Feel-Good Gatherings Will Not Defeat Terrorist Enemies
David RubinDavid Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president...
A large gathering of Jews uniting to show concern about the hostages is good, but not good enough. It's time to have a more serious mass protest and to shout, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Maybe then the politicians will stop talking about what they are doing, and will start listening to those who are calling for more offensive action.
With all due respect to the sing-along gathering this evening in Tel Aviv calling for the release of the three teenage hostages, it should be clear by now that Hamas doesn't feel at all threatened by Jews singing in unison, and that there are much more effective ways to bring the boys home. Yes, any mass gathering that encourages unity is positive and unity may have spiritual ramifications that can influence the situation in a good way, but it's much more important to demand of the politicians who we elected to office to take serious action against the terrorists and the thousands of civilians who support them. The followings steps by our political leadership are needed:
1. Stop babbling about the "heavy price" to be paid for terrorism against Israelis and about "the long arm" that will reach the terrorists . Neither Hamas, nor Fatah, nor Islamic Jihad are impressed by mere words.
2. Continue searching for the boys, continue intelligence gathering, and continue rounding up the terrorists, but promise to the public - and quickly put it into law - that you will stop releasing terrorists - and it doesn't matter if there is intense pressure from the Obama administration or from the media, as in the horrible Gilad Shalit deal. No more terrorist prisoner releases period.
3. Start hitting their civilians and yes, disrupting their daily lives, by shutting their electricity, which they don't pay for anyhow, and shutting their water. Then demand information leading to the release of the hostages, if they want to return to their daily routines.
4. If that doesn't convince them, start massive bombing of targets in Hebron, Shechem, Gaza, and every other Arab-occupied city in Judea and Samaria, and continue to raise the volume until they release the hostages safely to their families.
5. Confiscate all bombs, guns, and other weapons from Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and all other terrorists in the PA cities and towns and in all of the liberated areas under Israel's control - in other words - areas A, B, and C in Judea and Samaria - the so-called West Bank. Those weapons will otherwise be used to kidnap other Israeli children.
Songs are nice, prayer is good, and unity has value, but until we truly turn on the military faucet full-force against our enemies, this will continue to be a recurring nightmare for all of us. Remember Dresden, remember Berlin, remember Nagasaki, and remember Hiroshima. In all of those places, the Americans and/or their allies massively bombed cities - killing many enemy civilians and causing the enemy to surrender. The only way to win is by hitting them very, very hard and ignoring international condemnation. There is no need to feel guilty about killing civilians who voted at least 95 % for Hamas and for Fatah - two of the world's most notorious terrorist organizations.
Singing and crying together is understandable and positive, but it's time to demand real action.