Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah were three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped while returning home from school just over two weeks ago. Yifrah was 19 years old and Frankel and Shaer were both16 years old.
After they were kidnapped they were murdered in cold blood.
After they were kidnapped Palestinians virtually without exception cheered and celebrated and demonstrated their joy and happiness at the kidnapping and their support and admiration for the kidnappers. The teenagers murders changed nothing and their deaths have only brought more of the same.
They were kidnapped because they were Israelis, because they were Jews.
The were murdered because they were Israelis, because they were Jews.
Both Hamas as an organization, and the individual perpetrators themselves, view kidnapping and murdering Israelis, Jews, Israeli and Jewish children, as perfectly legitimate things to do.
Various pundits and politicians have urged the Israelis to exercise restraint in their response to the kidnapping and murder of the three teenagers.
That would be a terrible mistake. The last thing the Israelis should do is exercise restraint. They should respond in full force and make Hamas, the individual perpetrators and their supporters pay a terrible price for kidnapping and murdering the teenagers. Anything less means that the teenagers will have died in vain and that terrorist acts will continue unabated. Hamas, the individual perpetrators and their supporters have chosen to live by the sword and Israelis must see that they die by it because if they don’t they themselves will die by it. The sword is the only thing Hamas, the individual perpetrators and their supporters understand and the only thing that will stop them and if Israel restrains itself more and more Israelis will be killed and the country won’t survive in the end. All restraint would do is encourage them. They and their fellow travellers must be taught a lesson they won’t soon forget, not in the name of revenge but in the name of prevention and deterrence and national survival.
Maybe, hopefully, the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers will serve as a catalyst for action, not just words but action. Not restraint, action.
Enough is enough.
Kidnapping and murdering in cold blood three teenagers on their way home from school just because they were Israelis, just because they were Jews, then celebrating, then lauding the perpetrators.
Monstrous, absolutely monstrous.
Sick, warped, barbaric and savage too.