Who Can Stop the Violence?

Palestinians and Israeli troops clash in Bethlehem, following a protest against Israel's new security measures at the entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque compound July 21, 2017. (Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN this week to “protect Palestinians from Israeli aggression.”

At the same time he calls for Palestinians to take up knives and to drive their cars right over the bodies of Israelis.

So how could anyone in their right mind demand that his people kill Jews and then demand from the UN that they protect his people from the Jews?

Here’s the reasoning: As Israelis have become more alert to sudden lunges by Arab Muslims with knives, the Israelis are successfully preventing many attackers (not all) from murdering them. Many more Israelis are carrying guns than ever before.

But here’s the sticking point: According to Palestinian reasoning, if an Arab Muslim who attempts to murder a Jew fails because he is shot and killed before he reaches his target, he is regarded as an innocent victim who was killed by the Jews.

World reaction to this Israeli-Palestinian scenario: “Both sides must refrain from this cycle of violence!”

Here is something that nearly all Israelis know, but no other government seems to: The UN or the U.S. or Europe or whoever, could stop the violence in its tracks by putting very massive pressure on the Palestinians to stop the violence.

Tell them they cannot teach death to the Jews in their kindergartens or schools any more. They cannot give the families of terrorists in jail big salaries any more. They cannot name streets and schools and institutions after their terrorist heroes anymore. They cannot demonize Jews on TV anymore. If they do, it will be the end of the dole. Just threaten to stop the millions (billions) of dollars to the Palestinian bosses and see what would happen.

Yes, there could be peace and security for Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land if the world was willing to make it happen. Just tell them: Stop the hatred or no more dough.

The article originally appeared on Maoz Israel Blog, November 5, 2015.