Two weeks ago, I traveled on business from Israel to Washington D.C. In the hotel, jet lagged, in the middle of the night I heard a beep on my iPhone. A newsflash. I looked and saw that there had been another stabbing in Israel. On closer look, I realized that the stabbing took place a block from my house. I called my wife and, as we spoke, I could hear ambulance sirens in the background. “Is everyone accounted for?” I asked. Everyone was, except our oldest daughter who was walking the dog. I called and called but she didn’t answer. After what seemed like an eternity, she finally picked up and apologized for forgetting her cell phone at home. While we were talking, a second stabbing happened on the same street, a few blocks to the west.
Agitated and unable to sleep, I turned on the TV and I heard American “experts” talking about frustrated Palestinians and the “cycle of violence”. Conversation immediately turned to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and how they agitate the would be killers.
Here is the scoop people: not only do these experts not care about Jewish children being knifed on the streets of Israel, they don’t care about the Palestinian teens who are doing the stabbings. In Jerusalem, a thirteen year old Palestinian stabbed a thirteen year old Jewish kid who was one month away from his Bar Mitzvah. The Palestinian teen plunged a knife into the Jewish teen fifteen times. The Jewish boy is still struggling for his life.
What would lead a thirteen year old Palestinian to go out of his house armed with a steak knife, looking to kill and be killed? Is this thirteen year old really “frustrated” by the lack of progress in the “peace process”? Is he upset about new settlements? Why isn’t he playing video games or kicking a soccer ball around? Why is he so determined to spill Jewish blood?
The answer to the above is simple. The Palestinian teen has obviously been brainwashed from the time that he could speak. It’s a form of child abuse. If you raise a generation of children to want to murder and die, how do you call them off? Why would you want to? These Palestinian teens know nothing about the peace process. In fact, they don’t want peace and they say so openly. As children, they’ve been brought up to decapitate teddy bears. As teens, they’ve been brought up to stab Jews. They are ticking human time bombs. There is nothing one can give them that would reverse the last decade of indoctrination. There is no magic pill. They want to die. They need to kill.
Until the American and European leadership stops talking about settlements and starts talking about child abuse in the Palestinian school system, until they pay attention to the fact that the Palestinian leadership talks about peace while raising a generation of pre-programmed killers, there will be no end to the “cycle of violence”.
More than this, it’s in the economic interest of the Palestinian Authority to keep the fires burning. Billions of dollars have been poured into the Authority and they have nothing – absolutely nothing – to show for it. They have no cinemas or operas, no sidewalk cafes or theatre groups…absolutely nothing that celebrates life. They don’t even produce decent Middle Eastern carpets. All they produce is terror and a culture that sustains it. And the world is funding it. The billions of dollars of foreign aid have mostly made their way into the Swiss bank accounts of the Palestinian leadership. Former Palestinian leader, master terrorist, Yasser Arafat died one of the wealthiest men in the world. The tragedy is that while the children of the Palestinian elite party in London, the children of the Palestinian underclass kill and die in Jerusalem.
You can’t stop a disease if you misdiagnose it. As things stand today, Israeli culture celebrates life while Palestinian culture celebrates death. Until this truth is faced, the business of teen terror will continue.