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August 25, 2016 5:06 am

What Those Captured Palestinian Weapons Really Mean

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Some of the Palestinian weapons seized by Israeli police. Photo: Israeli government.

Some of the Palestinian weapons seized by Israeli police. Photo: GPO. – It’s one of the most disturbing photos from Israel that I’ve seen in years.

I’m referring to this week’s image of the hundreds of Palestinian terrorist weapons captured in Israeli raids. It was enough to send shivers down one’s spine. And it revealed more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than all the panel discussions, research papers, and expert analyses with which we are always being bombarded.

Friends of Israel often complain about what they say is the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s inadequate effort to make Israel’s case to the international community. And those complaints are not entirely without merit. But somebody in the foreign ministry’s “hasbara” division deserves credit for coming up with a simple, yet incredibly effective way of demonstrating what Israel is up against: show their weapons.

Telling the world that hundreds of terrorists have been arrested, or thousands of weapons captured is mind-numbing. They’re just numbers. The public yawns and turns the page. But recall what the Israelis did after capturing in Jan. 2002 the Karine A, the Palestinian ship seized by Israeli commandos. They didn’t just issue a press release about the 50 tons of arms, or the 700,000 rounds of ammunition on board. They actually spread the weapons out, on the ground, for the photographers and television cameras. And they reached as far as the eye — and the lens — could see.

The images of the Karine A weapons were what exposed and destroyed the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. All his years of pretending to be moderate and peace-seeking went up in smoke. The whole world could see, and never forget, the unbelievable arsenal he was trying to smuggle into Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.

In terms of what it revealed about Palestinian intentions, that photo from 2002 was worth a thousand words. And so is this week’s photo.

Israeli security forces captured no less than seven separate Palestinian terrorist weapons storehouses. And then they spread the weapons out so photographers could actually see them.

Rifles. Pistols. Bullets. Knives. Handcuffs.

To shoot Jews. To stab Jews. To handcuff hostages.

And where were the weapons captured? In Bethlehem and Hebron, that is, where the Palestinian Authority rules.

That’s right, the same Palestinian Authority (PA) that is obligated by the Oslo accords to fight terrorists, to put them in jail, to seize their weapons. But once again, the terrorists are manufacturing and storing weapons right under the PA’s nose, and they do nothing about it. Even though it has one of the largest per capita security forces in the world, the PA for some reason is unable to find the weapons.

We know from the New York Times — no friend of Israel’s — the real reason that Israel is forced to go in and do what the PA is supposed to be doing. On March 23, 2014, the Times published a report about Israeli troops entering the Palestinian-ruled area of Jenin in pursuit of terrorists. The reporter needed to explain why it is that the Israelis, and not the PA police, were doing the pursuing. The reason, she said, was that although the Jenin refugee camp is under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, “the Palestinian [security forces] did not generally operate in refugee camps,” even though those camps are hotbeds of terror activity.

And don’t think for a minute that this week’s weapons capture is some isolated incident. The Israeli news media report, although the international news media never report it, that since the beginning of this year, the Israeli Army and security services have uncovered 29 Palestinian terrorist factories.

Twenty-nine! Imagine the quantities of weapons they found. And imagine the kind of terrible slaughter the Palestinians intended to carry out with all those weapons.

This week’s photograph proves it yet again.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • SE Florida

    Unfortunately, these stunning photos of terrorist (PA) arms are one day and a mouse click away from indifference by the UN, Obama, and the world.

  • Dani

    And that is only in Judaea! What about Shomron not to talk about Gaza! THE PA always worked towords a masterplan which has stages. The Palestinean State within the 1967 territories is only a second stage for them to achieve, not a final situation.

  • Bill Keys

    As it’s said ,”a picture is worth a thousand words”.

  • I agree 100% with the contents of the article. But one fact is not 100% accurate. The IDF press release talked about 54 weapons from 7 factories not “hundreds“.
    Still serious enough to doubt the ontentions of the PA.

  • nat cheiman

    There will be no peace until the ” palestinians” ( or whatever that means) are chased out

  • Ted Crawford

    “Let’s be grateful Israel’s security forces have once again pre-empted the terrorists.” Let’s give credit where credit is due, Mr. Flatow. It’s Israel’s One-Person Security Force; G_d!

  • Read the Koran and you will see the source of this hatred. So called “Palestinians” are all about killing Jews and nothing to do with the furtherance of “Palestinians” with a better life for them. Hamas cares nothing for ‘Palestinians” other than to use them as a propaganda tool against Israel and a source of human shields. Gaza – your enemy is Hamas from within your lands, not Israel as they really mean you no harm. BUT is you allow Hamas to kill Jews then expect violent retaliation and some of you ‘good’ ‘Palestinians’ will get caught in the cross fire. Gaza – you have savage tigers in your community so keep them caged from where they cannot start wars.

  • Benjamin Sherr

    What a surprise! guns… Tunnels …stones
    Cars. Axes, knifes…..
    BiBi should get really v tough and arrest
    another solider.
    His impotent appeasing approach to
    Arab terrorism has emboldened these

  • What those captured weapons from PLO-occupied Bethlehem and Hevron really mean is the PLO terrorist entity has no intention of making peace with Israel. The weapons photo proves the Arab-Israeli conflict persists because Arabs deliberately deny Israel’s right to exist.

  • Israel

    “the Palestinian Authority has never acted seriously against the terrorists, and never will.”

    Major understatement.

    The PA pays convicted terrorists salaries in prison. The more heinous the crime the more the terrorist gets paid.

    Young terrorists have even confessed to having committed atrocities so they could “earn” cash for college tuition.

    Truth be told, the PA is a terrorist organization.

  • Hussan Salim

    ..the Israeli Army and security services have uncovered 29 Palestinian terrorist factories. Twenty-nine! Imagine the quantities of weapons they found. And imagine the kind of terrible slaughter the Palestinians intended to carry out with all those weapons.” Whats your suggestion to avoid all this other than locating and seizing Palestinian weapons caches..?
    Because if it will go on like this, it will not be always the Israeli forces are able to uncover these weapons before its too late… And also what will happen .. I mean from the Palestinian point of view, what else could happen afterwards, if their plan goes according to plan..?

  • Lia

    Agreed: the photograph is a public relations masterpiece.