I Promise...

?Prime Minister Sharon is, at this moment, convening an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss Israel's response to these unimaginable disasters. Stay tuned as we continue, uninterrupted, to bring you explicit details from the sites of the latest carnage.?

Isaac Kohn,

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August 6, 2003. Ketziot Prison.

The line of prisoners moved along quickly and the moment of release was getting ever closer. A pile of documents, clearly and neatly typed, double-spaced, lay in front of the three officers sitting on the other side of the table. As his turn came, the prisoner picked up the pen and without even reading the short paragraph detailing the prisoner's promise, he dated and signed on the dotted line. "Next!" called out the officer; the handcuffs were removed, the prisoner quickly walked towards the buses.

Almost four-hundred terrorists raised their fingers in the internationally accepted ?V? gesture expressing victory. "See you soon!" yelled one. The buses, packed with smiling former prisoners, rolled out of the Ketziot Prison yard. And out of Offer and Meggido. The inch-thick pile of close to four-hundred signed documents lay neatly in a file holder; the folder tag read "I promise?"


October, 2003. Jerusalem, Israel. 7:45 AM

?Kol Yisrael in Jerusalem. Three tremendous explosions ripped apart the packed Egged buses just as the last passengers, mostly children and young students on their first day back to school after the holidays, managed to squeeze in. The powerful bombs, each estimated at over fifty kilos, were tightly packed with hundreds of nails and screws, designed to maim as many as possible. Details remain sketchy at these first moments. First accounts are of thirty-three dead near Tel-Aviv, sixteen dead and twenty-two more near Netanya and Ashdod respectively. The number of wounded may be well over two-hundred, including many passengers waiting at the stations for transfer to other buses. Witnesses at one site claim to have seen an Arab looking young-man board the bus, three stations back and police confirm that a body has been positively identified as that of the homicide bomber.

?Prime Minister Sharon is, at this moment, convening an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss Israel's response to these unimaginable disasters. Stay tuned as we continue, uninterrupted, to bring you explicit details from the sites of the latest carnage.?

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?Kol Yisrael in Jerusalem. It is now 8 AM and we continue our coverage of the three simultaneous homicide-bombings, which occurred just about fifteen minutes ago. Our sources reveal that in the last few minutes a total of six bodies were identified as those of the homicide-bombers. There were three on one bus, two on another and the third had one bomber. We were told that thorough body searches revealed very curious, interesting and distressing items. Here is Police spokesman, Dan Avigdor, to explain what those interesting items were.?

Spokesman Avigdor: ?Each of the terrorists had a small plastic packet in his pocket, containing two sheets of paper. One related his name, age, city of birth and organizational affiliation Three were from Hamas, and one each from the Tanzim, PLFP and Fatah. Each was between twenty-three and thirty years old, single, fanatically religious, all on their final, voyage to shahidism; the typical terrorist goon we have known for so long.

?The other sheet of paper was more upsetting [the Prime Minister, upon seeing the six identical sheets of paper, slammed his fist on the table but remained silent]. The sheet of paper was a copy of the 'paper' each had ceremoniously signed barely two months ago during the mass release of terrorist prisoners as a 'good-will gesture' to Abu Mazen. Each paper, a promissory note, if you will, had the prisoner's signature prominently displayed below the short paragraph in which the terrorist promised 'never again to engage in terror acts against Israeli citizens....' The paper had a huge, red 'X' marked on it with the following words written across: 'In deceiving the infidel Jew, Islam's eternal enemy, I follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad.' I wonder what this means??

Kol Yisrael: ?We are interrupting this broadcast to bring you Prime Minister Sharon.

Knesset correspondent: ?Mr. Prime Minister, what is your reaction to these tragedies? How will Israel respond??

PM Sharon: ?Citizens of Israel. I am in total shock. For the life of me I don't understand this. I can't understand how they could, once again, do such dastardly, despicable acts of murder.

?Look, here, on the sheet, it says very, very clearly: ?I promise....??





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