Nothing has changed in 15 years. As the Times story showed, the Palestinians are still threatening violence, even as they wash their hands of responsibility by saying it cannot be “controlled.”
Despite Mahmoud Abbas replacing Arafat, despite new American and Israeli leaders, and despite a vastly different region and world, the Palestinians are stuck in exactly the same mind-set.
Don’t blame us for anything. Everything is Israel’s fault. If Arabs kill Jews, the Jews had it coming.
More incredibly, the Palestinians have been rewarded for their treachery. Although Bill Clinton later blamed Arafat for the collapse of the 2000 talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, he later softened his criticism. And the murderous intifada that followed earned Israel more international condemnation and Palestinians more sympathy.
Even in the current wave of violence, as Palestinians stab, shoot and kill random Israelis with car attacks, the world is obsessed with whether Israel’s response is too harsh. And the Times, a barometer of anti-Israel sentiment, confirmed its reputation by declaring that the recent attacks are “spurred by Palestinian fears that Israel wants to divide the Old City holy site revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.”
Never mind that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has debunked those “fears” by declaring that no such action will happen. The Times, like the Palestinians, finds it ideologically convenient to excuse murder and blame the Jewish victims.
The idea that Israelis have a mighty military and therefore must show unending tolerance for Arab violence is actually a big part of the problem. In fact, the Israeli military is more careful about civilian casualties than even our own military, yet it is never sufficient for the critics. When Hamas and other terror groups hide their weapons in schools and hospitals and fire rockets from mosques, the demand for restraint falls on Israel alone.