Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sadness and pride

Never in the last two years did anybody have any reason to be jealous of the Goldwasser, Regev and Shalit families. Today more than ever before the whole state and people of Israel identify with those poor people, as well as with the family of Ron Arad and the families of the victims of Samir Kuntar, who by any standards is a despicable human being. In most foreign media it is simply mentioned that that poor excuse for a man received a life sentence for "a terror attack in Nahariya in 1979 during which three people were killed ". To get an understanding of the horrible crimes which that man committed and of the pain that he caused, read this moving article by the widow of one and mother of two of his victims ( her 2-year old daughter suffocated while she was trying to prevent the little girl from crying and drawing the attention of the terrorists ). I don't agree with those who say that this is a victory for Hezbollah and the other bad guys. Never before was I happier for not living in Lebanon or not being an Arab, a Palestinian or Muslim. O.k., I do feel sadness and have many mixed feelings, but most of all I feel a lot of pride for being a Jew and an Israeli. PS: I also felt a certain pride yesterday, when I attended a meeting, at the Ministry of Wellfare, between Minister Yitzhak Herzog and a group of about 40 young Dutch Jews, all members of the socialist-zionist youth movement Habonim-Dror. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of interest, engagement and knowledge of these youngsters. PPS: The 'prisoner exchange' has been labeled the final chapter of the Second Lebanon War. Let's hope - though I have serious doubts - that it will not be the preface for the Third.

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