Unstoppable Terror

Despite the crackdown on Palestinian leaders, Israel's violence escalates

When Israel deported 415 alleged Islamic agitators last December, the idea was to curb attacks by fundamentalist Palestinians on Jewish soldiers and civilians. It hasn't worked, as evidenced by the casualties so far this month: 10 Israelis killed and 14 wounded. Clashes between protesters and security forces have also left nine Palestinians dead and some 400 injured. The expulsion of Hamas' political leadership has only freed its young gunmen to act more violently. "Now we need not have long discussions about the consequences of acting," says a field leader. "We just go ahead."

Adding to the sense of crisis was a...

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