"Kahana [leader of Israeli right-wing terrorist group] was right. Death to Arabs" spray-painted in Tel Aviv overnight pic.twitter.com/Llfm5RJOdd
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) July 1, 2014
After three missing Israeli teens were found dead fury boiled over into race riots throughout Israel targeting Palestinians and may have ultimately led to a revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager and raising concerns of a new intifada. The anemic peace process is dead.
When it was announced that Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frankel were discovered to have been murdered and were being buried after having gone missing for weeks, race riots swept through Israel as angry Israelis indiscriminately brutalized and, in some cases, attempted to lynch Palestinians. Israeli politicians stoked the flames including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said of the Palestinians “They sanctify death, we sanctify life.”
Later it was clear that was not the case for all Israelis as a Palestinian teenager, Muhammed Abu Khudair, was murdered in what was reported as an act of vengeance. The cycle of violence appears unstoppable at the moment as the killing of Abu Khundair led to a riot in his hometown of Jerusalem where Palestinian and Israeli security forces intensely clashed.
Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack on Abu Khudair a “senseless abduction and murder” though he may have been lamenting more than Khudair. This latest bloodshed virtually guarantees the peace process Kerry has been working on is finished. Though the State Department may go through the motions the likelihood of a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians at this point is approaching zero.