✡ Pray for Orel ✡
Meet Orel. on Sunday, a terrorist rammed into her with a car, then stabbed her over and over again. She is now in critical condition.
We pray that Orel has a full and fast recovery
Three murdered, dozens wounded in 5 attacks
Over a dozen wounded in two simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot and Geula neighborhoods; in two Ra’anana attacks: 1 seriously hurt, 3 moderately and 1 lightly; fifth stabbing takes place near IKEA in northern city of Kiryat Ata.
Three people were murdered and dozens were wounded in five terror attacks in Jerusalem, Ra’anana and Kiryat Ata on Tuesday. Roads into Jerusalem were closed off following the deadly attacks.
Hamas praised the attacks, saying they are “a message to anyone who harms our holy places. We call to continue the intifada, which is the natural response to the world’s silence.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his Security Cabinet at midday to decide on further steps to take in light of the ongoing terror attacks.
In Kiryat Ata, a northern city near Haifa, a terrorist stabbed at least one person outside IKEA. The attacker has been subdued, while the victim’s was moderately wounded. Both stabber and victim are Jewish, but it remains unclear whether the stabbing was a nationalistic incident or a criminal one. Police were investigating the suspicion that the attacker wanted to stab an Arab, but mistakened the nationality of his victim.
Simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem
Three were murdered and 17 others wounded in two simultaneous morning attacks in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot and Geula neighborhoods.
Two terrorists boarded an Egged bus on Olei HaGardom Street in East Talpiot, a neighborhood also known as Armon HaNetziv, armed with a gun and the other with a knife.
They started shooting and stabbing passengers while the bus kept moving, killing a man in his 60s and wounding four others. One of the wounded was later declared dead at the hospital.
A security guard at the scene was able to overpower one of them and shoot him. The terrorist then tried to get up and resume his attack, but the security guard shot him again.
The second terrorist locked the bus’ doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.
One of the terrorists was killed, while the other was wounded and neutralized.
An MDA paramedic who arrived at the scene of the attack described it as chaotic, saying gunfire was heard as rescue teams arrived.
On Malkhei Yisrael Street in Geula, a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, hitting two pedestrians – one of which was killed and the other seriously wounded. The terrorist then left the vehicle and started repeatedly stabbing the two wounded. A security guard who was nearby arrived at the scene of the attack and shot the terrorist, critically wounding him.
The terrorist, identified as Alaa Abu Jamal, a resident of East Jerusalem with Israeli citizenship, was an employee of Israeli phone company Bezeq, and was using a company car to commit the attack.
A statement issued by Bezeq said: “We just learned that a Bezeq employee was responsible for the terror attack in Jerusalem this morning on Malkhei Yisrael Street. At this point we do not have all of the details, but it is clear this is a serious incident.
“Bezeq, and all of its employees, scorns this heinous crime. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.”
Wounded from both Jerusalem attacks were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem.
Shaare Zedek received eight wounded: One of them was in critical condition and declared dead upon his arrival to the hospital; two were in serious condition, one of them already taken into operation; three were in moderate condition and two in light condition.
Hadassah Ein Karem received five wounded – two of them were the terrorists. One of the terrorists was declared dead, while the other was in serious condition. The other three wounded were the Jewish victims – one was critically wounded, one seriously wounded, and one light-to-moderately wounded.
Two attacks in main Ra’anana street
Four people were wounded in a stabbing attack at a bus stop outside the Beit Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center on Jerusalem Street in Ra’anana.
After stabbing his victims, the terrorist, an East Jerusalem resident in his late 20s, fled towards Ahuza Street, a major thoroughfare in the Sharon plains city, pursued by civilians. A driver passing by noticed the chase and hit the terrorist with his car. A taxi driver who was at the scene helped subdue the terrorist.
Large police forces who arrived at the scene arrested the terrorist, who was employed at the nearby Beit Loewenstein. He was taken to hospital in serious condition.
“We saw the terrorist stabbing a helpless older man who was standing at the bus stop. We immediately knew it was a terror attack,” recounted two people working in one of the businesses in the commercial center, where the attack occurred.
“We immediately started calling out ‘Terrorist! Terrorist!’ He dropped his knife and started running towards the nearby Ahuza Street. We chased him and then he drew another knife, a smaller one, and kept trying to stab us,” they continued.
“We called out to drivers to help us and then they hindered his escape, and we managed to catch him on Ahuza Street along with other people. He received quite a beating. Only after he was neutralized, he let go of the knife, and then the police came and arrested him,” they said.
Other eye witnesses said the terrorist was wearing an orange vest.
At least one person was seriously wounded, suffering stab wounds to his upper body, including his neck, while the others were lightly-to-moderately hurt. The wounded were taken to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.
Earlier, one Israeli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in Ra’anana while waiting for the bus not far from the city hall on Ahuza Street.
A terrorist, resident of East Jerusalem, attempted to stab him. He fought off the terrorist and was hurt in the struggle. Other civilians came to his aid and helped him overpower the terrorist, who was lightly wounded.
Maden David Adom paramedics evacuated the wounded Israeli, 32, to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba with stab wounds to his upper body.
Ra’anana mayor Ze’ev Bielski, who spoke to the victim, said the man told him he suspected the stabber.
“He said, ‘I saw there was something about him’ – and that is why the stab wounds were likely not where the stabber wanted and the victim fought him and managed to come out in reasonable condition,”
Following the attacks, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holding him responsible for the attack.
“Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh has praised and glorified a 13-year-old Palestinian who set out with a butcher knife to murder Israeli children in a candy shop,” she said.
“The blood of Israeli citizens is on the hands of Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues who are inciting children to commit murder. The Palestinian Authority, instead of preventing violence, has become an incubator for fanatic terrorism which is striking daily at Israeli citizens.”
