Of the 39 largest fires in Israel last month, 29 were ignited by Palestinian arsonists. “We have also identified an additional 10 sites where arson was attempted but didn’t succeed,” Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Sohrab Ahmari of the Wall Street Journal in an interview Thursday. “In some cases we were able to catch the suspects by camera or drone. In others we found Molotov cocktails at the scene.” He added: “All the big fires were in Israel or in Jewish towns or near Jewish towns.”
Having tried and failed to destroy Israel through other means, Palestinians are now literally setting the Holy Land on fire. The message, evident to all but their friends in Washington and Brussels, is that they would sooner see the land go up in flames than coexist with a Jewish state.
“I would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” president-elect Donald Trump told the New York Times last week. But treating Arab-Israeli peace like a real-estate deal – as a matter of offering just the right inducements to the parties – is precisely the failed approach that has disappointed successive American presidents for half a century, since it doesn’t take the Palestinian ideology into account. Such bargaining leads nowhere with a people willing to risk burning down the land their future state would inherit.