Thursday, April 20, 2023

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • Elder of Ziyon

Times of Israel reports:

An Israeli bus driver reported coming under fire near the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank on Wednesday night, with medics clarifying that no one was injured in the incident.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was investigating the attack. Over the past year, several buses have come under fire by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank.

According to the Samaria Regional Council, the bus was fired at while driving between the settlement of Migdalim and the Tapuah Junction. It was unclear if there were any passengers on the bus at the time.

Images from the scene showed several bullet holes on the bus’s body, including one that penetrated through, next to a passenger seat.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that events like this do not get much attention in Western media - because no one was injured or killed. The outrageousness that a bus going through its route can be routinely shot at by Palestinians, and it requires bullet proofing to protect its passengers, is simply part of the landscape for Israelis. 

But while western media ignores this story as not being newsworthy, and Israeli media reports it but shrugs it off, Arabic media is making this into a big story.

Quds News celebrated that "the resistance has renewed targeting the settlement presence in the Nablus countryside through shooting operations, this evening."

Hezbollah media published it as a breaking story. Yemen news media reported on it. 

It was the top story in the Safa Palestinian Press Agency site.

It was also the top story in the Hamas terrorist Al Qassam website. 

A few hours after the incident, a group calling itself the "Dawn Brigade" claimed responsibility for shooting at the "settler bus."  

This is normally how the pro-Palestinian Arabic media reacts to murdering Jews. So why so much attention to this story where no one was even grazed?

Because above all, the Palestinians want to feel relevant. They need to feel important. Like a toddler who throws a tantrum, or like a third grader who acts up in class to get the teacher's attention, they hate being ignored more than anything else. 
While the Saudis are playing geopolitical chess with the major players in the Muslim world (and with Israel,) the Palestinians are relegated to being treated like an old story that has no chance for resolution. They used to be on the front pages - dramatic airplane hijackings, bus bombings, massacres of rabbis at prayer. But the Arab world has been losing interest in their story and that is painful. 
It isn't only this story. Any time that they prompt big Israel to react - whether it is forcing a closing of a checkpoint, or a change in defense policy, or the  IDF firing back at shooters - it is a major story in Palestinian Arab media. They slavishly follow Israeli media to see if they are mentioned. 

The easiest way to get Israel's attention is violence. 

They have forced the Israeli adults to notice them. And this is gratifying for a group of people who are starved to feel like they are important. 

According to psychologists, attention-seeking behavior can have a number of causes, usually low self-esteem. But another major cause is mental illness - histrionic personality disorder, whose symptoms include:

  • A “dramatic” or theatrical personality
  • Always craves the spotlight and needs to be the center of attention
  • Makes impulsive decisions
  • Lacks empathy and doesn’t usually show care for others
  • Is moody and emotional
  • Gets uncomfortable when attention is shifted away from them
  • Needs constant stimulation and validation
  • May be unable to maintain meaningful relationships
These sure sound like the terror-supporting Palestinians quoted constantly in Palestinian media. They threaten World War III if Israel does something they don't like; they hate when a major world event takes attention they feel should be theirs and they often try to hijack whatever the current popular craze is (like global warming or the Ukraine war), even as they pretend to be partners with Black Lives Matter it is only to take the spotlight and not to offer an iota of support, and when things are too quiet they feel compelled to start new terror waves. 

The world already treats Palestinians like the eccentric uncle at a Thanksgiving meal - placating them in the hope that they won't turn violent, but showing no real respect because they have never earned any respect. 

 Perhaps the fastest way to reach peace is to treat the Palestinians as suffering from mass psychosis, and treating that. 

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