Last night we learned that President Trump took action in response to Bashar Assad’s chemical attack on innocent citizens. This was President Trump’s first test and he did well — an immediate and focused response against Assad’s delivery system, an air base. It’s been a long time that we stood up to evil, and stop the insidious policy of obfuscation. And what we need to understand is that folks can say one thing as a candidate, or even as a private citizen, but once you become president, reality hits. This was something that Barack Obama failed to grasp. He stuck to campaign rhetoric, regardless of the reality of the enemy.
There is another reality we must understand, and it just struck our best ally in the Middle East once again.
As reported by World Israel News, “A Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into IDF soldiers at a bus station near the Israeli community of Ofra, in the Binyamin region of Samaria, murdering one and wounding another. The terrorist reportedly drove along route 60, a main route in the area, searching for victims. He drove past the bus stop, and after spotting the soldiers, made a U-turn and rammed his car into them. The terrorist was arrested by other soldiers present on site and taken into custody.
The killed soldier, Elhai Taharlev, was pronounced dead on site after a medical team was unable to save his life. The wounded soldier, who sustained light wounds to his legs, was evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment. Taharlev, 20, of the Golani Brigade was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Palestinian media identified the terrorist as Malek Ahmad Mousa Hamed, 21, from the nearby town of Silwad. Nachum Bienenfeld, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah, who rushed to the scene of the attack, said he found “a very tragic and difficult situation.” “The Palestinian vehicle had come up on the sidewalk, and rammed into a group of soldiers who were standing near the bus stop. The vehicle had continued and landed in a ditch by the side of the road.. Security poles that had been set up near the bus stop due to a previous ramming attack that had taken place at that bus stop prevented injury to other civilians who were standing at the bus stop,” he recounted. Israel’s security establishment has warned Palestinian terror organizations will attempt to carry out attacks ahead of the Passover holiday, which will be celebrated this coming Monday. The Hamas terror group praised the deadly attack. This incident is the latest in a long series of Palestinian terror attacks, which have plagued Israelis over the course of more than a year, claiming the lives of 46 victims and wounding over 650.”The time has come for the world to come together and stand up to these evils. We cannot achieve any peace in the Middle East until we eradicate savage, barbaric behavior. And that means the “Palestinians” must accept the existence of Israel and end this scourge of supporting these jihadist attacks.
This is not about the United States going all over the world as a policeman, but we need to have courage on our side, the side of liberty and freedom, and seek the willing partners who will build coalitions of resolve.Over the past eight years we’ve lost a great deal of trust and confidence when it comes to our foreign policy. There’s only one way to end these terrorist attacks and actions such as that of a Bashar Assad: we unite in common purpose. There have been constant concessions made to the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist occupiers of Gaza Strip, Hamas. The response continues to be increased Islamic terror attacks from these areas, and spare me the Israeli condemnation. Any sovereign nation has a right to security and ensure the protection of its people, especially when your enemy admits they seek your demise.
Earlier this week I spoke at the University of Georgia for the Young Americans for Freedom chapter there. I addressed the issue of the 21st Century battlefield, and of course there were the usual suspects in attendance. I just smirked when they broke into the “Free, Free Palestine” chant. Sadly, these misguided children know nothing of history, for if Palestine were free, we would reverse Roman Emperor Hadrian’s decision and return the land to its rightful inhabitants, the folks whom Hadrian punished, the Jewish people. The two-state decision was made — Israel and Jordan — but one side has used war and terrorism to express their disagreement with that decision.
God rest the soul of young IDF Soldier Elhai Taharlev.