I am just so sad:
In a tragic end to an intensive search by the IDF, intelligence services and police, it has been released for publication this evening (Monday) that IDF forces have discovered the bodies of the three teenagers abducted 18 days ago as they hitchhiked home near the town of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region.
Eyal Yifrah 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon, went missing on June 12th, and officials soon identified Hamas as the culprits. Their bodies were found near between the Arab village of Halhul and the Jewish village of Carmei Tzur, near the city of Hevron, where the search operation for them – dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper – had been focused.
The bodies were apparently found together, bound and buried in a shallow grave in a field at approximately 5 p.m. The families of the boys have been informed of their tragic loss.
An emergency cabinet meeting has been called for 9:30 p.m. to discuss the government’s response.
And angry. Sad and angry. It’s one thing to find and hold accountable the person or persons who did it. But that’s hardly enough. Who else knew? Who else approved? How much candy was distributed when the Arabs heard the good news? We’ve shown you the visual evidence of Arab euphoria over the…well, now murders: selfies of people with sh*t-eating grins holding up three fingers. I don’t hold one or three people responsible; I don’t even hold Hamass solely responsible. I hold Arab society responsible—a death cult that inculcates millennial-old bigotry in their children, that kills and maims indiscriminately, that declares it loves death more than we love life.
There will be no justice for these boys until the culture that raised their killers is made to pay.
Can I be clear enough how much I disagree with this attitude?
US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences Monday night for the loss of Israel’s three kidnapped teens after their bodies were found just north of Hebron in the West Bank. He also warned of any further conflict between Israelis and Palestinians saying, “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”
Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement Monday night: “We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation. “
The French president expressed his concern at the upsurge in violence in recent days in the West Bank and Gaza. He condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory and demanded that, “everything (must) be done to avoid further casualties and the risk of an escalation of violence.”
EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said, “We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends and share their grief. We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice. We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground.”
Nothing should be done to “destabilize” the “fragile” situation? Three boys lie dead, shot moments after their abduction by Hamass terrorists. What’s worth preserving about that? Such a “situation” needs aggravation, but quick. Ditto destabilization. Violence needs to be “escalated”, if you ask me. Yesterday. Such mealy-mouthed utterances make me intestinely ill.
It’s so bad, so inconceivably awful, that the UN speaks more honorably than anyone quoted above:
Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor acted quickly, demanding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon press the Security Council to condemn the murder of the youth, the firing of missiles, and the unity government between Fatah and Hamas.
“In the past few weeks, Israel has come under attack and felt the bitter devastation that comes with Hamas in a Palestinian government. Since the formation of the unity government on 2 June 2014, over 70 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel,” said Prosor.
Ban [ki Moon] responded to Prosor and the incident in a public statement. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. This heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict. It must not be allowed to succeed.”
Phyllis Chesler, writing words that burn within my own heart:
My heart is broken, absolutely broken. Words never fail me but at this moment, only words feel inadequate, even inappropriate. I am, of course, talking about the discovery of three dead bodies which once belonged to three beautiful Israeli souls: Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach.
This is a time for tears but also a time for some very serious decisions. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has confirmed that “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay. He added that the teenagers were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts.”
The French foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, is “deeply shocked and upset” by the murder of these boys. He also expressed “horror” and indignation.”
President Obama expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the murdered teenagers. He added: “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”
President Obama did not accuse Hamas of this despicable act nor did he say our government would assist Israel in its search for security and justice. Obama has once again called for “restraint” and “stability.”
Does he mean that Jihadists should refrain from Jihad because it is “de-stabilizing” the entire Middle East or does he mean, more likely, that Israel should “refrain” from defending itself?
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, also said: “We obviously condemn in the strongest possible terms violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians.”
This is a very unsatisfying and peculiar statement. To what is Earnest referring? This could apply to anyone anywhere at any time. It’s lack of specificity is cruel and insulting.
Precisely. Who doesn’t condemn “violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians”? Oh, right: Hamass!
Read ye, and weep:
A Memorial service will be held tonight outside the Israeli Consulate in NYC. I am sure that similar Memorial services will be held all over Israel and across North America. Hopefully, such Memorial services will also be held across Europe but I have my doubts.
May these dear, innocent boys rest in peace, may the lives they led be a blessing for us all, may their families and all Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.