Cause and Effect?
Batya asked the question first, but it bears repeating
Does the government’s public announcement of a West Bank evacuation lead to increased terrorism?
Here is the Israeli government, trying to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians and towards that end actually outlining a plan to evacuate the settlements and pay compensation to the settlers.
The Arab response: pogroms.
That’s right, imitate your idiot cousins in Gaza, don’t build a state, prove to the world that you really are Terror, Inc., graduate from rock-throwing to Kassam-firing, and we’ll be back to Operation Defensive Shield and Round Three of the Occupation in no time at all.
What’s wrong with you people?!
The evacuation-compensation bill under discussion proposes offering NIS 1.1 million to families willing to move out of West Bank settlements. The numbers differ at points in various media outlets, but it's a large number.
During the meeting about the bill, Vice Premier Haim Ramon presented the cabinet with an outline of bill, which is estimated at a total cost of NIS 2.5 billion. The plan would offer settlers who choose to relocate to the Negev an additional 25 percent compensation and those who agree to move the Galilee region an additional 15 percent.
18 percent of the 60,000 settlers currently living in the West Bank have said they would be willing to relocate, according to one survey of questionable provence. A survey conducted by the Prime Minister's Office (another highly questionable provence given his track record) showed that more than 11,000 settlers living beyond the security barrier would agree to leave their homes.
Ramon told the cabinet members that, "The evacuation of residents of Judea and Samaria is an unavoidable step for those who believe in two states for two peoples - and that includes most of the Israeli public." He left out, "in Tel Aviv." Those of us substantially closer to the borders look at Sderot and ask, "What, are you nuts?!"
And the Arab response:
Sunday morning 7:57 am -- "Rock-throwing Arab terrorists moved from Judea and Samaria to the high-speed Highway 6 (Kvish 6) Sunday morning and wounded a couple and their baby. The attack occurred near the Horeshim junction, near a large Israeli Arab town located south of Kalkilya and Kfar Saba. The victims suffered light wounds from glass in the windshield that was shattered by the rock throwers and were treated in Bellinson Hospital in Petach Tikva. No one has been arrested for the attack. Hurling rocks and stones at Jewish cars occurs virtually every day in Judea and Samaria, where Arab terrorists try to force drivers to lose control of their cars and crash." (Israel National News--I don't control editorial content here).
Sunday morning 10:44 am -- Firebomb Attacks in Beit El
Arabs attacked the city of Beit El with firebombs twice over the weekend, security forces reported Sunday. The first attack took place late on Friday night, when a group of Arab men, apparently residents of a nearby village, approached Beit El and threw a firebomb towards the city. The attack caused a fire and damaged a security fence. Soldiers who witnessed the incident refrained from firing on the attackers. An officer later said that the attackers were standing 300 meters from the soldiers and did not pose a significant threat, so there was no reason to use force.Following the incident, a group of Arab men returned and attacked the city again on Saturday night, this time throwing three firebombs. Soldiers did not open fire. Residents of Beit El expressed anger, saying that if soldiers continued to refrain from using force during firebomb attacks, the attacks would continue.
Near Tekoa, from the same source: Arab stone throwers hurled rocks at Jewish motorists in the eastern Gush Etzion town of Tekoa, hitting at least one tour bus and lightly injuring two passengers. Soldiers responded by shooting in the air, and said they were not aware of any injuries to the Arab attackers.
An Arab terrorist stabbed a nine-year-old Jewish boy at the Shalhevet neighborhood in Yitzhar in Samaria on the Sabbath, torched an empty house and tried to set fire to a second building. The terrorist threw the boy four meters down off of an outdoor porch, into an area filled with construction material - yet he landed on the only bush in the area. He was treated in a nearby hospital and was said to be in light condition. Dozens of residents of Yitzhar retaliated and attacked the adjacent Arab village of Asira al-Kabaliya, where it is suspected the terrorist resides. Villagers claimed that the Jews rioted in the village, destroyed houses, overturned vehicles and shot at least two Arabs. Arabs threw rocks and stones at the Jews until IDF soldiers arrived, broke up the riots and slapped a curfew on the village. The troops arrested one suspect in the stabbing.
A relatively unknown terrorist group calling itself Ahrar Al-Jalil (Freedom for the Galilee) Brigades claimed responsibility for the arson and attack on the boy. The same group claimed it was behind two bulldozer and backhoe attacks in Jerusalem earlier this year in which three people were killed and several were wounded.
I cannot think of any actions that would more strongly unite the Israeli public against evacuating the West Bank than these attacks. We already know that "land-for-peace" didn't work in Sderot and the other communities being barraged from Gaza; why would the Palestininas think that these attacks in the West Bank assist their cause?