July 9, 2014 SnyderTalk: Who is Ultimately Responsible for the Cold-Blooded Murder of a Palestinian Teenager?


“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122: 6


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Who is Ultimately Responsible for the Cold-Blooded Murder of a Palestinian Teenager?

In the wake of three murdered Jewish teenagers in Israel, another issue has taken center stage: Jewish revenge killing.  A Palestinian teenager was burned alive, and it appears as though the culprits were Israeli Jews.  That savage murder has struck the soul of the nation because that’s not the way Jewish people are supposed to behave.

Today’s Israel Hayom includes two opinion pieces dealing with the issue: “How do we deal with the shame?” by Uri Heitner and “When the margins become the center” by Dr. Shlomo Yishai.  Both of them raise serious questions that deserve answers, but let’s be sure to identify who the real culprits are.

Yes, it is dangerous when radicals on either side of the political spectrum break out in a fit of anger; it’s more dangerous when radicals assume political power; and it’s more dangerous still when political leaders allow sores to fester to the point that people begin to believe that they must take matters into their own hands. That’s the situation Israel faces now.

Trying to appease critics in the West, Israeli leaders have failed to perform their most basic task which is to protect their people. A prime example of this is the release of known terrorists in order to pacify Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Mahmoud Abbas knowing full well that they would kill again. All of this was done to achieve “peace” when everyone who knows anything realizes that you can’t have peace while one side has as its stated objective the total annihilation of the other. Both the Palestinian and Hamas charters call for Israel’s destruction, and they talk about it openly among themselves. Only fools believe that Palestinians want peace.

MK Yariv Levin understands the situation better than most.  He says,

“Let’s not delude ourselves that only Hamas was to blame for the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens. Palestinian society as a whole was responsible, even if the attack was carried out by Hamas.

The news of the attack was received by the Palestinian public, both in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria, with great joy and celebration. This was not shocking, given the fact that nothing unites Palestinians more than their shared hatred of Jews and Israel and their desire to establish a Palestinian state in the entire land of Israel, which runs contrary to the self-delusions of many Israelis who are trying to resuscitate the fallacious peace process.”

So, while I am in complete agreement with those who argue that cold-blooded murder doesn’t justify cold-blooded murder, I hasten to add this caveat: those who feel trapped believe that they have no choice but to take action themselves, and they aren’t the only ones to blame.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is guilty, too, and so are those who support idiotic arrangements that have no hope of success while all the evidence points to the crying need for increased security in an increasingly volatile and dangerous Middle East.  They are guilty of ignoring reality and striking deals the consequences of which were totally and absolutely predictable.  That’s what leads to vigilante justice, and as long as political leaders in Israel stay the present course, they can expect more of the same.

Israeli leaders must think they have no choice but to go along with mind numbingly stupid edicts from the likes of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and EU leaders.  They are wrong.  They may not know it, but the Israeli people sure do, and more and more each day, they are telling them so with their actions.

This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.






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Algemeiner Staff: Israeli Defense Forces Launch Operation ‘Protective Edge’ to End Hamas Rocket Attacks— The Israel Defense Forces announced the launch of a new major operation late on Monday night aimed at ending rocket attacks from Gaza. The campaign, titled ‘Protective Edge,’ is aimed at stopping “the constant terror activity that Hamas is aiming at Israeli civilians,” an IDF spokesperson told The Algemeiner. The operation was announced on Twitter at 5:22 PM EST by the IDF Spokesperson account.

Shmuley Boteach: Fed Up With Dead Jews—There have been other murdered Jews at the hands of terrorists, countless in fact. Walk the streets of Jerusalem and see all the plaques on cafes’, pizza shops, and street corners to Jews murdered by Palestinian terrorists. But something changed with the murder of these three innocent teens. It was not just the senselessness of the act, three defenseless teen boys killed for no reason other than that they were Jewish, for no other purpose but to indulge Palestinian hate. Rather, it was a feeling that this had happened one too many times. That there was a critical mass of dead Jews that had now been reached beyond which the Israeli public and the world Jewish community was not prepared to mourn any more. That we were finally fed up. That we weren’t going to take it any more. That we weren’t going to make peace any longer with the fact that Jews are born to die. That Israel doesn’t have to make do with the sight of children’s carcasses found rotting in caves. That Israel, even after all the innocent men, women, and children it has buried in the Arabs’ 66 year war to annihilate it, could still be shocked by the sight of more young Jews dying just because they wore yarmulkes. That it was a gruesome sight that should not come to be expected but should make our stomachs turn. Israel and the Jews are fed-up with the sight of dead Jews. Fed up with Palestinians justifying barbaric murder in the name of their grievances.

