At least part (and in my mind, most) of the reason that El Al is the safest airline in the world is the tight security surrounding each flight. All luggage is searched by hand prior to boarding. IIRC, armed men are on each and every flight. It may simply be too difficult, compared to a car bomb, or a European flight.
The successful storming of a hijacked French airplane in 1976 by Israeli special forces at Entebbe probably had more effect, as well, than a policy announcement.
Never attribute to an -ism anything more easily explained by common, human stupidity.
I would rather fly on a plane in which terrorists know ahead of time that there will be no negotiations. That said, terrorists, if they could get by security, are more likely to simply blow it up.
But recently some folks hijacked the Indian jet and the Indian government, after first saying they would not negotiate, did exactly that. They released some prisoners, etc. So what did the terrorists learn by this? That they can get their way. Hmmm. Wonder why most governments don’t negotiate with terrorists…
hansel said[qoute]It may simply be too difficult, compared to a car bomb, or a European flight.
Actually, it’d be far easier to bomb a US flight, as it appears to still be possible, in the US, to fly with baggage and subsequently leave the aeroplane en route while the luggage continues to the ultimate destination. This is certainly impossible in the UK (I know this as I have, on two occasions, had to sit on a 'plane on the runway while the cargo hold is unloaded to retrieve the luggage of a person who has checked in but not, for some reason, boarded), although i’m not absolutely certain about all European countries.
If El Al is the safest airline, I would think it is because of their security procedures rather than their policy of non-negotiation.
Since the main source of terrorism comes from the fringes of the Islamic world - outside of Rabin’s assasination has there been any other source of terrorism w/in Israel? - why would non-negotiation be effective? It’s my understanding that Islam looks kindly upon acts of martyrdom.
Why not hijack a plane when you have an end result of martyrdom preordained?