1. Israelis cannot take their security for granted
Can you imagine how you would feel if you heard that terrorists fired rockets into America from Canada and Mexico? What if at the same time that Americans were hunkering down in bomb shelters built into their homes, terrorists used their vehicles as a weapons for running over pedestrians out for an evening stroll? Israelis don’t enjoy the luxury of going about their daily activities without fear. Israelis celebratedPassover in bomb shelters, checked their phones for Red Alert messages for rocket barrages and were forced to deal with acute anxiety from the rocket attacks. The onslaught forced military leaders to call up Border Police and Air Force reservists, taking them away from their families during Passover week.
2. Israel welcomes all faiths to worship peacefully
The Israeli Declaration of Independence states unequivocally that Israel “will guarantee freedom of religion” and “safeguard the Holy Places of all religions.”Israeli Muslims are free to practice Islam and can attend one of the country’s hundreds of mosques. Israel also facilitates the entry of hundreds of thousands of Muslims – including Palestinians – to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. While the news media focuses on the violence, there are videos and photos showingMuslims and Jews praying peacefully in Jerusalem, including Muslims worshiping inside and outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel’s prime minister emphasized that “Israel is committed to preserving freedom of worship” at the Temple Mount, and vowed to “not allow violent extremists to change this.” Despite false claims from the media and Islamic leaders, Israel provides stability on the Temple Mount.
3. ‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger’ = Blatant anti-Jewish lie
Every year, terrorists invoke ‘the big lie’ calling to safeguard the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jewish invasion and defilement, particularly during Ramadan. This lie goes back a century and was crafted to unite Islamic extremists against Jews and Israel. Previous Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat stated in 2004 that Al-Aqsa was “in danger.” Notably, current PA President Abbas declared in 2015 that Jews “have no right to defile the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet,” and, “We salute every drop of blood spilled for the sake of Jerusalem.” This year, Turkey’s president called Israel’s restoration of peace on the Temple Mount as crossing a “red line” and that the “Islamic world should be united against Israel’s attacks in Palestine.” This is pure anti-Jewish hatred.
4. Misinformation: NO ‘moral equivalence’ or ‘cycle of violence’
When one group targets civilians and the other targets terrorists, there is no moral equivalence. The father and husband of the three murdered Jews stated that “we will never blame the murder on the victims, there is no such thing as a moral equivalence between terrorists and victim.” Many news media and pundits incorrectly apply this term, while only focusing on a select snapshot of events. This serves to mislead and amplify hatred without taking the time to examine the full content. The attacks against Israel were planned in advance; they were not spontaneous. Terrorists use Israel’s response to ensure freedom of worship on the Temple Mount as a justification for launching rockets against Israel. This is not a ‘cycle of violence,’ it is purposeful intent. This is the true timeline of events.
5. The path to peace is through recognizing Jewish history, not erasing it
Palestinian leaders continuously try to deny that Jews have any historical connection to Israel and Jerusalem. The most notable example was Yasser Arafat during the2000 Camp David peace talks with President Clinton. The Israeli prime minister shocked everyone when he offered the Palestinians control over the Temple Mount, with Israel retaining control of the underground tunnels with its Jewish Temple artifacts. Arafat responded that “There was never a Jewish Temple, so I cannot accept any Israeli presence. Not even underground.” For years, the Temple Mount’s Islamic guardians removed and destroyed invaluable Jewish archaeological remains. This is erasive antisemitism.
6. Terrorist attacks do not happen in a vacuum
Educating Palestinians and Israeli Arabs – especially children – to hate people who are different from them triggers a domino effect leading to terrorism. Too many people naively assume that terrorists are young, single men with bleak economic prospects. The Israeli Arab who used his car to mow down pedestrians was a 45-year-old father of six. He had worked as a janitor at a Tel Aviv middle school. Staff and students were shocked that he was the perpetrator. A student described him as “the happiest person he knew” and the attacker would invite the school’s teachers to break the Ramadan fasts with him. The husband and father of the three murdered Jews addressed the terrorist: “What did you get out of this? What values are you passing on to your children when you murdered my family? You are pure evil.”