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IDF Reverses Suicide Bombers' Success-Failure Ratio

Correspondent Notwithstanding last Wednesday’s serious incident in Nablus, in which two soldiers were killed, the defense establishment can derive some satisfaction from two recent turns in the war on terror. One is the recent efforts by the Palestinian Authority – the first such in a long time – to halt the firing of Kassam rockets from Gaza into Israel. The second is statistical. There are still suicide bombings, and will apparently continue to be in the coming months, but the ratio of successful to failed attempts has changed radically. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) now foils about 15 suicide bombings for every one that succeeds. Optimists could view both of these developments as the first tentative confirmation of the General Staff’s recent assessment that “the worst of the conflict with the Palestinians is already behind us” – and in the light of the anticipated American attack on Iraq, which Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon expects to produce “a regional earthquake.” Full Story

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