Given the outbreak of jihadist terror attacks on Western soil, Westerners who have been indifferent to the existential threat to Israel from Islamic jihadists are now waking up to Israel’s reality, and it has become a talking point. This excludes hard leftists, for whom no amount of carnage in Israel or on their own home soil will cause them to abandon their political correctness, anti-semitism, or both.
The National Review ran a feature entitled Orlando Aftermath: Welcome to Israel’s Reality, while another article from Canada discussed taking a lesson from Israel in trying to cope with terrorism. The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, meanwhile, missed the boat, but stated: “We must learn to live with the terror, like Israel”. He should have instead said that France needs to call out Islamic jihadism for what it is and confront it as Israel does. Israel recently passed a wide-reaching terror bill, about which Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said: “The terrorist attacks in Orlando and Tel Aviv show that, more than ever, terrorism can’t be allowed. There are no excuses.”
Israel’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) pointed out that the bill cancels 60 British Mandatory emergency statutes, builds on Israel’s experience in fighting terrorism and “shows how to fight terrorism uncompromisingly, while protecting human rights.”
Some called the bill racist against Arabs.
Well, now a mass casualty jihadi attack was prevented in downtown Jerusalem. An Arab Muslim from the West Bank tried to detonate three pipe bombs on the light rail at the Jaffa Center station; his jihad plan was foiled thanks to astute security guards who observed the suspicious-looking man and stopped him. He had a bag loaded with explosives and knives; he was said to be planning to blow up and stab civilians.
“Major terrorist attack prevented in downtown Jerusalem”, by Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2016:
A mass casualty terrorist attack was averted in downtown Jerusalem Sunday when security guards prevented a West Bank man armed with explosives and knives from boarding the light rail at the Jaffa Center station.
Shortly before 9 a.m., police said security guards stationed in the city center observed a suspicious man carrying a shoulder bag. Confronted, the man admitted he was armed. The suspect, who police described as in his 20s and from the village of Beit Ula near Hebron, was forced to lay on the ground at gunpoint.
Security personnel found three pipe bombs and knives in his bag.
Police cordoned off the area and evacuated store workers and pedestrians for several hundred meters along Jaffa Road from the intersection of King George Street until Zion Square.
Tram service was halted for an hour as sappers neutralized the bombs. During a press conference, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy said the suspect targeted the light rail and planned to detonate the explosives in a “large attack.”
“It appears that the terrorist planned a mixed attack of explosions and stabbings,” said Halevi.
Joseph Spaniel, who lives across the street from the Jaffa Central station, said he was walking to a nearby laundromat when he saw the chaos unfold.
“At about 9 a.m. I saw a security guard with a gun holding it at someone lying on the ground, and another guard came and took his trousers off and searched for other explosives,” he said.
The police secured the area by Zion Square, and “I was rushed by police over here, and have been waiting to go home since.”
Chaya Benveniste, 18, who lives nearby, said she saw people fleeing to safety after police arrived the scene…..