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There were two terrorists attacks over the past two days that show just how the world really feels about Israel. Let's take a look at the two and see how they differ.
In Israel, an Arab terrorist infiltrated the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem and murdered eight students, ranging in age from 15 years old to 26 years old. (A yeshiva is an institution for the study of Torah and the Talmud.) In addition, nearly a dozen others were injured. The yeshiva was important in that, according to Arutz Sheva, virtually every religious-Zionist yeshiva in the country was founded and/or staffed by former students of the yeshiva. Following the murders, Israel's "peace partners" in Gaza went out into the streets and fired rifles in the air in celebration of the attack.
Meanwhile, in the Karrada district of Baghdad, in Iraq, a roadside bomb exploded, killing and wounding several people. When a crowd gathered to help the victims, a suicide bomber in the crowd blew himself up, killing more people. In total, 69 people were brutally killed. The bombing took place in a neighborhood that many see as a barometer for Baghdad as a whole: as Karrada goes, so goes Baghdad.
In Iraq, the military, led by the United States, will retaliate, there is no doubt. If US soldiers were among the bombing victims, the retaliation will be great. In many cases, innocent civilians will also end up paying a price.
In Israel, however, the reaction will be quite different. In planning its retaliation, Israel will do something that no other nation on earth would ever think of doing — nor has ever done in all of history: it will take into account the opinion of the rest of the world. The political and military leaders will carefully consider every option, as to its portrayal in the media and at the United Nations General Assembly. (That was not always the way it was in Israel, however; for instance, consider the hostage rescue at Entebbe in 1976.)
You see, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, Israel is not allowed to defend itself as others nations are, even though its enemy is on its own ground, not like the current situation in Baghdad. In Iraq, the war is man-made, created by US President George W. Bush and his cronies for reasons still unknown. In Israel, the war was created by enemies of Israel who, for no good reason, hate the Jewish people. In Iraq, the US military is fighting several thousand miles away from its own homeland; in Israel, the Jews fight literally in their own backyards. One day, eventually, the US military will probably leave Iraq. Israel can never leave — its enemies are surrounding it on all sides.
While a few nations condemned the attack in Israel, most media outlets gave the story no more than a few seconds air time. I heard one report on the radio this morning, on a popular national broadcast, that quickly mentioned the terrorist attack in Jerusalem, and then spent an entire 10 minutes analyzing the attack in Baghdad. Sure, the attack in Baghdad was larger than the one in Jerusalem but I can assure you that it really makes no difference. It's happened many times in the past. The attacks against Jews in Israel are given very little air time, in comparison to the rest of the world. Israel has been experiencing terrorist attacks long before the Iraqi people had Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush to content with. The type of attack that happened yesterday in Baghdad has happened many times in Israel.
The crazy part of it all is that no one is demanding that the Iraqis make peace with their enemies, yet the entire world demands that Israel not only make peace with its enemies — ones who have sworn to wipe Israel off the map — but they also demand that Israel give its own land to its enemies in order to create another terrorist nation.
And so it goes ....