Self-Defense for Everyone but Israel

(JNS) Jonathan S. Tobin - Israeli forces launched a surprise attack against a senior commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza, Baha Abu al-Ata, a man whom Israel's security services rightly described as a "ticking time bomb." Anytime Israel does anything to defend its people or to cause terror groups to cease operations, its actions are perceived as provocative. That means that those who are calling on Israel not to hit known killers are essentially seeking to give immunity to those whose purpose is to terrorize Israelis and fuel the conflict. The true cycle of violence isn't one in which Israel is forever being blamed for causing trouble by killing terrorists, but the one in which Palestinians remain locked in a dynamic of endless war. This week's violence is one more reminder that the problem has everything to do with a toxic Palestinian political culture.

2019-11-15 00:00:00

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