The terrorist attacks in Brussels are disturbing and appalling, but they also remind us, friends of Israel, of something else. They remind us of the world’s double standard towards Israel.
Since the 1980s, the world has been learning about the horrors of Islamist terrorism, but Israel has been facing that same terrorism since 1948 while the world looks at it as a “conflict” that needs to be “resolved.”
Violence against Israel is motivated by hate, just like the attacks against Beirut, Mumbai, New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, Kashmir, Delhi, Karachi, Casablanca, London, Madrid, Moscow, Jakarta, Sharm el-Sheikh, Mosul, Baghdad, Mogadishu, Amman, Paris, Ankara, Brussels, and many more. “Peace negotiations” will not appease that hate any more than peace negotiations between Europe and Al Qaeda or Daesh would.
Terrorism must be met with determined force, and the perpetrators and their backers must be denounced unconditionally and stopped. When terrorism happens in their own cities, all nations understand this. They mobilize their police forces, they track down the terrorists, and they denounce the attacks as inexcusable threats against their nations. They expect international sympathy, and they get it. They also get unconditional Israeli assistance in learning the most advanced techniques for fighting terrorism.
Yet, somehow, when the violence occurs against Jews in Israel, the perpetrators are “desperate” and the inciters are “peace partners” who are perhaps a little misguided!
Why are this double standard and this hypocrisy not obvious to everyone?
Why doesn’t the world understand that as long as we accept and appease terrorism in one place, terrorists will be emboldened in every place?
How much longer will it be before the world understands that Israel should be supported for the terrorism it faces and admired for the ethical and determined way in which it deals with it?
How many more attacks will it take?