Hotovely called on Israel’s government to consider halting money transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
“The Foreign Ministry urges donor countries to use their influence to effect a cessation in violence and incitement by the Palestinian Authority,” she added.
Overnight Monday, IDF and Judea and Samaria police forces arrested 15 wanted Palestinians in the West Bank, who are suspected of involvement in terror activity and violent rioting against civilians and security forces.
The arrested Palestinians, some of which are suspected of stone-throwing, were taken into questioning.
Tuesday’s attacks are the latest incident in a monthlong wave of attacks, the worst spell of street violence for years, stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Since the Rosh HaShana last month, five Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings.
At least 26 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 10 attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.
On Monday, Palestinians carried out three stabbings in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition.
The daily knife attacks have stoked concern of a new Palestinian uprising and though Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have appealed for calm, the violence shows no signs of abating.
Palestinian groups have declared a “Day of Rage” on Tuesday across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The leaders of Israel’s Arab community have called for a commercial strike in their towns and villages.
IDF sends more forces to West Bank, Jerusalem perimeter, Gaza border
The IDF will enlist soldiers to aid police in city centers throughout Israel, the security cabinet resolved on Tuesday.
The IDF has deployed two additional battalions to its Judea and Samria Division, three companies to the Jerusalem-West Bank perimeter area, and two reinforcement battalions to the Gaza border, to deal with disturbances along the security fence there.
Earlier in October, the IDF deployed four battalions to the West Bank to take part in searches for the terror cell, and respond to the deteriorating security situation.
Meanwhile, Channel 2 reported that Israel will instruct its military to bolster police forces currently patrolling cities that have been rocked by Palestinian attacks against Jewish passersby.
The IDF will enlist soldiers to aid police in city centers throughout Israel, the security cabinet resolved on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened senior government officials and defense chiefs to discuss possible steps to take after another day in which three Israelis were killed and over 20 were injured by Palestinian assailants.
According to Channel 2, the security cabinet will order army units to closely cooperate with police forces as they seek to maintain law and order in cities within Israel proper.
Soldiers will now be instructed to patrol crowded areas as well as construction sites.
During the cabinet session, Netanyahu raised a number of other proposals that have yet to be agreed upon by other ministers due to legal obstacles.
Ordinary citizens are showing resourcefulness by using unusual objects as weapons of self-defense during the current wave of terrorism.
In an attack on Tuesday morning on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem’s haredi neighborhood of Geula, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a group of people waiting at a bus stop. He then exited his car with a meat cleaver and began attacking the wounded and others.
Matan Choucroun, a bystander who was on the way to pick up his suit for an upcoming wedding, managed to subdue the terrorist using pepper spray and a selfie stick.
Also on Tuesday morning, a 22-year-old male terrorist from east Jerusalem approached a bus stop in Ra’anana outside city hall and stabbed a 32-year-old man in the neck and stomach.
Mickey Ruhani, who was standing at the bus stop when the terrorist attacked, quickly began to hit the terrorist with an umbrella until he was subdued.
“I heard a woman screaming hysterically, and without thinking too much, I took my umbrella, because I didn’t have a weapon, and began to hit the terrorist,” said Ruhani.
MDA paramedics transported the lightly wounded victim to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba. The terrorist was also transported to the hospital with light-to-moderate wounds he received from the umbrella.
Mickey Ruhani fought a terrorist using an umbrella.
On Monday night near the Chords Bridge in Jerusalem, a Palestinian man on an Egged bus stabbed a soldier and attempted to steal his weapon.
Seeing the commotion from outside, Yair Ben-Shabbat, an ordinary citizen, jumped onto the bus and attacked the terrorist using a pair of nunchucks he had on his person.
“I wasn’t riding on the bus, but I saw what was happening from outside and I noticed there was a lot of commotion on the bus,” said Ben-Shabbat.
“I saw a soldier with his gun around his neck and a terrorist trying to steal it from him.”
The soldier was taken to the hospital, where he was listed as lightly wounded.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan held consultations on Tuesday to determine a number of immediate steps to deal with the terrorism wave, and also to make it easier for civilians to receive gun permits.
In Israel firearms licenses are typically given only if one can prove they have reason to carry a gun – for instance if they work in security or law enforcement or live in a dangerous area like the West Bank. They must also be over 21 years old, a resident of Israel for more than three years, and pass a mental and physical exam, a shooting test, and background checks by the Public Security Ministry.
They are then allowed to order a gun through a gun store with approval of the ministry and given a one-time supply of 50 bullets to take home.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday beseeched citizens not to take the law into their own hands and to allow security forces to do their jobs.
These include surrounding Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem and expediting the demolition of Palestinian homes belonging to the families of those committing acts of violence.
The ministers also mulled revoking residency permits from east Jerusalemites and their families, though nothing concrete has been decided on that front.
The IDF will also reinforce the Judea and Samaria Division by adding two battalions of soldiers. Three IDF companies will be added to bolster forces along the Green Line, and two other battalions will be deployed near the Gaza frontier.
Israel to World leaders: Urge Palestinian Authority to stop incitement
Israel is urging various leaders around the world to impress upon Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas the need to stop incitement and try to rein in the raging terrorism, Israeli government officials said Monday.
The comments came after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called both Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening in an effort – her office said in a statement Monday – to “promote calm, encourage restraint and avoid actions which would fuel tensions even further.”
According to the statement, Mogherini said, “Too many people have died already and too many families were left bereaved.” She condemned terrorism against civilians, and “stressed that any reaction should be proportionate.”
These conversations followed talks US Secretary of State John Kerry held over the weekend with both Netanyahu and Abbas.
According to the EU statement, Mogherini told both leaders the only way to tackle the violence and unrest was to quickly restart a credible political process.
“The immediate priority is for the parties to agree on substantial steps which would improve the situation on the ground and build a path back to final status negotiations. A negotiated two-state solution is the only way to bring the lasting peace and security that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve,” she said.
