If you’re not someone who goes out of your way to find news of interest to Jews and Israel, you may not have heard about it, but Palestinian terrorists on Friday snuck into a Jewish family’s home and stabbed to death both parents and three young children – one of them an infant.
The fact that most international media either didn’t carry the story or buried it in one about the Israeli government’s decision to approve more housing in disputed territory, says everything you need to know about where the world is headed. It’s a familiar place, dark with the ashes of the dead – both Jewish and not, because the sickness that causes it is wildly contagious.
I know as surely as I know anything, that had this been a Palestinian family murdered in their beds by Jews – a scenario so unlikely as to be almost comical – it would have been the world’s lead story, right after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
But these were Jewish parents and children – and in the past 20 years or so, it has become expected and acceptable in most “civilized” countries for Jews to be victims of mass murder, even as the thin veneer that since the end of World War II, masked the world’s dormant anti-Semitism has chipped away. And in Muslim countries, atrocities like these are celebrated with the passing out of candy and the naming of stadiums and schools after the murderers.
You would think that such scenes would be newsworthy – but, no. Not when the victims are Jews (or Americans, since the same thing happened after 911). Even infants and babies, the very definition of non-combatants, are fair game when they’re Jews.
If this doesn’t sound familiar, it should, and this apparent international mindset is an extremely bad sign for anyone who’d like not to see this particular bit of history repeated.
What you will hear about, mark my words, is the Israeli government’s decision to expand housing construction in several large West Bank Jewish neighborhoods in response to the massacre. The decision was said to be “intended to signal that Israel’s presence in the West Bank will not be deterred by violence,” according to reports.
What do you suppose would be the world’s reaction should the Jews decide that there should be no Muslims in Israel proper and set about making that desire known by constant, unrelenting random acts of violence against Muslim children? Something slightly stronger than the threat to build houses, I’ll bet.
Yet, the Obama Administration joined most of the rest of the world in criticizing the approval of the homes.
So, they don’t like Israel to demolish the homes of terrorists who murder Jews and they don’t like Israel to build homes in areas “the Palestinians claim for a future state” to try and convince the bloodthirsty barbarians not to kill Jewish babies.
It is especially irksome that the world more strongly condemns the building of “Jewish” homes than it does the slashing of Jewish babies’ the throats, suggesting that brick and mortar is more a threat to peace than slaughtering entire families in their beds.
In fact, in my mind, the psychology at work within the Palestinian brain (and maybe the radical Muslim brain in general) would suggest that doing anything other than the opposite of what they say they’re trying to accomplish sends exactly the wrong message. They must be made to understand, at the molecular level, that murdering Jews to make them flee the neighborhood will surely result in more, preferably well-trained and heavily armed, Jews coming to the neighborhood.
It is patently obvious that what most of the world – including, unfortunately, it seems, the sitting American president – would prefer to see, is the Jews lie down and allow themselves to be rolled over by the freight train called radical Islam.
I am fairly confident that won’t happen, and if you know any Israelis, you likely feel the same. Most are not prone to cowardice or timidity especially when it comes to self-defense. No one in Israel has forgotten the Holocaust and the myriad anti-Semitic episodes that preceded it.
This is not to say that I think Israel will survive as a country.
I’m not sure of that.
What I am sure of is that should it sense an impending existential threat, Israel will respond in kind, likely touching off something that will change the character of the planet that survives once the dust clears.
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