Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz decided on Thursday, in accordance to defense establishment recommendations, to allow the transfer of weapons and ammunition from Israel to supporters of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The amount of weapons to be transferred was limited, and came out of concern for Abbas' life and position at the head of the PA, security officials said.
I would have thought the odds were rather high that at some point the PLO would turn those very same weapons on Israeli civilians. It is not for nothing that the PLO has a long bloody history of attacking Israeli civilians – just think Ma’alot for one.
Of course, perhpas it’s only natural to actively participate in a potential genocide when your Defense Minister bears a most unfortunate resemblance to Joseph Stalin. Israel Defense Minister, Amir Peterz, has often been referred to as a dove, but I think from now on we can say safely infer that he is more like a lamb, as in lamb to the slaughter.
Dr. Aaron Lerner at IMRA has a timely post listing the Israeli victims of "light weapons" since Oslo:
DM Peretz has decided to enable third parties to provide more gun and rifles to the Palestinians. Supporters of the move argue that such"light weapons"do not present a significant danger to Israelis. The following is a list of some of the people the supporters forgot. It only includes those who were clearly identified as having been murdered by gunfire on the Foreign Ministry website.
I could only make it to 1996 before I was overwhelmed with the staggering loss of potential each of these lives represented, and, the whole world of grief that came knocking for those who loved them. To put the emotional ethos into some kind of perspective try imagining the Washington/Beltway Snipers had remained uncaught and fully operational for 13 years rather than a few short weeks.