In response to the terror attack in Tel Aviv, our PM lights memorial candles. The President goes to visit a kindergarten and the Education Minister goes jogging.
Do you remember Ariel Sharon’s “Restraint is Strength” motto? That motto brought us the destruction of Gush Katif and rockets raining on Tel Aviv. Because when your restrain yourself in the face of your foe, you ultimately fight against your friend.
When the government performs its duty and actively fights the enemy, it is reasonable to ask the public to demonstrate passive strength. But this current farce of “let’s continue as if nothing happened and that shows how strong we are” is not being used to back up government action, but as a replacement for its fiascos and impotence.
Israel’s government has no inkling of what action to take against this lone-terrorist intifada. There is no organization behind them, nobody is sending them. The government is not willing to violate the rules of democracy. So all that is left is to light candles.
The government, however, has proven that in the case of the shocking murder of one Arab family , it is willing to sacrifice all the rules and laws. So why isn’t it willing to bend the rules just a bit in the face of a wave of terror and murder of tens of Jews?
For example, the government can revoke the citizenship (and social security) of all the residents of the village in which the terrorist lives. Why is it ok to torture innocent people in order to (possibly) find one murderer, but not to revoke the citizenship of those who use it against the state?
In many cases, today’s terrorist is the cousin of yesterday’s terrorist. So why can’t Israel expel the terrorist’s entire family from the country? Ticking bombs, just like the Jewish arson suspects. The Attorney General would certainly approve.
On second thought, why should I get myself in trouble? Let’s go jogging…