MK Yariv Levin: Palestinian society is the problem— Let’s not delude ourselves that only Hamas was to blame for the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens. Palestinian society as a whole was responsible, even if the attack was carried out by Hamas. The news of the attack was received by the Palestinian public, both in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria, with great joy and celebration. This was not shocking, given the fact that nothing unites Palestinians more than their shared hatred of Jews and Israel and their desire to establish a Palestinian state in the entire land of Israel, which runs contrary to the self-delusions of many Israelis who are trying to resuscitate the fallacious peace process.

Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel: The Hamas Challenge: What Should Be Done?— The abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers has returned the issue of Palestinian terror and the military threat from the Gaza Strip to the top of the public agenda. As a result, there is a strong demand to change Israel’s strategic approach to Hamas and to terror and violence in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. • it is best to have a modest and attainable strategic objective, which would involve, in cooperation with Egypt, mainly isolating and weakening Hamas. If Hamas continues to fire missiles and rockets or allows them to be fired from Gaza, Israel would expand its military operation to strike a strong blow at Hamas’ launching capabilities, use precision strikes to attack Hamas operatives, and launch focused, limited ground invasions. The emphasis would be on strengthening deterrence and striking a harsh blow against the ability of Hamas’ military wing to attack Israel, without occupying Gaza and without making the dismantling of Hamas the supreme objective.

Yoram Schweitzer and Shlomo Brom: The Murder of the Teenagers and the Escalation in the Palestinian Arena— The abduction and murder of the three Israeli teenagers has taken a high toll of the Palestinians in the West Bank in general and of Hamas operatives in particular, and could decide the fate of the Palestinian unity government. It has already caused a security escalation that could lead to a large scale operation in the Gaza Strip as well as an extensive outbreak of violence in the West Bank, demonstrating yet again that in the Palestinian arena, isolated tactical events can have strategic ramifications. On a political level, it is unclear whether pressuring Abbas to cancel the reconciliation agreement with Hamas is the policy that would best serve Israeli interests. It might perhaps be better to take advantage of Abbas’ clear policy – which coupled unequivocal condemnation of the kidnapping with security cooperation with Israel – to create a new atmosphere in the relationship between the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership.

Nadav Shragai: A foreign, dangerous flame— On the Palestinian side, which cried and “danced” at the same time on Sunday over the blood of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, “revenge” is for many a life’s culture. Terrorism and martyrdom are second nature. Not a single Palestinian left-wing group along the lines of Peace Now, or a forum speaking up against crimes targeting the other side such as “Tag Meir” (“Enlightenment Tag”), exists on their side. No Palestinian organization persistently, scrupulously and in the name of humanity decries the thousands of murders and terrorist attacks against Jews, as such groups among us do whenever a handful of Jewish criminal terrorists emerge from the farthest margins of society to take life and the law into their own hands. Nevertheless, we are sickened by and must condemn the tiny minority that is suspected of murder, of burning an Arab teenager to death. We are required to ask, to cry out the words of the prophet Ezekiel: “You shed blood; should you then possess the land?”; to clarify that this foreign, dangerous flame has the potential to burn down the collective home, taking the inhabitants with it; to have it extinguished, immediately.

Uri Heitner: How do we deal with the shame?— It seems the worst has come to pass. The police investigation clearly indicates that the murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir from east Jerusalem was a revenge attack carried out by Jewish zealots. At the funerals of Gil-ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel, the three Jewish teenagers abducted and murdered by Palestinian terrorists, President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke of the moral chasm that separates us from our enemies. Both were speaking from the heart and, even after Khdeir’s heinous murder, I have no doubt that they were right.

