As the entire nation joins Boston in mourning three deaths and massive injuries and amputations, Americans are once again facing the reality of homeland terrorism and resurrecting questions of security.
David Rubin, Israeli terrorism expert, is drawing some direct parallels between Boston and Israel, a nation plagued by long-term terrorism.
Specifically, Rubin explores unique questions of how Israel would react to a similar incident. How would Israel find the terrorists? What would it do to prevent future attacks? And how would Israel address the trauma of the victims and fears of the general public?
“Realistic fear is certainly understandable,” said Rubin, who himself is a victim of terrorism. Rubin is a former mayor and long-time resident of Shiloh, Israel, in the region of Samaria, known to much of the world as the West Bank. After he and his son were wounded in a terrorist attack, Rubin established the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, which focuses on healing the trauma of terror victim children.
“But Israelis are a resilient people who will not cower under the threat of terrorism," he continues. "Realistic fear has led to realistic precautions in Israel, and can in America as well.”
Rubin's book, The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama boldly exposes the Islamic threat to Israel, America and Judeo-Christian civilization. His latest book, Peace for Peace, provides biblical and historical insight into the consistent failures of the Middle East peace process.
“In Israeli communities, where people have suffered a disproportionate number of shooting attacks, terrorist infiltrations and bombings, average citizens chose defensive responses over fear of terror attacks," says Rubin. "They felt enabled to go on with their daily routines, thereby stealing a portion of victory from the claws of terror gangs."