Ve’hi sheh amdah l’avoteinu
May the One who stood firm for our Ancestors
Ye’hi sheh amdah l’avoteinu ve’lanu
May He who stood firm for our Ancestors and for us
Sheh lo echad bilvad amad aleynu,
Because not just one has stood upon us,
Upon us to completely destroy us.
Ve’Hakadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu
And the Blessed Holy One delivers us,
Delivers us, from their hands
Ve’Hakadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu
And the Blessed Holy One delivers us
Delivers us from their hands
–from the Passover Hagaddah, set to music in the following video by my neighbor Yonatan Razel
In memoriam of the three teenagers who disappeared from a hitchhiking junction/bus stop on their way home, 18 days ago, and yesterday were found in a shallow grave close by.
We were all hoping, praying, that like Gilad Shalit, who was abducted from his Army post and held for 5 years in Gaza, the boys would be found alive; tragically this was not the case.
It is thought that the killers were some of the 1200+ prisoners released from Israeli prisons, 450 of whom had blood on their hands from bus bombings, suicide bombings of cafes (which have been rebuilt, and I have eaten in every one of them) and other acts of senseless terror against Israelis, in exchange for Gilad Shalit’s release.
Why are we holding back our hands? In Samuel I, King Shaul is stripped of his kingship for disobeying God’s command to kill ALL of the Canaanites, including their women, children, and livestock. Shaul had pity on the women and children, and also on the livestock, which the Hebrew army intended to bring as sacrifices to God, or so they said. Because of his “humane” disobedience to God, he was sent off to live out his insanity in a place called “Givat Shaul,” or “Saul’s Hill,” which today is covered with banks and factories. Worse than that, our failure to hold strong in carrying out God’s will has brought this plague of terror upon us.
No, I am not advocating genocide, God forbid. I am advocating teaching the terrorist organizations that terrorizing Israelis with “rockets,” which are not the kind that fathers build with sons on Saturdays, but are deadly missiles armed with nails and bolts, and with kidnappings and killings by any means they can think of, teaching them that we are NOT the cowards they think we are. We need to kick their arse so hard that they will crawl back into their tunnels and kill each other (which they are doing anyway) and never DARE to lift a hand against an Israeli child, woman, or man again.
I was thinking that I would again publish a list of the killings of innocent Israelis, children sleeping in their beds or playing in their yards, but the list has grown so long since I last published it that I would have to spend all night collecting data.
But, you will say, nothing trumps the 2009 Operation Lead (Dreidle in Hebrew; I don’t know what it got translated to in English) where 1200 or so Gazans were killed by Israeli bombing. There were citations of how many “children” were killed in that war. Please remember that the terror organizations consider it a great honor for their children to go to their idea of heaven by means of martyrdom. This is part of their education, as can be seen on Al-Arabiyah and Al-Jazeera, and on official Palistinian Authority TV (in Arabic–not their mild English counterparts) and in numerous Youtube videos where mothers are saying that the best thing in the world would be for their children to be shaheeds, or martyrs. These little shaheeds are sent to greet Israeli soldiers, wearing suicide vests. The same with women, as you might have heard reported many times in Iraq. So just because someone is under 18 and therefore classified as a “child” does not mean they are not armed and dangerous. I will stop now: I know too much, unfortunately, and it is bad for my blood pressure. The take-home point is that “they” do not think like “we” do. And this is not some Islamophobic tirade; it is a simple statement of fact, unfortunately.
Why are we trying to throw water on a fire that is burning out of control? Both Hamas and Fatah (let us not forget that Fatah and the PLO were the brainchildren of Yasser Arafat, who engineered the 1st Intifada in 1987 (he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994), which killed thousands of Israelis.) In a public statement that later because part of the PLO.Fatah’s mission statement, he was quoted:
Our basic aim is to liberate the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. We are not concerned with what took place in June 1967 or in eliminating the consequences of the June war. The Palestinian revolution’s basic concern is the uprooting of the Zionist entity from our land and liberating it. ” —Yasser Arafat, 1970
This was adopted by Hamas upon their formal organization. Fatah and Hamas are now formally united, although there is considerable in-fighting.
Why are we tip-toeing around a barbaric organization that has sworn to push us into the Mediterranean? We have been more than tolerant to a nation that has publicly sworn to genocide.
I am not concerned with losing readership over this post. What I am concerned for is the Jewish State of Palestine, as it was known until 1948. We have tried and tried and tried to co-exist, but they will not have it. They want us out. And what will they have, without Israelis to provide them with jobs, electricity, water, education, unemployment payments? They will live like Iraqis, like Syrians, like Afghans. And no one will help them, b’ezrat Hashem.