John Kerry in Fantasy Land
Last Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry told a security conference in Munich that "last year, not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank." Kerry's point was that Palestinians have become so peaceful that Israel could afford to gamble a bit in peace negotiations, knowing that its concessions wouldn't boomerang.
The problem with Kerry's assertion, however, is that it's simply not true. In fact, he made it after Israel's Shin Bet security service had put out its annual report of terror attacks against Israelis.According to Shin Bet, terror attacks in the West Bank more than doubled -- from 578 in 2012 to 1,271 in 2013.
Moreover, there were Israeli fatalities, notwithstanding Kerry's bullish statement that "not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank." In fact, Shin Bet documented Palestinian terror killings in the West Bank last year that left five Israelis dead. Five. Not zero, according to Kerry's fanciful tale.
Here are the actual details:
In April, Shin Bet said, "One Israeli was killed (April 30) in a stabbing attack at Tapuah Junction (Samaria). The perpetrator, a Palestinian, resident of Shuka, Tul Karem, stabbed the Israeli, and then kidnapped his weapon and opened fire on IDF solders; there were no other casualties."
In September, Shin Bet said, "This month, two Israelis were killed: an IDF soldier who was lured by a Palestinian illegal alien who had worked with the soldier in Bat Yam, to travel with the Palestinian to Beit Amin / Qalqiliyah, where he was murdered (September 21), and an IDF soldier who was shot dead near Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs (September 22)."
In October: "This month's attacks recorded an Israeli citizen (October 10) who was stabbed to death in Brosh / Jordan Valley, and four casualties which included the wife of the stabbed man, another stabbing attack of a nine year old girl in Psagot near Ramallah (October 5), and a run-over attack against two soldiers near Bzaria / Nablus (October 5)."
In November, Shin Bet said, "Two stabbing attacks were noted this month. Both had occurred within the Green Line area. They resulted in the death of an Israeli soldier who was stabbed in Afula (November 13), and a female Israeli soldier lightly injured in Jaffa (November 22). Additionally, 3 Israeli citizens were injured this month: a female baby aged circa two sitting in a vehicle sustained moderate injuries caused by Palestinian stone-throwers near Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem (November 28); and a couple sustained light injuries as a result of firebomb thrown at their vehicle which caught fire near Teqoa (Judea)."