The first successful suicide attack inside Israel in the last year appears to have a singularly screwy motive: As the killers from Hamas continue to square off with the killers from Fatah, the bomber – whose mother thought he was such a good boy for blowing himself up along with three others at age 21 – apparently intended to send the message that the Palestinian mafias were killing the wrong people and that it was time to stop screwing around and get back to killing Jews.
In the West Bank and Gaza, this was widely accepted as a brilliant insight.
But for the alert thinking of the man who picked the bomber up – and who, realizing his intentions, drove away from the busy center of town – the death toll might have been much worse. It was certainly intended to be. All of this is worth keeping in mind when Israel’s government is criticized for not being more flexible in land-for-peace negotiations, or for putting up a separation wall that was in this case circumvented by the bomber routing himself through Jordan, because for large and powerful segments of Palestinian society those are only enabling objectives towards the real goal – pushing the Jews into the sea.
Golda Meier is looking smarter all the time. When asked when there might be peace between Palestinians and Israel, she answered, “When they learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews.”