- Apr 13, 2011
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
Read more @: Tel Aviv mayor links terror attack to Israeli occupation of Palestinian landsIsraelis rallied in a show of defiance on Thursday following a terror attack by two Palestinian gunmen that led to four deaths in the heart of Tel Aviv. As politicians and locals gathered in mourning at Sarona Market, an upscale hot spot of eateries that was targeted Wednesday night, security forces deployed into the West Bank in a far-reaching crackdown. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have had their travel permits into Israel revoked.
“The IDF has been acting decisively and quickly from the moment it learned of the incident,”said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, referring to Israel’s military. “We will take all the necessary steps. This is not the time to give statements. We do not intend to accept the situation.”
Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, who in an interview with Army Radio pointed to what he saw was the underlying spark for terrorist violence: the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
“We, as a state, are the only ones in the world with another people living among us under our occupation, denying them any civil rights,” he said. Huldai, 71, discussed the collapse of any meaningful process toward a two-state solution — the desired fix to a half-century of conflict that is still the stated goal of the United States and the bulk of the international community.
“The problem is that when there is no terrorism, no one talks about [the occupation],” Huldai said. “Nobody has the guts to take a step towards trying to make some kind of [final status] arrangement. We are 49 years into an occupation that I was a participant in, and I recognize the reality and know that leaders with courage just say things.”
Tel Aviv mayor seems to think if you brutally occupy people for decades, it may be a factor in why they attack you . Well you dont say?