Friday, October 09, 2015

Preparing for wholesale violence

The land of Israel is engulfed in a wave of Arab terrorism.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced at the United Nations that he and his organisation would no longer be bound by the Oslo accords. He refuses to negotiate with Israel; his plan appears to be to force his demands to be accepted with the support of other nations. There was increasing trouble at the Temple Mount.

Last week a young Jewish couple, Rabbi Eitan and Naama Hankin, were shot dead from an overtaking Palestinian vehicle. Their four children, aged nine, seven, four and four months, who were with them in their car, were not seriously injured but witnessed their parents' murder. The alleged gunmen and the organisers of the attack were arrested on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, a 19-year-old Palestinian attacked a 24-year-old Israeli, his wife and baby with a knife in the Old City of Jerusalem. The husband was stabbed to death; his wife and child were injured. A father of seven, 41-year-old Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, who went to help, was also killed. After the stabbings, the Palestinian grabbed a gun and began firing at security forces. He was shot dead.

There have been ten random terror attacks in the past two days. A terrorist drove his car at officers at a checkpoint near Ma'ale Adumim, and there have been stabbings in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, Afula and Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

"The goal of terrorism is to sow fear," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "and the first order in defeating terrorism is to be level-headed and resilient. We have known worse times than this and we will overcome this wave of terrorism with determination, responsibility and unity."

The Jerusalem Post says Israel is on the verge of a violent Palestinian uprising, but was acting with restraint so the day-to-day routine was not disrupted.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psa 122:6).

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