Israel’s Bloody New Year
Vol: 24 Issue: 27 Saturday, September 27, 2003
Friday is the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish New Year celebration that ends on Sunday.
At around 9 p.m. Friday, a Palestinian armed with an M-16 assault rifle slipped into Negahot, where about 30 religious families live in houses and trailer homes on two barren hilltops. The attacker knocked on the door of a trailer home on the unfenced hilltop and shot a 30-year-old guest who answered and the 7-month-old girl.
No group claimed responsibility, but Israel is blaming Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. Several attacks have been carried out during Jewish holidays in the past three years, most notably the March 27, 2002, suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in the northern coastal town of Netanya, which killed 29 people as they participated in the ritual Passover meal.
Ariel Sharon repeated his promise to remove Arafat, and refused to guarantee his safety, should it come to that.
Minister Ariel Sharon said he was determined to “remove” Arafat one day, even at the risk of harming him.
“You have to keep in mind that it is very difficult to ensure that he (Arafat) won’t be harmed if we seize him,” Sharon told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. It is worthy of note that the shooting attack in Negahot was the first terror attack against an Israeli target since the Israelis threatened Arafat directly.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sharon’s comments proved Israel was trying to kill Arafat and was not committed to implementing the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, which envisions the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005.
“It’s no longer a matter of whether they will kill President Arafat, it’s a matter of when,” he said.
What is interesting is the fact the mainstream press drank in every word without it ever occurring to them that, if Israel WAS trying to kill Arafat, he would be dead.
It grows increasingly obvious that there will be no peace as long as Yasser Arafat is consuming oxygen. But there is a faction in the Israeli far left that can best be described as having a philosophy of ‘love thy enemy and hate thy brother’.
After recently going to meet Yasser Arafat at his Ramallah compound to show solidarity with him and act as “human shields” to protect him from any Israeli action; the Israeli far-Left has begun what they call the opening of a “street campaign” in the coming months.
A group called Peace Now and a few thousand protestors gathered on a Saturday night at “ground-zero –” Rabin Square in Tel-Aviv — to call for Israel to uproot the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza (Biblical Judea and Samaria) and an end to the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The Peace Now demonstrators also denounced the Sharon government’s policy of killing the leaders of Hamas and the other terrorist groups, saying the policy creates an endless ‘cycle of violence’.
I despise the term, ‘cycle of violence’ because it implies that Israel is somehow escalating the conflict by retaliating. If retaliating against terror feeds a cycle of violence, then that would be what America is doing with al-Qaeda, except for one thing. Since Washington is effectively killing the bad guys faster than they can mount attacks against the US, there is no ‘cycle of violence’. Just an absence of dead Americans on American soil.
All blood is red, and I guess Israel’s lemmings can’t tell the difference between the blood of innocent Israelis cut-down in the “act” of living their lives, and the blood of sociopathic murderers, whom Israel targets in self-defense before they can kill innocent Israelis again.
The mainstream press highlights the innocent Palestinian civilians that are wounded or killed as collateral damage in the attacks against the terrorists.
But the keyword here is ‘targeted’. When Israel fires a missile into a carload of Hamas terrorists, sometimes bystanders get killed. But the target is the terrorists.
On the other hand, when the Palestinians attack Israel, the mainstream press gets myopic. They just can’t seem to get around the idea that the innocent bystanders are the targets. In other words, in Israel, there are NO innocent bystanders, whereas all the Palestinians, including the terrorists themselves are ‘innocent bystanders’ unless they are killed in the process of killing Israeli civilians.
The terrorist who knocked on the door and murdered a baby girl died at the scene. He was NOT an innocent bystander. However, had Israel identified him the next day and killed him, Israel would be contributing to the ‘cycle of violence’ — not ensuring that particular terrorist won’t be killing any more babies.
The ‘cycle of violence’ lie is a prime example of how to apply the science of semantics to the art of propaganda. It is abundantly clear that the only way Israel can end the ‘cycle’ of violence is to let the Palestinians attack them until they are all dead or have all moved away.
The current peace process is a sham, but the world can’t see it. As obvious as it is, they just can’t.
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14)