Revenge Attacks on Arabs: Should We Be Concerned?

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

After over a week of many Islamic terror attacks, which have included many horrific murders and wounding of Jewish men, women, and children, including shootings, rock attacks, and stabbings, we now are hearing reports of a couple of attacks or attempted attacks by Jews against Arabs, one of the suspects being a young woman who is accused of spraying an Arab with mace. Neither of the cases compares to the scores of vicious attacks carried out against Jews that have been an almost hourly occurrence throughout the Land of Israel, but it does raise the question of why the reverse might even happen. Why would Jews feel the need to take the law into their own hands?

For about twenty years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has led the mostly-Muslim Arabs of the Land of Israel in a terrorist war of Jihad (holy war) against the Jews. The PA was created as a result of the Oslo Accords, which were signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Yasser Arafat, the father of modern terrorism. Their current leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has continued and expanded its policy of inciting, encouraging, and financing terrorist attacks against Israelis.

With 78% of Israelis expressing their disapproval of Netanyahu's handling of the security situation, it's quite evident that many Israelis are angry, and rightly so. The latest terror wave has an address, the Mukata in Ramallah, the headquarters of the PA. Despite this fact, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon share a strange propensity for blaming “the settlers”, implying that the right-wing Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, who have suffered disproportionately from the terrorism, and others on the right who share their views, are somehow at fault for the dastardly deeds of Abbas and his henchmen.

According to the bizarre rhetoric of Netanyahu and Ya’alon:

* How dare those uppity settlers and their right-wing fellow countrymen demand that Israel’s government actually hold the PA accountable for its actions and take offensive action against it!

* How dare those uppity settlers and their right-wing fellow countrymen demand that Israel’s government allow the building of Jewish homes in the historical biblical heartland of Israel! 

While all right-wing Israelis are apparently typecast as “settlers” (as if there is something wrong with being a pioneer in rebuilding your national home) by Bibi and Bogie and Israel’s lamestream media, it should be noted that the couple of attacks against Arabs have not been carried out in Judea, nor have they been carried out in Samaria. These few attacks, which may indeed be proven to be acts of self-defense, even if not supported by most Israelis, are a clear sign that the people are very frustrated by their government’s ineptitude, and the recent polls are proof of that.

Could it possibly be that Israelis throughout the country are getting fed up with the Likud, being led by a Bibi-Bogie team that is so inexplicably terrified of toothless UN resolutions that they are afraid to take firm action against Israel’s enemies?

Could it be that Israel’s leaders are so fearful of UN resolutions that they will continue their suicidal rush to build new Arab cities, like Rawabi in Samaria, while conversely continuing a freeze on new building in historical Jewish cities like Jerusalem, Shiloh, and Hebron?

Individual random attacks on Arabs will certainly not stop the terrorism. Bold leadership by Israel’s government will.  We will win this war against the Islamic terrorists when our government stops fearing UN resolutions, EU declarations, and US dictats. A nation that proudly rebuilds its land and boldly crushes its enemies will win the respect of the world, if not its love (that will come much later). Most importantly, if Netanyahu finally agrees to take strong offensive action while ignoring international condemnation, the people of Israel, along with its many friends in North America and some other parts of the world, will stand with him.