by Dr. Gabi Avital
There is not, and cannot be, any agreement or negotiation with anyone whose only intention, clearly declared, is to kill Jews.
The depths of evil, the abyss. Those are the words that mix together in a brain feverish from watching a few seconds of a security video featuring an Arab terrorist swinging an ax.
Every wave of the ax expresses pure concentration on one goal: to take the life of a Jew. Any Jew, whoever it may be. With every swing of the ax, a different scene appears, silent. Fifteen years ago, another Arab hid behind trees and aimed his weapon at the head of a baby barely a year old, the late Shalhevet Pass. This murderous list is growing longer. The list has one purpose: murdering Jews. Only the tools change.
There is no "banality of evil" here. There is a method that must be learned, if we want a better life. We've tried almost every conceivable "solution." And as far as I personally am horrified all over again every time the Oslo Accords are mentioned, I still believe with all my heart that people like Dr. Yossi Beilin (one of the architects of the Oslo Accords) wanted and still want what's best for the Jewish people. The biggest attempt yet to make peace in the face of Arab terrorism and murderousness ended with lives lost. Yes, on both sides.
So now we conclude that different tacks should be taken, on one condition: that there is a fundamental understanding of the roots of this struggle between Jews and Arabs. And I stress "between Jews and Arabs," because before they became nationalized Arab states, they were tribes in this region, just as they are battling each other today, one tribe against another, Sunnis against Shiites. And before the Jews had a sovereign state of their own, there was bloodshed.
"So what's your solution?" you may ask. There is no absolute, analytic solution. Human beings aren't programmed like a machine or a supercomputer. We've grown accustomed to Western thinking, which argues that there is a solution for everything, that every matter should be calmly and scientifically analyzed, and then a solution has to appear.
But that analytical process notwithstanding, we can't help that scenes of heads being cut off or split open are rising from obscurity and appearing before our eyes as if they've flowed in the veins of the Arab tribes for the past 1,400 years.
After nearly every terrorist attack, questions arise about whether images from the murder scene should be made public, as if doing so might offend people. That was the case when two IDF reservists were kidnapped in Ramallah, abused, and lynched. No one asks about the cause or the effect. Should we perhaps re-think things, and give citizens a free choice whether or not to be "offended"?
Maybe the intensity of the horror will lead the establishment, both the government and the courts, to find solutions that lead to the same result: stopping Jews' blood from being shed merely for being Jews. Because the brutality radiating from the terrorist as he swings the ax proves a thousand times over that there is not, and cannot be, any agreement or negotiation with anyone whose only intention, clearly declared, is to kill Jews.
Dr. Gabi Avital
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