According to Mogherini, Abbas told her he is determined to keep the situation under control, and Netanyahu assured her he was committed to maintaining the status quo.
“President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu have both expressed their willingness to work on the implementation of the provisions agreed at the Quartet meeting in New York at the end of September,” Mogherini said.
At that meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Quartet – the US, EU, Russia and the UN – urged Israelis and Palestinians to take significant steps to achieve a two-state solution, but stopped short of initiating a new peace process.
Meanwhile, a delegation of representatives from the Quartet that was expected to arrive on Wednesday to discuss how to restart a diplomatic process has reportedly postponed its visit at Jerusalem’s request.
Over the last two days Israeli officials never confirmed that the visit would take place.
About 20 Palestinians Break Through Gaza Border Into Israel
About 20 Palestinians broke through the border fence separating southern Gaza from Israel on Monday. IDF forces responded and closed in on them when they were a few feet from the fence, using live fire and tear gas in attempt to push them back.
The Palestinians remained in Israeli territory for about an hour and a half before they retreated. Two Palestinians were wounded, and one was held for questioning.
In recent days, Palestinians have been gathering along the fence regularly. IDF officials said that the forces seek to contain the protests, and try to avoid shooting at demonstrators as long as disturbances are far from Israeli towns. It seems that in the wake of the nine Palestinian deaths in clashes around the Gaza fence over the weekend, IDF forces fear the consequences of killing more civilians.
Hamas is not preventing Palestinian protesters from drawing near the border fence, with the Gaza Interior Ministry even denying that any such directive has been issued. By allowing civilian demonstrations of solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Hamas avoids engaging in direct conflict with Israel. Hamas’ political bureau deputy chief, Musa Abu Marzouk, rebuked calls for a resumption of rocket warfare against Israel recently, saying that this would “transfer the campaign to a different front, and will snuff out the popular intifada.” Some in the Strip have called on Hamas to put an end to protesters’ attempts to go near the fence, saying these are suicidal acts which have no positive benefits.
On Friday, Israeli army fire killed seven Palestinian youths and wounded 60 others in clashes near the border with Kibbutz Nahal Oz. IDF Southern Command said that forces opened fire at the demonstrators when they approached the fence, and others tried to set part of it on fire by throwing hand grenades and Molotov cocktails. Army sources say demonstrators numbered at around 3,000.
The next day, two Gazan boys were killed by IDF fire near the security fence. According to the IDF, troops opened fire after dozens of Palestinians staged a violent protest near the fence, making several attempts to harm the soldiers while drawing near the fence. After warning them repeatedly, the troops fired at three of the main agitators’ lower bodies, the IDF said.
Early Sunday, a 30-year-old pregnant woman and her small daughter were killed when the Israel Air Force struck what it said was a Hamas arms-production site in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the firing of a rocket at Ashkelon on Saturday. The bombing brought down their nearby house on top of the family, killing the two and injuring four other family members, including a 5-year-old boy.
“The IDF will not tolerate fire by terror groups onto the State of Israel’s territory and will continue to act stringently against every attempt to disturb the quiet on the southern communities,” the IDF Spokesman said Sunday. “The Hamas terror organization is the address and it is responsible.”
On Sunday morning there was a burst of light weapons fire from Gaza into Israel, which damaged a vehicle near a kibbutz in the Eshkol region. No one was hurt. The car apparently belonged to workers repairing the border fence.
Myths, Facts, and Wishful Thinking in Responding to Palestinian Violence
by Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror BESA Center Perspectives Paper
The recent wave of terrorism has seen illusion peddlers take center stage. While some are true believers, others seek only to promote personal, political, potentially dangerous agendas. Regional realities mandate a different, more prudent approach.
The series of terrorist attacks throughout the Sukkot holiday, especially the brutal murders of a Jewish couple in Samaria and two Jewish men in Jerusalem’s Old City, seem to have become the podium from which a slew of public figures, from both the Right and the Left, seek to peddle their illusions. Some of these individuals truly believe in what they are saying, while others seek only to promote their personal agendas and worldviews, despite their irrelevance.
These individuals have made various statements over the past few days, including the following:
“We need a bold diplomatic initiative and courageous leadership to end the [Palestinian] despair that results in these murders.”
Really? It is well known that in the midst of the political process that culminated in the 1993 Oslo Accords, when Israel ceded vast territories, terrorism reached new heights. It was when the Oslo Accords were signed and the government was pursuing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in earnest that explosive devices and suicide bombers exploded nationwide, killing Jews indiscriminately.
There is no real proof that “diplomatic initiatives,” bold or otherwise, can quell terrorism. Some would even argue that the opposite is true, which it is, especially with regards to organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The chanting of the leftist mantra that “negotiations breed calm” is tantamount to a mystical ritual that has nothing to do with reality, regardless of the followers who believe in it.
“Regional peace could be used as leverage to have the moderate Arab states pressure the Palestinians to enable them to realize our shared interests. Cooperation with the region’s nations is the key to a peace deal.”
As attractive as this theory may be, it is not grounded in reality. Firstly, because the so-called “moderate” countries hold less than moderate views on some key issues, most notably Jerusalem; and secondly, it is clear to anyone who understands the workings of the Middle East that on most issues, these countries have no interest in pressuring the Palestinians. No Arab leader worth his salt will relinquish anything on behalf of the Palestinians, regardless of how “moderate” he may seem. Moreover, even if he wanted to, the Arab street will prevent such moves.
“Massive settlement construction is the only appropriate response to terrorism. It will deter the Arabs and decrease violence. It is the settlement freeze that leads to terrorism.”
Such statements make me wonder if even those making them believe what they say. They know that settlement construction has never contributed to a decrease in terrorist activity, and there is no proof — none whatsoever — that anyone has ever shelved a terrorist plot over a settlement freeze.
