If you didn’t see the news, a terrorist attack in Bulgaria has left seven Israelis dead and many more wounded in a bus outside of Burgas Airport on the Black Sea coast. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this attack originated in Iran.
Of course, this terrorist attack is not like many others. It was very clearly an attack targeted on Israelis. It was very clearly an attack intended to murder innocent Jews on vacation. But it did not take place on Israeli soil.
Israel has become very good at stopping terrorists. The Israeli military and intelligence teams stop so many attacks, they often do not make the news. Building a strong security fence, having elite border patrol teams, and knowing how to stop the bad guys at checkpoints works. It is not perfect, but it is pretty good.
But what can Israel do to protect the Jewish people, particularly Israeli citizens, outside of Israel?
Several months ago, Israeli officials warned Bulgarian security forces about the risk of an attack on Israelis on Bulgarian soil. The Bulgarians did increase security to some extent, but obviously not enough.
Inside the airport, everyone is in a secure zone. On a bus outside, however, there is little security. The terrorist is believed to have left a bomb in the luggage compartment of the bus and detonated it remotely.
Just like the attack on Chabad during the Mumbai terrorist attacks, Israel can do little to help. All they can do is warn governments and warn Israelis of the dangers of traveling abroad. But should Israelis have to live in a claustrophobic bubble?
Israel can do little to respond to the attacks, but Israelis are empowered to show that terrorism does not work. The Jewish people do not bow down to the homicidal acts of its enemies.
We are not leaving Israel. We are not going anywhere.