Think of this as a metaphor for the overall Palestinian movement. They settle on a strategy that doesn’t work, but they keep trying it even as it becomes obvious that it won’t work. The third bulldozer terrorist attack ended as the first two did, with the driver dead — and this time no one else:
A Palestinian man driving a large construction vehicle was shot dead after intentionally attacking a police car on Thursday afternoon. Before he was shot, the man tried to tip over additional vehicles including a public bus at the Golomb intersection, near Jerusalem’s Malha Mall. Army Radio reported that the tractor driver was critically wounded immediately.
How did he get so badly wounded so quickly? That’s worth discussing on its own:
One witness, a taxi driver identified as “Dor,” told Israel Radio that he chased the driver as he witnessed the attack.
“I saw the police car fly into the air. He flipped it over twice, then continued dragging it toward a bus that was stuck in traffic,” he said. He told the station he fired four shots at the man, wounding him. “Then a policeman came with his M-16 and finished him off finally,” he said.
Thankfully, the taxi driver carried a firearm, surely for his own protection. In this case, he saved lives, and not just the two police officers trapped in the vehicle. The bus that the terrorist targeted was filled with young girls going to a Purim party at school. The driver’s bullets slowed him down, and allowed the police to quickly dispatch him. Good thing that the Israelis don’t fall for gun-control nonsense and allow their law-abiding citizens to arm themselves.
The Palestinians have now launched three of these bulldozer attacks in a year. The first time, the driver killed four people before getting killed by police gunfire, but in the last two attempts, the only death has been the driver. These could be copycat crimes, but it looks more like a strange strategy — strange in that it clearly doesn’t work very well in killing civilians.
Why keep pursuing a failed strategy? In this specific case, it could be that improved security with the wall and other Israeli efforts has limited the options of Palestinian terrorists inside Israel. Overall, though, that’s practically the Palestinian pastime.