Wounded in the House of My Friends

Palestinian terrorists struck at the heart of Israel on April 18 when a bus was blown up on the Hebron Road in the southern region of Jerusalem. The explosion caused another bus nearby to also catch fire. At least twenty people were maimed in the explosion, many seriously.

Following the blast, journalist and television producer Khaled Abu Toameh tweeted, “A Fatah armed group applauds Jerusalem blast, says it marks the beginning of a new phase of intifada.” Such comments are to be expected from the terrorists that surround Israel, but perhaps the most shameful comment of all came from the Vice President of the United States.

While appearing before J Street, an Israel advocacy group, Joe Biden offered the requisite criticism of Palestinian leaders, but gave Israeli officials a proper tongue-lashing. He accused Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government of creating the pall of terrorism that hangs over the tiny state. According to Biden, “…the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years—the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures—they’re moving us, and, more importantly, they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction.”

This sounds suspiciously like Biden blames, not the victimizer, but the victim, for the murderous attacks against Israelis. Could he have been sent by the administration which he represents to fling curses at Israel? It is no secret that the White House bears little sympathy for the plight of Israel. It is the mindset which leads to such pointless and odious rhetoric from Mr. Biden.

The book of Esther in the Bible bears a side-story about her Uncle Mordecai who was able to foil an attempt on King Ahasuerus’s life. Haman, the egotistical vizier, hated the uncle simply because he was a Jew. His attempts to eliminate Mordecai took a comedic turn when the king was told of the uncle’s bravery. Haman was ordered to place royal robes on Mordecai, a crown upon his head, seat him on the king’s own steed, and parade man and horse through the streets. Such humiliation should befall Biden. He should be required to drive Prime Minister Netanyahu through the streets of New York while lauding his courage and leadership in Israel.

We all know that will never happen; no self-effacing admission of bad behavior will be forthcoming. There will be no apology from the White House; nor will the Liberal Left media jump on the bandwagon to censure Mr. Biden. That should be evident from CNN’s failure to refer to the bombing as a “terrorist attack.”

The Internet carried pictures of the bloody aftermath of the bus blast; did the vice president not see them? Does he really not feel the pain of families torn apart by violence? Does he actually blame Israel for the reprehensible attacks against her citizens? Or, is he just a mouthpiece?

The United States claims to still be an ally of Israel. What nonsense! Israel is not only surrounded by enemies, but by wolves in sheep’s clothing. She is battling the war of terrorists’ bombs, guns, knives, and now the war of words bombarding Israel from the West.

As with the prophet Zachariah, we can only ask the question: ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’” With friends like Mr. Biden and his ilk, who needs enemies?

The Liberal Left wants a weak and anemic Israel. It despises the Israel of which Netanyahu dreams, and subjects the Jewish state to ridicule, scorn, and discrimination. There is no attack more deadly than that of secular humanists who believe anyone who contradicts them is racist, evil, and bigoted. It will not be content until Israel commits collective suicide. In the view of these liberals, everything that occurs in Israel is the fault of the people because they have refused to relinquish more land to radical Islamists. These New Age secular humanists kill the soul while the terrorists kill the body; it’s a marriage made in hell.

With the observance of Passover at hand, Israel’s leaders are tightening security in an attempt to forestall further terror attacks. The first celebration of Passover was about deliverance; today’s Passover story is one about Jews who continue to be killed simply because they are Jews.


Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His novel, The Locket, based on the pursuit, arrest, trial and execution of Adolf Eichmann debuted at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in June.

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