S Ovwata Onojieruo

Sorek’s murder and the Jewish millennials

Hard to say but there are things which though can’t be undone, sets a trajectory for more; and as the Israeli security officials affirm “terror attack breeds terror attack,” or in Hebrew “pigua rodef pigua,” so also what seems like a peaceful season in the west bank has now turned more volatile than it ever had been, not because of any pending crises, but rather because of the ideology this saddening incident enforces.

The peace and quiet ENDURED by the Palestinian terrorists; but invariably praised by the international communities and ENJOYED by the residents of the West Bank has gone further to solidify the argument that no permanent peaceful and happy days can be enjoyable to the Palestinian extremist, and the only thing which gives him joy is “death to a Jew.”

While the young Dvir Sorek was a 19-year-old Torah student and grandson of Rabbi Herling (who also was killed in a terror attack at the northern West Bank in 2000), had his much promising life ended in this way, at the very hand of a Palestinian extremist; the same Palestinians with whom Israel have always sought to make peace; leaves more questions unanswered than it ever had done.

Eulogies and comments poured in about the life of this dynamic youth leaves everyone with much tears and anger locked-in within the bowels of differing emotions, To the Israeli millennials this isn’t just any murder, but a system enshrining the fact that no perfect peace can ever be reached with the Palestinians.

While families mourned and officials from both the Palestinian jihad and Hamas terror groups praised the murderer and extolled the murder as a perfect response to the Israeli demolition of homes in East Jerusalem, it is worthy to note that the psychological effect of these incidents on the Israeli millennials will in turn harden their stance for harsher measures in dealing with the Palestinians.

Failing to see that the future leadership of Israel would rest upon these millennials who growing up have day after day watched their agemates and families gruesomely murdered at the hands of Palestinian terrorists, had to spend almost a large chunk of their lives in bomb shelters in order to shield from the Palestinian incessant bombings, watched a large amount of their crops burnt to the ground as a result of the continuous protests and incendiary kites, endured the rigours of two wars within about two decades, watched the Palestinians chant “death to the Jews,” suffered the most unlikely distortion to their normal lives as kids, and having to live each day of their lives under the fear of another war or bombing of which none can predict,

It’s only reasonable to assert that an ultimate peace with the Palestinians seem only like a mirage in view.

However more alarming is the fact that if the Palestinian extremists thought that terror actions could actually instill fear into the Jews, they’ve met with the wrong target, and have only helped buttress the narrative of the right, that only by a hardline approach could the peace of the Israel, and safety of the Jews within Israel be guaranteed.

About the Author
S Ovwata Onojieruo is a Theologian, Political Scientist and Philosopher, whose Research interest spans across the areas of Legal theory, Political Philosophy, Social Epistemology, International Politics and International Relations theory. He currently functions as a Post-graduate Researcher, and Tutorial assistant with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and can be reached on twitter @OvwataS
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