First The Studies, Then The Crackdown?
The study, reported in today's WashTimes, shows that more Palestinians died in internal rivalries and skirmishes than in hostilities with Israel. The margin is paper thin, 219 to 218, suggesting the study may have been conveniently cooked, but nonetheless it provides a reason for the Authority to clamp down on gun and missile totin' terrorists.
Palestinian Authority officials say the prohibition on carrying guns is the first step in a drive to collect illegal weapons, a prerequisite for restarting negotiations according to the U.S.-sponsored "road map" to a lasting peace deal with Israel.It's a good thing the Authority isn't asking for a vote on the gun ban, like Brazil.
"We want to say to our people that illegal arms only bring us trouble and disturb the peace," said Tawfik Abu Khoussa, an Interior Ministry spokesman.