Reminding us that terror happens not in a vacuum but because there are terrorists, the Hamas regime in Gaza issued its own press release yesterday boldly, courageously claiming credit for seven of those Israeli deaths (see this Palestinian news agency report). Their self-congratulation, as far as we can see, has gone entirely unreported.
No unusually dramatic acts of terror happened this week - just more of the ongoing too-familiar toll of bombings, shootings and the calculated sowing of fear. These events did not rate highly enough on the scale of significance or newsworthiness to be reported where you live or even where we do. But for the victims directly impacted by them, this week's acts of terror were a private nightmare. Week after week, year after year, for as long as the astonishing revival of the Jewish homeland in the last decades of the nineteenth century has been underway, the steady drumbeat of terror has been the background to the attempts by people of goodwill to achieve co-existence and peaceful relations.
Among this past week's attacks:
- Today (Saturday) two female soldiers came under attack by a knife-wielding Palestinian Arab man near their base in the Gush Etzion community zone. Soldiers searched the area, found a Palestinian Arab man in possession of a knife and arrested him. He admitted having intended to cause harm to Israelis. (Source)
- Friday, a Jewish shepherd tending his flock in the Maaleh Shomron area of Samaria came under fire from Palestinian Arab shooters. Soldiers were called in but the attackers got away. (Source)
- Thursday evening, a group of Palestinian Arab men attacked a soldier at the entrance to Kiryat Arba. He suffered injuries to the head in the attack. The assailants are under arrest. (Source)
- Also on Thursday, yet another in a long series of Palestinian Arab rockets was fired into Israel (source - Arab report, describing the terrorists as "Gaza resistance fighters") from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip overnight, exploding around midnight in the Negev desert.