Palestinians should be the first to support the Taylor Force act

Last night I had a dream, a nightmare.

In my dream, terrorists broke in to my in-law’s house where we were staying. I heard screaming from down stairs and understood that my 70-year-old in-laws were attacked in their beds. I only had seconds to decide. Do I run down stairs and try to protect them or do I stay upstairs and protect my wife and little girls? The dream felt so real that I woke up in a panic and made sure the house is locked and everyone is OK.

Trying to fall back a sleep I realized how deep this fear is. I thought of the Fogel family who were murdered in their sleep just a few miles down the road. I also thought of my friend Kay Wilson who watched Kristine Luken being slaughtered by Muslim terrorists as they mumble prayer. Growing up in Israel, knowing so many personal friends and family that were killed by terrorists doesn’t leave us with many alternatives.

Israelis live with constant fear and this deep fear leads to a deep lack of trust.

How can Israelis trust a nation that glorifies the most disgusting human behavior?! If the Palestinian people and leadership would condemn these horrific acts it would be much easier for us to build trust. However, the fact is that Palestinians spread hate in school books, support terrorist families and name streets in their honor.

If the Palestinian people wish to build trust they must fight against their own extremest. Palestinian leadership must stop supporting evil acts of hate. There is no way to justify the support of two monstrous human beings that slaughtered an entire Fogel family sleeping in their beds. Nothing can justify stabbing a 3-month-old toddler time after time.

Palestinians should fight for the US Taylor Force Act to stop their government policy and by that prove to the world that they deserve to be a nation among nations.

Once they do so, we, ordinary Israelis, will be the first to support them and fight for their rights.

About the Author
Elkana has been active in the field of experiential education and social entrepreneurship for over 10 years, focusing on community building, social awareness, humanities and Jewish identity. Leading educational programs and tours from over 20 countries, Elkana encourages independent thinking. He is well experienced in leading thought provoking discussions on many topics. After spending a year volunteering with children at risk in the development town of Ofakim and serving for three years in an elite reconnaissance unit in the IDF including serious combat in Lebanon, Elkana's passion for education comes from a deep understanding of the need for positive change. A change that can only come when individuals challenge today's reality and come together in order to offer an alternative on both a personal and global level.
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