The current war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been going on for nearly a month now, with ceasefire after ceasefire being broken by the Palestinian side on at least six occasions.
But, despite the efforts of the UN and the world community to enforce a ceasefire on the region, Israel continues to retaliate against the more than 3,000 short and long-range missiles fired at its cities, towns, and villages from Gaza.
Today was no exception, as the Jewish State found itself once again on the receiving end of some fanatic Muslim hatred, this time at the hands of what appear to be “Israeli Arabs.”
On a busy street in Jerusalem this morning, an Arab entered his vehicle, a huge bulldozer with crane, and proceeded to kill a pedestrian and topple a large bus which, fortunately, was empty at the time. Luckily a police officer was near to the scene and immediately leapt from his vehicle and shot the driver of the bulldozer dead.
In a second terror attack near to Mount Scopus, which is just down the road from the Hebrew University, a drive-by terrorist on a motorbike shot a soldier in the stomach. The soldier is recovering in hospital and is reported to be in moderate to serious condition. The gunman fled the scene and has not yet been located.
Hamas praised the terrorist who killed an Israeli with the bulldozer in Jerusalem and congratulated the Palestinian of Jerusalem for his attack. “This attack is a natural response to the occupation of our people,” Hamas said.
Among the usual pack of lies that Hamas peddle, which many in the media accept as gospel, Fawzi Barhoum said, “The action in Jerusalem was very brave, a natural response to the occupation.” But there is no occupation as Israel pulled out of all parts of Gaza unilaterally in 2005.
With the current atmosphere in the region and the praise from Hamas for the attacks today, Israel finds itself in a very tricky position. Living alongside the population of over six million Jews, there are also more than 1.5 million Israeli Arabs who live in Israel. They have full citizenship and share all the rights and benefits of their Jewish cousins because Israel is a democracy.
The fact that some of those Israeli Arabs abuse the freedoms they enjoy to actually attack the very country in which they live is cynical and cruel, and needs to be dealt with by the Israeli government, sooner rather than later.