Two young Israeli men went for a swim in a pool on Shabbat. On their way out, they were approached by a Palestinian who asked them about the pool. As they were telling him, he pulled out a gun, shot them, then ran away. The driver, Danny Gonen (25), was killed and the passenger injured. He was able to tell the police what happened and there is now an Israeli manhunt on for the shooter in the West Bank. An Israeli policeman was stabbed today by a Palestinian youth while on guard at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. He managed to shoot the attacker, who died later in hospital. This is the situation in Israel, we live under the constant threat of Palestinian terrorism.
Although a large proportion of the West Bank is under Palestinian Authority control and is not “occupied” by Israel, the IDF goes into the area in pursuit of terrorists when necessary. If they could not, then the killers would get away with it every time. If they know there is a price to pay this may to some extent deter them. The terrorist organization Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Israeli police said that they cannot confirm this yet until they find the shooter.
The situation is somewhat similar to the shooting of blacks in the USA, the latest case being the shooting of 9 people in a Church in South Carolina. Each incident is separate, but they derive from a general hatred, taught by parents and society. In the case of the Palestinians they are taught to hate Jews from birth and even in school. The only way to stop them is to make the price for attacks too high. That is why Israel had to destroy a lot of houses and buildings in Gaza, to teach them a lesson for firing rockets at our civilians for 8 years!
Of course, people were killed in Gaza, some 1,000 terrorists and ca. 1,200 civilians. Whatever the exact numbers, they are tiny compared to the civilian cost of wars going on in Syria (ca. 300,000 killed) and elsewhere. That is why PM Netanyahu labelled UN Secty Gen. Ban ki Moon’s mention of Israel in a speech on children in war in the same category as Syria and Iraq as “hypocrisy,” when anyone who knows the truth and has ever visited Israel will know that is a damnable lie that the IDF targets children.