Monday, 14 May 2012
Missiles and firebombs mark the anniversary of Israel's birth
Early this morning, Arab terrorists attacked southern Israel with a Kassam rocket and attacked Jews in the Hebron area with two firebombs as 'Nakba Day' dawned.
The rocket, fired from northern Gaza, exploded in an open area near Sderot and the firebombs were hurled at IDF soldiers stationed at the village of El-Aroub, located less than one mile south of the Gush Etzion junction on Highway 60 leading to Kiryat Arba-Hevron.
The attacks coincided with the beginning of what Arabs call 'Nakba Day,' the Day of Catastrophe, referring to our English date of May 15 when the State of Israel was re-established with a declaration of independence in 1948.
Security services are expecting the worst and hoping for the best on Tuesday. Along the northern border, the military said it will not allow a repeat of last year’s Syrian infiltration into the Golan Heights.
Soldiers have also been deployed along the Egyptian and Lebanese borders to prevent disturbances.
The government may have prevented some violence on Tuesday by signing an agreement with Palestinian Authority prisoners to end a hunger strike that has been gaining international sympathy.
The agreement was seen by Israel as another concession to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has demanded that Israel release all terrorists and security prisoners.
The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was indeed a catastr0phe for the Arabs living in the land but it need not have been. Contrary to the canard that David Ben Gurion intended to ethnically cleanse the land of Arabs, the available records clearly demonstrate he believed the land was big enough for both Jews and Arabs. The Nakba occured because the Arab leaders were unprepared to share the land and that their actions led to the catastrophe of hundreds of thousands of their own people being displaced from their homes and lands.
In the intervening 64 years, the Arab leaders appear to have learned nothing from 1948. As Abba Eban once observed, 'The Arabs never miss an oportunity to miss an opportunity.'
Am Yisrael Chai!