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Why Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat should cooperate with Israel

The individual intifada is being fed by online social networks, which is why it is almost impossible to stop, unless the social network giants decide to help.
A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR4T544
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On March 8, on Jaffa beach, two people convened: Israel’s ninth President Shimon Peres and US Vice President Joe Biden. They sat together in the Peres Center for Peace, an impressive building situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in a city in which Jews and Arabs live together, in the very heart of Israel.

Biden came to see Peres directly from the airport. In the middle of the meeting, a female member of Peres’ small staff entered with a note in her hand. She updated the two leaders that not far from where they were, a few hundred meters to the north, a terrorist attack was taking place. A Palestinian from near the West Bank town of Qalqilya embarked on a killing spree, on the promenade connecting Jaffa beach to Tel Aviv beach. Armed with a knife, the 22-year-old ran amok on the promenade for several minutes, stabbing anyone who got in his way. An American tourist was stabbed to death, another 11 were wounded, including two Russian tourists and two Palestinians. One of the Palestinians who was attacked, an illegal resident in Israel, tried to fight the terrorist tooth and nail. The attacker hadn’t bothered to ascertain the identities of his victims, which included two members of his own people. A young musician who sat on one of the promenade stools with a guitar had used his musical instrument to protect himself and strike the stabber. But the attacker continued his stabbing spree until he was shot and killed.

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