What will be the response of the American government? Since the Obama Administration thinks that “Palestinian” jihad attacks are responses to Israeli actions, it will probably step up pressure on the Israelis to make more concessions to the “Palestinians”: stop the construction of “settlements,” give up part or all of Jerusalem, etc. And if the Israelis react strongly to this, the U.S. government will immediately start telling them to stop and to conclude a “truce” with the “Palestinians.”
“Three Americans Among Four Rabbis ‘Slaughtered’ in Jerusalem Synagogue,” by Paul Goldman and Lawahez Jabari, NBC News, November 18, 2014:
TEL AVIV, Israel — Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue, opening fire and using knives and axes to attack Jews praying inside, officials said Tuesday. Four rabbis were killed — including three dual U.S.-Israeli nationals — and six other people wounded.
The attackers were later killed in a shootout with police. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Iraeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld Rosenfeld said: “Everybody was praying peacefully without any disruptions whatsoever and then all of a sudden the terrorists go into a place of worship and peace and turn it into a killing nightmare.”
Israeli police told NBC News that three of the dead were dual U.S.-Israeli citizens. Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed the death of a dual U.K.-Israeli national. Police said the slain included Rabbi Moshe Twersky. He is the son of Boston-born Isadore Twersky, who founded Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Kelman Levin, Rabbi Avraham Goldberg and Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky were also killed, according to an announcement made by the synagogue.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis. He also called for an end to Israeli “provocations” surrounding a contested holy site. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised it and called for more bloodshed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers.” Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by Hamas and Abbas.
Secretary of State John Kerry described the incident as an “act of senseless brutality” and an “atrocity.” He added: “The Palestinian leadership must condemn this. This simply has no place in human behavior and we need to hear from leaders who are going to lead their people to a different place.”
The rampage took place in the ultra-Orthodox western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. Witness Akiva Polock was one of the first to arrive at the scene. “I arrived to the synagogue and saw a wounded man outside, I started to treat him and suddenly shots were fired at me from inside the synagogue,” he told Israel’s Channel 2. “I jumped away while trying to pull away the wounded.”…