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Fire The Defense Minister!

By Tamar Yonah
8/19/2011, 10:08 AM

4 terror attacks in one day.

Grad missiles fired on our cities.

Regular kassam rocket attacks on our civilian population that is so routine, it doesn’t even make headlines.

Ehud Barak, the Minister of Defense should be given the pink slip.  He has utterly failed at his job of keeping the Jewish State secure and safe.  I know non-Jews who are not even Israeli citizens who could do a better job.

Why does PM Netanyahu keep him in the government?  He is weak, the Labor Party that he represents, is weak and ineffective.

Though I suspect why the Defense Minister is so impotent in his job, (I think it was Barak who first put into policy, and urged the country’s citizens to have ‘havlaga’, or ‘restraint’.   He tried to sell it to the nation that ‘havlaga’ was actually strength, not weakness.  What a manipulation of the people THAT was!) the fact is that Barak has failed to protect our children and our families from being slaughtered inside our own borders.  For goodness sakes, this is Eilat we are talking about!  The most benign and un-political city in the country!

Yesterday night, following the attacks in Eilat, I heard from someone that when one of the ‘contingencies’ came to ‘inform’ a family that their son, an IDF soldier, was killed in one of the attacks, the mother saw the officials coming towards her front door, she ran out and screamed at them, “NO!  HE’S NOT DEAD!  HE’S NOT DEAD!!” 

But, he WAS dead. 

My heart broke when I heard this story.  I tell myself, this is also MY son.  We are one nation and must feel each other’s pain.  This is MY son who was killed.

I couldn’t sleep last night.

Does Ehud Barak sleep at night?

We are at war.  Not a war that we started, nor that we want to be in.  But the fact is others have declared this war on us.

I have a son in the army.  I don’t want to see anyone’s son killed.  I don’t hate Arabs, there are many nice Arabs, and many who support and help Israel even at risk to their own lives and their family’s lives.  However, we are at war whether we want to admit it or not, and we must respond to these deadly attacks.  

 

No country can win a war that is fought ‘defensively’.  ‘Tit for tats’ don’t work.  Limited operations and hits against the enemy do not work.  Israel must go on a full scale attack against its enemies.  The Defense Minister needs to be fired, and a Minister of War needs to be appointed.  A minister of war that will lead the country to fight as is needed, until the enemies of Israel are crippled beyond repair, until THEY and the populations that support them, beg Israel for peace, and not the other way around.