It’s here, whether or not you are ready for it to be here.
It is in Jerusalem where Arab drivers plowed into crowded bus stops and killed innocent Israeli civilians.
It is in Jerusalem’s synagogues where two armed terrorist cousins hacked and shot to death 5 Orthodox Jews, 3 of them American/Israeli citizens. And its in Judea and Samaria where Arab residents celebrate the murders and cast the murderers as heroes and hand out candy to their children.
It is on the Temple Mount where Yehuda Glick was shot two weeks ago.
And now it is here, in America, Brooklyn, where an orthodox Jew was attacked on a train platform.
It is here, it is there, it is everywhere.
Claire Sterling, writing in The Terror Network more than 30 years ago, identified the two main purposes of terror. Yes, there is a psychology of terror.
The first is to terrorize. Period. Scare the pants off your enemies.
The second is to provoke a response that is over the top, so much so, that the perpetrator of terror points to the victim and turns the table by crying out, “Disproportional Response!”
Islamic terror groups know the game. Hit and run, back off, then scream when your opponent fights back. And then the world’s capitals jump on Israel and blame it for the problem.
The latest Gaza War was a prime example of what happens when terror strikes. Hamas and its friends lobbed more than 12,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli cities over the period of several years. Finally, Israel’s government was moved to action, attacking rocket facilities, factories, launching sites, and infrastructure. Meanwhile Hamas and its fighters dug deep tunnels and popped up to fire more rockets and shoot or kidnap Israeli civilians, then disappear without a trace.
The final score? More than 2,100 Palestinians dead, tens of thousands wounded. Israel suffered 72 deaths and hundred wounded. But Israel doesn’t think like the rest of the world. Even during hostilities, Israel was still trucking tons of humanitarian goods and food for the residents there. In effect, Hamas held its own citizens hostage, using them as human shields while Israel hit its targets.
What to do?
Little in this equation favors a real, enduring solution. While Israel may have the very best intentions to seek peace, Islamic terror groups want neither peace nor a real cease-fire.
One of the biggest problems is the antagonistic ravings of Abu Mazen, or Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PLO. While he gives lip service to peace, he is well known as the driving force behind the terror infrastructure. When known terrorists are released from Israeli jails, there he is, welcoming them back as heroes of the cause.
The Jerusalem Post said this:
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Abbas of stoking tensions in Jerusalem in recent weeks that have resulted in a number of fatal terrorist attacks, including this weeks attack on a synagogue which killed five people.
“The use of degrading images in Fatah or PA produced media as well as inflammatory language used by you and other Palestinian leaders undermine the objectives of our support and threaten to further destabilize an already highly volatile situation,” the letter from the lawmakers said.
Abbas condemned this week’s synagogue murders but has also accused Israel of “declaring war” for temporarily shutting down the Temple Mount, a site holy to Jews and Muslims.”
Keeping the cauldron burning with plenty of willing subjects ready to die fuels the fire for years to come. Training suicide bombers or dressing children in bomb vests guarantees that Hamas will have plenty of cannon fodder for the foreseeable future.
When one side wants peace and the other does not, and in fact wants to die in martyrdom, you have a no-win game. There are no winners, just more blood. Even if Israel had completely flattened Gaza, or soon possibly Lebanon, there are always more souls, minds poisoned by terror and treachery, to step up and die for the cause.
No good intentions will ever erase Islamic terror. Only a profound spiritual revival can move anyone away from death and destruction and towards peace, real peace. Today, there are few such candidates on either side.
And now the battle moves to the international stage. 9/11 was a warning shot.
The Brooklyn subway station attack this week is another wake up call. We have no idea who perpetrated the attack. We have no idea if it was spontaneous or planned or if carried out by Islamic terrorists. But we do know this: it is no longer just on Israeli soil. They are here and they are ready to carry out terror against Jewish targets in America, and, as France learned during the Gaza war, even in Paris.
And this president doesn’t get it. The immigration battle is upon us and may well be tied to this campaign of hatred. We may have millions of hard working and honest people streaming over our borders. But we also have others, fueled by hatred and ready to die and ready to kill.
America, Wake Up!
What do you think?