Eighteen years ago today, terrorist bombs ripped through the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina is home to the largest Jewish population in South America; the attacks killed 85 people, and injured hundreds more. It was later determined that the attacks were orchestrated by Iran, and carried out by one of Iran’s proxies, the Hezbollah terrorist group.
Fast forward to the present: today, a bus carrying Israeli tourists was bombed in Bulgaria, which had for months been on the Israeli government’s radar as the possible site for a terrorist attack against Israeli targets. The jury’s still out on the perpetrator of this attack, but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused Hezbollah’s terrorist sponsor, Iran.
Whether today’s attack was meant to coincide with the anniversary of the Buenos Aires attack remains to be seen. Really, it’s irrelevant. What matters is that the world begin to understand the seriousness of this threat. The measures Israel takes for its security are not frivolous or arbitrary. They’re taken for reasons that are, quite literally, deadly serious. What matters is that we begin to understand, as Israel does, that there’s no placating terrorist groups like Hezbollah, or terrorist-promoting nations like Iran, that are driven by an ideological hatred. They will attempt to strike again and again, and occasionally, tragically, despite the best efforts of security forces, they will succeed.
Please pray today for the victims of the attack in Bulgaria and their loved ones, and for all whose lives have been permanently scarred by terror. And take a minute to give thanks for those men and women who today, even now, are placing their lives on the line to ensure that terrorists claim no more victims.