Responding to Terror
On the very rare occasion that a Jewish group plans a terror attack, Israel’s response is to take action against the perpetrators.
Three residents of an underground Israeli extremist movement have been convicted of attempted murder and illegal possession of arms after being caught planning an attack on a Palestinian school in Jerusalem.
The planned attack was said to have been in revenge for Palestinian attacks against Israelis.
The three men from the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, aged in their mid to late twenties, admitted to being members of an underground extremist movement.
In April last year, they parked a trailer laden with explosives outside the main entrance of a girls’ school in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem at 3.30am.
A timer had been set for 7.25am as students would be arriving.
Police were called in to defuse the bomb, which contained half a tonne of explosives.
All three will face up to 20 years in jail, when they are sentenced at a later date.
The accused said they had only planned to create a big fire, but the judge argued that the contents of the trailer would have produced something much more harmful.
No talk of trying to negotiate a ceasefire with this group.
No widespread support amongst Israelis for their actions.
Just arrests, a trial and probably jail time.
Another difference is that at least one of the defendants has actually expressed remorse for his actions.
And for the record, I fully condemn the alleged action as constituting terror and being morally repugnant. You won’t hear from me that it is only to be condemned because it is “against the interests of the Israeli people.”