Islamist terrorists have been busy in Europe over the past six months. Last November, they attacked the Bataclan theatre and the Stade de France in Paris. And then in March, remnants of the old Paris cell struck again, this time hitting the airport and metro system in Brussels. Shock waves spread across the continent.
There was shock in Israel, too. Shock, but not surprise. For while Europeans are quick to differentiate between terrorists who strike within their borders and “militants” who strike in Israel, Israelis understand the fundamental nature of terrorism: whether it occurs in Europe or in Israel, it is essentially designed to visit indiscriminate death and destruction on the degenerate infidel, liberal and democratic.