It's all a matter of timing...
Israel's new Public Security Minister, former head of the Shin Bet and current Kadima MK, Avi Dichter, made a stunning announcement this week:
Dichter: We beat terror, now we must fight societal violence
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said Monday that the burgeoning phenomenon of violence in Israeli society would be defeated just as Palestinian terrorism was defeated.
I'm guessing that Avi Dichter's announcement of Israel's having defeated "Palestinian" terrorism a day after a Qassam rocket landed in a classroom in Sderot just might have had something to do with it.
But, it gets worse for Dichter. Since his remarks, the following headlines have appeared in the Israeli media:
1) Halutz: Terrorists smuggling tons of TNT from Sinai
While Israel spends billions to fortify its border with the Gaza Strip, terrorist groups have found a bypass route into Israel through Sinai...
Instead of risking the high-tech security checkpoints that Israel has designed between Gaza and Israel, terror groups are establishing routes through the largely unfenced Negev and Sinai deserts.
Although the IDF has increased patrols in the area, terrorists have already smuggled 6.5 tons of TNT, 15 rockets, and dozens of RPGs, said Halutz.
"My problem with the consolidation [plan] is that you get a Palestinian
quasi-state without a peace agreement and the terror continues."
In a visit to his hometown of Sderot on Monday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz toured a school that had suffered a direct hit from a Kassam rocket and conceded that anti-Kassam protection measures for schools and kindergartens in the Western Negev won't be in place by September...
Approximately 400 Kassam rockets, launched from Northern Gaza, have landed in Israel since the Gaza disengagement, according to IDF sources.
I'm sure, as the former head of the Shin Bet, Dichter knows what he's talking about, so if he says that Israel has defeated "Palestinian" terrorism, then regardless of any facts showing otherwise, he must be right, and everyone else must be wrong.
He just should have waited another week before making the announcement.