Open Letter to Netanyahu: Expulsion Blew Up in Our Face
A Gush Katif expulsion victim, whose father was murdered by terrorists, uses Facebook to write an open letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, saying, “The Expulsion blew up in our faces." She pleads with him “to fulfill your promise to protect us” by sending the IDF into Gaza.
Nataf Ayubi, whose father Ephraim was murdered by Palestinian Authority terrorist gunfire 19 years ago and whose family was expelled from Kfar Darom in the Katif Bloc in 2005, now lives in the rocket-battered Western Negev.
“I am a simple Israeli citizen,” she wrote. “You can even say I am a child, only 22 years old, but I have been through enough in my life to have learned a thing or two.
“I was born in the most beautiful region in this country, in Gush Katif and in the Kfar Darom community. When I was three years old, my father Ephraim was murdered by blood-thirsty terrorists while he was on his way to Hevron.”
She related to the Prime Minister her life as a second-grader in Gush Katif, when Jewish communities were terrorized by almost daily attacks.
Nataf wrote that one morning, soldiers absorbed the impact of a terrorist attack that killed one and seriously wounded two others. “During the same time period, in 1999, you were the Prime Minister,” she continued. “We came to your office and you spoke with us, saying you would do everything to protect us, and since then I always kept a warm place for you in my heart.
“Two years later, there was a terrorist attack on a school bus of children, and we lost two of our dearest friends. The same year, a mortar shell exploded in our house. Our family was home at the time, and miraculously no one was hurt.
“We have lived our lives knowing that we are the moral shield of Israel. and we were happy to do so. We were happy to contribute to the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and to the People of Israel. But the Prime Minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, thought differently.”
She reminded Prime Minister Netanyahu that when her family was expelled from Gush Katif along with approximately 9,000 other Jews, they were promised they would be safe in a more secure Israel.
“Three years later, we found ourselves at the height of Operation Cast Lead,” Nataf wrote. “I do not need to tell you what were the objectives of the counterterrorist operation and why it began.
“But yes, the Expulsion blew up in our faces.
“In Gush Katif, we suffered attacks.
“We moved to Ashkelon and suffered attacks.
“We moved to Moshav Shavei Darom next to Netivot, and we absorbed attacks.
“We want peace and quiet. Real peace and quiet – the quiet that comes from Hamas’ knowing who is in charge in our own house, a Hamas that feels it exists because of our mercy.
“If the Pillar of Defense operation stops in the next few days, we will have lost our strength. It will seem as though we are cowards…. We have no choice other than to carry out a ground incursion [into Gaza]. We must do this for our children, for our people and for our country.
"I hope that the decision you make will be one for defending us and not due to [listening to] others, Now is the time to fulfill your promise of 1999.