The recent attacks on Israeli citizens are unforgivable.  On the 21st of January 2015, commuters on a Tel Aviv bus were targeted by a knife-wielding Palestinian, 12 were injured. Before this, in November 2014, a young Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager, shortly after the assault on a West Jerusalem synagogue, where four Israelis were murdered. This endless bloodshed has gone on long enough. When will these acts of terrorism cease to haunt Israeli citizens?

A Hamas leader, Izzat al-Risheq, responded to the Tel Aviv stabbing attack, by describing it as a ‘heroic act’, and a ‘natural response to the crimes of the occupation and its terrorism against our people’. This seems to show a general disregard for human life. How can a leader justify an attempt of murder as ‘heroic’?

The Hamas charter states that Israel is an illegitimate nation, which enables them to justify acts of violence, including the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers.  Through this heinous crime, Hamas’ eagerness to destroy the Jewish people is evident.  Shouldn’t freedom of religion be just as important as any other right?

The integrity of Israel was championed by Martin Luther King in 1967 when he claimed: ‘The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world’.  This statement demonstrated a man, regarded as the voice of freedom, being supportive of Israel and contributing to the legitimacy of the Jewish State.