let’s not obscure another important point here. Schoolchildren! Terrorists sent to deliberately kill schoolchildren. Where are the so-called PA security forces that are supposed to be preventing these kinds of attacks?

The arrests of the two – both members of the Palestinian Authority security services and affiliated with Islamic Jihad – came after a daylong alert imposed on the Wadi Ara area.

I guess it is kind of difficult to be preventing terror when you yourself are executing it. But I still want to know how they entered Israel.

A Shin Bet source said the two men left Jenin Tuesday morning and set out for Bardaleh, where they planned to cross into Israel. “They told investigators that they had chosen the location as there is no security fence in the area,” he said.

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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