As Sophia posted a couple days ago, Israelis were attacked by a suicide bomber while vacationing in Bulgaria. We buried five of our own yesterday and over 30 others injured continue to recover. Times of Israel, in the link above, gives a profile of each victim buried Friday.
Image: Channel 10 News
Top row: Maor Harosh (25), Amir Menashe (28), Elior Price (26)
Bottom row: Kochava Shriki (44), Itzik Kolengi (28)
The bus driver who was killed in the attack, Mustafa Kyosev, 36, was buried in his hometown of Yurukova, around two hours from Sofia, yesterday as well.
When these tragedies happen, it’s easy to drill holes in the air, shout about how bad Israelis have it, rationalize Israel’s defense budget, and claim that things could have been prevented if only we’d done a, b, or c. But it’s important to take this as a lesson. Israeli officials have been warning Israeli tourists since the beginning of summer about increased attempts on Israelis abroad, especially Azerbaijan, India, and Thailand, and we’ve seen attacks on embassies recently. Though Israeli targets have always been popular with extremists, I wonder if we’re looking at a new chapter in Israel’s counter-terrorism challenges. Israel has dealt with this sort of thing in the past, and has experienced a serious lull in attacks at home since the end of the Second Intifada. With its neighbors in turmoil, or busy “re-shaping” governments (though Syria’s weapons cache seems to be sort of up for grabs, and that’s definitely worrying), Israel’s enemies have looked overseas to “get at” the Jewish State’s citizens. Time will tell what path we are going down, but is Israel ready for another Entebbe? Or what other strategies could we undertake to avoid such a blatant attack on Jews? And before anyone tells me that it was Israelis and not Jews attacked, I’d like to know (a) why that’s acceptable or how Kochava Shriki, who was informing her sister that she was finally pregnant when her bus blew up, was insulting someone by simply being alive and (b) why we should think things have changed since Entebbe.