Elkana Bar Eitan

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 is an entrepreneur and business manager with a deep passion for education. Since 2007, Elkana has been in the field of experiential education and social entrepreneurship, focusing on community building, social awareness, humanities, and Jewish identity. Elkana currently resides in Eshhar, together with his wife, two daughters, and son.
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