Dr. Shlomo Yishai: When the margins become the center— The posts were outraged and furious. From the moment of the kidnapping on, free social media activity, which is light years ahead of the media that is subject to gag orders, caught the media world with its pants down. But the unchecked dialogue taking place on Facebook and Twitter is dangerous and could pose a danger to human lives. The “Jewish People Demand Revenge” Facebook page, which garnered over 40,000 “likes” before it was deleted, testifies to the new social reality — the loss of the margins of society. The sides of a highway have an important role. They allow all drivers to move ahead properly. Someone who discovers a mechanical problem with his car or needs to rest pulls over and lets others go ahead while he gets ready to go on. It’s easy to understand that a car that breaks down in the center lane causes a serious problem that could lead to the loss of life.

Matthew Schofield: With ISIS surging in Iraq, Europe fears rise in ‘jihadi-tourists’— After being injured fighting the Syrian government, 31-year-old Mohannad reached his home inFrankfurt, Germany, with a simple plan: rest, recuperate, then rejoin the fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As related in German newspaper accounts, which by law couldn’t identify him by his full name, Mohannad even transferred the equivalent of $6,800 to a Syrian bank for use by the terror organization. With that as evidence that he was supporting a terrorist organization, German authorities seized his passport and prevented him from returning to Turkey — the jumping-off point for radicals seeking to join the fight in Syria. But Mohannad was the exception. Officials concede that they rarely have such an extensive file against so-called “jihadi-tourists” to stop them from reaching Turkey — and Syria beyond. At least 320 Germans and more than 2,000 other Europeans are thought to have made the trip — so many that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan has asked European nations to stop their citizens wanting to join the fight in Syria and now Iraq from traveling to Turkey.

Valentina Colombo: Eroticized Violence, Savage Justice in Saudi Arabia—”God is not fanatic; the ulema [religious scholars]… are.” — Mohammed Charfi, Muslim intellectual. Saudi Arabia’s behavior comes with the bought consent of the West, which would rather constantly reprimand and punish Israel than address the Arab and Muslim world’s floggings, stonings, beheadings and amputations — not to mention executing homosexuals, gender apartheid and the often merciless treatment of foreign workers. Such a double standard exposes that many Europeans who consider themselves moral and speak about “ethical investing” are, in fact, accessories to these Saudi crimes, and therefore themselves guilty of crimes against humanity. “He does not see this court as legitimate.” — Samar Badawi, wife of human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khayr, who was sentenced by a Saudi court to 15 years in prison. Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, has been sentenced to 1000 lashes, ten years in jail and a fine of $270,000 for a blog regarded by Saudi Arabia’s regime as insulting Islam. “My commitment is…to reject any repression in the name of religion…a goal that we will reach in a peaceful and law-abiding way.” — Raif Badawi. Terrorism only exists, therefore, if and when it is directed at the Saudi regime, and may well mean just defeating Shiites.






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Grad rocket reaches Be’er Sheva after IAF airstrikes kill 9 terrorists in Gaza

IAF strikes Gaza underground rocket launchers, terror tunnel amid heavy rocket fire

Rockets hit Sderot as visiting MKs debate military action

Rocket fire into Israel continues as ceasefire remains elusive

Almagor: No moral equivalency between Abu Khdeir murder, Palestinian terrorism

Liberman announces Yisrael Beytenu splitting from Likud

‘Lion King’ song animation based on Nazi propaganda film

Rabbi calls for death penalty for Abu Khdeir’s murderers

Livni holds emergency meeting with Israeli Arab leaders to calm inflamed situation

Edelstein to MKs: Watch your language, it could inspire violence



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IAF Strikes Tunnels, Three Terror Targets in Gaza

Hotovely: ‘PM Should Give Liberman a Piece of His Mind’

Families of Suspects in Arab Teen’s Murder Fear for Their Safety

Police: Dozens of False Kidnapping Reports in Recent Days

Anti-Semitic Comedian Dieudonne Mocks Murder of French Jew

Peres Visits Murdered Arab Teen’s Family, Vows ‘Justice’

