After a series of attacks on Jews over the past several weeks at various bus and rail stations across Israel by Palestinians using vehicles, knives and anything else they can get their hands on as weapons, two Palestinians armed with guns, knives and axes have killed four people worshipping at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Three of the four killed were Americans and one was British. All four men were rabbis. The two Palestinian terrorists were killed by Israeli police.
As noted by Brendan Bordelan at NRO, CNN initially reported that the attack took place at a mosque. They would correct this, but would run the headline “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians killed in synagogue attack, Israeli police say” without emphasizing the two Palestinians had wantonly attacked Jews engaged in peaceful worship. Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard informs us that CNN wasn’t the only one engaging in moral equivalence this morning. Not to be outdone, President Obama said, “Too many Israelis have died; too many Palestinians have died. At this difficult time I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”
Well, that’s kind of difficult when Hamas circulates cartoons glorifying the attack on the synagogue. You would also think that Obama would be more nimated at the deaths of three Americans. But then again this is Barack Obama we are talking about.
But not every Obama ally is buying into his narrative of the attack. Consider what Jeffrey Goldberg wrote today at The Atlantic concerning the attack:
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
Twenty years ago, shortly after the Jewish fanatic Baruch Goldstein massacred Muslims at prayer in Hebron, the then-prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, said of the killer, “You are not part of the community of Israel. … You are a foreign implant. You are an errant weed. Sensible Judaism spits you out.”
Hamas’s endorsement of the massacre of Jews at prayer in their holy city confirms—as if we needed confirming—that its goal is the eradication of Israel and its Jews. We should pray for the day when the leaders of Gaza react to this sort of massacre in the manner of Yitzhak Rabin.
Sadly, I don’t think those prayers will ever be answered. Meanwhile, more Jews will be killed and all President Obama and CNN will continue treat dead Jews and Palestinian perpetrators as one in the same.