The decision to declare the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb national heritage sites ahead of their renovation may lead the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to another boiling point: Abu Ahmed, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad's military wing, threatened Tuesday to launch attacks within Israel.Mind you that these mosques were built over Jewish holy sites that predated the Muslim presence. Yet, now Palestinians want to excise the Jewish presence and any attempts to preserve Jewish claims.
"If the Israelis continue to damage our mosques and holy places, we will respond within the Zionist territory," the al-Quds Brigades spokesman told Ynet. Israel's ministers, however, insist that the government will not renege on its decision.
Abu Ahmed admitted that the reinforced security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was preventing the Palestinian groups from operating inside Israel, but estimated that "in the coming months, or to be more exact – in the next six months, the rules of the games are expected to change and the attacks will not only be against the settlers in the West Bank, but also within the entity, as we are aware of the fact that the soft underbelly and the biggest pain are when the attacks take place deep inside the enemy's territory.
"As far as we are concerned, the annexation of the mosques to the heritage sites is another move of aggression and a move aimed at completing the Judaization of the holy sites – and all the organizations are required to respond."
Think about it. These terrorists want to start a war with Israel because Israel wants to protect a Jewish heritage site.
Moreover, the Palestinians admit that Israel's security measures have thwarted the terrorists' attempts to engage in jihad against Israel - to murder Israelis.
This is Israel's partner in peace? Seriously?