Palestinian Statehood Revisited

What kind of society produces mothers who encourage their children to become suicide bombers and to slaughter their neighbors as in the case of the Fogel family of Itamar on March 11th, 2011? After having stabbed to death the parents, a boy of eleven, his four-year-old brother, and their three-month old sister – at the trial, the terrorists regretted not having noticed two other sleeping children in the home.

What kind of society encourages its soldiers to hide among civilians during battle, uses children as human shields, and builds plants for missile production under schools, clinics, and mosques?

What kind of society creates a cultural milieu of vengeance, violence and death and consciously and purposely sacrifices its own youth for political gain and tactical advantage through a death cult? Not since the Children’s Crusade in 1212 has there been a horror such as this.

Would any Israeli mother raise her children to become kidnappers and murderers and proudly say so to journalists?

Perhaps the Palestinians and their sympathizers in the Western media and the EU should recognize that a culture that openly celebrates martyrdom and the murder of Jews is not fit for statehood. Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal wrote recently that “post-war German society went through a process of moral rehabilitation that began with recognition of what it had done.” It is highly unlikely however, that such moral rehabilitation could have taken place until the scourge of Nazism had been completely expunged from German society.

According to the 2003 U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Palestinian Education, Palestinian polls show that between 72% and 80% of children living in the Palestinian Authority yearn to die as martyrs. Until this culture of death worship has been expunged from Palestinian society, Palestinian statehood must never be granted.

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