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Op-Ed: Thank You To The IDF!

A heartfelt Thank You To the Israeli Military Forces!
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:42 PM


It was poetic justice to learn today that Israel took credit for killing two Gaza terrorists today, the ones who fired two rockets into Israel during Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week.  

The Israeli military confirmed the strike, and confirmed they had targeted Ahmed Al-Za'anin, who launched the attacks during the Sharon’s funeral. Sharon was the quintessential Israeli soldier, a great military leader and a proud Jew. These justified actions are honoring his memory.

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "We have a very clear policy of foiling terrorist attacks when we identify their forming and of responding firmly to those who harm us." A heavy price should be extracted upon anyone who seeks to harm the State of Israel.

The Zionist visionary Ze’ev Jabotinsky had so many relevant words which guide what needs to be done in situations like this: “We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow by a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind.” A price must be paid.

As Jabotinsky said 80 years ago: "It is always aimed at us, and we must respond. We must end this abuse of ourselves, at all costs. And it is very easy. They spit in our faces without fear, 'in passing', for no reason – not because our insulters are blessed with courage and want to pick a fight with us, but because this pleasure is so cheap for them: they will spit at us and go on their way, and nothing will happen." 

"We must accustom them to the thought that from now on this pleasure will come at a hefty cost. A new commandment must enter our hearts: that even where there is only one Jew, the word 'Zhid' must not be heard without response.”

“Our objective – to create about us the belief that a slur on our national feelings is no longer what it once was, a small diversion free of cost – but will rather, with an absolute certainty and a mathematical precision, result in a sharp and unpleasant confrontation.”

The Jewish Garibaldi, Ze’ev Jabotinsky reminds us that a price must be paid for people who seek to harm Israel.  

World Jewry – and decent people worldwide – must commend and thank the military of Israel for protecting us against terrorists who seek to kill innocent people indiscriminately.

Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur and author.  Friend Ronn on Facebook here.