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Rate of Terror Attacks Slows

Senior Israeli officers state that there has been a 75 percent decrease in suicide attacks and attempted suicide attacks during the first half of 2004, in comparison with the corresponding period last year. Israeli officials say that the number of terrorist attacks against Israel has dropped for two reasons.

The first one is that IDF operations are taking effect on the terror organizations, hindering their ability to plan successful operations. Here is the statement from Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz,
"We are seeing a new trend. The level of terror is slowly declining. We must keep up the offensive operations. The pressure is working. The motivation of terror organizations is high, yet their capabilities have substantially decreased,"
The second reason is the more important of the two, the PA is actually taking steps to prevent terror attacks. The PA has stopped funding the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and for the first time in a long time, have actually been working to prevent terrorist and suicide attacks. Yasser Arafat can stop the attacks when he pleases, simply amazing, all this time he lead us to believe he had no control over them.

Anyways, I hope this trend continues, peace and security are the best and only answer to the Palestinian question, suicide bombers and hatred are not. Its about time Arafat figured that out for himself.

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