Tuesday, January 15, 2008
15-Jan-08: How terrorists deal with existential threats
The headline above is not meant to be facetious: it's literally the case that volunteer fruit pickers who travel to Israel and see for themselves the constructive lives created here by Israeli society are among the most serious threats to jihadist thugs like the members of Hamas' so-called military wing. The reality of a robustly democratic, open society where the right to participate in free and fair elections is not only universal but also meaningful, and where the state of health, welfare, education, economic prosperity and quality of life by any measure is far greater for Israel's Arabs than for the Arab residents of any of the neighbouring Arab states, is unbearable to the terrorists. Little surprise that Hamas rushed this morning to take full credit for the murder, by sniper fire, of a twenty-year-old tourist from Ecuador who was shot while working in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. YNet says: "The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, took responsibility for the shooting. The young man had recently arrived to Israel with a group of volunteers from South America in order to volunteer and travel around Israel."