Such statements seek only to take advantage of a difficult situation to promote a political agenda, which while legitimate, is ill-timed. Those endorsing settlement construction do so regardless of terrorism, and using this terrible time to push it further is just an excuse, and a poor one at that.
The problem is that the overall atmosphere has a powerful effect, and the government could find itself in a situation where this terrible excuse is somehow considered during the decision-making process. Responsible individuals, whose vision stretches beyond the short-term approval of 1,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria, must remember that Israel is waging a difficult battle in the international arena, and making hasty decisions because despicable murderers spill Jewish blood may have far-reaching ramifications.
“The problem is the lack of significant military response. Deterrence has been eroded and the military must be allowed to operate forcefully.”
This is the emotional reaction of those who are struggling to deal with the situation, and those cynical enough to exploit security tensions to lambaste the leadership. I doubt any defense official thinks the problem lies in the need for a more forceful reaction.
In most similar cases, a more forceful response would solve nothing. For example, you cannot shoot an Arab on the streets of the Old City before he pulls out a knife. What directive should have been given to the police, what change to the rules of engagements could have prevented the stabbing attack near the Lions’ Gate? The terrorist assumed he would be killed during the attack — most terrorists assume as much — so what more could have been done to deter him? Does anyone really believe that if Israel had hundreds of dead Palestinians to deal with it would somehow fare better or that terrorism would somehow diminish?
Anyone seriously under that impression is dangerously deluded. Additional casualties in the hundreds would see Israel facing uncontrollable, raging Palestinian crowds and even more terrorism. Contrary to inflammatory recommendations, Israel cannot and should not launch a destructive onslaught, because it is both unethical and ineffective.
Specific operational tactics, such as sniper fire against rioters throwing stones and firebombs, can and should be used and perfected, and additional troops should be deployed to certain flashpoints, such as roads across Judea and Samaria, but we must remember that such deployment may hinder preparations for the next round of violence in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
Unlike the time between the Oslo Accords and 2002’s Operation Defensive Shield in Judea and Samaria, the military is under no operational restrictions. The fact is that the solution to this complex situation does not lie in military might, but rather in better intelligence, which in some cases can be the difference between a foiled attack and bloodshed.
No one is claiming that there is anything restricting intelligence-gathering efforts, but in some cases, especially when a “lone wolf” who is not affiliated with any terrorist organization is involved, even intelligence is useless. Security forces cannot be everywhere all the time, so it is pure luck and the rapid response of bystanders that determine the outcome of lone terrorist attacks.
“The attacker always takes the initiative and nothing can be done about it.”
The Palestinians have no illusions when it comes to the immense power the IDF wields in the Middle East in general and opposite them in particular. Some of them are willing to die fighting the “occupation,” especially when it comes to anything perceived as a threat to the Al-Aqsa mosque, namely the Temple Mount.
Some among the Palestinians are willing to abuse this zeal, especially the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, and some on the Israeli side are providing them with plenty of excuses for their nefarious acts, such as the arson attack in Duma.
One fact must be reiterated: We, the Jews, are the sovereigns. We are the stronger party in this fight, and no wave of terrorism, horrific as it may be, will change that basic element in the equation.
During the British Mandate, when the government often sided with the Arab rioters, the Jewish resistance groups Irgun and Lehi were right to mount a forceful response against murders. Now, we no longer have to prove anything. Israel is a strong, sovereign state, and as such it must use its force prudently, only when its results have proven benefits, and only as a last resort.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror is the Greg and Anne Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and former national security advisor to the Prime Minister. He is also a fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. He served 36 years in senior IDF posts, including commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command.
Palestinian parents celebrate terrorist children’s Martyrdom-death
Father of stabber: “It is not a loss when you are talking about Palestine… My son is an offering to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]”
Mother of killer of 2: “O mother of Martyr, let out cries of joy”
Father of killer of 2: “He avenged [the women of Al-Aqsa]… against the impure enemies… He made everyone lift his head up high. May he find favor in the eyes of Allah”
Uncle of stabber: “This is a wedding, it is a celebration. We consider him [a Martyr] with Allah”
PA promotes Martyrdom-death Fatah official about Fatah youth: “Potential Martyrs for the beloved Palestine”
Children express desire to die for Allah and Al-Aqsa “Mom, I want to die as a Martyr. I want to carry out a Martyrdom operation (i.e., terror attack) in order to kill some Israeli soldiers”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik Palestine Media Watch
Amid the current Palestinian riots and wave of terror attacks, Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials continue to praise terrorist murderers as “Martyrs” and “heroes.” Some also encourage Shahada – seeking death as Martyrs for Allah. Becoming a Martyr (Shahid) represents the highest religious achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.
Shortly after the murders of 4 Israeli civilians in two separate attacks on Oct. 1 and 3, Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul addressed Palestinian youth on his Facebook page. He encouraged them to “rise up against the enemies,” calling the youth “potential Martyrs for the beloved Palestine”:
“#Resist_boycott_rise up (literally “make intifada”) #General_mobilization_Fatah’s_Shabiba [student movement] More resistance and escalation against the occupation everywhere. Let us make the country a hell for the enemies and tell them clearly, in a way that will split the sky – resist, boycott, advance, rise up, for our land is forbidden to the enemies, and all the members of the Shabiba (i.e., Fatah youth and student movement) are potential Martyrs for the beloved Palestine.” [Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page, Oct. 5, 2015]
In another post, Al-Aloul stated that “whoever loves the Shahada (seeking Martyrdom) is not afraid of the settler herds.” He ended with the following words of encouragement: “and #let’s_continue_the_attacks” [Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page, Oct. 5, 2015]
Putting music to this message, Fatah official Al-Aloul also posted a video and song encouraging Martyrdom for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with visuals showing Fatah fighters with weapons
“O, Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah military wing), Revolution, honor, victory and generosity, My blood will be shed for Al-Aqsa My blood will rebel until our return” [Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page, Oct. 1, 2015]
PA leaders have promoted Martyrdom-death as something to strive for, presenting it as glorious and as “a wedding” in Paradise to the 72 Virgins. As shown by Palestinian Media Watch, children have expressed their wish to become Martyrs, and parents have expressed joy over their children’s Martyrdom-death when they have died carrying out acts of terror.
