On 8 June 2016, two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on patrons at the Max Brenner Cafe in the Sarona Market of Tel Aviv, killing four people and injuring 7 others.
The perpetrators, cousins of the Mahmara family from the town of Yatta in the Hebron area in the West Bank, both 21, did not have any previous criminal record and were arrested by the police following the attack. A potential collaborator was later arrested in Yatta. Police also raided workshops where they believe the guns may have been made.
Lieutenant General William 'Jerry' Boykin, USA, Ret. shared on Facebook:
'The terrorist attack in Tel Aviv which killed four Israelis and wounded several others was a terrible situation that Americans should analyze carefully. Consider the following:
1. The terrorists from the Palestinian territories almost always attack targets in Israel during Ramadan. That is important because Israel knows that and still cannot stop them. The terrorists are particularily aggressive during their high holy days of Ramadan. But if Israel mounts an aggressive campaign to stop this kind of thing, they are critcized by human rights group all over the world. They cannot win due to the antisemitism around the globe.
2. The two attackers used what appears to be home made guns. This makes it even more difficult to stop these attacks because lethal weapons can be made in homes. So the only thing that Israel can do is stop Palestinians from crossing out of Gaza or Judea and Samaria (WestBank) into Israel. Once again, human rights groups cry foul. Israel can’t win against these odds.
3. Hamas has praised the attacks. Hamas is the controlling power in Gaza and is identified as a terror group by the US Dept of State. They train their children to hate Jews and to aspire to be a martyr by killing them. Yet the world demands 'Proportionality' when Israel is attacked from Gaza. Furthermore, when Israel enters into 'Peace Talks' with the Palestinian Authorities (FATAH-Mahmoud Abbas), Hamas lobs rockets into Israel to disrupt the talks. How can there ever be serious negotiations when the Palestinians are in such chaos and disunity themselves?
4. The idea of a two-state solution is folly. When one side refuses to even acknowledge the right of the other to exist, it is hard to see a scenario where there could be any agreement. Yet our own POTUS would very much like to see Israel cede land to the Palestinians and give them their own state. It will not work and America should stop pushing Israel to do something that creates even greater danger for their nation.
Final thought: Israel can never be free of the threats posed by Islamic terrorists. But the idea that Israel is an occupying power and is therefore responsible for these attacks is ignoring history. In fact, if one chooses to make that case, then what about the fact that in 1922 the League of Nations gave what was then called Transjordan (Currently Jordan) to the Jews in order to create a homeland? What happened? The answer is that Britain gave it to the Hashemite King without any coordination with other nations. So is that also occupied land? We need to know the history of that area before we criticize Israel for wanting to live in safety, which seems to be an issue for many nations.'
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century. The conflict is wide-ranging, and the term is sometimes also used in reference to the earlier sectarian conflict in Mandatory Palestine, between the Jewish yishuv and the Arab population under British rule. It has been referred to as the world's 'most intractable conflict', with the ongoing occupation of Palestine reaching 49 years.
The violence of the conflict, in a region rich in sites of historic, cultural and religious interest worldwide, has been the object of numerous international conferences dealing with historic rights, security issues and human rights, and has been a factor hampering tourism in and general access to areas that are hotly contested.