Aluf Benn points out that Yitzhak Rabin was obsessed with the looming danger of radical Islam, both in Iran and in Western Europe. He writes that his Western hosts felt this was just so much hyperbole and was a way of taking the Israeli occupation out of the equation. That was ten years ago. Today the world is even more globally interconnected, the jobs that employed many of the Muslims in Europe have evaporated. We have experienced the horror of 9/11 and the rise of politicised radical Islamic movements in various parts of the world. We have seen the US led invasion of Iraq and the descent of that country into chaos with the concommitant spread of terrorism to neighbouring countries, as we saw last week with the terror attack in Amman. Would this picture be different if the Israeli occupation ended tommorrow? No, it would not. Radical Islam does not recognise state borders. For them, like for the radical colonists of the occupied territories who value the Land of Israel over the State of Israel, there is only one distinction, that between-Dar al Harb and Dar al Islam. But for the overwhelming number of Palestinians, the occupation is the core causal factor in the destabilisation of the region. They see its end as the beginning of the improvement in their lives and the condition that will bring true security to their lives and to the lives of the Israelis. The end of the occupation will not cause the radical Islamists to refrain from achiving their goals, but it will provide them with less fertile ground from which to recruit in Palestine. The end of the occupation and Zarqawi's continued campaign of terror against Muslim civilians will weaken his cause, not strengthen it, in the eyes of most Muslims.
Israeli tanks return fire in response to mortar shells fired from southern Gaza (Haaretz)
from the article: Rabin's angry prophecies