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September 11, 2006
The Difference Between Israel And Its Enemies

In Israel, Jewish terrorists get tried and convicted:

An Israeli settler who shot and killed four Palestinian civilians in the West Bank in an attempt to scuttle Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip was convicted Monday in the Jerusalem District Court on four counts of murder.

Asher Weisgan, 38, of the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, who had subsequently called for the
assassination of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, had been found mentally fit to stand trial by a psychiatrist who examined him at court order.

A driver who transported Palestinian laborers, Weisgan grabbed a gun from a security guard at the end of the work day last August after asking him for a drink of water, and then opened fire at the workers in his car at close range, killing three instantly and mortally wounding a fourth, who died later on the operating table at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem.

In the Palestinian Authority, their terrorists vie for power:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Monday he would keep his post in a coalition government between Hamas and Fatah, indicating progress in the most recent round of talks.

But Haniyeh did not say whether the sides had reached agreement on three key issues: recognizing Israel, halting terrorist activity and accepting past Israeli-Palestinian peace deals. Israel and the international community, headed by the United States, has said it would not recognize any Hamas-led government until it accepted the three demands, which Hamas has rejected.

"We have gone a long way and expect within the next few days to create a constitutional mechanism that allows for a national unity government," Haniyeh told reporters in Gaza, without elaborating.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas returned to the Gaza Strip on Sunday night "to make a final attempt" to reach an agreement with Hamas on the formation of a national-unity government, PA officials said.

"This is Hamas's last chance," one official told The Jerusalem Post. "Either they accept our terms of the establishment of a national-unity government or we will have to form a new government."

Until the Palestinians stop treating their terrorists as heroes, peace will never occur in that region.

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