Chief Rabbi Condemns Murder: ‘Not Way of Torah’

Knesset Speaker Asks MKs to Cool Down Rhetoric

Palestinians Fly Nazi Flag Over Main Highway 

MK Refuses to Call Teens’ Murderers ‘Terrorists’








Suspects cop to killing of Arab teen, reenact it

Jewish group organizes visit with family of slain Arab teen

Defense minister calls for Jewish killers to be treated as terrorists

Slain Israeli teen’s uncle consoles murdered Palestinian’s father

Abbas calls for international investigation of ‘settler violence’

Palestinians try to burn Joseph’s Tomb as protests reignite

A sobering moment for complacent Israel

IDF strikes Gaza as Hamas rejects calm

New causes for concern at home, in the West Bank, and facing Gaza

Hamas to Beersheba ‘settlers’: Run before it’s too late



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Israeli ambassador: Killers of Arab Palestinian teen ‘will not be hailed as heroes’

After Jewish, Arab Murders, Netanyahu Compares Israeli, Palestinian Societies: They Name Public Squares After Killers, We Don’t

Arson, Firebombs, Rocks and Rockets: 48 Hours of Terror Across Israel

Police: Israeli Arab Killed Shelly Dadon in Suspected Terror Attack

Angela Merkel: US spying allegations are serious

China to Become Largest Consumer Market

China opens HK$100 billion door to German investors

VW first to sign deal on Merkel’s China trip

China, Germany in helicopter, car plant deals

Deadly Fourth of July weekend in Chicago: 82 shot, 14 killed

SnyderTalk Comment: This is gun control in action.  Chicago has more restrictive gun control laws than just about any other city in the country, but Chicagoans can’t seem to grasp the fact that criminals don’t have any trouble getting guns, and they don’t give a damn about the law.  The only people hurt by restrictive gun control laws are law-abiding citizens because they actually obey the law.  That’s why a Harvard study concluded that gun control laws are counterproductive, and Harvard is not known as a citadel of conservative thought.

The next time you hear a gun control fanatic ranting about gun ownership by private citizens and concealed carry laws, tell him or her that it is better to remain silent and have people think you are a fool than it is to speak out and remove all doubt.  I pity people who think that by restricting gun ownership we can reduce gun violence.  When the fecal matter hits the fan, they will be begging for help, but as they say, when seconds count the police are only minutes away.  Under crisis conditions, they may be hours or even days away.  Just ask the people of New Orleans.  They’ll tell you.






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13 Then she called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.


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2 thoughts on “July 9, 2014 SnyderTalk: Who is Ultimately Responsible for the Cold-Blooded Murder of a Palestinian Teenager?

  1. Duncan, Targeting civilians is not aebcptacle, Israeli or Palestinian. However, context shows us that the Palestinians in Gaza lead a miserable existence. For example they have water shortages imposed on them directly by Israel; Gazans are going thirsty whilst the Israeli citizens fill their swimming pools and water their lawns. This is the type of injustice that drives them to extremism. To launch crappy homemade rockets at anything Israeli. Now, more context. From a Palestinians perspective, these Israeli citizens are the ones who took their home from them. These Israeli citizens are the same ones that live in illegal settlements in West Bank. It’s a tit-for-tat situation. Who do you expect to act rationally? The hungry, thirsty man living in rubble whose life has been crushed? Or the man fat man sipping a cool beer poolside? You want me to acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist organisation, albeit with impotent firepower? Ok. Fine no problem. As long as you acknowledge that Israel is a terrorist State with brutal firepower that it uses to ensure no peace ever arrives; at least not until it has conquered all.

  2. You are repeating the narrative that Palestinians and the mainstream media have been presenting for decades. It’s not true.

    Since you don’t know the facts and haven’t made any effort to discover the facts, I’ll assume that you don’t care about the facts. My experience has taught me that you can’t reason with people who don’t care about facts.

    Even so, you read SnyderTalk. That’s a good start, but it’s posted only 4 days a week. Over time, most of the facts are presented, but to equip yourself, you need to start doing some digging.

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