Imagine you are a 12-year old Jewish Israeli girl, living in a village in Samaria, with your Mummy, Daddy, your little brothers and your 3-month-old baby sister. Imagine that one Friday evening, as the Sabbath peace descends upon your village, you go off happily to a Bnei Akiva activity with your youth group. Imagine that you return home round about midnight, to find that terrorists have somehow managed to scale the village’s perimeter fence and enter your home, through a window. Imagine the horror when you discover that your parents, your little brothers, aged 11 and 4 and the baby, have been brutally butchered, stabbed to death in their sleep and that only you and two other brothers, aged six and two, who were hiding in another room, are now left of what had been a happy, loving family.
For one little girl, from the Jewish village of Itamar in the West Bank, there is no need to imagine. It happened last night. Paramedics and security forces arriving on the scene described it as one of the most horrific they had ever seen, with childrens’ toys scattered on the ground next to bodies lying in pools of blood. One of the victims, the 4-year-old toddler, was still (barely) alive when the paramedics reached him, but all efforts at resuscitation failed and he died shortly afterwards.
The world will, no doubt, condemn the atrocity and spout platitudes about how violence on either side is unacceptable (as if Israeli Jews ever did anything like this!) and how this demonstrates once again the urgency of getting the “Peace Process” back on course (what “Peace Process”???). I say, this is yet one more proof of the impossibility of making peace with these people. In Gaza, when the news of the murders broke, the local population went out in the streets to distribute sweets and celebrate. In the West Bank, Abu Ma’azen has officially condemned the attacks – yet the Palestinian Authority has never ceased, since its inception, to incite the “Palestinian” population against the Jewish State and the Jewish People. They cannot evade responsibility now.
May G-d avenge their blood.
If I had the murderers in my power and a weapon in my hand, I would gladly save Him the trouble.