In keeping with this ideology, the father of Amjad Al-Jundi, an 18-year-old terrorist who stabbed an Israeli soldier and stole his weapon in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on Oct. 7, 2015, and who was shot dead by Israeli police, expressed pride and willingness to sacrifice his son for “Palestine” and the Al-Aqsa Mosque:
“It is not a loss when you are talking about Palestine or the homeland. My son is an offering to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], congratulations to him on the Martyrdom-death (Shahada).
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015]
The official PA daily further reported that the terrorist’s mother “sat among the women who came to the Martyr’s home in order to see him one last time, making cries of joy and blessing herself: ‘My son is a groom, congratulations.'”
This PA ideal was also exemplified by the mother of terrorist Muhannad Halabi, who stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. A video on YouTube shows the killer’s mother singing, celebrating his Martyrdom-death:
“O mother of Martyr (Shahid), let out cries of joy, all the youth are your sons”
The murderer’s father expressed pride over his son’s killings, referring to Israelis/Jews as “impure enemies”
“He avenged the women carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]… He avenged them against the impure enemies… He made everyone lift his head up high. Muhannad, may he find favor in the eyes of Allah” [Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 9, 2015]
Another video shows funeral attendees praising the murderer, chanting to the mother:
“Let out cries of joy, O mother of Martyr, your son is a bright candle.” [Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 9, 2015]
Wattan news agency stated that funeral-goers also expressed their wish to become “Martyrs,” shouting “congratulations, mother of the Martyr, I wish my mother was in your place.”
On Oct. 3, 2015, 19-year-old terrorist Fadi Alloun who stabbed and injured Israeli citizen Moshe Malka (15) near the Old City in Jerusalem and was shot dead by Israeli police when he fled the scene. His uncle praised his funeral as “a wedding” and “a celebration”:
Rami Alloun, uncle of terrorist Fadi Alloun: “We cannot prevent anyone from attending the funeral of a Martyr (Shahid). This is a wedding, it is a celebration. We consider him [a Martyr] with Allah. We will not prevent anyone from [attending] this wedding. We cannot keep anyone from this wedding.” Official PA TV reporter: “Condolences in the name of the entire Palestinian people.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 5, 2015]
All three terrorists were young – 18 and 19 years old – and a product of PA education. Just last month, the Secretary-General of the General Union of Palestinian Teachers, Ahmed Sahwil, encouraged Palestinians to seek Martyrdom-death and “sacrifice soul and blood for the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Secretary-General of the General Union of Palestinian Teachers Ahmed Sahwil: “The Union of Palestinian Teachers, Palestine’s teachers and students, went out today to the main squares on the West Bank and in Gaza, in order to say ‘No to occupation, no to the despicable attack on the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].’ We will redeem the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] with our souls so that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu the criminal, the gangs of settlers, his soldiers and robbers will understand that the Palestinian people will sacrifice its soul and blood for the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.” [Official PA TV, Sept. 21, 2015]
Also applauding the Martyrdom ideal for Palestinian youth was a mother who wrote in the official PA daily about the joy she felt upon hearing her daughter’s wish to die a Martyr:
“‘Mom, I want to die as a Martyr. I want to carry out a Martyrdom operation (i.e., terror attack) in order to kill some Israeli soldiers.’ More than they filled me with fear, my daughter’s words filled me with joy.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2015]
The following are longer excerpts of the statements encouraging and praising Martyrdom-death:
“Residents of the village of Yatta accompanied the Martyr (Shahid) Amjad Hatem Al-Jundi on his last journey. The Martyr’s father said: ‘My son left for work in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel). He said goodbye to me and his mother, like always, and asked us to be pleased with him. Later in the day, residents of Yatta began to come to our home, and I had no idea that there is a Martyr. Later I learned from the neighbors that my son died as a Martyr.’ The father, who parted with his son today, said: ‘It is not a loss when you are talking about Palestine or the homeland. My son is an offering to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], congratulations to him on the Martyrdom-death (Shahada).’ Amjad’s mother sat among the women who came to the Martyr’s home in order to see him one last time, making cries of joy and blessing herself: ‘My son is a groom, congratulations.'” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015]
Amjad Al-Jundi, from Hebron in the West Bank, stabbed an Israeli soldier and stole his weapon in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on Oct. 7, 2015. Al-Jundi then broke into an apartment in a nearby building and tried to attack two Israeli women, but they managed to escape. Al-Jundi was subsequently shot and killed by Israeli police. The soldier and one of the women were lightly wounded in the attack.
Video title: “The cries of joy of Martyr Muhannad Halabi’s mother” Murderer Muhannad Halabi’s mother singing: “O mother of Martyr (Shahid), let out cries of joy, all the youth are your sons” [Youtube channel of MAS FM, Arabic radio station in Sweden, uploaded Oct.
