Truth Revolt, by Ronn Torossian
In the wake of the terror attack in a synagogue on Jerusalem, where Jews have been slaughtered during morning prayers, what will be the reaction of the State of Israel? Ze’ev Jabotinsky is the ideological forefather of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party – and he was a Zionist leader and author who spoke of the necessary response to attacks upon Jews:
“We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow by a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind.” The Latin proverb says “of two evils choose the lesser.” When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless?…the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay.”
“It is always aimed at us, and we must respond. We must end this abuse of ourselves, at all costs. And it is very easy. They spit in our faces without fear, ‘in passing’, for no reason – not because our insulters are blessed with courage and want to pick a fight with us, but because this pleasure is so cheap for them: they will spit at us and go on their way, and nothing will happen. We must accustom them to the thought that from now on this pleasure will come at a hefty cost. A new commandment must enter our hearts: that even where there is only one Jew, the word ‘Zhid’ must not be heard without response. Wise people will come and try to dissuade us – But it is not our purpose to win in every single incident. Our objective – to create about us the belief that a slur on our national feelings is no longer what it once was, a small diversion free of cost – but will rather, with an absolute certainty and a mathematical precision, result in a sharp and unpleasant confrontation.”
These quotes from Ze’ev Jabotinsky could have been spoken today rather than over 100 years ago – and as Israel’s Prime Minister vowed today a heavy price must be paid by those who committed this act of terror. In today’s world, there are terrorists who celebrate death and violence and killing – and people who simply wish to live in peace. Unfortunately, to live in peace and quiet sometimes requires guns and weapons – and the Israel Defense Forces must – and will – act to protect there innocent from the barbarians who celebrate death and killing.
Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur and author.
“I call on all the leaders of countries in the Western world: I want to see outrage over this massacre. I want to see denunciation.”
At a Tuesday evening press conference responding to the terrorist attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily called on world leaders to end their mendacity regarding terrorist attacks against Jews, saying, “I call on all the leaders of countries in the Western world: I want to see outrage over this massacre. I want to see denunciation.”
We are in the midst of a terror campaign focused on Jerusalem. Today in the middle of Shacharit [Jewish morning prayers], while covered in prayer shawls, four rabbis were massacred, four Jews, innocent Jews, pure Jews. We send our condolences to the families and a speedy recovery to all the injured among whom are brave policemen who prevented through their actions even bigger catastrophe. Those human animals that committed this massacre came with great hatred and incitement. The deep hatred and incitement against the Jewish people and its state.
Netanyahu blamed the attack on the continual incitement coming from Palestinian leadership.
Hamas, the Islamic movement and the Palestinian authority disseminate libels against the state of Israel They say that the Jews impurify the temple. They say that our intention is to demolish those sacred places, that we intend to change the prayer services. These are all lies. And these lies have already taken their toll; they’ve taken a price. They took the life of a 3-month-old baby. A little baby who was going from the western wall with her parents, they wanted to thank God that God gave her to them and they took her life. The police officer, the youngster, all pure souls, all victims of this awful incitement. And today they were joined by more victims as a result of this blood libel, yes, blood libel, of the type of those blood libels that are engraved in our memories.
The Prime Minister said that all of recent victims of terror attacks died because of this incitement. He brought up the suicide of a Palestinian bus driver earlier this week. Even after autopsy results were publicly released proving it was a suicide, the incident was used to incite riots and Tuesday’s attack.
Yesterday, a bus driver from East Jerusalem committed suicide. He committed suicide and even the reports through the pathologist that were publicly published prove this, he committed suicide. But it did not prevent from those inciting forces to disseminate their blood libel as if he was murdered by Jews. And this incitement contributed to the awful murder that took place this morning, the sacred place in a time of prayer. But what is most shocking is that it’s not just the cruelty of the massacre but also those characterize of glee and joy in Gaza, in Bethlehem and in other places where candy was handed out, where fireworks were set off, where praises were heard to the shahides.
He then turned his attention to Palestinian President Abbas, whose incitement and that of his party has been well documented at IsraelRevolt. Netanyahu recognized that Abbas condemned the attack, but:
Abbas condemned the attack. But it is not enough. Later on, the continuation of that sentence after he condemned the murder today, he connected it to all sorts of imaginary events that ostensibly Israel performed in Temple Mount which did not take place. There’s daily incitement every single hour and they turn those murderers into heroes, into cultural heroes. But there is ongoing incitement against the very existence of the state of Israel, against the security of the citizens of Israel, constantly through the schools, in the media, in the mosques. And this is the root of the conflict. This refusal to recognize and to educate the new generation to the existence of the state of Israel. Last week, I flew to Jordan and held a very important meeting there in Amman with the king of Jordan Abdullah and with John Kerry, Secretary Of State. And together we called to calm down spirits. Unfortunately the answer we got from the Palestinian authority was a different proclamation. And today, we all saw the result.
He added that to his sorrow the world does not demand the PA end incitement against Israel.
The world looks upon this massacre, but unfortunately it does not demand the Palestinians to stop this awful incitement against Israel, which is the very root of the conflict. I call to all the leaders of the cultural world, the civilized world; I would like to see shock. I would like to see a condemnation, a real uprooting, non-compromising of these deeds of these murders of Israelis, the murders of Jews. Do not discriminate between blood and blood when there are other deeds of murder, you do reflect that shock. You condemn. But when I see a little baby, 3 months old, murdered, when I see these Jews praying, praying covered from prayer shawls in a synagogue, a sacred place to others like a church or a mosque, is sacred to its people, I expect to hear at least that very same condemnation, uncompromising and with no reservation. And to award the Palestinians with a prize? Again with one-sided proclamation of the Palestinian state that does not even recognize the Jewish state. We cannot tolerate such a reality and that is why we will beat terrorism, we will uphold law and order and security in all the streets of Jerusalem
He ended his speech by warning that no one should take the law into their own hands, and that Israel must unite to fight terror.
(…) I also gave the orders to increase security in Jerusalem, yes, there are defense deeds as well, defense activities that we do. The citizens of Israel, I call upon you to please be aware, be alert, please abide by the law. we will pay all these terrorists and those who sent them — we have proven to be able to do so. but nobody must take the law into his or her hands, even when times are stormy, even when the blood boils, we are in the middle of an ongoing and long war of terrorism that did not begin today. terrorism has escorted us throughout the years. We always were victorious. We will beat it. We will do so this time. There are those who wish to uproot us from our capital, from our land. They will not be successful. This is our eternal capital. We have to unify forces at such a time. This is a time of need. We always need to unite in times of need. We have to place aside all those little conflicts and to unite around this big central thing, which is defending Jerusalem and upkeeping the safety of the citizens of Israel. This is what the citizens expect of me, united together. This is what is needed at this time. And that is national unity..