...The common denominator for this blood libel is the fundamental Palestinian hatred for everything that is Jewish and Israeli, which has now taken the form of anti-Israel incitement and demonization, and the delegitimization of our very right to be here.
11 November '14..
"Atmosphere attacks" are not created in a vacuum. The atmosphere that breeds such attacks, inspiring the so-called "lone wolf" terrorist to carry out shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks, has been prevalent for years. Recently, however, it has been amplified via a cacophony extolling terrorism and jihad against Israelis and Jews, wherever they may be.
The differences between Fatah, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in this regard are semantic. There is no misinterpreting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' statement calling the terrorist who shot Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick a "shahid" (martyr); and there is no misunderstanding the posts on Fatah's Facebook page -- the same Fatah Abbas heads -- lauding terrorists who carry out vehicular attacks and blatantly inciting future, similar attacks.
This time, the incitement is promoted under the guise of the blood libel slogan "Al-Aqsa is in danger." Last time it was linked to the "occupation," and before that to the "oppression." It is best, however, not to have any illusions: The common denominator for this blood libel is the fundamental Palestinian hatred for everything that is Jewish and Israeli, which has now taken the form of anti-Israel incitement and demonization, and the delegitimization of our very right to be here.
These sentiments were clearly illustrated a few short months ago, in an event sponsored by Abbas, where terrorists Israel had released were awarded special commendations. Moreover, a play mounted as part of the event pitted two rival groups, representing Hamas and Fatah, against each other. At some point in the play, both groups dropped their flags on the ground, united under the Palestinian flag, and went on to engage in a firefight with the enemy, "killing" all the "Israelis" fighting them.
Now, as in the past, Palestinian killers are turning fiction into reality. The people using stones, Molotov cocktails, knives, cars, and eventually rifles, have been exposed to this atmosphere of hatred for years. It has taught them that there is no difference between the settlements in Gush Etzion and the settlements of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and that the foreign Jewish entity must be removed.
We would do well to remember that this was how the first and second intifadas started. This is terrorism's "as you sow, so shall you reap" mechanism -- the belief that the more terror they sow, the weaker Israel will become and therefore the greater the benefits the Palestinians will reap in future negotiations.
We have to recognize this pattern and beware of the pitfalls of mock negotiations and perilous concessions. Fear not Israel, for this is war. We must only remember that we are in the right and that the land of Israel -- the land of Zion and Jerusalem -- belongs to the people of Israel, and we will win this war as well.