Muhannad Halabi killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a “third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA’s portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as “an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Attendees at terrorist’s funeral: “Let out cries of joy, o mother of Martyr, your son is a bright candle Your son is surely in Paradise This is our popular revolution Let out cries of joy, o mother of Martyr, your son is a bright candle” [Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 9, 2015]
Mother of murderer Muhannad Halabi: “I speak while I am blessing my son, on his Martyrdom-death (Shahada), and I am proud that he died to defend the women of Palestine…” Father of murderer Muhannad Halabi: “He avenged the women carrying out Ribat
(religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. He avenged them. He avenged them against the impure enemies. He avenged them and made everyone lift his head up high. He made everyone lift his head up high. Muhannad, may he find favor in the eyes of Allah, may he find favor in the eyes of Allah, praise Allah, Master of the World , praise Allah.” [Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 9, 2015]
Text published on Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page “We were brought up on the expression ‘potential Martyrs’ and whoever loves the Shahada (Martyrdom seeking) is not afraid of the settler herds, who will vanish sooner or later, or of a fascist standing army which aims the rifle of cowardice at the chests of innocent children and accuses their rocks of being terror. Blessings to a mighty, gigantic people and #let’s_continue_the attacks” [Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page, Oct. 5,
Text and image published on Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page:
“#Resist_boycott_rise up (literally “make intifada”) #General_mobilization_Fatah’s_Shabiba [student movement] More resistance and escalation against the occupation everywhere. Let us make the country a hell for the enemies and tell them clearly, in a way that will split the sky – resist, boycott, advance, rise up, for our land is forbidden to the enemies, and all the members of the Shabiba (i.e., Fatah youth and student movement) are potential Martyrs, for the beloved Palestine.” [Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul’s Facebook page, Oct. 5,
Official PA TV news: PA TV host: “The General Union of [Palestinian] Teachers in all districts of the homeland organized demonstrations and marches in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites.”
PA TV reporter: “In all districts of the homeland, the teachers cancelled their classes and went out to demonstrations and marches in support of the blessed Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. Here at the Al-Manara Square, in the center of Ramallah, teachers and students demonstrated, with calls condemning the occupation’s crimes against the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem).”
Secretary-General of the General Union of Palestinian Teachers Ahmed Sahwil: “The Union of Palestinian Teachers, Palestine’s teachers and students, went out today to the main squares on the West Bank and in Gaza, in order to say ‘No to occupation, no to the despicable attack on the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].’ We will redeem the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] with our souls so that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu the criminal, the gangs of settlers, his soldiers and robbers will understand that the Palestinian people will sacrifice its soul and blood for the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
A girl at the demonstration: “We left the schools in order to participate and to stand by the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and to identify with them [the Murabitin] (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) and to stop the movement of the occupation in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and we hope it will be liberated.”
The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an “attack.”
A capital on edge
by Daniel Eisenbud The Jerusalem Post
In the midst of a wave of terrorist attacks that have rattled the capital – including four on Monday alone – Jerusalem’s normally bustling Ben-Yehuda Street mall took on a decidedly bleak visage by mid-afternoon.
The festive air that has long defined the popular shopping and tourist attraction was nowhere to be found. In its place were forlorn pedestrians and shop owners who expressed fear, dread and record-low sales.
Saguy Farhi, a 25-year-old computer technician and lifelong Jerusalem resident, carried a gun as he walked toward nearby Zion Square.
“We need to live with the attacks,” he said.
“This is our country, our land, and we need to do what we can to live here. This is bad, but it’s not the worst thing to happen in Israel.”
Farhi, who is also a volunteer policeman, said he did not recall such a climate of fear since the second intifada.
His friend, Roei Yatzkan, a 24-year-old student at Hadassah Academic College, said he is also armed with a pistol.
“I’m a little bit scared, of course,” Yatzkan said.
“I always carry my gun in my backpack.”
While Yatzkan said he refused to allow the fear to alter his daily routine, he added that he carefully observes everyone around him at all times.
“Everybody feels the stress, but we try not to stop our lives,” he said.
Asked if either of them would hesitate to fire their pistols at an Arab assailant, both men said no.
“I would not hesitate,” said Farhi. “And I will do what I can to save people.”
Tzvika, a 20-year-old yeshiva student who requested his last name not be published, said he also carefully watches those around him.
“I’ve been on the train today and checked every time to see who got on to make sure it was no one suspicious,” he said. “I’m trying to keep my life as normal as possible. I’m a bit nervous, so am putting my awareness on a high level.”
Tzvika added that he has avoided going to the Old City since the terrorist attacks there during Succot. “This is not a normal life,” he lamented. “I’m just praying that one day Jews and Arabs will be able to live normal lives together.
Naama Fitoussi, a 20-year-old student walking with two girlfriends, said she was not frightened by the spate of attacks.
“I’m not afraid, but it’s terrible and wrong what [the terrorists] are doing, and I want this to be taken care of,” she said.
Fitoussi added that her strong belief in God prevents her from giving into fear.
“I don’t carry a weapon because I believe in God, and I think that He watches over me,” she said.
Asked how the crisis can be resolved, Fitoussi cited government intervention.
“I don’t know, but the government needs to do something,” she said.
Malki Zeidman, a British seminary student at Tomer Devorah Institute of Advanced Studies For Women in Jerusalem, said that her school has taken emergency measures to protect its 70 students.
“I think that it’s very, very scary,” she said. “I came here from London to study and learn, and this is not what I expected. My seminary is in lockdown, so it’s 70 girls who cannot leave the building. We haven’t been able to leave for a week; only within our area.”
Zeidman added that the students have been instructed to stay away from public areas.
“It’s very annoying and hard, as well as the terrible things going on,” she said. “Personally I feel… I wouldn’t say safe, but I feel okay still walking around. I don’t look behind my shoulders, but I have friends who definitely do.”
“I do feel that as much as things can be controlled, they are being controlled, and there is nothing more I can do except watch out,” she said.
In terms of the mood among her American classmates, she said that their parents are far more alarmed than they are.
“The parents outside the country are definitely more frantic than the girls,” she said.
“Everyone is trying to find the latest updates on the latest attacks, and what’s going on and where, and saying: ‘Can you believe this is where I was for Succot, and it happened next door, and around the block.’ So it’s a very hyped atmosphere.”
Zeidman said that her sense of fear and isolation has been exacerbated by biased international news reports.
