I’m not shocked by this either. But I want you to read the language used by the Israeli PM Olmert in this article very carefully. It speaks volumes about the attitude of Israelis towards Palestinians.
“I think we have to be tougher in part of the measures that we take against terrorists, especially terrorists who are part of our internal fabric of life,” Olmert told an economic conference at the Red Sea resort of Eilat. “If we have to demolish houses, we will demolish houses. If we have to revoke social rights, we will revoke social rights. It’s inconceivable that we are slaughtered and they will have all the privileges that our society grants our citizens.”
It’s interesting how he differentiates between citizens and this ambiguous “they”–who are they? Terrorists? All of the Palestinians in Jerusalem? And the actions of 1 person results in the proposition to revoke social rights for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas? Another top official suggests building walls around all of the Palestinian communities to keep them out of Jerusalem.
Yes, a virtual prison. That’s the answer. Just build walls around town after town. Fence them in.