Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day Twelve Ends in Befuddlement

Day Twelve began in Israel with news of an amazing speech by Rachel Frenkel at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

But later in the day, disappointing news was released. The Israeli Cabinet has voted to reduce the crackdown on Hamas because of the start of Ramadan in the coming days.

If only the Palestinians would show half the amount of concern for our sons as the Israeli cabinet does for theirs, we might have a chance at peace.

The Chief of Staff admitted he has growing concerns over the boys' condition as we come to close to the two week mark from the time the boys were taken.

Gaza fired four rockets at Israel today - two were shot down by Iron Dome, another hit a structure in Israel - damage, but no injuries and the fourth fell inside Gaza wounding four Palestinians whose names are likely to be added to the UN roster of casualties for which we are blamed.

I understand the Chief of Staff, though I am not sure what good his announcement will make. I do not, for the life of me, understand the Israeli Cabinet. Yesterday, we arrested another of the terrorists released for Gilad Shalit - this time with his 18 year old son. The army believes they are responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrachi, an Israeli father of five who was murdered in a shooting ambush attack while on the way to his in-laws home for the Passover holiday. His wife and 9-year-old were wounded.

Why? Why are we easing up the search and the arrest of known terrorist suspects? Why? Did we find the boys? Did we run out of terrorists to arrest? Have they all been disarmed? The answer to all of these is no.

Have they stopped trying to attack us? Obviously not. Have they offered a good will gesture in honor of the approaching month of Tammuz? Nope, not one. How about a sign that the boys are okay? That they are being treated well?

How about anything, Bibi? Anything that will let these families sleep more easily. If not, you have no right to offer gestures to others when you ignore your own.

Day twelve ends as it begin, with many worries, many fears and the desire to understand how Bibi can look into the faces of the families and explain today's actions.

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