UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Wednesday, April 17 2014:
*Your humble servant has nothing but pride for the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria. Whenever another Jewish community member or IDF soldier is murdered by Palestinian terrorists, the communities turn out in force to declare that they will never allow terrorism to govern their lives or change their principles.
Yesterday and today, following the murder of Police Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, Jews have poured into Hebron by the thousands. And they have turned what was a tragedy into a celebration. Here are some pictures (all pictures are courtesy of “rotter”):
The sign in the photo below reads “Welcome to the Cave of the Patriarchs”:
As always, the IDF was out in force, but note this picture of an orthodox man with a soldier:
Meanwhile, outside the building, Jews played and sang songs of celebration:
And the young flocked to listen–determined to be undeterred by the events of the previous 48 hours:
It is a pattern that we have seen repeatedly.
A delusional group of Americans, or Europeans, or Israeli leftists makes a pilgrimage to Ramallah, meets with the Chairman of the PLO, hears the messages of peace [in English] that they want to hear, rushes to the nearest cameras to profess how the Palestinians want peace, then returns home to proclaim how Israel must embrace the Palestinians and make compromises for peace.
And then, as soon as they make their proclamations, the Chairman of the PLO declares that he made no such statement.
Yesterday, it all happened again for the ten thousandth time.
At the very moment that Police Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi–the victim of a Palestinian sniper–was being buried on Mt. Herzl, a group of Israeli leftists led by Knesset legislators Nachman Shai, Hilik Bar, and Nitzan Horowitz energetically ran over to Ramallah to talk about “a two state solution” with Mahmoud Abbas.
Another picture of Bar and Abbas:
Once back in Israel, Bar and Horowitz were quick to point out that Abbas had condemned the murder of Mizrahi.
As soon as Bar and Horowitz had conveyed this message of “peace”, Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh appeared at the podium in Ramallah declaring that Abbas had made no such condemnation. In fact, Ruaineh went out of his way to say that Abbas had absolutely not spoken out against the murder.
What can one say about the delusions of the Left?
Actually, Yoni Chetboun of Jewish Home spoke for many of us when he responded to the mission to Ramallah yesterday this way:
“As we are burying an honored police officer, who left behind him a widow and orphans, you met with terrorists. Your obsession to establish a Palestinian state is making you insane.”