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May 4, 2014 11:08 am

Who Cares? Remembrance Day Thoughts

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Day of Remembrance ceremony in 2009. Photo: wiki commons.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, it seems Prime Minister Netanyahu has dealt us yet another blow. He has been consistently generous that way.

In 2011, he released our child‘s murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, perpetrator of the Sbarro massacre, as part of the Shalit deal. She had confessed and been sentenced to 16 life terms with the judge’s recommendation that she never be released in any future deals.

But who cares about justice?

Our impassioned pleas to keep her imprisoned were ignored by Mr. Netanyahu. The numerous letters my husband and I sent him elicited not even a one word response. He told the media that he had written to all the victims of terror to apologize about that release. It was a lie. We have checked, and no such letters ever existed.

But who cares about the victims?

Mr. Netanyahu said certain of the released murderers were being exiled. Tamimi was one of them. After carrying 10 kg of explosives into Jerusalem, she “pulled the trigger:” by escorting the suicide bomber right up to the target she had chosen and giving him his final instructions. Mr. Netanyahu had her sent to Jordan – her birthplace and home until a year before the massacre. Some exile.

But who cares about the truth?

The blows kept coming. Tamimi, the freed convicted murderer who had smiled on camera to hear that her fifteen victims included eight children, was not happy. She told the media that she hankered for her fiance/cousin. He was also a murderer, and also freed in the Shalit deal. But his release conditions barred his exit from the West Bank.

Her pleas did move Mr. Netanyahu. Before our personal petition to the High Court against it could be heard, Mr. Netanyahu granted the murderer free passage to Amman. The happy couple were married a few weeks later.

But who cares about a signed commitment?

And now Mr. Netanyahu has decided that the Palestinian Authority deserves to have the body of Tamimi’s weapon. The remains of the bomber, Izz al-Din Al Masri, were received joyfully this week by an enemy that has made us no concessions and is freshly reconciled with Hamas. Mr. Netanyahu did not consult with any of the families of the Sbarro massacre victims. He did not even notify us of his decision prior to the release. There is not a trace of logic in the move.

But who cares about logic?

This release is a gift that the Palestinians do not deserve. It will reward and embolden terror organizations everywhere. Mr. Netanyahu’s fire and brimstone does not fool terrorists. His repeated gifts to them convey the truth: he is afraid to confront them. He is unable to lead. He can only deliver empty rhetoric.

But who cares about fighting terrorism?

Frimet Roth is a freelance writer in Jerusalem. Her daughter Malki was murdered at the age of 15 in the Sbarro restaurant bombing in August 2001. With her husband Arnold she founded the Malki Foundation (www.malkifoundation.org) in their daughter’s name. It provides concrete support for Israeli families of all faiths who care at home for a special-needs child.

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  • shosh

    Hamas – IMACH SHEMAM VE ZICHRAM !! and all those who want
    to annhilate the Jewish People.

  • shosh

    NO, I don’t think that Netanyahu should resign. Whom do
    you want as PM, Tzipi Livni? She will give away entire Israel to appease the USA and the world. Olmert was ready to give away a lot of territory, the same with Peres when he was PM. Netanyahu got duped by Abbas and the USA. But I think that he has learned his lesson, that
    is why he refused to release the last batch of Arab
    terrorists 2 weeks ago – 250 of them. We don’t know what
    Obama and the State Dept. are threatening Netanyahu and
    Israel behind the scenes. Sharon did not want to withdraw
    from Gaza at the time, but Olmert (who was a good friend
    of his) convinced him to do so. And that turned out to be a disaster. I hope that Netanyahu does not make the same mistake as Sharon did. I am also very glad that
    Olmert was forced to resign before he did more harm to Israel.

  • How can Israel claim to ‘remember’ the Holocaust if it releases Nazi-clones who murder Jews BECAUSE they are Jews? How can they claim to remember those soldiers who died stopping our enemies when they release our enemies? How can they celebrate Independence when we are ruled by the whims of other countries? And there are religious Jews that claim this is the ‘Beginning of the Redemption’!!!! I can’t understand it!!!! Is there any way to put a stop to the fig leaves called Yom HaShoa, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmut??

