A defenceless Palestinian lies wounded and bleeding on a Hebron street when along comes an IDF soldier, a paramedic, who casually cocks his firearm and shoots him in the head killing him instantly. Cue the worldwide outrage.
Missing from the predictable anti-Israeli rhetoric that followed, was the reason why the man was lying in the middle of the road. He and an accomplice tried to stab some Israeli soldiers so the two terrorists were shot by the soldiers in self-defence.
The soldier who fired the second fatal shot is now confined to barracks. A senior spokesman for the IDF, Colonel Peter Lerner, said:
“It was quite clear from the outset that there was something out of order there. So from our perspective this is definitely a breach of IDF conduct and [the local commanders] reported it as such.”
Charges against the soldier are pending, a long trial and years of appeals will undoubtedly follow. But is the IDF out of step with Israeli society on this?
In one opinion poll, only 5% thought the soldier's actions amounted to murder while more than 80% expressed support for the soldier which shocks liberal Israelis.
Why are they shocked? What reasonable person wouldn’t support the soldier’s actions?
These men were terrorists hell-bent on murder. They failed and paid a price, one paid the ultimate price. Is it cold-blooded murder or merely a case of just desserts?
Colonel Lerner notes that on 170 separate occasions where Palestinian attackers have been shot and injured in the latest terror wave, IDF medics treated the attackers.
Doesn’t that seem like a self-defeating strategy, driven more by P.R. than logic? Forgotten is the fact that innocent Israelis continue to be maimed and killed in the ongoing Palestinian knife intifada.
Besides, didn’t the soldier do the terrorist a favour? Now, instead of languishing in a Hebron hospital as a failed terrorist, he’s a martyr, on his way to receiving his post-jihad allotment of 72 voluptuous black eyed virgins.
How about a little gratitude?