Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Washington of "misreading" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he said shooting knife-wielding Palestinians was self-defense. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the U.S. remarks "foolish".If you haven't been following this then you're missing another piece of the Syrian conflict that is HUGE.
With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East soon to try to calm the violence, Israeli officials said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly ordered cabinet ministers to say no more publicly about the latest acrimony in a long-troubled relationship with the Obama administration.
Seven Israelis and 32 Palestinians have been killed in the past two weeks of bloodshed, including 10 assailants, as well as children and protesters shot in violent anti-Israeli demonstrations.
The violence has been partly triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is also revered by Jews as the site of two destroyed biblical Jewish temples.
At a daily press briefing on Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Israel, which has set up roadblocks in Palestinian neighborhoods of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem to try to stem attacks, has a right and responsibility to protect its citizens.
The attacks on Jews by the Palestinians have been nothing short of barbaric. Additionally, readers have sent me videos of Muslim Clerics calling for even more attacks while wielding knives from the pulpit (or whatever those bastards call it).
To me that's not the real story though.
Israel will either get a handle on this situation or the current govt will fall and some people that can will be elected.
The real story is the potential for the same thing to happen in Europe! Imagine all those newly arrived refugees...then imagine that groups of knife wielding young men go on rampages in European cities.
Thank God for concealed carry in my part of the United States. As far as my European readers are concerned? Good luck. I think trouble is coming your way and your society isn't ready for it.