Recent Palestinian violence is just another example of worldwide Islamic terror

Don’t blame latest terror wave on breakdown of peace talks. These terrorists cannot be appeased. Their aim is death to the infidels — to the Jews and the ‘Crusaders.’

Moshe_Arens_cropped-150x150By Moshe Arens

Are we witnessing another intifada or just part of the worldwide jihad? Does it make any difference what we call it? The name may not matter but understanding the roots of the latest wave of violence can provide the key to dealing with it effectively.

Many commentators claim that the recent upsurge in violence is an expression of frustration and impatience with the lack of progress in negotiations between Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That it is in effect a third intifada that might very well spread and grow more violent in the future. The conclusion to be drawn from this assumption is that Israel needs to make dramatic moves that will provide a “political horizon” and an indication of the concessions that Israel is prepared to make. Such moves should presumably include the cessation of building activity in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, and renewed expression of Israel’s readiness to support a “two-state” solution.

The well known French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy takes a different view. “It is highly doubtful”, he writes in The Algemeiner, that intifada is the right term to apply to acts that bear more resemblance to the latest installment of a worldwide jihad of which Israel is just one stage.” Those who have seen on Youtube a recent sermon by the preacher Muhammad Salah, delivered at the Al Abrar Mosque in the Gaza city of Rafah, might tend to agree with him. Brandishing a knife in front of the microphone, he calls to “my brothers in the West Bank, stab! Plunge this knife into the belly of your enemies. Cut them into body parts.” To the Jews he says, “you have come here of your own volition to be slaughtered in our land.” Probably not many Israelis have watched this sermon, but no doubt many Palestinians have seen it, and possibly some of those who stabbed Jews in the streets of Jerusalem were inspired by it.

The preacher in the Gaza Strip is obviously not seeking a two-state solution. It is likely that those who are inspired by him or by similar sermons held in other mosques who go out to stab Jews or run them over in the street are not doing so because they have lost hope in the peace efforts chaperoned by John Kerry. It may even be that the status quo on the Temple Mount is of little interest to them.

If that is the case then Levy may very well be right. What we have seen on the streets of Jerusalem in recent weeks is just another chapter of the wave of radical Islamic terror that has attacked targets around the world during the last few years. The perpetrators are inspired by the gruesome decapitations carried out by ISIS in front of television cameras in Syria and Iraq. The knife wielders in Hebron are probably longing for the “good old days” when their ancestors butchered the Jewish community there with knives and hatchets in 1929. These terrorists cannot be appeased. Their aim is death to the infidels — to the Jews and the “Crusaders”.

The efforts being made to prove that the status quo on the Temple Mount has not been altered is of little interest to them. The installation of cameras on the Temple Mount is not going to appease them. They believe that not only should Jews not be allowed to pray there, but they should not be allowed to be there at all, and moreover that there is no place for Jews in this land. The resumption of negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas may please Kerry and may relieve some of the pressure from King Abdullah II in Amman, but it is not going to placate those brandishing knives in the streets of Jerusalem and Hebron.

The answer to their kind of murderous activity is the same all over the world: effective police work and constant alertness on the part of the civilian population. Fortunately, in both these areas Israel excels.

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