Israel was getting about one suicide bombing per day.
Then they start building a separation barrier, and while the world kvetched and moaned about how terrible this was, the number of suicide bombers and other attacks dropped to almost nothing.
In fact, the last suicide bombing in Israel, before the one on Monday, occurred on Jan. 29, 2007, when a Palestinian attacker entered Israel from Egypt, killing three innocent people in the southern city of Eilat.
Interestingly, this first murder/suicide bombing in a year occurred just days after a breach was made in Gaza�s border with Egypt.
I wonder if there’s any correlation.
Nah. Obviously, the separation barrier is strictly a land-grab and has nothing to do with protecting Israeli citizens.
Funny, though, the so-called �militants� � a Western press euphemism for terrorists targeting Jews or Israelis � claimed the bombers entered Israel through the porous Egyptian border, about 35 miles from Dimona, the town selected for victimization this time. Terrorist spokesmen also reportedly said more homicidal maniacs were inside Israel waiting to strike.
So, clearly, the Jews have no reason to erect a barrier between themselves and the Palestinians, and those up in arms over the terrible injustice this fence represents to the poor Palestinians, are justified in demanding it be dismantled post haste.
This becomes more evident when one conducts even the most superficial comparison between the two groups of people.
For instance, Ayman Taha, a spokesman for Hamas, the terrorist organization popularly elected by the Palestinians, praised the bombing as a �glorious act.�
So, just to make sure we�re clear, walking up to unarmed, unsuspecting civilians and blowing them up is �glorious.�
It is so �glorious� in fact that in Gaza, gunmen fired in the air and relatives of the bombers passed out sweets to celebrate the murders, according to the Associated Press.
This was the same reaction much of the Palestinian populous had right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They showed the celebration on the TV news for about a minute before it vanished forever into the mist of political expediency.
But I saw it, and I remember.
In America, we traditionally pass out cigars to celebrate a child�s birth. In �Palestine,� they pass out candy to celebrate a child�s death. But far be it from me to cast aspersions on someone else�s culture.
The Talmud notes that �taking a single life is like destroying an entire world, and saving a single life is like saving an entire world,� according to scholarship on the issue.
In fact, of the 613 commandments outlined in the Old Testament, only the prohibitions against murder, idolatry, incest and adultery are so important that they cannot be violated to save a life, experts say.
Judaism not only permits, but often requires a person to violate the commandments if necessary to save a life.
Now imagine you�re a Jewish country, wherein the prevailing attitude is to value life, and on your borders are a large population that embraces a philosophy in which death trumps.
Seems to me that building a wall is the most moderate approach that comes to mind.
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