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Israel Buries Sons, Mulls Response

No easy solutions to cruel enemies in a cruel region.

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P. David Hornik

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July 1, 2014 - 5:45 pm
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On Monday evening the bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shear, and Eyal Ifrach, the three Israeli teenage boys kidnapped on their way home from school on June 12, were found by Israeli forces and volunteers in a field northwest of the West Bank town of Hebron, very close to where they were kidnapped.

Trying to hitch a ride home on the evening of the 12th, they were shot dead, it turns out, very soon after entering the car of the Hamas kidnappers—either because one of the three boys, Gilad, managed briefly to phone the police or because that was the terrorists’ intention in any case. If it was not their intention, then they likely aimed to sequester Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal somewhere and try to extort a prisoner swap from Israel.

That detail is still not known because the two Hamas operatives the Israeli authorities have fingered as the kidnappers, Hebron residents Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Isa, are still at large. Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, the three Israeli boys were buried together in the Israeli town of Modi’in even though they lived in separate communities. The joint funeral was attended by tens of thousands, with eulogies by, among others, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

So ended 19 days of tension and hope, marked by an upsurge of the extraordinary solidarity that lies at the deepest stratum of Israeli Jewish society, despite often bitter fractiousness. They were also 19 days of intensive activity by the Israeli security forces, who, in addition to searching for Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal, arrested hundreds of Hamas operatives, confiscating the terror organization’s funds and closing its institutions and media outlets.

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Israel's greatest enemy is not Iran or Abbas or Isis. Israel's greatest enemy is Liberalism.

Liberalism that forces Israel to pay money for our enemies to have more children within our borders.

Liberalism that prevents the imposition of the death penalty.

Liberalism that turns over land to terrorists hoping for a happy outcome.

Liberalism that lets terror-prisoners cook their own food, live in their own self selected groups, watch television and earn college degrees.

Liberalism that demand terrorists be set free rather than executed.

Liberalism that looks for love rather than respect.

The tragedy of these boys is only the most recent warning sign. Liberalism is not some benign, charitable viewpoint. It is a monster that feeds on the blood of the innocent and the misery of those that terror leaves behind.

Lets kill it before it kills us all.
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"No easy solutions to cruel enemies in a cruel region."

There may be no easy tactical solutions but there is an easy to understand guiding strategic philosophy.

“Here a question arises: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

And it's not like the Israelis could do anything to make Barack Obama love them short of committing national suicide, and that would only be fleeting, and the Palestinians would still hate them even then.

But they must also remember this:

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” ― Niccolo Machiavelli
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Andy Gump (formerly known as Oscar the Grump)
Word is now that the murder of the Palestinian boy was an honor killing. That he was gay and murdered by his own family. That the "revenge" killing was a cover up for what they did. This is the al-Durah libel all over again. It's just another excuse for another intifada. The question is how far this is going to go and how much the IDF will put up with.
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How many more Israeli teens must be murdered before Israel finally says "ENOUGH". The spectacle paraded in front of the world by Palestinian men, women and children should be enough to convince anyone that peace with animals is not possible. Palestinians threw rocks at the ambulances taking away the bodies of the three murdered boys; Palestinian women and children walked around giving reporters and others a "three finger salute" supposedly in honor of the murder of three Jews. The usual candy was handed out to children. 0bama urges restraint, the UN urges restraint, the whole freaking world urges restraint but what they really mean is for Israel to bury their dead and forgive the atrocity. The time has come to lower the hammer; there can be and there never will be peace with the Palestinians and to think otherwise is simply delusional. Israel should build a wall or fence, take physical control of Gaza and the West Bank, control the Golan Heights and force the Arabs to move to Jordan. It's where they belong anyway. And screw the world community opinion.
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Andy Gump (formerly known as Oscar the Grump)
I'm sorry I haven't posted in a long time; however, this has compelled me. I went to the service for the three boys here in Los Angeles. The synagogue , Beth Jacob, was overflowing. Galid's aunt Lee spoke as well as the head of the Israeli consulate and other speakers. I don't think there was a dry eye in the building. Reality hit me as I was driving home. People on the street were going about their daily business happy and content. I realized that they didn't give a damn. It was just another three Jews killed. Who cares? There is no American outcry. Jews are being attacked daily in France. Where is the French outcry? Where is the world outcry? We stand alone. The sad thing is that the world has gotten so small that we Jews have no where to run to anymore. America will be the next France in ten or less years. With no where to run, we are going to have to get some backbone. Our alternatives are going to be fight or die and it isn't going to matter what country we are in: whether Israel, United States, England or France etc.
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Andy, I'm not sure is you're Jewish, judging from your pen name but don't worry..all this Jew hatred is only serving to drive the Jews home to Israel. The immigration rate from France is at the highest rate since '67. In order for mashiach to come a majority of Jews must live in the Holy Land, so our enemies are facilitating our ultimate redemption, even that stinko-Obamo. Even if our leaders in Israel will not fight for us, we have Someone much better, and the Jew of the Diaspora is not the Jew of Israel..we will fight for our home, and we will have Help.
Don't despair, it's all in the plan.
BTW, if it seems strange to you that "people are going about their daily business, then it sounds like you belong in Israel.
B'Hatzlacha
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Seems that there has already been a revenge killing. When that happens the government has been shown as ineffective and moralizing.

