From: "Arlene Kushner" <email@example.com>
Date: Oct 13, 2015 3:50 PM
Subject: From Israel: Situation Impossible
To: "A Kushner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"'There is no doubt that the source of incitement of the sequence of terrorist attacks this morning is east Jerusalem,' the source added."
Also this morning, there were two stabbing attacks in the city of Ra'anana, a city in the central plain, near Herzliya. In the first attack, at a bus stop outside of city hall, the terrorist stabbed someone, causing light wounds; he was restrained by passers-by until the police arrived. He was from eastern Jerusalem.
"Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said after the attacks that the Palestinian Authority had lost its right to exist (a mouthful if this is taken seriously – of course she is correct), adding that PA President Mahmoud Abbas bears responsibility for the ongoing terror...
"'The blood of Israeli citizens is on [Abbas's] hands, and of those of his men who incite children to go out and murder.'" She was referring to Abbas spokesperson Nabil Abu Roudeineh, who reportedly praised the 13-year-old Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli teenager yesterday on his bike.
""The Palestinian Authority has lost the right to exist. Instead of preventing violence, it is a hothouse for radical Islam that hurts Israelis on a daily basis, she said.
Credit: Times of Israel
"Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) lambasted the international community for failing to condemn the current wave of terror."
"'There is no excuse in the world to justify the murder of innocent children. The silence of the international community is regrettable and worrying. The fact there no one condemns the Palestinians spreading lies that increase murderous terror is a warning signal to the entire free world.'" (Emphasis added)
My friends, the world's silence is, for most of us here in Israel, more than "regrettable and worrying." Minister Akunis, normally a very forthright man, was being a bit polite. It is, as we see it, horrifying and deeply disturbing. I would suggest a serious moral deficit. There is a disconnect, a reluctance to confront what Israel is coping with.
We see that the Palestinian Arabs continue to tell the most outrageous lies, pretending to innocence and pointing fingers at Israel. And we know that much of mainstream media are happy to transmit the skewed version of events – focusing on what Israel has "done" to poor Arabs. I will return to this.
Speaking of the international community, Netanyahu requested that the Quartet not come now, and they agreed. One less pressure. Can you imagine them looking over our shoulders as we respond to the terror?
Yesterday, as the Knesset opened its winter session, Netanyahu made a forthright statement (emphasis added):
"Terrorism does not come from frustration because there is no peace process. Terrorism comes from a desire to annihilate us."
We have faced terrorism repeatedly over the last 100 years, he declared. "What always wins is the recognition that this is our homeland. Our will to live trumps our enemies' desire for death. There is no way to stop the Zionist enterprise."
This afternoon, he called a lengthy Security Cabinet meeting to discuss the way to handle the current outbreak of terrorism. Subsequently he made a statement (emphasis added):
"The prime minister said that he was sure that the actions Israel will take will bring about a realization on the other side that 'terror does not pay.'"