NEW YORK POST
by Ron Prosor
July 31, 2014
In 1968, three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked an Israel-bound El Al flight, diverting it to Algiers. It was one of the first terrorist hijackings in modern history. In response, Israel implemented a wave of unprecedented airport security reforms — including luggage checks and individual passenger screenings. For its efforts to protect passengers, Israel was scorned by the liberal elite for putting innocent travelers through an invasive and burdensome ordeal.
Thirty-three years later, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center. Today, Israel’s once-“insensitive” policies have become the standard procedure in every airport across the globe.
In its short history, Israel has repeatedly confronted the moral dilemmas that go hand-in-hand with combating terrorism long before the rest of the world has woken up to the threat. Time and again, the international community has condemned Israel for its measures to protect its citizens, and time and again the international community has found itself adopting these same measures when the danger eventually hits home.
Today, Israel is again under attack — both by Hamas and by the supposed liberals who find it easier to rationalize the actions of a terrorist group than defend a democratic nation. They employ a “yes, but” retort: “Yes, Hamas calls for Israel’s destruction, fires rockets at Israeli cities and kidnaps Israeli teens, but Israel brought this on itself.” It’s time to abandon the romantic notion of Hamas as “freedom fighters.” It should be clear by now that it is a radical terror organization with a global extremist Islamic agenda. In Gaza, nothing is off-limits for Hamas — not hospitals, where Hamas sets up command centers, and certainly not UN schools, where stores of rockets have been found in recent days……