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Last week, I reported here the scoop that Israel’s Shin Bet had arrested three suspected Jewish terrorists responsible for burning the Church of Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee, while defacing the holy site with anti-Christian graffiti.
Today, I have a new scoop which further develops this story. The intelligence services have arrested another two suspects in this terror assault. They are Moshe Shachor (a minor) and Moshe Orbach, age 23. Their names are under gag order and may not be reported inside Israel.
Orbach is a notorious settler terrorist who’s been banned from the West Bank by Shabak for previous attacks. He was arrested after the 2012 attack on the Latrun Monastery, but (unsurprisingly) charges against him and all other suspects were dropped last year (English-language report).
Last week, I reported the arrest of three other suspected arsonists, Yinon Reuveni (age 19), Mordechai Gedalia Margalit (age 18),Yehuda Yedidia Asraf. All their names remain under gag order.
There are now a total of five suspects in custody. As I’ve written before, these arrests offer the false impression that the security services are on top of Jewish terrorism. They mollify liberal Zionists inside and outside Israel who can now say an arrest means the State takes action against such crimes. In truth, little or nothing will come of this. This outcome is useful as well since the Likud can now say to its far-right constituency that it has disciplined offenders but been lenient with them.
Everyone is happy…except justice itself, which weeps. Israel doesn’t believe in justice on such matters. There are all sorts of considerations and self-interest that trump such absolute, unattainable principles like justice. These are young idealistic youth, so the Israeli narrative goes, who’ve diverged from the proper path. How will harsh treatment accomplish anything except giving Israel’s enemies the sense that they’ve achieved a victory in their efforts to delegitimize Israel by turning good Jewish boys into criminals?