Friday, January 20, 2006

Suicide Bombing In Tel Aviv No Surprise

There is a long tradition in Israel that major political or diplomatic events are preceeded by death and destruction, normally in the form of suicide bombings or targeted assassinations. Thus it was no surprise to me to see that a suicide bombing had occurred in Tel Aviv. I was just thankful that no one, save the bomber himself, was killed.

Now it is incumbent upon both Abbas and Olmert to see past the incident, and the others that may follow shortly, and go forward with the election. These actions are geared towards preventing, in this case, the elections, and giving in to these tactics will only encourage their use in the future, and delay crucial steps on the path towards a better future in the region.

Both Abbas and Olmert are new leaders, and while Olmert has been mayor in Jerusalem for a long time, it’s still hard to predict how he’ll react to this type of tactic. Let’s hope both leaders have the courage of their convictions, and are not swayed by the acts of extremists.

Posted by Scottage at 12:18 AM / | |