Clipped From St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Zionist Terror Tactics By Th Associated Press JERUSALEM YITZHAK SHAMIR, one-time one-time one-time leader of the Stern Gang assassins, assassins, was asked to explain the difference difference between Zionist terror tactics of the 1940s and the Palestinian Palestinian terrorism of today. Shamir, 70, Israeli foreign minister minister and former prime minister, replied promptly and directly: "First, the aim of the clandestine Jewish national movements was never never to destroy a nation. The aim was a positive one to establish a Jewish state." In contrast he maintained, the Palestinians want to "destroy physically physically the Israeli nation." Secondly, he said, "Our aim was never terror actions against civilians never. We attacked military estab lishments, never civilians who had nothing to do with policy.". IN THE 1149s, when Zionist militants militants fought to end British control of Arab- Arab- and Jewish-populated Jewish-populated Jewish-populated Palestine and establish a Jewish state, Shamir's Stern Gang attacked British police and other officials. The gang assassinated assassinated British Mideast envoy Lord Moyne and was blamed for the killing of Swedish U.N. mediator Count Bernadotte. At the same time, the Irgun, a Jewish Jewish guerrilla force led by Menachem Begin, later Shamir's political ally, , mounted larger-scale larger-scale larger-scale attacks, includ-'' includ-'' includ-'' ing the bombing in 1946 of Jerusalem's Jerusalem's King David Hotel, which was British headquarters, an attack that killed 95 Britons, Arabs and Jews. The Irgun also mounted a bloody Recalled assault on the Palestinian Arab village village of Deir Yassin on April 1948, when more than 250 men, women and children were killed. Begin later asserted that the victims victims had been killed in house-to-house house-to-house house-to-house house-to-house house-to-house fighting between his men and Arab guerrillas. But Chaim Weiz-mann, Weiz-mann, Weiz-mann, Israel's first president eventually eventually denounced the Irgun's tactics as "murderous terrorism." Jewish terrorism persists. Fifteen members of an underground group were sentenced in July to up to life in prison for attacks on Arabs, including one on an Islamic college that killed three Palestinian students and . wounded more than 30. Shamir favors blanket pardons for the group. "These people involved in it already admit it was a mistake," he said.