ryan you raise good points, however, this has happened in the past and the terror didnt stop. Israel has withdraw from the palestinain lands and the attacks continued. The pro-palestinian camp has never been able to justify why the terror attacks continued even though israel did what it was asked and withdrew, its been here before. Its offered peace deals, its withdrawn but the terror continued. the attacks happened before the occupation in 1967, they happened after wards, they happened before the peace process, during it and afterwards(though we are now told that they are only bombing and maiming because there is no peace deal!) and when a peace plan presents itself in any shape or form, the terrorists step up their attacks and its a shame that some people cant grasp the fact that no matter what happens hamas and its friends wont stop. The only way to end terror is to fight them and destroy them.
Its now upto Yasser Arafat to clamp down on the terrorists, we are told often that arafat would if israel didnt occupy palestinian land. Now its withdrawing in some quarters and is also giving the palestinians the next installment of their tax dollars, arafat has a chance to act. The peace process now rests on the PA, if they fail to act then the world will see again that israel has a legitimate right to go into palestinian areas and smash these groups. the problem is that it will be clear to you me and many others but the pro-palestinians will still bleat on and moan and find a way to justify and excuse the terror campaigns.
Regarding the moral high ground, israel cant win. Before the 6 day war, the wolrd was aghast that the arabs were about to attack israel again, everyone feared for israel. Israel launched a strike first, defeated 4 armies in 6 days and then was accussed of being a bully. the israelis are so sick and tired of being killed, they are so sick and tired of these groups trying to destroy them that they no longer care about world opinion. World opinion doesnt have its survival at stake and many now have an attitude that the UN etc can go hang themselves.
As we can see from part of the BBC report, the palestinian militants have no intention of ending the violence which they started.
"Israel has reached agreement with the Palestinians to begin reducing its military presence in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Bethlehem in exchange for Palestinian efforts to reduce militant attacks.
But the deal was thrown into doubt almost as soon as it was made, with Palestinian militant groups saying they would not halt their attacks on Israel.
Palestinian officials said the two sides had agreed that Israel would withdraw its forces from Gaza and Bethlehem within 48 hours.
But Israeli officials indicated much a looser schedule to allow the Palestinian agencies the opportunity to calm the situation and quell anti-Israeli violence.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yafa Ben Ari told the BBC: "At the moment we have a high level of warnings of future terror activity and that level of warning must cease."
BBC correspondent James Reynolds in Jerusalem says this deal is very much seen as a first step.
A similar agreement was reached earlier in August but it came to nothing.
The militant Palestinian group Hamas has said it would not support the plan.
"Hamas and the Palestinian people reject any agreement which aims at destroying our resistance and ending the intifada, which is what this agreement is aimed at," a spokesman told the AFP news agency.
"Israel... would do everything in order to ease conditions on the Palestinian population; the Palestinian side takes responsibility to calm the security situation and reduce violence" Israeli Defence Ministry
And Islamic Jihad, another militant organisation, said it would step up attacks on militant targets.
"The Palestinian people's answer will be to escalate the resistance to foil [Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin] Ben-Eliezer's plan," said Khalid al-Batsh, a Gaza Strip leader for the group.
"We in Islamic Jihad reject this agreement because it will consecrate the Israeli occupation of our land," he told AFP.
The BBC's Barbara Plett says that the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has also rejected the agreement and that strong reservations have been expressed within Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
The armed wing of Fatah, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, has also warned the Palestinian leadership against endorsing the deal.
The agreement to ease the military clampdown was reached by Mr Ben-Eliezer with Palestinian Interior Minister Abdel Razaq al-Yahya.
Mr Ben-Eliezer said the deal was a "confidence-building measure", essential to future progress.
A senior Palestinian official, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said the withdrawals would "prepare the atmosphere" for more pullbacks.