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The Price Tag of Terror

We are witnessing a complete loss of common sense on the part of Israel’s government and security forces

Graffiti reading "Price tag", "A good Arab is a dead Arab" and "Revenge for Yitzhar."

Graffiti reading "Price tag", "A good Arab is a dead Arab" and "Revenge for Yitzhar."
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Here is what I said at a Knesset deliberation that I initiated recently on the escalation of Arab terror in Judea and Samaria:

The internal security minister defined graffiti – albeit of unknown origin – in the Arab villages as “terror.” No more and no less. Writing on the wall is a new type of terror. He also recounted the incidents and counted, for example, the [Arab] village of Tuba Zangaria as one of the locations where this terror was perpetrated. He apparently did not know that the acting mayor of the village himself openly admitted that village residents wrote the graffiti.

Nobody really knows if Jews perpetrated this phenomenon, or if it is an Arab provocation. I am sure that it is usually a provocation. But just as in the case of Mohammed al-Dura [the 12-year-old Palestinian boy killed in 2000], our entire country blames itself, adding more and more fuel to the fire of self-blame. So let us speak a bit about the real terror that is raging right now in Judea and Samaria.

We are witnessing a complete loss of common sense on the part of Israel’s government and security forces on the roads of Judea and Samaria. Rocks and firebombs hurled at motorists have become routine – including on major highways like 443 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But who cares? We are all busy with the graffiti in some Arab village. We all quake over that terror.

A government that is incapable of taking care of rock throwing is incapable of dealing with a nuclear Iran. This impotence draws from the same source. This is not a philosophical pontification: It is the simple lesson of the past 25 years. Every rock in Yesha is the promo for the missile that will land in Tel Aviv.

The impotence is explained away with ethical principles, so to speak. There is no greater lie. Ask the two-year-old baby, Adele Chaya Biton, who is hovering between life and death after a rock to her head. Even if she remains alive, I know first-hand the meaning of a head injury.

That is not unidentified graffiti in some village.

You can also ask Aharon Zlatkin and others, whose skulls were shattered by rocks. Ask them to explain to you what our Sages meant when they said, “Those who have mercy on the cruel will ultimately be cruel to the merciful?”

The source of this impotence is the loss of our confidence in the justice of our position.

Those who turn their backs on the bedrock of our existence in this Land, on the source of all sources, on the Temple Mount; those who effectively transfer the sovereignty on the Mount to the Arab enemy find themselves incapable of justifying themselves or defending themselves everywhere else.

Is there someone else who does not understand that after the rocks, he is the next in line – no matter where his house may be?

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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