OneÂ does not haveÂ to beÂ an astute observer to note thatÂ theseÂ areÂ not particularly happy days in Israel.
TheÂ latest “war” orÂ “round”,Â seemsÂ to have endedÂ but even that is not certain.
If it is indeedÂ over, it would beÂ a stretch to say thatÂ the good guys won decisively.
I ask myself the following: Theoretically speaking, if, before thisÂ “war” began , Israel was offered the followingÂ proposal:
HamasÂ guaranteesÂ a “prolonged quiet” in return for a number, say, sixty six, young Jewish men to be sacrificed on the Hamas alter.Â No official warÂ needed, just delivery of the men. IÂ know Israel would haveÂ not delivered the goods.
NowÂ thatÂ theseÂ young men were indeed sacrificed in this “war”,Â it is hoped that weÂ will at leastÂ get our “prolonged quiet”. TheÂ deal has ultimately,Â post facto been made. NowÂ Â weÂ areÂ only hoping that Hamas will not demand further sacrificesÂ forÂ yet another “period ofÂ quiet”.
It seemsÂ we wereÂ exactly in that place inÂ two previous “rounds” with Hamas.We paid the price and hopedÂ for some quiet.
Hamas along with their international team of cheer leaders, reserve the option of decidingÂ when the next round will takeÂ place. The only question hangingÂ isÂ what will theÂ sacrifice be then?
In theÂ current atmosphereÂ of uncertainty and anxiety, we await the pronouncementsÂ andÂ decisions of our enemies.
We bemoan our young men andÂ ponder the most awfulÂ thought -Â if they were not in vain.
AsÂ weÂ look atÂ the Mid East today and asÂ Hamas like forces areÂ beheading theirÂ wayÂ to declared world domination, the words of Winston ChurchillÂ come to mind, “Genuine peace with Muslims is impossible, justÂ as genuine peace between Muslims is impossible”.
However, when it comes to Jews and Israel it seems that notÂ even the wisest councilÂ isÂ heeded. The ArabsÂ and their many anti Semitic allies don’t hate JewsÂ because of Israel’sÂ deeds, but rather theyÂ hate Israel because it is Jewish.
No sacrificeÂ orÂ deal will change that.
And so Israelis ask themselves, “when will these attacks finally end?”
TheÂ answer hasÂ to be, “when one side finallyÂ wins”