According to Israeli Police Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld, Palestinians are cheering a deadly terrorist attack that left four people dead in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.
In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Rosenfeld said, “Unfortunately, within the West Bank area we have seen Palestinians celebrating the attack. Meanwhile, here in Israel, we will be mourning for a week over the people that we lost – and we are talking about four innocent people that were shot to death, literally shot and killed at close range for no reason whatsoever.”
The attack in question unfolded outside the Sarona market, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It is being seen as further escalation of an eight-month campaign of violence from radical Palestinians that has resulted in the deaths of 28 Israeli citizens and two Americans. Adding fuel to the fire, both Hamas and Fatah – rival organizations who share a common enemy in Israel – praised the attacks. The latter organization said the Jewish state was “reaping the repercussions of choosing violence against the Palestinian people.”
Unfortunately, it will now be the Palestinian people who reap the repercussions of this despicable act of cowardice. Almost immediately, the Israeli government announced they were suspending more than 80,000 permits that grant Palestinians in the West Bank access to their relatives in Israel during the holy month of Ramadan. Military officials have also revoked 204 work permits belonging to relatives of the terrorists themselves. And while it’s not yet clear how Israel will fully respond to this violence, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not exactly known for turning the other cheek.
And, indeed, why should he? Whatever grievances the Palestinians have with the Israeli government, there is no excuse for murdering innocent civilians. And as long as the people of the West Bank and Gaza continue to believe the self-interested propaganda of organizations like Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah, their situation will continue to deteriorate.