A direct result of Kerry’s threat to Israel: Palestinian murders soldier in Afula

Eden Atias HY’D, 19, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

A Palestinian youth residing illegally in Israel stabbed a soldier to death on a bus in Afula this morning. (see update below).

A soldier has died after an Arab terrorist stabbed him in the neck and upper body in the Central Bus Station at Afula, in northern Israel, Wednesday. The attack took place inside a bus.

“The Israeli soldier who was stabbed this morning by a Palestinian on a bus at the Afula bus station has died of his wounds in hospital,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

The attacker has been identified as an Arab aged 16 from the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, who is reportedly staying illegally in Israel. He reportedly attacked the soldier at about 8:45 a.m., and stabbed him repeatedly. Civilians who were present at the scene neutralized him and stopped the attack at a certain point.

The soldier received initial medical care on the spot and was taken to Haemek Hospital in very serious condition.

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Another eyewitness told Maariv that the soldier, who is about 18, got on the bus at Nazareth, together with the terrorist. The soldier fell asleep on the way to Afula and at a certain point, the Arab began stabbing him over and over again, until other passengers grabbed hold of him and alerted security forces.

IDF Radio said that the attacker confessed that he left his home and got on the bus at Nazareth, with the intent of stabbing civilians, supposedly as revenge for the fact that his uncles are being held in Israeli jails.

The attack appears typical of the terror strikes that the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Mahmoud Abbas encourages through incitement, in a way that allows the PA to maintain that it is innocent of actually planning and organizing attacks, and that it did not send the terrorists on their missions.

Israel has weakly protested the PA’s non-stop incitement for years, but has never gone as far as to make “peace talks” with the PA conditional on a complete cessation of incitement.

PA residents are routinely exposed to television, radio and printed media content that glorifies murderers of Jews and encourages violence against Israel. When a PA youth seeks to attack Jews, he does so knowing that he has the full moral backing and encouragement of the PA, which will then glorify him, pay him a salary when he is jailed, and demand to free him in an Israeli “gesture.”

הברוך דיין אמת. ה’ קיום דמו.  May Hashem avenge the soldier’s blood.

UPDATE: The soldier who was killed by the Palestinian terorist was named as 19 year old Eden Atias HY’D, who had only just enlisted:

Atias enlisted only two weeks ago and was still in basic training. He was traveling to his base on Wednesday morning after a sick leave. He was survived by his parents and two brothers, aged 24 and 18. His mother, Ilia, was quoted by Walla as saying that he had insisted on volunteering for a combat unit.

Besides the Palestinian incitement mentioned above, I view John Kerry as the direct instigator of this terrorist attack since he almost explicitly gave the Palestinians a “licence to kill” when he threatened that a 3rd intifada will erupt because “Israel is stealing their land”.

Firebomb thrown at car near Tekoa in Gush Etzion

This attack follows a string of recent attacks, the most serious until now being a Molotov cocktail thrown at a car near Tekoa, which caught fire and overturned,  injuring the couple inside the car but who miraculously escaped with their lives.

To those who shrug off these terror attacks or justify them because they’re “only” aimed at settlers, today’s attack was in Afula in the Jezreel Valley, the heart of Israel.

Afula itself has a sad history, being the first place to suffer a suicide bombing.   That terrorist attack killed 8 Israelis including 4 teenage schoolchildren and took place back in 1994 soon after the Oslo talks with the Palestinians got under way.

As we all know, peace talks always bring a rise in terrorist attacks as the Palestinians see a way to soften Israel up for more concessions. Public brow-beatings of Israel and accusations from the Americans should be likened to lighting a match to a tinderbox. Kerry’s outburst against Israel is inexcusable, both for the falsity of his accusations and for his irresponsibility in encouraging more acts of Palestinian violence.

I suppose that sums up the current American Administration: liars, and irresponsible liars at that.

None of this goes to excuse the Palestinians or today’s particular terrorist but it is important to follow the chain of events to get a full view of how the Middle East works.

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11 Responses to A direct result of Kerry’s threat to Israel: Palestinian murders soldier in Afula

  1. cba says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  2. NormanF says:

    The soldier died as punishment for Israel’s sin against G-d in subverting justice and betraying its widows and orphans. When evil is done, the innocent suffer. There is a cause and there is a consequence and that is why Jewish blood is being shed.

    I don’t expect Israel’s leaders to learn the lesson at hand and unfortunately as I’ve predicted, more Jews will die in the future.

    • cba says:

      The soldier died as punishment for Israel’s sin against G-d

      Thank you so much, Ayatollah Norman.

      Please have a nice hot cup of STFU.

    • anneinpt says:

      Norman, please don’t place yourself as G-d’s policeman. It is not for Man to understand G-d’s judgements and decisions. To call this murder G-d’s punishment for our leaders decisions is arrogant and presumptive and to be honest, makes me feel sick.

      It also removes responsibility from the Palestinian terrorist, his enablers, and ignores the foreign pressure – especially that emanating from John Kerry, Obama and the US Administration – applied to our leaders which causes them to make the wrong decisions in the first place.

