UK can learn from Is­rael

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The three re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Eng­land have fo­cused the at­ten­tion of the world on the death, pain and suf­fer­ing caused by these mur­ders. How­ever, the suc­cess­ful pre­ven­tion of other ter­ror­ist at­tacks has not gar­nered much pub­lic­ity. An ex­am­ple of this is the gen­er­ally un­re­ported cap­ture of two sep­a­rate Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists try­ing to en­ter Is­rael last month while car­ry­ing pipe bombs. In both cases, the men were caught by metal de­tec­tors at an Is­raeli check­point.

Crit­ics of Is­rael fre­quently com­plain that the check­points are dif­fi­cult or even hu­mil­i­at­ing for Pales­tini­ans. How­ever, if the choice is be­tween hav­ing ter­ror­ist bombs hit­ting ma­jor civil­ian tar­gets and blow­ing up schools, con­cert halls, movies or bridges, and an in­con­ve­nienced pop­u­la­tion, the choice is easy. Eng­land and other na­tions would be wise to copy the Is­raeli model.

ARTHUR HORN East Wind­sor, N.J.

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