Those media outlets who, when the news broke of the slaughter of five Jewish settlers in Samaria, decided instead to report on the Israeli reaction are apologists for murder.
Rather than making the focus of their stories the sheer brutality of the acts visited upon the sleeping Fogel family – among whom were two children and a three month old baby – journalists chose to vilify the Israeli government for vowing to build more settlements. The insinuation was clear: if this hurts the peace process, the fault will be Israel’s.
Nobody thought to mention that those who carried out the massacre were almost certainly incited to do so by the Palestinian Authority, which for years has been fomenting hatred of Jews in its schoolbooks and on its airwaves. Indeed, the Palestinian Prime Minister’s callous response to the murders was to equate them, absurdly, to Israeli counter-terrorist operations. Are these the people with whom Israelis are expected to make peace?
When atrocities such as these occur, Israel can either recoil or stand firm. To freeze construction in Judea and Samaria (again) would be to grant a victory to the terrorists, and to inspire others to kill for political gain. But by reaffirming the right of Jews to settle in their ancient homeland, Israel has boldly defied the men of violence by refusing to be cowed into submission.
JACOB CAMPBELL, York
Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel