Bring Gilad Home Now

Posted on November 26th, 2009

I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit

I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit

I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My identification number is 300097029.

I want to send my regards to my family and to tell them that I love them and miss them very much, and pray for the day that I will see them again.

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It has been three and a half years since Gilad Shalit was taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists. For three and a half years, Hamas has toyed with Gilad’s family, toyed with Gilad’s friends, and toyed with Gilad’s nation.

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Hamas stages parades where Palestinians dress up as Gilad and crawl about on their hands and knees begging for freedom. The crowds roar with laughter at this quality “entertainment.” I would call Hamas “Neanderthals” but to do so would be an insult to all prehistoric, semi-upright walking creatures.

Enough already. Bring Gilad home now.

Of course, I would love a daring commando raid that would bring him out without having to make any disgusting deal with the beasts who rule the Gaza Strip. I would also prefer taking Hamas hostages and executing them one by one until Gilad is set free.

But you know what? It wouldn’t work. These are people whose leaders hide behind baby carriages. They really don’t care about whether their own people live or die.

There are many who point out that releasing terrorists will only reward kidnapping. Others correctly observe that many of these terrorists will return to terrorism within hours of their release. It’s not as though they will put down the bombs and become gardeners. We know that.

But I also don’t believe that the Palestinians have a current shortage of terrorists. It doesn’t matter if there are ten thousand potential bombers or eleven thousand. Every Israeli citizen knows that within a few kilometers of where he lives is someone who would like to kill him. That has been the situation throughout Israel’s history, and that will be the situation in the future. It’s a sad price of living here.

And while one could assume that releasing terrorists will cause them to try and kidnap more Israeli soldiers, I was not aware that they had stopped trying. We always read about the IDF arresting or shooting terrorists who are trying to grab soldiers.  They do not seem to lack motivation right now.

So what would an exchange of Gilad for terrorists look like? For one, we would have to sit through the nauseating images of happy terrorists dancing in the streets. As long as the Shabak cameras are recording the images, that’s fine. My gut tells me that every couple of weeks on the back page of the paper we will read about some “work accident” where several of these “freedom fighters” finally get to meet Allah.

But could you imagine how it would feel to see Gilad reunited with his family? Gilad is not just one young soldier. Gilad represents all of Israel’s children. Israeli parents allow their children to serve in the IDF because we know this is the only way our country can survive.

But I know of no parent who walks away from an IDF induction ceremony the way he or she could walk away from a graduation. Every day that an Israeli has a son or daughter in the army is a day with some anxiety lurking deep inside.

All of us want to know that if G-d forbid our child is captured by the enemy, the government will do everything possible (and try to do everything impossible) to get him or her back alive.

Let’s not wait a few years and then have another spectacle where our enemy hands over a coffin to us. We don’t know if any released terrorist will succeed in killing again, but we do know that Gilad is alive. For now.

So last stop this pointless debate and bring Gilad home now.

I want to send my regards to my family and to tell them that I love them and miss them very much, and pray for the day that I will see them again.

Gilad, we are all praying for that day too.

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  1. Chaim Sherman says:

    1. Let’s do what is in the national interest of the country.
    2. Let’s not have the press and the public discuss the issue endlessly for days on end – it helps no one – not Gilad nor the people of Israel. Rather it plays in to the hands of the Hamas strategists
    3. If God forbid i get abducted, trade me for a middle aged accountant, and no more

  2. shauna tepperman says:

    I’m also thinking of the national interest.
    I do not want the market flooded with angry terrorists.
    We appear weak and this just encourages and instigates the Arabs to terrorize us.
    You are too kindhearted. You must consider the mind set of the Arab in order to negotiate effectively. We learned this from Yehuda and how he interacted with Yoseph in last week’s parsha.
    Re think your position on this.

  3. yarden says:

    People quote scripture to prove whatever point they are trying to make, so I disregard that approach. I still maintain that everyone in Gaza is a potential terrorist and whether they have an extra 1,000 will make no difference. But we need to bring Gilad home before he’s sent back in a box.

    BTW — the cake was delish!