This morning, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and murdered four rabbis during their morning prayers, wounding a number of others. The rabbis reportedly included three Americans and a Briton. The murderers were armed with a gun, knives and axes or meat cleavers. Most of us wouldn’t regard this as something to celebrate:
But then, most of us haven’t been raised from birth to hate. Muslims in both Gaza and the West Bank–not all, certainly, but a great many–found the murders a cause for celebration. That was the official position of Hamas:
Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman, wrote in a Facebook post: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
Many Palestinians joined in:
These Muslims pose with a gun and axes to praise the murders of Jews:
In Gaza and the West Bank, it is traditional to celebrate successful acts of mass murder by passing out sweets:
There is much more along the same lines here, if you can stand it.
We have seen the same pattern many times before. It is not hard to understand why Israelis lack confidence that they can live in peace with a Palestinian state.