About those roadblocks…

From the Times of Israel:

An Israeli was killed Tuesday morning after he was stabbed by a Palestinian man at the Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank.

The attacker stabbed the Israeli, grabbed his weapon, and according to some accounts shot him at close range.

He then fired at nearby border police, who returned fire and succeeded in subduing him.

The victim, who was said to be about 30 years old, was declared dead at the scene after MDA paramedics’ resuscitation efforts failed.

The attacker was evacuated to Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva in moderate condition.

Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika condemned the attack and blamed it on Israeli government policy.

“This despicable murder is a direct result of the impotence in the face of rock-throwing, the removal of roadblocks, and the continued treatment of terror attacks as ‘disorderly conduct,’” Mesika said at the scene of the attack.

“The IDF and security establishment must internalize the fact that terror kills. The government has to get with the program and acknowledge that terrorism is terrorism,” he added.

The attacker was released from prison less than six months ago after serving a three-year sentence for throwing stones, Ynet reported. He hails from a village near Tulkarem and his brother was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel on Monday, the report said.

The authorities are in a difficult position. More roadblocks and more security means better protection, worse disruption for the Palestinians living there, and more condemnation by the world’s apologists for terror. Less roadblocks and less security means less protection, less disruption for the Palestinians living there, and less condemnation by the world’s apologists for terror. It’s a balancing attack. And it’s people like today’s victim who pay the price when the balance is askew.

As an aside, note this part of the article:

“…his brother was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel on Monday…

So, on Monday his brother is imprisoned by the PA, and on Tuesday he kills an Israeli. Does anyone else feel it in their bones that somebody in the PA might bear some responsibility for today’s attack?

Stepping back from the detail, today’s terror attack underlines the continuing desire for a meaningful, peaceful, long term resolution. Now, where’s my magic wand?