|JULY-AUGUST 1996||PUBLISHED BY AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL|
TIME TO GO AFTER
accurately characterized the Sharm el-Sheikh conference as a "carnival of mass self-deception." The Clinton administration, which sponsored the gathering, was primarily interested in photo-ops that would boost Shimon Peres's election prospects. The European countries that attended
knew that the U.S. would not insist they halt their trade relations with terror-sponsoring regimes. And the Arab leaders who attended knew they would not be asked to take real steps against terrorists. The participants posed for photos, patted each other on the back, and went home to wait for the Israeli election returns.
Terrorism will continue unless those who host and sponsor terrorists are severely penalized for their actions.
Syria must face the same international sanctions that have been imposed on Libya and Iraq. Secretary of State Christopher's fawning trips to Damascus must cease. U.S. pressure on Israel to make concessions to Syria must stop.
But that is not enough. The United States must take forceful action against known terrorist headquarters. In 1992, an Israeli expert on terrorism published the names and addresses of all the terrorist groups located in Damascus, including Hamas, the PFLP, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. So it is clearly not difficult for the CIA to target and punish the instigators of international terror and send the message to countries like Syria that harboring terrorists has a price.
The Clinton administration's annual $100-million subsidy to the PLO must be suspended, as punishment for its friendship with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
And America's European allies must be told that they are expected to fully conform to the U.S. strategy for fighting terror.
Herbert Zweibon is chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel.
July-August 1996 - 1 - Outpost