N-boys bunch has been doing it for years, saying 'Muzzies will be Muzzies'. Now the climate has changed, and the government must change too.

The legalistic view of terrorism doesn't work in such cases, but some arrogant types don't seem to learn.
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So when do we start expelling them?
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Thanks to the anti-terror fence.

Please note that this fence, which has stopped terror, has been condemned by the International Criminal Court, among others. Also note that the definition of a war crime has undergone the inevitable evolution from killing Jews to keeping them from getting killed.

I am willing to concede that the "international community" is against the fence. In that case, the nations of the world have condemned themselves and will eventually pay the price. See Zechariah and Ezekiel, among others.
3 weeks ago
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Israel's greatest enemy is not Iran or Abbas or Isis. Israel's greatest enemy is Liberalism.

Liberalism that forces Israel to pay money for our enemies to have more children within our borders.

Liberalism that prevents the imposition of the death penalty.

Liberalism that turns over land to terrorists hoping for a happy outcome.

Liberalism that lets terror-prisoners cook their own food, live in their own self selected groups, watch television and earn college degrees.

Liberalism that demand terrorists be set free rather than executed.

Liberalism that looks for love rather than respect.

The tragedy of these boys is only the most recent warning sign. Liberalism is not some benign, charitable viewpoint. It is a monster that feeds on the blood of the innocent and the misery of those that terror leaves behind.

Lets kill it before it kills us all.
3 weeks ago
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Well said. David wants to nip nascent Rambo's in the bud, but the issue is not really military. The IDF can accomplish basically whatever the leaders decide. The problem is the lack of vision. Then again, I guess Iran overrides everything, and flattening Gaza or not is only relevant in light of that larger reality.
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What kind of people kill teenagers? Push comes to shove Islamists are no better than the Incas who through their virgins into volcanic lakes.Maybe i am being to hard on the Incas.
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And these strap explosives to their own sons.
"Peace will come when the Arabs love their own children more than they hate the Jews."Golda Meir
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SCREW the Obomites, crush them.
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The author states that there are, "No easy solutions to cruel enemies in a cruel region".

That is both true and untrue.

Israel’s two fundamental mistakes are in refusing to identify their enemy as Islam itself and in believing that it cannot survive without American support. As long as Israel continues to make those mistakes in perception, there will be "No easy solutions to cruel enemies in a cruel region".

Ironically, it is Obama who is disabusing Israelis of the belief that Israel’s survival is dependent upon American support.

If Israel ever has finally had enough, it will look honestly at its enemies face and finally admit to itself that Israel's enemy is Islam's totalitarian ideology. That moment of honesty will reveal the solution to Israel's problem.

Islam is unique among the major religions in the inordinate importance it places upon its shrines and holy sites. It's so important, that it is a religious obligation for every Muslim, all 1+ billion of them, to at least once in their life, make a pilgrimage to Mecca to pray at the Kaaba in Mecca.

The solution to Israel's problem with Islam is to make the consequence of continuing its terrorist attacks an unacceptable one. The consequence is holding Islam's holy places hostage to their good behavior.

Israel would thus announce a new doctrine; the next time an Israeli is killed by Hamas or any other Islamic organization, a Mosque in Gaza, the West Bank, etc. will be leveled for each of the Israeli victims. Let them know that the Dome of the Rock is on the table also. Finally, set a new doctrine that if ever Israel is attacked with WMDs… the very first nuclear retaliatory strike will be the Kaaba in Mecca.

Let the ‘religious’ fanatics know what they risk.

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