Bradley Burstyn at Haaretz writes:
The day after the bomber hit the detonator at that last-minute checkpoint, killing himself, the officer, a Palestinian taxi driver, and another Palestinian, the headlines in Israel referred to the slain second lieutenant Ori Binamo by his first name only, as if his loss was felt by nearly every household in Israel. Because it was.
This is the lesson that Palestinians would be well advised to learn about the people on this side:
You have made a new kind of martyr hero in the Holy Land, the kind who keeps the shahid from making Jewish infants and Jewish mothers into martyrs against their will.
You have demolished your cause by restoring our faith in the concept that there are those who believe strongly in the elimination of the Jewish people by violent means.
You may believe that you invented steadfastness and stubbornness. Think again.
Now is the time to decide. Hamas listens to public opinion. Make it known. You have a choice. You can play with your guns, or you can have a country.
There is a new kind of Israel, a better one, in fact, for which, perversion of perversions, we have the suicide bomber to thank.
This Israel will be harder to defeat that the enemy you faced five years ago. You have only yourselves to thank. You and your bomber.
Nice! Bradley, if you ever decide you want to write for Jewlicious instead of Haaretz, let me know …