Nov. 28, 2016
- Israel’s Terror Fires – Jonathan S. Tobin
The willingness of dozens of individuals to start fires they hope will injure Jews or destroy their property is the result of a Palestinian political culture in which hate and violence directed at Israelis is both encouraged and praised. It is appropriate for Israeli leaders to make it clear that Jews will not be burned out of their country anymore than they can be bombed out of it.
This isn’t the first instance of Palestinians using arson as a terror tactic and it probably won’t be the last. But while no one should underestimate the determination of Israelis to stand fast in the face of terror, the lesson of the last week is that the conflict between two peoples over one land is still so bitter that many Arabs appear to be still willing to destroy it rather than let Jews live there in peace. (Commentary)