The butchering of the Fogel family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar brings us a depressing reminder of the barbaric strategy of our eternal enemy which the Jewish people must live with every day.
The dead were named as Udi Fogel, 36, his wife Ruth, 35, and children Yoav, 11, Elad, four, and Hadas, three months.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday condemned the attack on West Bank settlement Itamar in which five Israelis were murdered.
In a statement released by his office, Abbas "stressed his rejection and condemnation of all violence directed against civilians, regardless of who was behind it or the reason for it.” Abbas added that "violence produces violence and what is needed is to speed up a just and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”
That statement is nothingshort of abysmal and is another closet ‘high five’ to the terrorist from the man who was described by Ariel Sharon as a “chicken without feathers”.
There have been many statements following this deplorable act of terrorism in Itamar some of which make sense, but here is what really annoys me: Why do we have to wait for such a tragedy to show our true colours? Why do we only stand up until the last possible to moment to show the world, and us, what we truly care about. It takes the butchering of a beautiful 3 month old girl, to finally rally our wonderful people into action. I read that every day of Shiva for the Fogel Family – Rami Levi (who owns one of the larger supermarket chains in Israel) comes to the (Shiva) house in Itamar, and fills the cupboards and refrigerator himself with food for the family and guests.
Look; I’m not saying that never happens on a regular instance, but it does show the tremendous good will of our amazing people in times of strife.
Going back to “chicken with feathers”, I generally don't understand what Bibi Netanyahu is doing? We should be a country that embraces the settlement movement and use it to enhance the lives of our people and consequently the Palestinian people. Instead we shy away from being proud of our biblical roots and kowtow to Obama, Cameron and the rest of the EU.
I believe that Bibi is missing a big opportunity here. In my opinion this is the weakest western world since World War II.
You have Barack Obama who is paralysed up in Washington, DC following his midterm election whitewash, despite what is happening from Libya, Japan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia- the world hasn’t heard from the ‘great communicator’ and I believe it’s because he generally has run out of ideas.
David Cameron has a spine ‘the size of a midget’ who probably only commands authority in a local hair salon.
Nicholas Sarkozy is too busy ‘honeymooning’ around the Champs – Élysées with super-model wife, Carla Bruni to know that he is going to be pole-axed in the next presidential elections.
Let’s also not forget our friend Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of paying for sex with an underage Moroccan teenager 13 times. I hardly think he is concerned if Israel builds a new hospital in Judea and Samaria at this moment in time.
The EU isn’t exactly ‘Mr. Serious’ either. Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the EU, apparently has “all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk”.
I won’t waste your time on the UN which is as significant as Jimmy Carter.
So as you can see the Western World isn’t exactly commanding respect these days and I believe that the Israeli government need to change their outlook sharpish. Very soon you are going to have the likes of Ed Milliband, Ségolène Royal, and more blinkered liberal socialists in power that will really care about Israel’s “crimes and misdemeanours” and cause more trouble.
Israel must negotiate from a position of strength and be the country that has a ‘banner of bold, unmistakable colours, with no pastel shades’.
The Fogel family, along with thousands of others, were kicked out of Gush Katif to help the ‘peace process’. We were promised that if we evacuate Gaza in 2004, then peace won’t be far off. Instead all we got were rockets, bloodshed, boycott threats and international pressure. How sad that it is the people that we gave this land back too, who are the ones that launched the most
grievous rocket of all on the Fogel family.
I heard Israeli Cabinet Minister Eli Yishai say that Israel must build 1,000 new units in settlements for every person murdered. Why do we have to wait until something happens to do that? Israel has every right to carry out construction in the settlements and we should continue building in the name of the Fogel family.
Who is like you Israel, a nation of greatness !!!