By now, most of you know that three Israeli teens were confirmed kidnapped near Gush Etzion, almost certainly by Hamas.
While most Israelis and many(but believe me, not all) Jews in the Diaspora are praying for their safe return, the Palestinians are celebrating this 'successful operation' in their usual hideous fashion.
This image came not from Hamas, but from the official Fatah Facebook page showing the three kids as Jewish 'rats' caught in a trap.
Fatah also instructed 'activists' to destroy any CCTV footage that might aid the Israelis in finding the kidnapped kids.
And of course, candies and sweets are being passed out in Gaza, while the rockets are still being fired at Israel.
As a matter of fact, Hamas,who has not claimed responsibility may not be the kidnappers.
Abbas' thugs in the al-Aksa Martyr's Brigade issued a statement online claiming that they were holding the children and they would only be released in a swap for imprisoned convicted terrorists.
“We won’t release the three children, except in return for thousands of prisoners,” the statement read.
Remember, al-Aksa has pulled off this sort of thing before.
Al-Quds, a Palestinian news agency, published an article on Wednesday describing the creative ways in which Arabs are celebrating the campaign through personal photographs, shaping the words out of string beans, or even carving them on a Libyan beach.
In Israel itself, notorious MK MK Hanin Zoabi (United Arab List) sparked outrage even from her colleagues on the Left when she said that those who kidnap Israeli children are not terrorists.
Fortunately, there are a number of Israeli Arabs who don't feel that way, even in the face of death threats.
As despicable as this response from the vast majority of Palestinians is, it's to be expected. They've done far worse over the years.
But the West's reaction is simply abominable.
The Israelis are desperately searching for the missing kids throughout the Hebron area, where they're believed to be held. The response from the Obama White House? To lean on Israel to 'urge restraint.'
Apparently the Obama team thinks Israel has arrested too many Hamas operative in Judea and Samaria for its liking.
The EU took a full five days before issuing a perfunctory condemnation, and the UN actually issued a statement saying they were uncertain whether a kidnapping had actually even taken place!.
None of them are reconsidering in the slightest their support for the new Fatah-Hamas unity government.
In fact, in the middle of all this, the EU actually adopted a ten page proclamation together with the Arab League hailing "‘Palestine’s commitment to democracy and human rights’ and lauding the new unity government while harshly condemning Israel - or, as they put it , the Occupying Power'- for human rights violations galore, including what they termed the “grave humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip” caused by "the closure" imposed by Israel against Hamas for firing rockets at Israel's civilians. Of course, there was no mention of the Egyptian government's participation in closing the tunnels and working to keep Hamas from obtaining heavy weapons on their side of the border.
It was so blatantly biased that the Israeli foreign ministry actually summoned EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen to complain.
The message here is one that even the most reluctant Israelis are beginning to understand. To the EU and President Obama's team, the kidnapped teens and the rockets being fired into Israel are collateral damage of little importance next to a Jew-free Palestinian reichlet and an indefensible Israel on the 1948 cease fire lines.
The EU,of course has been the most outspoken about this, since they see it as excusing their craven behavior during the Holocaust(with some honorable exceptions), and a way of appeasing their new, restive Muslim populations as attacks on Jews in Europe continue to rise.
In the U.S., while most Americans remain pro-Israel, Barack Obama has largely succeeded in making Israel a partisan issue. And a look at what's happening on America's campuses and on the Left, sparked by a president who declared as early as 2009 that his goal was to create distance between America and Israel is a sign that things may be changing.
No matter how many concessions 'for peace' Israel makes, it will never be enough, because the ultimate goal is no Israel at all, not just as far as the Arabs aree concerned by Israel's implacable enemies in the West.
In essence, it's a movement towards a redo of the 1948 UN vote that created the State of Israel with a "no" outcome, and one of the best reasons I can think of that a strong, vital Jewish State is an absolute necessity.