From the start of the “ intifada hasakin – knife intifada,” I woke up every morning and immediately checked the news to see how many attacks took place while I was asleep. First there were stabbings, then there were car rammings at bus stops, then there were parents being shot to death in front of their little kids – every day was worse than the day before. Every day I grew more and more scared to go online, to check Facebook or to turn on the TV because I knew there’d be countless links and disturbing videos that I just could not stand to read or watch.
Throughout this whole ordeal, every time I did go on Facebook, I also saw links to articles in which authors claimed that if the Israeli government did A, there would be peace or if Netanyahu did B, the attacks would stop. For a split second, I had hope – “yes, peace IS possible!” But these authors are dead wrong. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but peace is not possible. If the Israeli government does A and Netanyahu does B, the Palestinians will want C-Z and then some. Why? Because the Palestinian terror is not conditional on Israeli actions, it is based on hatred.
As a lifetime follower of Israeli news and an avid reader and researcher in Middle Eastern politics, I acknowledge the few Palestinians that just want to live in peace and I somewhat understand the Palestinians’ argument but frankly, I DON’T CARE. Forget the one state solution, forget the two state solution… there is no solution! The Palestinians do not want peace; they want Israel destroyed and all the Jews killed.
To forward their anti-Semitic agenda, they excuse their behavior by blaming the Israeli occupation or the West Bank settlements but before the Israeli government even existed there were attacks! There were countless massacres and killings of Jews before 1948, when Israel became a state. If the Palestinians are only anti-Zionist and not anti-Semitic, as they claim, what did they blame the Hebron and Safed Massacres on? What was the Kfar Etzion Massacre about? Hatred. Before the occupation and before the settlements, there was only hatred.
Those who claim that peace is conditional do not understand the entire Palestinian ideology and its flaws. To fight for what you think is yours is honorable and to stand up for what you believe in is admirable but to hurt an innocent human being is despicable. Those who do not value life do not want peace. Those who perpetuate baseless hatred from generation to generation do not want peace. Peace will not come through violence and peace will not come until both sides truly want it. The idea that if we change something about our behavior or our government then the Palestinians will change themselves sustains a false hope that things will change for the better.
The sad thing is – for some reason, the rest of the world seems to think that all of this terror is okay. Apparently, Palestinian “suffering under occupation” warrants terror but Israel’s response is the act that should be internationally condemned. But that’s a discussion for another day…