Saul and Netanyahu

 Why do Arabs keep killing Jews?

The most probable answer to this seemingly ridiculous question is just as ridiculously easy.

Jews like to die. And they are particularly happy when killed by terrorists.

Well, maybe not the victims themselves, but everyone else. Because no one really ever believes it will happen to them.

How can this possibly be so? This too is incredibly simple to answer:

We continue to allow it to happen.

The logic is very difficult to defeat.

For example, when a child is hit by a sibling, or friend, the most expected reaction is that they hit back. If someone throws rocks at them, they throw rocks back. If a policeman, or soldier is shot at, he shoots back. If a country is attacked by another country, well, they attack back.

Right? Well, usually right, unless discussing the State of Israel. Here, if any of these occurrences take place, well, a child who hits an Arab back or anyone who returns a falling rock, is arrested. Policemen or soldiers who defend themselves or others, are arrested, suspended and jailed. When missiles fall in Israel, we show restraint. When terrorist murderers go on hunger strikes, they are released from jail. On Arab holidays, when Imams and others preach 'death to Jews,' Israel eases restrictions on them. When Jews visit Temple Mount and respond in any way, shape or form to hostile Arabs, they are arrested for disruption of public order. When a person dares to say a blessing on Temple Mount before drinking water, they are arrested for causing Arabs to become upset. When a Jew bends down on Temple Mount to pick something up, he is arrested for praying and breaking the status quo. When Israeli ministers attack the Prime Minister's failed defense policies, they are reprimanded.

And, when Arab terrorists kill Jews, ………….

This, it seems, is Netanyahu's policy. Quite similar to what we witnessed last week in the UN, when he stood for almost a minute in silence. This was supposed to be an act of defiance, but here in Israel, we know better. This is his way of dealing with security issues; standing in silence.

Here in Hebron we deal daily with heavy gunfire heard from the hills surrounding us. We are told that this is either: an Arab wedding, or fights between various 'hamoulot' that is, Arab clans, or political disputes between warring factions (those who support Abu Mazen and those do don't.)

However it seems that our security forces and other leaders haven't yet realized that our enemies, who surround us, have huge amounts of arms and ammunition. And it seems that they've forgotten that these, or other weapons were turned on us, exactly 15 years ago, when the 2nd intifada broke out and cause the cold-blooded deaths of well over 1,000 Jews. And that it could easily happen again, very soon.

What is happening now is not an intifada, rather it is a war. The PA, Hamas, and all the others have declared war on the State of Israel, because of our presence here, be it Hebron or Jerusalem.

And they say this, in no uncertain terms.

But today, as 15 years ago, we refuse to recognize it as such.


The only reason I can think of, is as written above, is because Jews like to die. Or, rather, watch others die.

Well, I have a gut feeling that there are many many people who are tired of watching people die, hearing news of more terror attacks, of listening to children say Kaddish for their murdered parents, of attending funerals, with people greeting one another with 'besorot tovot' – 'we should just hear good news', witnessing the disgrace of 'Hilul HaShem,' that being the desecration of the name of G-d.

As David said:  What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the taunt from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should have taunted the armies of the living G-d?...'Then said David to the Philistine: 'Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin; but I come to thee in the name of the L-RD of hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast taunted. 46 This day will the L-RD deliver thee into my hand; and I will smite thee, and take thy head from off thee; … that all the earth may know that there is a G-d in Israel; 47 and that all this assembly may know that the L-RD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the L-RD'S, and He will give you into our hand.' 

(1 Samuel 17)

Saul wasn't overly happy about David's challenging Goliath. Netanyahu has one of two choices: to act like David, or to sit back in fear, like Saul, and watch others, taking up the challenge as did David.

Because, we don't really enjoy watching people die.