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Yaakov Amidror, Israel’s former national-security adviser, criticizes both those who would answer the current wave of attacks with draconian measures and those who, to the contrary, would offer new concessions:
Tense times like these breed a tendency to infringe on the rights of the minority from which the terrorists emerge. We have seen how even the leaders of the most enlightened countries—the same ones who preach to Israel about tolerance and leniency—sideline all semblances of tolerance when they are hit close to home.
Israel should refrain from imposing harsh and unnecessary measures on the Palestinians, such as revoking work permits from Palestinians across Judea and Samaria. This measure would affect the livelihoods of thousands of families, when so far it is only one terrorist who abused his work permit to carry out an attack. . . .
The wave of terrorism is likely to continue until it proves itself useless—something that brings only grief to the perpetrators and their families. This is why Israel cannot offer any gestures to the Palestinians. Israel must make it clear that this prolonged violence will yield nothing.