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January 20, 2017 / 22 Tevet, 5777

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Thousands Accompany IDF Soldiers to Final Resting Places in Jerusalem, Kfar Etzion, Haifa

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Thousands of people came to stand in solidarity at graveside with the families and friends of four Israeli officers who were killed Sunday in a truck ramming attack in Jerusalem. Shira Tzur, Shir Hajaj, Yael Yekutiel, and dual Israeli-American citizen Erez Orbach each were accompanied on their final journeys by hundreds of people.

Israel Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, and Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, plus several Knesset members were present at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem to support the family of Shir Hajaj.

Her sister Bar spoke to her, saying, “I’m sorry you didn’t get your life… From now on, all your beauty will be robbed in the sadness of your song.” (The word “shir” in Hebrew means “song.”)

IDF personnel gathered with family and friends at the military section of the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem to support the parents of Yael Yekutiel. Her father eulogized her as “a teacher, a soldier.”

Israeli-American officer Erez Orbach was accompanied to his final resting place at the Kfar Etzion cemetery by his family, and one of the rabbis at the yeshiva where he had studied.

Despite a health problem that initially excluded him from service, the soldier had fought until he was accepted, telling the IDF it was his “duty to serve.”

Hundreds also accompanied the family of Shira Tzur, from the city of Haifa, as she was taken to her final resting place in the city. Like her fellow officers, Second Lieutenant Tzur had been posthumously promoted. The 20-year-old officer began her military career in a pilots’ course before transferring to the unit in which she ended her life. She was known for always trying to make her environment “a better place,” her aunt told Ynet.

Hana Levi Julian

The Last Line of Defense

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Workers began putting down a series of concrete blocks and fences near Jabel Mukaber and the Tayelet in order to prevent future ramming terrorists from reaching their targets.

They say that the best offense is a good defense.

Building Fence near Tayelet

Concrete Barriers Near Jabel Mukaber

Photo of the Day

What Now?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

WHAT NOW?

4 more Jewish families have been destroyed due to radical Islamic terror. Our enemies are handing out sweets in celebration of the murder of 4 IDF soldiers. People are calling the terrorists ‘freedom fighters’ and the UN calls it human nature! Our soldiers were murdered as they were touring the streets of Jerusalem, the city we call our eternal capital and what our “ally” President calls “illegal”.

WHAT NOW?

The terrorist was an Israeli Arab that lives in a Jerusalem village that has produced numerous barbaric terrorists such as the one who entered Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and slaughtered Jewish kids as they studied Torah and were preparing for the Purim festivities.

This terrorist had full Israeli rights and had absolutely nothing to do with the fabricated Palestine excuse radical Muslims use to justify murdering Jews.

Did I mention he was already in Israeli jail for terrorist activity and was released. Why? Well that’s the law! 4 soldiers died for the law.

WHAT NOW?

Tomorrow the entire nation will be in tears as we lay to rest 4 beautiful children whose lives were cut short by a radical Islamic genocidal ideology.

WHAT NOW?

Of course we will survive, we always do!

We have been surviving attack after attack for over 2 millennia and the only question is, how much longer will we define our survival by how well we pick ourselves up from pogroms, holocausts, inquisitions, burning temples, massacres, wars, intifadas, shooting attacks, axe attacks, rocket attacks and of course ramming attacks. How about from now on, we do not give those who clearly seek our destruction the benefit of the doubt. How about we do not give them rights and protect them with the law are trying to murder or use to carry out their next attack.

How about we judge them as they clearly and vocally demonstrate how they want to be judged; radical genocidal, anti-semitic terrorists.

WHAT NOW?

I, like many of you reading this, am sick and tired of funerals.

Personally, I simply cannot go to military funerals any more. Every time I see the coffin draped in the Israeli flag and watch the families lose their sanity as life is ripped out from their world, I am thrown back 23 years when I buried Yehoshua. I cannot stand hearing the gun shots at funerals and neither could Yehoshua. I cannot thinking about how each one of the families will be living their own personal holocaust every day! Over and over!

Yehoshua Friedberg, my platoon mate, who was brutally murdered 23 years ago by Islamic terrorists was laid to rest forever while his murderers were released from Israeli jail, only to murder again,which they did.

WHAT NOW?

Our enemies give out sweets in celebration and we are not disappointed in the slightest bit, because we expect such behavior from them. Some say we can not allow our soldier to kill a terrorist 7 minutes after an attack lest we become just like our enemies. They actually call the IDF soldier who kills a terrorist who came to murder him, a murderer!

Funny how the left hold such a clearly bigoted opinion of our enemies by insinuating (rightfully so) that we are not as barbaric as they are and then advocate making a deal with them as if they all of a sudden believe they are part of our sane Western culture.

WHAT NOW?

Arab textbooks have no Israel on the map and we make believe that all they want is a strip of land and then there will be peace? Abbas praises spilled Jewish blood in Jerusalem and we make believe he is different than Hamas and can be a partner for Peace?

Arabs claim going back to the 67 lines is all that is needed for peace and we believe them even though between 48-67 ALL of Judea, Samaria, Golan, Gaza and all of Jerusalem was already in Arab control and they were still calling for Israel’s annihilation. In fact the PLO, was created in 1964 by Egyptian born Arafat with the goal of destroying Israel. That was 3 years before any settlement ever touched the ground!

WHAT NOW?

How about we stop buying into the false narrative of our enemies. How about we start believing again in who we are and what we are doing here. How about we realize we are part of a miraculous return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel from all 4 corners of the Earth. How about we embrace our return instead of trying to reverse the process by kicking out Jews in the name of a false sense of Peace.