      • NormanF says:

        Excusing the evil done by Israel’s leaders also removes the obligation from them to desist from doing evil in the first place. I don’t agree with your analysis – no one held a gun to Netanyahu’s head and forced him to release murderers from prison. That was his own voluntarily, willed free choice. And that makes his decision far worse than that of the kapos in the Jewish ghettos during World War II. They had no choice in sacrificing some Jews to save the rest. What is the Prime Minister’s excuse? He did have a choice and chose to make the wrong one. And we’re all responsible to G-d for what we do and when G-d let’s the Jewish people they have sinned before Him, its not often a pleasant and the connection is not always immediately clear. Jews don’t have to die – and the solution is a simple one. In this case, don’t continue to subvert justice!

        • cba says:

          What is the excuse of your President and your Secretary of State?

          They have enabled this evil (to say the least).

          How about you save your self-righteous condemnations for your political leaders, and leave Israel’s leaders to the Israelis?

        • anneinpt says:

          No one is excusing Netanyahu’s actions, but to call them worse than that of the kapos is so vile that it defies description.

          What is the Prime Minister’s excuse? He did have a choice and chose to make the wrong one.

          Wrong does not equal evil.

          And who are you to sit in judgement?! What if Netanyahu had refused to free terrorists and then this terrorist murdered the soldier in revenge for his relatives not being freed from jail? Would you have called Netanyahu’s refusal evil too?

          In fact your sitting in judgement and declaring what is evil and what is good, and how Israel’s leaders deserve G-d’s punishment call to mind the condemnations of Christian Jew-haters, the likes of “Rev” Stephen Sizer and Jenny Tonge, who claim to know better than G-d Himself what Israel ought to be doing and what punishment He should dole out to them.

          The fact that you’re sitting in judgement from far away, safe America makes your pronouncement infinitely worse.

  3. PeteCA says:

    In terms of US policy – i think what you are seeing is a “disconnect”. There is a tendency for American politicians to want to disconnect Israel’s issues into “separate” concerns. Hence the US Administration treats the issues of peace talks and housing settlements as being completely unrelated to nuclear issues with Iran. No doubt this thought process is intended to try to break down a highly complex security situation and deal with parts of the problem. But I doubt that Israelis see all these issues as “separate concerns that can be negoatiated indepedently”.

    Going back to an earlier topic of discussion. I have been wondering why so many anti-Israel posts keep showing up on Yahoo News. Are there really that many people who are anit-Israel, or anti-Semitic? I actually doubt this is true. Yes, some people who dislike (or hate) Israel do exist. But on a daily basis I do not hear so much talk about Israel that is negative. Therefore, I am actually wondering if the Arab countries are operating some kind of disinformation program on the Internet to cast a “negative shadow” on Israel. It would not be that difficult for them to pay some of their own citizens to routinely post anit-Israel rhetoric on Yahoo, Google and other news outlets. Generally I do not embrace conspiracy theories – there are far too many of them around. But the number of anti-Israel posts that you read in news stories seems vastly out of proportion to actual feelings on the street. So I can’t help wondering if something else is going on here.

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      There is a tendency for American politicians to want to disconnect Israel’s issues into “separate” concerns. Hence the US Administration treats the issues of peace talks and housing settlements as being completely unrelated to nuclear issues with Iran.

      On the contrary, I feel the situation is exactly opposite. The Americans want to link the settlements with fighting Iran, as if to say “how can we fight Iran when you’re enraging the Arab street by building settlements?”. The trouble with that thesis is that everything enrages the Arab street, and there is no connection between settlements and Iran. In fact there should be no connection between settlements and anything at all, since nowhere in any agreement that Israel signed does it say that Israel must not build settlements. I will address that issue soon in a separate post.

      Regarding the amount of antisemitic and anti-Israel material out there on the internet, your suspicions are well-founded.

      Are there really that many people who are anit-Israel, or anti-Semitic? I actually doubt this is true.

      I agree, but it’s the loudest voices that are heard. The Israel-haters are passionate about their cause and make a huge noise, magnified by the hostile media. The pro-Israel crowd took much longer to get organized and anyway have a much harder time getting their voices heard, so the “anti” crowd have a head start on them.

      Therefore, I am actually wondering if the Arab countries are operating some kind of disinformation program on the Internet to cast a “negative shadow” on Israel.

      I’m sure they are, but we are doing the same thing back to them. Organizations like Honest Reporting, Stand With Us, all the links down my right sidebar, plus all the bloggers and Israeli news organizations like the Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, Times of Israel (NOT Haaretz, extreme leftist) are doing our best. Of course the haters call us agents of “hasbara”, not understanding that “hasbara” simply means “explanation”. It is used in modern usage to mean public diplomacy.

      But the number of anti-Israel posts that you read in news stories seems vastly out of proportion to actual feelings on the street. So I can’t help wondering if something else is going on here.

      Pete, you’ve really heartened me with this comment of yours. Sometimes I get so involved in writing about the hateful stuff out there that I forget that there are so many good people out there too.

      I don’t think there is anything sinister “out there”. I just make it a point on this blog to highlight the bad stuff precisely because I feel the haters almost literally get away with murder. I also feel that we, the pro-Israel crowd, are vastly out-numbered and out-shouted, as you mention you found out for yourself when you do searches on the internet. So I try to shine a light on the bad stuff, but perhaps inadvertently I magnify it myself and give them free publicity. It’s a balancing game.

      But the concentrating on only the bad stuff isn’t good for the soul and also doesn’t reflect the complete reality which is why I began my Good News Friday series.

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