One thing over the last week has rankled many Israelis over the last week. While we also showed our support for France after the last attack, we noted very carefully how that type of support never seems to come our way. Yes, the terror attack in Paris was larger, but population percentage wise, probably not. The world noted that Parisians have to deal with a new reality… a reality that we in Israel have been living with, 24/7 for a LONG time. Why is there such a discrepancy in the attitude towards Paris/Israel by the world at large?
While some may be because of anti-Semitism, I think the answer is much simpler.
The average American, while he may sympathize with Israelis who experience terror, probably does not feel threatened by it. The Israelis, by their thinking, are experiencing terror because they do not reach peace with the Arabs, because of the Gaza wars. They theorize that the Arabs, reacting to their situation, attack Israelis. This is no threat to the American in Indianapolis, Memphis, or Chicago.
However, when Arab terrorists hit Paris, the gut reaction of the average American is probably, “there, but for the grace of G-d, goes I”. The target this time was not soldiers, not Jews, but your normal-everyday citizen. I suspect that this feeling of vulnerability is what led to the wide outpouring of support for Paris this last week.
Well, Americans, please note that the Islamic terrorists are set on wiping out Western culture. This is not a political issue, but a religious/cultural one. And when you side with terrorists, WHEREVER they strike, “legitimizing” their actions, you just help to spread their lies.
Folks we are in the long haul here. America and Europe will need to do what is standard here in Israel: search bags of people entering malls, movie theaters, government buildings, and the like. But if we want democracy to survive, we will need to call terror what it IS, and work against it. That does not mean that political solutions can not help. They may at times. But the extremist will not be satisfied by these “solutions”, and we need to wake up to that fact, FAST.