ישראל נאמן | Lectures, Articles, Tours: Israel | Mideast onTarget | Elliot Chodoff & Yisrael Ne'eman | Well Planned Cold Blooded Murder

Well Planned Cold Blooded Murder

12 November 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

The Fatah/Tanzim terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer just inside the 1967 border was one of the most vicious yet by the Palestinians.  Five were killed, including a mother trying to defend her two sleeping children aged 4 and 5.  Kibbutz members are among the most ardent peace advocates in the country.  They do not only speak of coexistence, they practiced it over the past 50 years through their excellent relations with the Arab village next door, Maiser, only a 200 meter walk from the kibbutz.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat is the ultimate commander of the Fatah/Tanzim terrorists.  These past few days Fatah and Hamas representatives are meeting in Cairo to decide on joint policy.  Supposedly Fatah is proposing not to murder Israelis within the 1967 lines, wanting to concentrate on massacring those living east of the lines, commonly known as ‘settlers’.  Hamas does not agree, viewing all Jews living in the Land of Israel (or Palestine, as far as they are concerned) as ‘settlers’.  Arafat sent low level reps to the meeting to ensure its failure.

Excuses are rife as to why Fatah/Tanzim ordered the attack and took full responsibility.  Arafat says it was a navigational mistake, others dispute him saying everyone knew and agreed upon the target, with the Fatah internal opposition adding that the location was scrupulously planned as a warning to Arafat not to scuttle the unification of goals between Fatah and Hamas.  In essence Arafat is claiming ‘the wrong Jews were killed’.

Sounds good, but it is nonsense since Arafat continues to favor full-scale violence against Israel.  For him this is the way to defeat Palestinian ‘moderates’ such as Sari Nusseibah and Abu Mazen.  Arafat’s worst enemies in Israel are the Left, since they force and embarrass him into accepting a two state solution he rejected at Camp David 2000, when it was offered by former prime minister Barak. 

The reactions of the kibbutz members saying coexistence must continue are laudable, but the accusation that the continued occupation of Palestinian territories is the root of all evil misses the point since the Barak government tried to reach a generous two state solution only to be rejected by Arafat.  Let us also remind the kibbutz members that terror existed before 1967 and the Palestine National Covenant calling for Israel’s destruction was written in 1964.

One kibbutz member was heard on TV yelling comparisons between the ultra-right wing hill top youth building illegal settlements in the West Bank and the terrorist who perpetrated the attack.  No one will dare say it, but many on the far left agree with Arafat’s line of inference concerning ‘the wrong Jews were killed’.  Only the Left does not understand they were Arafat’s intended target, since he wants a full scale blood bath and no peacemakers.

Everyone in Israel condemned the massacre but it is known many on the far right are smug over the attack since this is the same type of terror they are facing in Judea and Samaria.  The West Bank reality has arrived in a left wing kibbutz in Israel proper.

So when is the separation/security fence to be completed?