Never again and never before

No nation in a similar situation has ever shown as much restraint as Israel.

Prof. George Jochnowitz

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Prof. George Jochnowitz

The young Palestinian Arabs who are stabbing Israelis are fighting against the creation of an independent Palestinian state. They are saying that they are unwilling to live in peace with Israel and will fight against it with their lives..

At the same time, they are fighting against the creation of a binational state. They are showing Israel that such a state would be a place where Jewish citizens would be threatened by murder.

Israel was founded as a state in its ancestral home, but the holocaust added the saying "Never again" to its raison d'être.
Israel’s reaction has been as moderate as possible, considering the danger it faces. Countries at war routinely mistreat minorities ethnically related to their enemies.  

During World War II, the United States relocated its citizens of Japanese descent to internment camps for the duration of the war. In Israel, on the other hand, citizens who are openly disloyal may have government positions.

Haneen Zoabi, a member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), has kept her seat even though she rode on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship headed for Gaza that was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Israel and Egypt maintained a blockade of Gaza for reasons of security. Haneen Zoabi chose to ride on a ship to break Israel’s right of self-defense. Despite this act of open disloyalty, she retained her membership in the Knesset.

No country but Israel would allow that.
In 2005, Israel announced it would withdraw from Gaza. Israel was willing to create an independent Palestinian mini-state. What happened? On July 9, 2005, 171 non-governmental organizations voted to boycott, divest from, and impose sanctions against Israel. That was the beginning of the BDS Movement.

After the withdrawal was complete, Gaza elected Hamas, a party whose charter rejects the possibility of peace.
Nevertheless, Israel remains open to negotiations and allows its Arab citizens and its 'West Bank' residents to live in peace. Never before in human history has a state threatened by those who wish to destroy it responded so moderately.