  • Dafna Yee

    Netanyahu, Peres, and all politicians who gave away Israel’s land to her enemies and, even worse (if possible) freed murderers to “negotiate” with Israel’s enemies and swear they were her “peace partners” did the unforgivable!! These people and the ones that promoted the oxymoronic, suicidal “two-state solution) are traitors to the Zionist dream and betrayed the honor of the brave men and women (and boys and girls) who gave their lives so that Jews could fulfill our 2000 year old dream and have our ancient homeland be the modern State of Israel.

  • MARKUS E BRAJTMAN

    PM NETANYAHU SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD BY ALL THE ISRAELIS THAT HE MUST RESIGN BEFORE HE AGREED TO RELEASE ANY MURDERERS, TO SATISFY OBAMA AND KERRY.

    WHAT HE HAS DONE, IS UNHEARD OF IN HISTORY.

    AND USA REFUSES TO RELEASE POLLARD.

    NETANAYHU SHOULD HAVE HAD THE BALLS TO TELL OBAMA AND KERRY THAT THERE MUST BE NO PRE CONDITIONS FOR PEACE TALKS, AND THAT NO MURDERER WOULD BE RELEASED.
    HE MUST HAVE KNOWN THAT ABBAS ONLY WANTED HIS MURDERERS RELEASED, SO THAT THEY CAN GO OUT AND MURDER MORE JEWS.
    THAT ABBAS WOULD NEVER AGREE TO CALL ISRAEL A JEWISH STATE.
    THAT ANY PEACE TLAKS WERE A RUSE.

    EVERY JEW WANTS PEACE, BUT NOT AT THE PRICE THAT ISRAEL HAD TO PAY

    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF NETANYAHU. BUT WHAT HE HAS DONE, IS CRIMINAL, AND HE SHOULD STAND TRIAL FOR RELEASING MURDERERS OF JEWS.

  • shosh

    Caroline Glick makes a lot of sense – One State Solution
    – that is the answer. Israel as a sovereign nation, with
    all entities living in the country. The same as USA with
    Indians (that the USA stole their land) living freely there. But the difference is that Israel did not steal
    anybody’s land. Israel won BACK East Jerusalem, West Bank
    , Golan Heights, Sinai, Gaza, during the 6 Days War. She
    had to give back the Sinai, Gaza, and South Lebanon as a
    deal for peace. Shouldn’t the USA give back the land to the Indians and Mexicans, because after all their land was stolen from them? Shouldn’t fairness be applied to
    every country, or is it only discriminatory to Israel?

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Netanyahu has disgraced himself with these prisoner releases; he no longer has the moral authority to lead.

  • Luigi Rosolin (@LuigiBelmont)

    Islamic cult of Palestinian’s atrocity fulled by the cult ideology is incompatible with not only the Jews. Christian and other liberal thinking or religion are they primary target for genocide. Is not alternative or diplomatic solution that can be obtain with such ideological cult. Is only one way and is costly and scaring.War to the end.

  • Allan Fritz

    I think Mr. Netanyahu is more interested in U.S. Peace talk efforts than in individual Israeli citizens. The recent joining of Abbas’s Palestinians and Hamas has the Israeli Government in a tizzy. There are many explanations for Mr. Netanyahu’s thoughts, but I have my own opinion that he wants peace with the Palestinians.

    To my mind, the Arabs will never accept a Jewish State. I think peace withy the Palestinians is a fool’s effort.

  • Emmett

    A result of Israel allowing Torah desecrating, corrupt politicians to be in leadership positions.

  • I do!

    Islam is Evil. What part of Evil do people not understand? Islam enslaves your mind, your body and your soul. It must be destroyed.
    They use “Takiah” the Islamic law to lie in order to advance Islam.
    The 1400-year Islam Cultural War is taking over Europe for the Third Time and Now Threatening America.
    Only knowledge and working together will win this battle.

    The Third Choice by Mark Durie: One choice become Islamic, second a slave, third death. Add one choice if you act now, Freedom.

    Culture and Conflict, by P. Salzman: Shows we are in an Islamic Cultural war.

    The Arab Mind by R. Patai: US military uses this book training their soldiers and officers.

    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The first book about Islamic Tribalism. Good for young women.

    Lifting the Veil by I.Q. Ali Rassooli: a translation of the major religious books. On the web at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Idiots+Guide+to+Islam&oq=Idiots+Guide+to+Islam&aq=f&aqi&aql&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=1605l1605l0l1848l1l1l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0

    The Prince by Machiavelli: the methods use by Feudalistic kings are the same methods Islam uses today.

    From Time Immemorial: by J. Peters This book was commissioned by Arafat

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