After four Israeli civilians were shot and killed by Palestinian terrorists this past week, leading Arab citizens in Israel quickly condemned the attack and called for peace (see: Israeli Arabs: Attackers ‘don’t deserve air to breathe‘). Another call of condemnation came from a very unlikely source: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the minds of many, including myself, Saudi Arabia is the main breeding ground and primary source of Islamic fundamentalist-inspired terrorism in the world. Yet, the Saudi media was actually talking about the attack in Tel Aviv as an act of terrorism. WOW! And the Saudis weren’t alone. A noted Egyptian journalist and former candidate for her country’s presidency also decried the attack (see: Egyptian journalist condemns Tel Aviv Terror: ‘What’s heroic about shooting people?’). Maybe the folks in the Arab world are starting to wise up, eh? Well, let’s not get carried away with hope just yet.
The handful of people in the Arab world who condemned the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv were still drowned out by the masses who took to social media to praise and celebrate the attacks. There was also no condemnation of the attacks on the Palestinian street. Instead, the Palestinians reacted the same way they always have – by singing songs of praise for the terrorists and passing out candies to celebrate the murder of Israeli civilians (see: Palestinians celebrate terror attack in Tel Aviv, Saudis strongly condemn).
Yes, the Palestinians still don’t get it and I don’t understand why, because decades of terrorism have still not yielded the Palestinians the freedom they seek; it’s just made their lives harder and more miserable. Now, for instance, more than eighty thousand Palestinians have had their entry permits to Israel revoked in response to the attack in Tel Aviv. That’s more than eighty thousand Palestinians who won’t be able to visit their families during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. So can someone please tell me how terrorism makes things better for the Palestinians? Other Arabs are slowly starting to discover that terrorism against Israel doesn’t pay. It’s a pity that the Palestinians can’t do the same.