A Palestinian terrorist used a truck to kill four people in Jerusalem on Sunday, relying on a method of attack that is growing more and more common among jihadists. The murderer, unidentified to the media as of Sunday morning, also injured 15 others before being killed by Israeli authorities.
In a statement, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the driver appeared to be “a supporter of the Islamic State.”
“This is part of the same ongoing battle against the global scourge of terrorism,” Netanyahu said. “We can only fight it together, but we’ll fight it.”
Netanyahu said you could draw a straight line from similar attacks in Europe to the one in Israel. “This is part of the same pattern inspired by Islamic State, by ISIS, that we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem,” he tweeted.
Israeli Police said the perpetrator was from an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem; in the aftermath of the attack, authorities arrested five individuals believed to have been accomplices, including the suspect’s father and brother.
In a statement, Israel’s U.N. ambassador called on the international community to speak out against the violence. “Today we saw evil and cruelty incarnate,” said Ambassador Danny Danon. “This murderous attack is a direct result of murderous Palestinian incitement. I call on the Secretary General and the Security Council to condemn this terror attack immediately.”
This was, of course, a not-so-veiled reference to the Security Council’s resolution against Israeli settlements that has generated so much backlash in the U.S. And it’s a well-deserved shot across the bow. Two weeks after that resolution, and we have a prime example of the real reason that negotiations have always failed. Worry less about construction projects and more about terrorists who slaughter Jews without remorse.
These Islamists are not interested in bargaining for land. Whether it’s in Syria, Iraq, Israel, or the United States, they are fighting a holy war that only ends when they have conquered the world. Western democratic nations must unite and face this enemy wherever it pops up. We have to take the blinders off and start seeing reality for what it is.
Hopefully, we are about to turn a corner, globally, when it comes to the war on terror.
God knows we can’t afford to wait much longer.