Horrific. Shocking. Outrageous. Senseless. Insane. Deplorable.
These adjectives don’t even get anywhere near close to how I feel about the jihadist truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.
Four young IDF soldiers, only in their 20’s, sadly lost their lives after an ISIS supporter ploughed his truck into a group of assembled soldiers on a promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem after they had just disembarked from a bus.
The video footage of the attack was just plain sickening. Here were a group of young IDF personnel standing outside of a bus ready to head out on an excursion and then moments, later a truck comes charging full speed into the small crowd.
They didn’t stand a chance. Before their shocked comrades could react, their bodies were savagely run over again.
Several soldiers and a civilian raised their weapons and fired putting an end to the carnage.
The comrades of the dead and wounded wept, hugged and prayed meanwhile their commander shouted “Don’t look! Don’t look!” as those who could still walk away, walked away.
In typical fashion, the enemies of Israel – namely Hamas and Arabs everywhere – praised the attack as “heroic” and celebrated the deaths by passing out sweets to each other in the streets. Sickening…just sickening.
In a world that is torn by Islamic terror, it’s very easy for us to get used to or even be desensitised by the frequency of acts of terror. Not a day passes without us hearing an act of terror somewhere in the world.
But we cannot accept this as the norm, nor should we be desensitised to the brutality of Islamic militants.
As a journalist, it saddens me every time to hear about any terrorist attack. I feel for the families of those killed and injured as well as the first responders who have to deal with the situation. It’s a very difficult burden for them all to bear.
This is not “just another terror attack.” For the people of Israel, this is an attack they take personally. The country is small, they’re a very tight knit community and every attack they take personally.
In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a single person in Israel who doesn’t know of someone who was killed in action or in a terrorist attack. Many Israelis have sadly lost many friends and loved ones. Everybody is affected and feels the pain and grief.
Long after the attack has disappeared from your social media feeds or TV’s, the pain, grief and scars will be deep. The shock and outrage will be felt by the whole country for many days, weeks, months and years to come.
The nation is literally torn with terror, horror, pain and violence. Would you like to live in the most active terror zone in the world? I think not.
Would you like to walk around with a semi-auto rifle strapped across your shoulder just to take a walk in the park or go to a grocery store for fear of a terror attack any moment? Sure, there’s nothing wrong with the preparedness aspect, but the fact that you would be literally living on the edge every waking moment fearing a terror attack any second is a terrifying reality for every single Israeli.
One thing about Israel is that they know the source of these terrorist attacks. They know their enemy. And so should we here in Australia, the US, the UK and Europe.
So, wherever you are now and whatever you’re doing, spare a thought for the lives lost, their families, their friends and those who knew them. Think also of the broken heart of a nation that is stricken with incomprehensible grief.
Israel is crying out. The world must hear Israel’s pain — and break its silence. Together, we must stand with Israel. It’s time we demand an end to Palestinian terror.