Israel will not retaliate

Mourners' tent with flags

Mourner’s tent for Merkaz haRav murderer, with flags of Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah

From Arutz Sheva:

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter (Kadima) gave the police an order Wednesday to destroy the home of the family of the terrorist who murdered eight yeshiva students last Thursday night. The order came after six days of deliberations and legal consultations.

My prediction: this will not happen. There will be the usual international outrage, and pressure will be applied “in order to not damage the peace process any further”.

Israel does not have the freedom of action of a sovereign nation in internal affairs — compare, for example, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or Iran.

Dichter has said that there are no legal grounds to remove the murderer’s mourners’ tent. The family did remove Hamas and Hezbollah flags when requested to do so by police. In my opinion, there are grounds having to do with national self-respect that require the removal of the tent, and legal grounds need to be found.

So far, spokesmen from Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, the Sudan, and others have praised the murderous attack. Some called it ‘courageous’, others said that the victims (7 out of 8 were teenagers) were ‘dangerous extremists’, who learned to ‘hate Arabs’ at the Merkaz haRav Yeshiva. All saw it as a great victory for their side.

Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign — just one example from many similar organizations worldwide — called the yeshiva “a training centre for illegal occupation, murder and ‘Arabs to the Gas Chambers'”. He considers the attack justified retaliation for the ‘murder’ of Palestinians in Gaza.

He went on to ‘explain’ the philosophy of the yeshiva as follows:

The Mercaz HaRav yeshiva is based on contempt for all Gentiles, not only Arabs. … [the founder of the yeshiva, haRav Abraham Yitzchak haCohen] Kook’s classification of Palestinians as non-human allows the graduates of Mercaz HaRav to ignore those commandments that forbid stealing, murder and coveting.

Since non-Jews are similar to another species in the Kooks’ world-view, the very notion of human rights governing the relations between Jews and others is naturally repugnant to his followers…The Kooks’ primitive god is similar to that of their American Christian fundamentalist counterparts. Both groups of fundamentalists believe that the coming of the Messiah is imminent…they agree that the normal forms of human decency are no longer in force…

Napier’s source is a book on Jewish fundamentalism by Shahak and Mezvinsky, which is quoted frequently by right- and left-wing antisemites, including David Duke of the KKK and Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada. This kind of stuff is stock in trade for the massive hate-Israel industry.

Condoleezza Rice and British PM Gordon Brown, in their condemnations of the attack, managed to mention the importance of the [worthless] ‘peace process’. So I expect they will want to do their best to ‘reduce tensions’ by preventing any form of retaliation by Israel, even including the demolition of the terrorist’s house.

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