"the assassination of Yehiyeh Ayash was a consequential event for the peace process, terrorism and Palestinian politics."
"When the traditional 40-day Muslim mourning period ended following the terrorist’s assassination, Hamas undertook a wave of vicious and especially deadly terror bombings in Israel. In the period between February 25 and March 4 of that year, four bombings rocked Israel, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Perhaps as a result, Ayash’s family home in the West Bank town of Rafat was demolished by the IDF using explosives, the first demolition since the beginning of the peace process several years earlier."Direct linkage? I don't think so. A convenient "excuse" to the mind of Hamas murderers? Most likely.
Yehiyeh Ayash was a murderer. In the same way that civilized society through history has resorted to the removal of murderers from society, so Israel acted towards him.
Hamas would have killed Jews regardless of Ayash's death. And what if, just perhaps, his death discouraged some young Palestinian from following in Ayash's footsteps.
Read the full column, This Week in History: ‘The Engineer’ is assassinated.
What do you think?