How about we tell the truth and stop hesitating. We, the nation of Israel, the Jewish people, are the indigenous people of the Land of Israel. Our culture, religion and history are dependent upon this land.

The Middle East is packed withe Arab and Islamic regimes that are hundreds of times bigger than Israel. How about we stop contemplating giving in to the demands of our enemies to split this land and stop making believe that solution is based on justice, truth or even sanity.

Muslims? They occupied the entire Middle East by force. They have no religious, historical or national claim on the Land of Israel, so let’s stop making believe we owe them something.

As MK Betzalel Smotritch so eloquently put it in his plan to stop the killing. When Yehoshua entered the land of Israel, he gave the non-Jewish residents 3 choices:

1. LIVE as human beings in the Jewish homeland called Israel and enjoy all the benefits of this amazing country.

2. LEAVE and join your Arab or Muslim brothers across the Middle East or to any other country in the world you would rather be in.

3. FIGHT and meet the IDF and this time with no holds barred.

For the sake of our nation, for the safety of the Jewish people, to honor those who were murdered after numerous fabricated “peace” plans, let’s stop making believe that there is any pride in crying over dead Jews and being proud of the fact that we survived as we get up bloodied and beaten.

Let’s redefine our survival by not allowing others to beat us up or threaten us.

Let’s stop chanting NEVER AGAIN as they shoot, stab and ram us and start taking action as a unified nation and a strong country, so that they understand NEVER AGAIN is not a wish, it’s our warning and ultimatum to those who seek our destruction. Let’s start standing up for ourselves and let it be known there will be a grave price for killing a Jew. Let’s start doing whatever has to be done to make sure no more Jews die! World opinion? It went up in smoke 75 years ago!

Ari Fuld

Don’t Judge the Soldiers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The video of Jewish soldiers running away during the Armon Hanatziv terror attack was difficult to watch.

Realistic or not, we expect our soldiers to be well trained, physically, and, more important, mentally, to charge and engage the enemy.

It’s all too easy to ignore that these soldiers are inexperienced teenagers, some with more training, most with less. And yet we expect them to respond properly, effectively and professionally to bewildering situations on a level of competence we’d expect from seasoned combat veterans.

The IDF has to invest a lot of time and effort to train combat soldiers to charge the enemy and then pull the trigger. For most people it’s not a natural act.

Most of the soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv attack had had minimal combat training, and were designated for deployment in office positions, “Jobnikim,” in IDF slang.

In addition, it would be foolish to assume that the Elor Azaria trial which has torn up the country for close to a year did not impede their reaction time, compelling them to think ten times before charging and opening fire.

However in a civilian milieu, even experienced security personnel must think three times before pulling the trigger, in case their target is actually an innocent civilian.

There were mistakes made yesterday, just like there were mistakes made in Hebron, including mistakes made by Azaria’s officers, going all the way up the chain of command.

There were also heroes.

Lessons will be be learned from this incident, just as the IDF learned from previous ones. There will be investigations and consequences, as there should be.

Unfortunately, our suicidal enemy will still invent new, different and evil way to attack us.

In our war against Islamic terror, we must not drag our soldiers to court like common criminals, or shame them in social media.

Sgt. Elor Azaria last March and the soldiers in Armon HaNatziv on Sunday had to deal with an evil enemy in a very complicated situation, and whether or not their responses were picture perfect, or even warranted, they were acting in the service of our country. To treat them any other way is to invite more confusion and, inevitably, more victims of terrorism.

 


May all our wounded soldiers have a Refuah Sheleimah – a healthy and complete recovery.

 

Stephen Leavitt

Four Soldiers Murdered – Let the IDF Fight Back [video]

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Only four days after Sergeant Azaria’s conviction IDF soldiers hesitate shooting terrorist. Someone is tying their hands behind their back.

David Israel

Terrorist Relatives Arrested, Israel Security Cabinet Approves Additional Measures

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Israel Police have arrested nine suspects in connection with Sunday’s truck ramming attack in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem, which left four IDF soldiers dead and 17 other soldiers and civilians injured.

Five of those who were arrested are relatives of the terrorist who carried out the attack.

The nearby Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar in which the terrorist lived, was sealed off by Sunday evening as security forces continued operations within the area.

Israel’s security cabinet voted to demolish the family home of the terrorist who carried out the attack as quickly as possible. The cabinet also voted to reject the family’s request to be reunited with family and friends in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.

In addition, it was decided that the terrorist’s body would not be returned to the family for burial.

Moreover, the cabinet approved administrative detention for anyone who henceforth expresses admiration, approval or support for the Islamic State terrorist organization or its actions.

Further, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered security services to investigate who at the time and place of the attack had been applauding or otherwise expressing glee at the demise of IDF soldiers and other Israelis. Those who were tracked down and identified are to be brought to justice.

There were eyewitness accounts that alleged that Arab bystanders were actually applauding as the terrorist was plowing his truck into the group of soldiers, backing up the vehicle and then ramming the truck into them a second time.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Releases Names of Officer, Cadets Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The IDF has released the names of the four young soldiers who were murdered Sunday by an Arab terrorist from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar, near East Talpiot.

Their names and ranks are as follows:

2nd Lt. Yael Yekutiel, age 20, from the Tel Aviv area city of Givatayim, posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Cadet Shir Hajaj, age 22, from the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant

Cadet Shira Tzur, age 20, from the northern port city of Haifa, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant

Cadet Erez Orbach, age 20, from the Gush Eztion town of Alon Shvut, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

All the families have been notified.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.
May their memories be for a blessing, and may their blood be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-releases-names-of-officer-cadets-killed-in-jerusalem-terror-attack/2017/01/08/

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