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October 13, 2015 6:19 am

The Recent Terror Attacks Should Be a Learning Experience for Israeli Leaders

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Wikipedia.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Wikipedia.

The terrorism plaguing Israel has been described in the media, perhaps for lack of a better term, as a “terror ‎wave.” This implies that what is happening is somehow a sudden and unexpected occurrence that has come to afflict us without warning. This is untrue. The warnings were crystal clear and have been ‎present for decades, visibly and scarily disturbing for anyone who cared enough to take notice.‎

The Palestinian Authority has been demonizing and dehumanizing Jews since it was established with the ‎Oslo Accords in 1993. This has been evident to anyone who has been watching their TV broadcasts and ‎reading their newspapers, as Itamar Marcus, director of the NGO Palestinian Media Watch, has been ‎documenting since the 1990s. ‎

In a 2012 interview, Marcus stated: “The tragedy is that the Palestinians were much ‎closer to peace with Israel before the Oslo Accords. An ocean has developed because of hate promotion ‎by the Palestinian Authority.” Marcus estimated that chances for peace may have been better in 1996, ‎when after decades of contact with Israelis, a poll of Palestinians showed that 78% considered ‎Israel to be positive in democracy and human rights. That figure sounds like science fiction today.‎

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Two decades later, there is a generation of people raised on an unadulterated diet of ‎hatred of Israel and the Jewish people, courtesy of Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and their ilk. In kindergartens ‎and schools, in the written and electronic press, on TV and especially on children’s TV, Jews have been called ‎monkeys and pigs that need to be killed. Schoolbooks show Israel erased from the map, history lessons deny the existence of Jewish nationhood and never teach the Holocaust, ‎monuments are erected in honor of terrorist murders of Jews in city squares, and terrorists are rewarded with fat ‎salaries. Documents show that terrorists responsible for some of the worst attacks on Israelis pocketed ‎salaries of $52,000 to $78,000 in 2013. Former PA Prisoner Affairs Minister Ashraf al-Ajrami’s ‎comment: “They are seen as heroes and we are obligated to their welfare.” Is it any wonder that the ‎perpetrators of the stabbings and shootings are all young terrorists, as young as 15 and not much ‎older than 20, when this is what they have been fed their entire lives? ‎

All the above is sponsored by Western taxpayer money and expertly executed with the aid of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. ‎In this way, the international community actively aids and abets the terror and ultimately the murder of ‎Jews in Israel. ‎

There is a tragic, almost unbearable irony in the fact that changing Israeli governments have allowed this ‎demonization and dehumanization to go on, unhindered, for decades, with the lethal and harrowing ‎consequences that now haunt our cities and roads again with terror attack upon terror attack. How ‎pathetic that the Jews, of all people, have forgotten the lessons of what a committed and unwavering ‎propaganda machine, fabricating the biggest, most horrendous lies and repeating them to their people, ‎especially their youngest, ad nauseam until it becomes their truth, can do. Because that it exactly what Joseph Goebbels’ propaganda machine did to the Jews before and during the Shoah. ‎

This is the generation that the world would have us make peace with and give concessions to. How do you ‎make peace with people who have been raised to see you as less than human and as something that should ‎be killed?‎

It is said that you reap what you sow; we have helped to bring about this generation of hatred by not ‎interfering with the propaganda machine that created it — by not taking the statements seriously, by ‎pretending that it was for some inexplicable “internal consumption” within the PA and on the “Arab ‎street.” What does that even mean? If people say, “We want to kill you,” take their word for it.‎

The recent incitement by Mahmoud Abbas pales in comparison with the constant incitement that his PA ‎has been conducting all these years. Israel cannot undo that, but every effort should now be made to stop all ‎incitement, wherever it is found in the PA, immediately. That, in itself, will not ‎solve the current terror problem, but it is a first step in acknowledging the lesson that has ‎been bought with blood and endless sorrow, so as never to repeat it again.‎

Judith Bergman is a writer and political analyst living in Israel.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • FIGHTING TERROR – HOW TO HANDLE ARAB VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL
    Israel should inform the Arabs that any disturbances or attacks will be dealt with ejection of those people and the area will be off limits to the Arabs.
    This is Israel the Jewish home and any threats or violent actions against the
    Jewish people or visitors will be dealt with the most extreme action by the
    Israeli authorities.
    The Jewish people have the right to live in peace and harmony without threats
    or fear of violence.
    The Israeli government prides itself that it gives access to all people for all religions to worship any and all religious sites. How come Jews cannot have access to all religious sites, this is unacceptable.
    Judea and Samaria is Jewish land and Jews must be permitted to settle anywhere in Judea and Samaria (See the San Remo Treaty and the terms of the Mandate for Palestine).
    It is insanity to try and make peace with people who are telling everyone that they want to kill all the Jews and have no respect for human life.
    YJ Draiman

  • HOW TO HANDLE ARAB VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL
    Israel should inform the Arabs that any disturbances or attacks will be dealt with ejection of those people and the area will be off limits to the Arabs.
    This is Israel the Jewish home and any threats or violent actions against the
    Jewish people or visitors will be dealt with the most extreme action by the
    Israeli authorities.
    The Jewish people have the right to live in peace and harmony without threats
    or fear of violence.
    The Israeli government prides itself that it gives access to all people for all religions to worship any and all religious sites. How come Jews cannot have access to all religious sites, this is unacceptable.
    Judea and Samaria is Jewish land and Jews must be permitted to settle anywhere in Judea and Samaria (See the San Remo Treaty and the terms of the Mandate for Palestine).
    It is insanity to try and make peace with people who are telling everyone that they want to kill all the Jews and have no respect for human life.
    YJ Draiman

  • The best terrorist is a dead terrorist!!!
    This violence must be stopped, even if you have to evict the Arabs from Jerusalem.
    The Arams must learn that they are going to pay a heavy price for continued violence. They would not be able to behave like this in the Arab countries..

    Cracking down on terror and violence is not loosing your humanity. It is called defending yourself, which any responsible human being would do.

    Over the years Israel has bent over backwards to try and bring about peace and coexistence. All the concessions and appeasement has brought about more terror and more violence. When you educate your children and the masses to commit terror and violence, you have no option but to respond fiercely to terror and violence.
    The Arab-Muslim world wherever they are there is strife and conflict.
    Do you want to give up your freedom your way of life your security your family for the sake of Radical Islam? The answer is absolutely no!
    I spend in Jerusalem over year completing the building of a 5 star hotel across from Jaffa gate, The Arabs were working in the building construction and their brethren were suicide bombing and blowing up busses with workers from the hotel construction dying in the process. Some Arab workers were intentionally damaging the construction.

    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed completely with no traces left.
    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.
    YJ Draiman

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