Also the West is guilty of the slaughter in Israel

Those two Palestinian cousins with their eyes drowned in blood who burst in the synagogue in Agassi Street to shoot and butcher the worshippers with meat cleavers are not lunatics, but the result of a cynical and zealotic campaign which center is the Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem itself.

It is regrettable to say that the illogical and erratic approach of both the European Union and the United States contributed to their criminal act.

It is not possible to fight ISIS’ beheadings and, at the same time, to keep considering the terrorist attacks of the last few weeks as an almost logical consequence of the Israeli conduct. Today’s condemnations are totally useless.

A telephone call from John Kerry forced Abu Mazen to issue one, in which he never spoke about “terrorism”, but just condemned “the incident” and other assaults motivated by religious hatred. Something that gives food for thought is the curious conceptual relationship existing between the words of Alaa Abu Jamal, a relative of the two assassins from the Jabael Mukabaer neighborhood in East Jerusalem (where people celebrated the gruesome attack, while the social networks were being flooded with drawings of bloody axes and terrified hooked-nose and kippah-wearing Jews), and what the representatives of the European countries said in the last few days.

Abu Jamal spoke in the name of his people: “The attack occurred because of the pressures of the occupying Israeli government on the Palestinian people, and in particular on the Al Aqsa Mosque. This act is something normal for any person who is connected to his people, to courage and to Islam”.

Looking at the statements of the EU Foreign Ministers who met in Brussels Monday, it is startling how, in order to stop the violence in Jerusalem, the Ministers insisted in condemning Israel for its settlement construction in the territories instead of concentrating on the enormous amount of lies, spread by Abu Mazen himself as well, about the Israeli approach to the Al Aqsa Mosque’s issue.

That is: Israel wants to change the status quo of the Esplanade of Mosques in order to drive out its faithful Muslims. Israel – and not the Palestinians, who keep carrying out deadly terrorist attacks in Jerusalem every day – has been the one asked to “refrain from any action that would worsen the situation by way of incitement, provocation, and excessive use of force”.

In the meanwhile, the leak of news about a EU document detailing sanctions to be taken against Israel must have comforted the proclivities of those who constantly heap guilt on Israel.

Then, Federica Mogherini declared that it was old and inconsistent news. What is coming from Europe does not calm people down, rather it convinces them that their aggressive actions will be understood, maybe even justified, and that in the end the Palestinian State will come, not as a kind of compromise, but as a right and proper kind of compensation. This is confirmed by the recognition of the Palestinian State by the Swedish Government and the British Parliament, and by other motions as well, one approved by the Spanish Parliament and others ready to be presented to the Italian one.

It is unbelievable how nobody ever remarked Abu Mazen’s alliance with Hamas, his condolences to the terrorists, his reiterating that Israel wants to seize the Esplanade of Mosques, while it just denied access to people under 50 years of ageduring the most crucial days. It is true that there are religious groups asking to ascend the Temple Mount in order to pray, but those requests are sparingly granted.

Israel’s defensive choice in a fanatical and hostile world, with which it is not inclined to make easy territorial compromises, should be clear even for the EU Ministers, who yesterday rushed to issue their condemnation. If we are allowed to reword what the relative of the two terrorists said, we may say that the current attacks are partly a consequence of the obliging and weak attitude of our world toward the Palestinians and Abu Mazen, who rules with Hamas: they are untouchable, like a sacred cow.

This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (November 19, 2014)

About the Author
Fiamma Nirenstein is a journalist, author, former Deputy President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and member of the Italian delegation at the Council of Europe.