Tel Aviv Blood is as "Cheap" as that of the "Settlers"

All Jews are terror targets, but some Jews defend their brothers against terrorism just by living where they do.

Mark Langfan

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In the aftermath of the Palestinian terrorist knifing-murder of Sgt. Almog Shiloni, the Israeli crowds in Tel Aviv were furious.  It was reported that angry Tel Avivian residents shouted “Our blood is not cheap,” at Minister Aharonovitch. “Go comfort mourners at the terrorists’ homes!” one woman shouted at him as he walked by.  “The leftists are responsible for all this. They’re the ones shedding our blood; our blood is not cheap,” another man shouted at the Minister Aharonovitch, who did not respond, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.  

A young woman was murdered in Gush Etzion hours after the murder in Tel Aviv. The terrorists see no difference between the two.

Jewish citizens of Tel Aviv, I have news for you: As long Tel Avivians allow the media and the Left to consider Jewish “settlers’” blood as "cheap", Tel Aviv’s Jewish blood will be even cheaper. 

What do Israelis think the Palestinian Arabs see when they see Israeli media and leftist politicians derogate the brave Israeli citizens who defend Israel’s front-line in Judea and Samaria?  They think they see a divided Israeli Jewry that is attacking the bravest of the Israel’s citizens who for the love of the land are willing to put their lives on the line while also protecting Tel Aviv from Katyusha rocket barrages.  And true to the Orwellian world of the Left, they blame the “settlers” for the failure of peace, Gaza’s rockets, and for Palestinian terrorism.

MK Zehava Galon, head of Meretz, recently said “Regrettably, Netanyahu is willing to sacrifice the residents of the south, so as not to pay the price that will be required for real negotiations, toward an eviction of settlements and the advancement of a diplomatic horizon.”  To Galon, residents in the south have Gaza rockets fired on them because Israel won’t give Hamas a state in Judea and Samaria. 

To Galon, and the Israeli Left, Israel’s retreat from Gaza has nothing to do with Gaza’s rockets on the South of Israel.  It’s only Israel’s failure to retreat from Judea and Samaria and divide Jerusalem that caused rockets to be fired from Gaza.

As long as people in Tel Aviv and Haifa vote for Galon's party, and for the Leftists in Labor, Tel Aviv should expect Palestinians to consider that Tel Aviv Jewish blood is "cheap".  As long as people in Tel Aviv and Haifa don’t understand that the Jews in Judea and Samaria are modern-day Jewish heroes, they can expect Palestinian Arab terrorists to try to murder Tel Aviv Jews as if they are flies.

21 Years ago, on November 12, 1993, I authored a full-page ad in the New York Times that was funded by a group of courageous American Jews.  The last paragraph I wrote 21 years ago about the Israelis in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is as true today as it was 21 years ago:

“The geographic positions of the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, which are being accorded pariah status by the Rabin Government, were very carefully and strategically situated along:

a.    The Western Samarian mountain aquifer, on a N-S axis to secure this vital water source;

b.    The Trans-Samarian Highway on the E-W axis which serves as the only supply line to the Jordan River Valley-Allon Line of Defense which even Mr. Rabin claims is vital to Israeli national security;

c.     The mountainous perimeters of Jerusalem in order to prevent Israel’s eternal capital from becoming another topographically entrapped Sarajevo.

Far from being “obstacles to peace,” these heroic Israeli citizens represent Israel’s only bulwark against annihilation.  To abandon these patriots and the land they protect, is at best based on wishful thinking, and at worst a combined act of extreme recklessness and national suicide.  By differentiating these Israeli citizens from those within the Green Line, the Rabin Government is delivering a clear signal that these Jewish men, women, and children are fair game for Israel’s most implacable foes.  And this is unacceptable!”


And this was 21 years ago.  The only thing I would now add is that by Tel Avivians making the Jews of Judea and Samaria into “fair game for Israel’s most implacable foes,” the Tel Avivians have made themselves fair “game for Israel’s most implacable foes.”  

Until the all Jews of Tel Aviv realize that their fellow Jews in Judea and Samaria are their first, and last line, of defense from terrorist 'West Bank' state, and go out to demonstrate against their blood being "cheap" they should expect the Palestinian Arab terrorists to continue to see Tel Aviv blood as “cheap.”