Reader Post: The Terrorism Game

13 year old Halel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist as she slept in her bed.Another day in Israel, another Jew murdered at the hands of a Muslim terrorist. Hallel Yaffa Ariel, hy”d, a sweet, innocent 13-year girl is butchered while sleeping in her bed at night by a hate-filled savage. Collectively, our nation mourns. We share in the emotional concoction of sorrow and fury, with a dash of desperation and helplessness. Worse of all, we know this phenomenon all too well.

And what does it look like on the other side? Well, the mother of the terrorist who murdered our dear Hallel had this to say to a local Hebron news network:

“My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds. He [my son] has joined the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine. Allah be praised.”

Not only is this monster glowing with motherly pride, she offers a recommendation that all Palestinians do the same. She’s an instant celebrity among her people. And what is she doing right now? Probably packing all her belongings in anticipation of the popular media stunt by the Israeli government to demolish her house. Not to worry, the Palestinian Authority will take good care of her and her family. They will enjoy the luxuries of a 5-star resort for a few months as they wait for things to calm down. Besides, they don’t want to rush the new home upgrade. Mrs. Monster prize winnings don’t stop there. She will also be on the P.A. payroll as long as she lives. What’s behind the next curtain, Mahmoud? Talk about hitting the lottery!

Is there anything, really, for her lose in this scenario? Her son is a legend and she instantaneously went from rags to riches.

What about the P.A.? Do they even try to hide the fact that they provide a lifelong reward to the families of terrorists? You’d think this policy, alone, would delegitimize them. Heck, shouldn’t it earn them a spot on the Designated Terrorist Group list? Well, I looked it up. Not one country lists the PLO, except for the U.S., from 1988-1991. The PLO must have changed their ways since then to be in such good standing. A report published last month by the Congressional Research Service confirms that since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed more than $5 billion in bilateral economic and non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinians. And there’s plenty more where that came from, as the Palestinians are the largest per capita recipients of international development assistance in the world, according to the Palestine Human Development Report.

I guess Mrs. Monster is right. There’s lots to go around so what are you waiting for, terrorist savages?

Meanwhile, our valiant Prime Minister has responded in kind. He immediately posted a 2-minute video revealing his plan of action: “And this is how we will fight back… first, by fighting back – fighting the terrorists, fighting their backers, fighting those who incite for such murder….” This was followed by the usual rhetoric of connecting this heinous murder to others around the world, like the massacre in Orlando from a few weeks ago. People of the world, Bibi urges, don’t forget to feel bad for us the way you felt bad for them.

Well, Mr. Prime Minister, just three days earlier, Sultan Abu al-Einein, an elected official of the P.A. and aid to its president Mahmoud Abbas, publically announced, “Wherever you see an Israeli, slit his throat.” Mr. Prime Minister, does this qualify as incitement for which you vowed to fight against? And if so, what exactly will you do? I get the sneaking suspicion that your vows are just lip service.

You see, Bibi is a master at quelling the unsettled Israeli masses and playing tough guy until the tide passes. In no time, he will be treating the P.A. as a legitimate peace partner, begging them to come to the negotiating table and probably offering them truck loads of prisoner releases as a gesture for being willing to consider it.

Let me guess, soon you will hear Bibi threaten to refuse return of the terrorist’s body. Then, all the virulent left-wing lobby groups under the New Israel Fund umbrella – you know, those evil organizations set up by Israeli Jews with the sole purpose of taking down the IDF and fighting for the rights of the Palestinians – will cry “VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY” because, of course, we need to respect the dignity of a terrorist savage who slaughtered a child in her sleep. And they will apply tremendous pressure on the government to reverse its position and return the body. In conjunction with other international pressures, the Israeli government will concede, of course, like they did with the terrorists of the Har Nof massacre about a year-and-a-half ago and several times since. Then there’s the pathetic save-face clause of having the terrorists’ families promise not to make a big, grandiose funeral. The family will likely agree and bury their hero somewhat quietly before naming a street or town square after him. I’d like to commend you in advance on your stellar work, Mr. Prime Minister!

After that, it’s back to business as usual, folks. Sorry, there’s nothing to see here. The case is closed. No policy changes. No new strategic pursuits. No death penalty for terrorists. No punishment for the family that proudly raised this savage. No consequences for the P.A., who will not condemn this terrorist but, rather, will justify it as “a natural response to oppression” and then continue to work its brainwashing magic. We go back to our routine and nervously anticipate the next chapter in this insane terrorism game.

Has anybody else had enough of this horrifying charade?

When will we demand that our leaders actually act to prevent this psychotic cycle from reoccurring?

When will our leaders implement some real, effective deterrents?

When will our leaders stop cowering to pressure from the left and the international bullies, who deny us the right to take bold, non-politically correct security measures for our own safety and survival?

You know when things will change? Never. As long as our prime objective is to remain an upstanding player in the eyes of the international community we will always be on our knees and subject to their demands. We’re not interested in saving Hallel, or any of the other 38 victims of terror since Sukkot of last year. We’re interested in maintaining the status quo so long as the rest of world can’t condemn us as immoral, which they do anyways (see the list of U.N. resolutions against Israel compared the rest of the world combined – we’re still in the lead!).

We needed to normalize relations with Turkey and apologize for killing a group of thugs who ambushed and beat our soldiers, they will tell you. There’s so much more behind the scenes that you don’t know about, they will tell you.

Honestly, I don’t care. I’ve had enough. There’s no lack of information that could make me accept this reality.

You know when things will change? When we start seeing our situation for what it is – a 68-year war with a mortal enemy that won’t stop until we stop them. We need to act as if our survival hangs in the balance. Hallel deserves that fight. The 24,000 plus Israelis who have been killed by our enemies since the establishment of the state deserve that fight.

We need to say “enough is enough!” We need to demand an alternative approach. Until then, the game continues. Carry on.


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