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The wedding invitation stated that in the cities of Judah and the outskirts of Jerusalem, the voices of brides and grooms would still be heard. The prophet had guaranteed it.
The preparations for the wedding had reached their climax. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
The dress was ready, the menu finalized, all the guests invited. And so it was less than 24 hours before the first guests would arrive and the band strike up the music. It was the bride’s last evening as an unwed woman, and what better way than to spend it with her dad. Wise dad. Dad, the brilliant doctor from the hospital who saves so many lives. Dad, who understands so much about life. So many things to talk about with him, on this, the last evening before marriage. Perhaps advice for her new life after the chupa. Thoughts about grandchildren.
The wedding ceremony in Judaism cleanses the bride and groom of all sins. They not only start a new chapter in their lives, but also a new ledger with G-d. Unblemished, pure.
But the plans were suddenly altered. She did not make it to the chupa. Neither did her dad.
The wedding had to be called off. An expected guest had shown up, invited in by Israel’s
political elite. She and her dad were murdered. The politicians of the Labor Party had turned the suburbs of Jerusalem over to serve as bases for Nazi terrorists. One blew himself up at the cafe in which she and her dad sat. Both were killed. With several others.
Her bridal mikva (purification bath) consisted of her own blood.
She was killed because the Israeli Labor Party and the useful idiots who served as their fellow travelers imported thousands of terrorists, bankrolled and armed them, and watched as they converted the West Bank and Gaza into rocket launching pads and murder training bases.
She was killed because Israel never took meaningful action against the families of any of the previous suicide bombers.
Had the family members of the first suicide bombers been killed discretely or at least deported, her wedding band would be playing this evening. Many other brides would also have survived and danced at their own weddings, instead of having their DNA scraped off the street.
Had Ariel Sharon used a real bomb instead of a small bomblet when his intelligence services located the entire Hamas leadership earlier last week, the wedding guests might have been dancing into the wee hours. With the double satisfaction, knowing that Israel was at last warring against the Nazis in earnest.
But Sharon was afraid to wipe out the murderers. The U.S. might disapprove if “innocents” nearby were hit together with the Nazis – the same U.S. that annihilated the sons of Saddam along with innocent bystanders and put the photos of the Hussein boys’ disfigured corpses on the front pages and TV screens around the world.
The morning after the wedding that wasn’t, the family members of the Nazi who murdered the bride and her dad had not been killed. They had not been deported. Their village had not been bulldozed. The Israeli government regards them as innocent. The remains of her murderer will, as usual, be turned over to Hamas to be honored, worshiped and sanctified, rather than buried in a pigskin in some anonymous landfill.
The cowardice of the Israeli government, its unwillingness to fight, its defeatism, its devotion to victory-through-weakness, its refusal to implement R&D (Re-Occupation and DeNazification, the only thing that will stop the bride slaughterers) - these all guarantee one thing: She will not be the last murdered bride.
The Israeli government guarantees that her bouquet of flowers will be caught by other prospective brides who likewise will end as human sacrifices to the pagan goddess Oslo. The
Israeli government chooses this. Because the alternative to that scenario involves bad press and unpleasant public relations.
(Editor’s Note: For more on the deaths of Dr. David Applebaum and his daughter Nava, please see page 10.)
Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ‘The Scout’ is available at
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