Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
The crematoria had hardly cooled when the Arab world launched a jihad on Holocaust survivors. The Palestinian Arabs have not succeded in this genocidal project and Israel is still on the map.
But have we really reflected on what happened during the abduction and execution of the three Israeli teens?
For one month, an entire nation was humiliated by a small gang of Arab terrorists. They had just a few guns, an old car and lot of anti-Jewish hatred. Against them, Israel used its famous army, its secret service, its special units and even brigades of volunteers, who later found the bodies.
The three teens weren’t killed in Gaza, but a few kilometers from Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
The young Arabs killed three students who were among the bravest children of the Jewish nation, three teens who had no fear of the Arabs but reclaimed the land as theirs.
Israel has nuclear bombs and can send agents to liquidate enemies all over the world. Israel will not be destroyed by terror. But these Arab terrorists have been able to inflict damage to Israel which is more devastating than most of Israel’s operations against terror.
The world believes that Israel is the stronger side in the conflict, the side with the military, the technology, the money, the knowledge base, the capacity to use force, the friendship and alliance with the United States— and that before it stands a pitifully weak people claiming its rights.
But the story of the abduction in Gush Etzion proves otherwise.
And so do the stories of the twenty teenagers who were blown up by a suicide bomber outside a disco in Tel Aviv, the story of the reservists who made a wrong turn and were dismembered in Ramallah, the story of the rabbi who was assassinated trying to save the Torah scrolls at Joseph’s Tomb, the story of the Jewish pilgrims who were executed while coming back home from Shabbat prayers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron, the story of the kindergarten teacher killed when a minibus was attacked by Arab gunmen.
Television programs and newspapers always show pictures of Palestinian Arab demonstrators armed with only stones confronting Israeli tanks. Israel has long portrayed itself as little David standing up to the Goliath of Arab armies; but now it is perceived as Goliath, not David. This is not true: the strong Zionists are still the vulnerable David. The terrorists who killed the students in Gush Etzion made fun of the famous army, Tsahal, deployed to search in front of them.
I perceive the Jewish position as being painfully analogous to the situation that prevailed in the 1930s. Nothing in the scenario has really changed.
Instead of the Germans, we now have the Arabs. In place of Nazism, we face the ideology of the PLO and Islam. The historical link between Adolf Hitler and Yasser Arafat’s henchmen is direct, the objectives with respect to the Jewish people identical. The principles of Nazism have found their historical continuity in the Palestinian Arab anti-Semitism.
It is like during the Nazi period, when the Germans were able to exterminate the entire European Jewry with a few thousands guards, dogs and Zyklon B canisters.
Avraham Shalom, the former Shin Bet head who passed away a few days ago, once said: “In the war against terror, forget about morality”. The Arabs understand that lesson. The IDF does not That is why the Arabs are winning the terror war
(Note: This is aimed at the government of Israel and the IDF and in no way is meant to condone vigilante vengeance.).