There is little more to say.
Today in Jerusalem, four fathers woke up, put on prayer shawls and tefillin and went to their synagogue to welcome the day in morning prayer as they did everyday.
Today two cousins, Arabs, woke up and armed themselves with hatchets, cleavers and guns and also went to that synagogue.
Their intent was to kill everyone that they could inside of the synagogue.
When all was said and done, the four fathers were dead. Many more of the morning worshippers were hacked and maimed. A policeman was shot in the head.
He died tonight.
The Arabs were killed in a shootout as they tried to escape.
Benjamin Netanyahu says that the homes of the cousins will be demolished. Arrests were made, others detained. The internet reported another attack this evening in Jerusalem.
I saw videos of Arabs in East Jerusalem throwing candy and celebrating the massacre.
I watched a live video of the Kotel (Western Wall) throughout the day.
It was desolate.
People in Jerusalem said the buses were empty, people were skittish.
But…people do go on.
I feel strongly about this. I know that the people in Jerusalem are surrounded by Arabs who live and work amongst them. Cab drivers, cleaning staff, bus drivers. And for the most part we are friendly with them and they are friendly with us.
Now the seeds of mistrust have been sown. I can’t help but say that even though they may or may not even remotely know any of these terrorists who are so wantonly killing Jews in Jerusalem these past so many years; Sadly, because they have not taken any steps to put their collective foot down and mandate responsible leadership that can and will take decisive steps to STOP it, they are just as complicit as if they, themselves, wielded the cleavers and axes this morning.
And I also know according to western standards how I feel is not politically correct but it IS correct by way of my Israeli sensibilities and I am an Israeli you know….allowing this CANCER to remain and grow independent of any action to cut it out and eradicate it forever will only bring further heartbreak to Israel. Cancer is not “managed” – it is expunged for the best outcome. And when it isn’t….
Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet.
Am Yisrael Chai!