“I’m not the type of person who goes around with all my political views, but what I’ve seen so far in the news has been quite frustrating,” she said. “To see that there are more things being published about the few Arab people who have been fortunately or unfortunately killed, with bare minimum mention of the people who have to walk around in danger, is absurd.”
In the face of the violence, Mayer Gutnick, who is visiting Jerusalem from Crown Heights, New York, said he remains heartened by the Torah.
“One has to remember that, even though it is a dire situation because people are being hurt, nevertheless the Torah tells us that the land of Israel was blessed with a special blessing, and the eyes of God are watching the land of Israel from the beginning of the year to the end of the year,” he said.
Gutnick added that while he is concerned, and remains aware of his surroundings, he will not be cowed by fear.
“At times like this, we should be here to show solidarity with the Jewish people because this is our homeland, and that’s why I’m here,” he said.
Daisy Soffer, 91, who has lived in Jerusalem her entire life, said the atmosphere is as tense as any other time in the nation’s history.
“It’s a terrible situation, I’m sorry to say,” said Soffer, adding she only remembers feeling this tense during the riots of 1929, as well as the worst periods of the British Mandate and the second intifada.
“We’ve had worse times, but now is quite bad with all the knives and killing,” she said.
Asked if she is nervous, Soffer defiantly responded no.
“Why should I be nervous?” she asked. “I live in Jerusalem – this is my country, this is my home – and I’m not going to leave it even if they come to my house to kill me.”
“I only hope we will have peace and quiet in Israel on both sides,” Soffer added.
In the meantime, several merchants on the street renowned for its many shops and cafes, said their revenue has been devastated since the violence began at the beginning of the month.
Robert Filiba, who has worked at the Judaica shop I Love Jerusalem for 25 years, said sales have gone “from bad to worse.”
“The violence in the last two weeks has brought business down, down, down,” he said.
“Business is down by 60 to 70 percent.” Filiba added that he doesn’t recall such a slow period since the second intifada.
“Even last summer during the war was better than this,” he said.
Yosi Jacobs, a cashier at a popular nearby food market, echoed Filiba’s sentiments.
“It’s been much quieter than usual, much fewer people,” he said. “The town in general has been much quieter.” Jacobs said business hit a low point over the last several days.
“We’ve lost at least 50% of our customers,” he said.
However, Yonotan Franco, a cashier at an IDF souvenir and weapons shop that has a flyer on its front window advertising pepper spray, said that business has never been better.
“Before business wasn’t good, but now it’s crazy,” he said, estimating that sales have increased by 500%. “All day people of all kinds, except Arabs, are coming in to buy pepper spray, shockers, batons, knives and brass knuckles – even children are buying pepper spray.
Franco added, “We have to go to Tel Aviv every to get more supplies.”
Mutual Fear of Attacks Divides Israel Further
By Daniel Gordis The Bloomberg View
In Israel, the university academic year is about to begin, now that the Jewish holidays are past. New students and faculty are making their way to campus, and learning their way around.
Shalem College, where I work, is in a quiet, mostly residential neighbourhood in south Jerusalem. A couple of days ago, one of the new Arabic language instructors, a Muslim woman from a different area of Jerusalem, requested a parking space in a usually off-limits area that is protected by security. None of the other faculty members park there, so someone from human resources asked her why. The instructor said she was afraid: The college is in a Jewish part of town, and if she parked in the regular parking, she feared that she would be attacked by Jews.
Had she known the neighbourhood and the campus better, she might have known that there was nothing to worry about. Her fear is nonetheless significant. Unlike the First and Second Intifadas, it is not only Jews who are scared now — everyone is on edge.
Some of what we’re experiencing is what we have become accustomed to. Ominously, rocket fire from Gaza has resumed. The stabbings, hit-and-run attacks with cars, and attempted car bombings all continue. But something about this round is making people particularly apprehensive. This is primarily a wave of stabbings, apparently by lone operators, and there’s no way the security forces can confiscate all the knives in the country. There is constant discussion of shutting down Jerusalem schools because teachers and parents are worried about security. On the Sunday evening news, many Israelis told interviewers that they had simply stayed inside over the weekend.
That fear is bringing out the worst in a small minority of Israelis. Now, Arabs are frightened, too. Even right-of-center newspapers are not hiding the fact that attacks on Arabs are becoming more common. An Arab casher in Tel Aviv was harassed, and protected by Jewish passers-by. In Jerusalem, three Jewish women were arrested after an apparent tear gas attack on an Arab man. Jewish Israelis have increasingly been using social media as a means of incitement against Arabs (and Arabs have been doing the same against Jews). Chants of “Death to the Arabs” have sadly become more commonplace. Israelis as a whole believe with no question that this latest round is the result of Palestinian intolerance, yet mainstream society is deploring the Jewish revenge attacks (which have been far fewer than Arab attacks on Jews, and have not caused grievous harm or deaths) in no uncertain terms.
The phenomenon of fear nonetheless suggests a potentially substantive change in the conflict. In one of Sunday’s stabbings, which left a 19-year-old woman grievously wounded, the attacker was an Israeli Arab. Increasingly, this feels less like a reprise of the battle between Israelis and Arabs over land and borders, and increasingly like the unleashing of venomous hatred that the two peoples now have for each other. Decades of war and despair may finally have pushed the sides so far that the conflict is no longer political, but ethnic and religious. If that’s the case, even a far-reaching political settlement wouldn’t suffice to put the conflict to rest.
This latest round of fighting, which may or may not escalate into a full-blown Third Intifada, isn’t going to topple the Jewish state. It might have political fallout for the increasingly unpopular Benjamin Netanyahu, it will probably hurt the economy, and Israelis will no doubt be fearful and nervous for as long as it lasts. The long-term victims, though, may be Israel’s Arabs. In a political conflict, Israeli Jews don’t typically see Israeli Arabs as the enemy. If the conflict becomes incontestably ethnic, that will no longer be the case.
