In Israel, elite security personnel recently broke up a Palestinian terrorist cell planning devastating attacks on Jerusalem’s popular Mamilla Mall. This fashionable shopping arcade near the Old City regularly boasts festive, diverse crowds—secular, ultra Orthodox and Arab Muslims together—so the plans for coordinated bomb attacks demonstrate Islamist eagerness to murder their own.
Israel’s success in stopping the plot highlights the Jewish state’s status as an island of sanity and security in a turbulent Arab ocean of insane violence. While neighbors like Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and even Turkey suffer massive bloodshed and instability, big cities in Israel remain among the world’s safest. Even counting terrorist incidents, they have murder rates far lower than in major American cities.
Government can’t do everything, but effective and decisive measures can help promote the safety of the populace.