By Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, issued this statement (Ynet News);
"The phenomenon of taking the law into one's hands and violent and brutal rioting is intolerable, and will receive an immediate response by the law enforcement authorities," Olmert said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "There will be no pogroms against non-Jewish residents in the State of Israel," he added.
"A terror attack took place over the weekend in northern Samaria against a Yitzhar resident. A terrorist entered the community, a young boy was injured and there was an attempt to carry out a more severe attack. This is a serious and grave matter.
"The security forces are handling this issue and will reach anyone involved in this attack. They will do all that is needed and everything they do on a regular basis in a dignified manner," the prime minister said.
While I am sure the Palestinian population has breathed a sigh of relief that there is no ‘official policy of pogroms against non-Jewish residents in the State of Israel’ I am still not clear if the open season on Jews has been ended – just think Amona.
And while I appreciate the reassurance that the security forces are handling the issue, I would like to suggest the ‘settlers’ might not be inclined to ‘riot’ if a security force officer in charge of guarding the settlement did more than shout at the Palestinian terrorist responsible for the attack.
Maybe it is me, but shouting just doesn’t seem like an ‘adequate’ response nor do I believe it would it inspire confidence in the state’s ability to protect anyone. In fact, I would argue that the limp wristed directives issued from the political echelon to the security forces in recent years is directly responsible for the frustration many Israeli civilians feel when faced with Palestinan terror. If the state will not actively protect you, rightly or wrongly; why should the laws of the state compel or limit your actions?
What is lost in the rush to demonize the rioting settlers by Israeli media and politicians is the actual terror act which was the event which triggered the rioting, and if a mere 9 year old boy had not confronted and wrestled with a Palestinian terrorist, the events proceeding the rioting could have been substantially more horrific. As it stands, I stand in awe of the courage of a 9 year old Israeli boy who was stabbed five times and then thrown 12 feet off a balcony.
Arutz Sheva carries the story:
The story began at 6:30 a.m. when an Arab terrorist reached the outskirts of Yitzhar, located 22 miles east of Herzliya, and set fire to the Ben Shlomo residence. The family was out of town celebrating the grandmother's birthday, at the time of the arson.Watch the interview here.
Next door neighbor Revital Ofan woke up to the crackling of the flames, and to the sound of the Arab terrorist trying to prow his way through the plastic blinds on her bedroom window. She shut the blinds from inside the house, and secured the front door. In the meantime, the nine-year-old neighbor Tovia came running to her house to wake her family and warn them of the approaching fire. But, before Tovia could reach the Ofan's door, he met the terrorist.
In the above video, Mrs. Ofan tells of the brave fight that he put up, before being stabbed 5 times by the Arab.
In other news, kassams were again launched via the Gaza Strip into Israel. The official Israeli response is to close the border crossing into Israel for 24 hours...as if that would discourage an incoming kassam.