Is It Really About Jerusalem?

The Fellowship  |  December 19, 2017

A demonstrator holds up a flag of the Islamist movement Hamas during a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshipers against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Mohammed by French magazine Charlie Hebdo and also against Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, on January 16, 2015 at the Al Aqsa mosque compound the old city of Jerusalem following Friday noon prayer. Muslims have staged angry protests over magazine Charlie Hebdo's decision to depict the Prophet Mohammed on its latest front cover. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Since the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel’s foes have tried to make their hatred all about the Holy City. But Gatestone Institute’s Bassam Tawil – as usual – takes these haters of the Jewish state to task, explaining that their true goal is the destruction of Israel and her people:

The protests that have swept the West Bank, Gaza Strip and large parts of the Arab and Islamic world in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital show that most Arabs and Muslims still have not come to terms with Israel’s right to exist.

The protests also provide further evidence that many Arabs and Muslims, including, of course, the Palestinians, continue to view the US as an enemy and “big Satan” because of its support for Israel. Trump’s announcement is just another excuse for Arabs and Muslims to vent their long-standing hatred for Israel and the US.

For the Palestinians, Trump’s announcement simply provided the latest opportunity to step up their violent and rhetorical attacks and threats against Israel. As such, there is nothing new about the Palestinian protests that erupted after Trump’s announcement.

Palestinian terrorism against Israel is one of the oldest stories in the book. The many shapes it takes, from rock-throwing to stabbings to shootings to suicide bombings and rockets, began long before Trump’s announcement and will continue long after it. Hardly a day passes without an incident of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

However, because most of the violent attacks do not injure or kill Israelis, they are ignored by the media. Clashes between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli soldiers are as old as the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have even become part of the norm. Shootings and car-ramming attacks? Well, they have been taking place almost every week for the past few decades…

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