Waiting for the world to condemn and pay lip service to Israel’s fight against terrorism is a dead end in every sense of the word. It will never happen. We are a sovereign nation. We do not need the world’s permission to defend ourselves against those who seek our destruction.

In what should be another glaring example of Palestinian intransigence on the peace process, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas refused an open invitation, encouraged by European Union officials, to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during their simultaneous visits to Belgium.

The US and EU have repeatedly denounced construction for Jewish residents in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. And now, they are doing it again, claiming it is an ‘obstacle to peace.’