"I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs," Wafa al-Biss told dozens of children who came to her home in the northern Gaza Strip.
This was said in address to what Ha'aretz described as cheering Gaza schoolchildren. After she finished speaking, the children started chanting:
We will give souls and blood to redeem the prisoners. We will give souls and blood for you, Palestine.
Seeing this, and the fact that she was exiled to Gaza, one would think that Biss is a member of Hamas. She's not. She's a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, which originated in Fatah. Along with Hamas, it was one of the largest perpetrators of suicide bombings during the second intifada. So, this isn't coming from someone who was in the rejectionist Hamas. This is coming from someone who was a supporter of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, the party nominally committed to a two-state solution and with which Israel has negotiated throughout the entirety of the peace process.
Peace needs to come. And it's going to come from quite a few bad guys given the whole mess that is the peace process. However, we need to hold those guys accountable until that peace does come. Biss and others speak in the language of "martyrdom" and murdering as many innocent Jews as possible. So long as that happens, I will not remain silent. Hopefully, her words are just that and they go no further. However, the moment they do go beyond words, I will fully support Israel's actions to defend itself against all those that intentionally seek to murder as many civilians as possible. Israel has the right to defend herself and her citizens, the claims of some in this world notwithstanding.