Note how Perry includes all Palestinians killed by any means but willfully excludes Israeli security personnel and those Israelis killed by means other than suicide bomb attacks. When these groups are included, the number of Israelis killed rises to more than double Perry's estimate. And note how Perry describes the Israelis as having "died" while the Palestinians were "killed".Over 500 Israeli civilians died in 140 Palestinian suicide bomb attacks from 2000 to 2007. More than 4,500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the same period.
Perry then goes on to misrepresent both the level of recent violence emanating from Gaza and the violence threatened by Hamas:
Relative, if fragile, stability has even reached the Gaza Strip. Run by the Hamas movement, it remains an "enemy entity" to Israel. But the Iranian-backed Islamists are enforcing a de facto ceasefire that has curbed rocket fire into Israel...
There have actually been over 200 Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks targeting Israeli communities since the Gaza war ended in 2009. And Hamas is threatening a full-scale war if negotiations do not go their way.The group has said it will not use force to derail the negotiations set to begin in Washington Thursday -- a tactic it employed in the 1990s when, less powerful, it frequently interrupted U.S.-backed peace talks with suicide attacks.
Tom Perry is either asleep or systematically prevaricating. Since his pen is moving, our money is on the latter.