The civilized world is at war, and the enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. What happened in France last week is what Israel has experienced for decades from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
It’s not a coincidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was followed by a deadly shooting in a Jewish grocery store. As much as radical Islamic terrorist groups hate non-Muslims (and Muslims who don’t agree with them), they particularly hate Jews and Israel.
Hamas rejects a two-state solution and ultimately wants to destroy Israel. If it were possible, it would deal as brutally with Israelis as Islamic State does with the Christians of Iraq and Syria.
Israel’s legitimate war on terror has resulted in valuable experience desperately needed by the West. Isn’t it time to stop falsely labeling Israel as a brutal apartheid state and marginalizing our truest friend in the Middle East, a friend that shares our values?
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The attacks in Paris are a reminder that the biblical land of Israel is the only true refuge for the Jewish people. And it’s the only truly safe place for Arab Christians in the Middle East.