The Tower reports today that Omar Barghouti, co-founder and leader of the anti-Israel BDS movement, was arrested for tax evasion.
Barghouti is an Arab who was born in Qatar who calls himself a Palestinian. He currently lives in Akko, and has taken the best that Israel has to offer - he received a degree from Tel Aviv University - and uses it to promote hatred and violence against Israel.
His may be an extreme case of living off the largess of the Jewish state and using it to try to destroy the Jewish state, but this scenario has played out time and again with "Palestinian" Arabs.
How many Arab terrorists use the Israeli prison system to gain a higher education - normally seen as a path toward economic independence and a decent living standard - and upon their release, use their new-found knowledge against Israel? Literally, thousands!
Israel has improved the lives of its Arab citizens and those in Judea and Samaria by orders of magnitude. Whether by improving healthcare, offering higher education, true religious freedom and greater economic opportunity, Israel has gone out of its way to create the opportunity for a normal life for all residents west of the Jordan River. Unfortunately, many recipients of Israel's munificence use these opportunities to spit in the face of the Israelis, ala Barghouti.
Who can forget the incredible story of Wafa al-Biri, a "Palestinian" woman from Gaza who in 2005 received medical care at Soroka hospital in Israel for burns over 45% of her body from a gas cooker that had blown up.
Her life was saved by Israeli doctors, and after her recuperation, she strapped a bomb to her body and tried to return to the hospital in Israel to return the favor by blowing up the doctor and other medical staff who helped save her. Thank goodness, she was stopped at the crossing into Israel and failed to accomplish her mission.
So, to those who believe Israel has a "partner for peace", and to those who try to force Israel to make "painful concessions" for peace, we can only say, history has proven that there is no partner, and there will be no painful concessions, as there cannot be peace if one side wants you dead.