Some of Israel’s Arab leaders understand that. On Sunday, Ayman Odeh, the head of the joint Arab list in the Knesset’s most recent elections, was preparing to give a live interview to Israeli TV. Nazareth Mayor Ali Salem accosted him on camera, and told him to leave town. “Ayman, go busy yourself elsewhere, you’ve ruined the city for us!” the Nazareth mayor complained. He explained his anger to Israel’s Army Radio, saying, “I blame the leaders” of the Arab uprising. He continued: “They are destroying our future; they are destroying coexistence.” To another website, Salem said, “We need to find a way to live together. We cannot fight like this. We are damaging ourselves.”
What are the Palestinians hoping to achieve?
Just as diplomatic efforts seemed to be in the Palestinians’ favor, terrorism makes an unfortunate comeback.
by Michelle Malka Grossman The Jerusalem Post
What is behind the sudden wave of terror attacks? Why use violence at all when diplomatic efforts seem to be achieving the same goal?
The Jerusalem Post spoke with a former IDF colonel as well as with a reporter for Palestinian News Agency Ma’an (who believes most of the recent attacks are fake) to gain perspective.
Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad views the wave of terror attacks as a desperate cry for attention from the international community.
“They felt that in the last couple of months they were a little out of focus because most [news was about] ISIS, the problem in Syria, Russia, the United States and suddenly the Palestinian problem was a little outdated.”
He said that even Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s call to raise a Palestinian flag at the United Nations failed to bring the Palestinian cause to the forefront of the news.
Elad, who is currently a professor of Middle Eastern history at Western Galilee College, knows the subject well. He served for 16 years as the military governor of the Jenin district, Bethlehem district and the Tyre district in southern Lebanon. From 1995 to 1998, he also headed security coordination with the Palestinian Authority in the early years of the Oslo Accords.
He does not think the wave of attacks will affect the Oslo Accords, despite threats made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Rather, Elad said, the Accords are in the PA’s best interest.
“As long as Israel stays in the West Bank, this is their ‘insurance coverage’,” he said, adding that Hamas would immediately take over if Israel was to give up the West Bank and leave Fatah in charge.
Elad said the fact that the Oslo Accords have been unaffected despite the attacks shows the common interest that Israel and the PA share in maintaining the status quo.
From the Palestinian side, Abd al-Hakim Salah, a reporter for Palestinian news agency Ma’an, said that the attacks stem from frustration about al-Aksa mosque and rumors of dividing or demolishing it.
“I believe the average Palestinian is frustrated and disappointed about what’s going on and people think it’s part of a plan that the Israeli government is doing,” he said. “It started with the actions in al-Aksa, the attempts or at least talks about the Jewish people visiting al-Aksa every day…so there have been protests.”
Furthermore, he expressed doubts that the terror attacks were actually attacks at all. “I do not like to call them attacks because most of them, I believe, are fabricated.”
“If you look at the footage … sometimes it’s crystal clear that it’s fake.”
He claimed that he is not affiliated with Hamas, though said that he is in favor of whichever political party is best for the people.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking for whatever is in the best interest of the Palestinian people, regardless of whether it’s Hamas or Fatah or whoever will bring it.”
A Stabbing War Born of Hysterical Intolerance
David Horovitz (Times of Israel)
Nobody knows whether this unprecedented spate of Palestinian “suicide stabbings” constitutes the start of another protracted round of conflict. This is a stabbing war born of insistent, hysterical intolerance. Impressionable young Palestinians have been persuaded that their God requires them to kill, and if necessary be killed, to “protect Al-Aqsa.”
The false claim that Israel is about to permit Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, or otherwise change the policies that Israel has maintained at the holy site, has been assiduously spread by Hamas, Fatah, and the extremist Northern Branch of Israel’s Islamic Movement, widely peddled in mosques and on social media, and bolstered by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel dare not entrust sovereign legitimacy to a Palestinian nation that is not truly prepared to live alongside what it acknowledges is a rooted, legitimate, revived Jewish state. Until the Palestinians internalize Israel’s right to be here, their quest for independence is doomed.
This phase of violence suggests to Israelis that the Palestinians have a knife-wielding, even suicidal, intolerance for the Jewish state’s connection to Judaism’s holiest place, and that Moshe Dayan’s historic decision in 1967 not to fully realize renewed Jewish sovereignty at the Temple Mount – and therefore not to risk a religious confrontation with the Muslim world – has hardened intransigence rather than encouraged the reciprocal imperative for understanding and compromise.
For Palestinians, Conflict with Jews Is Existential in Nature
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (Ha’aretz)
The current terror wave is rooted in the Palestinians’ demand that Jews be barred from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and that Muslims be allowed unrestricted access to the site.
The large number of knife attacks is a product of the long-running educational war conducted by the Palestinian leadership, with the aim of inculcating in the minds of the younger generation that there is no Jewish nation, since Judaism is only a religion, and the Jews have no history of ruling the Land of Israel, which is Palestine. The mission of Palestinians is to accelerate Israel’s inevitable disappearance.
Palestinians are worried about being pushed aside as the world focuses on other developments in the region. Another factor contributing to the unrest is the rise of radical Islam in the region and among Palestinians in the territories and in Israel. Although most of the terrorists decide to attack spontaneously, the Palestinian leadership, especially Abbas and Hamas, have considerable influence.
The clearer it becomes to Palestinians that Israel has the tenacity to thwart their goals, the more likely it is that their leaders will fear losing control and will be increasingly willing to help calm the situation.
In the long run, it is likely that when Palestinians recognize that the paths of terror and of unilateral political moves are ineffective, they will begin to doubt their fundamental positions, and then it will be possible to consider an agreement. Until then, we must manage the conflict wisely.
The writer was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research and Analysis and Production Division of IDF Military Intelligence.
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