Bruce Blakeman Responds To Tragedy
Our worst fears have been realized with the discovery of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers’ bodies—including Naftali Frenkel, who holds dual United States citizenship with Israel.
Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali were murdered in cold blood.
While others merely respond to this savage act of brutality by simply “condemning” this violence against innocent, unarmed civilians—including one with United States citizenship—mere words are not enough. It’s regrettable that President Obama lacked the leadership to say anything or even acknowledge this tragic situation as it unfolded or during his Rose Garden press conference on Monday.
Unfortunately, this is the path that the Obama administration continues to take: first with Ambassador Stevens’s murder, then with continued acts of aggression and murder in Israel by Hamas, and now with these boys.
Let me be clear: there cannot be any peace with terrorists who commit such heinous crimes. Hamas and its followers are merchants of death and must be treated accordingly. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naïve. This administration’s international policy, which has not accepted this simple fact, has failed.
The cowardly terrorists who murdered Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali must be brought to justice swiftly. My deepest condolences go out to the families of these slain boys; my thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn their unspeakable loss.
Candidate for U.S. Congress
NY 4th District
Standing Strong in S’derot
I am writing these words just before all of Klal Yisrael’s hearts join as one at the heartrending funeral for the three boys who died al Kiddush Hashem.
As in the past, S’derot once again is bearing the brunt of Gazan terror, targeted by volley after volley of missile attacks. You may have heard about the rocket explosion that destroyed a factory here in S’derot on Shabbat, but I’d like to retell it and convey not only an eyewitness, but also a “heart-witness,” report on what’s happening.
This Shabbat we hosted my parents, Rabbi Meyer and Mrs. Goldie Fendel, and some of our grandchildren. The siren sounded as Shabbat was ebbing away, but we thought it was just another uneventful Kassam attack—until we went outside . . .
Outside we saw huge black clouds—we even thought it was a chemical attack! Unfortunately, one of my younger sons who was at a youth group decided to go with his friends to see what was happening and ran towards the fire. Suddenly, he felt a blast of extreme heat. He quickly turned around and stopped a car (Shabbat was already out) and returned home with severe burns on his ear and hands.
Meanwhile, back at the yeshiva we had continued with our singing and weekly sicha. The message was clear—we must strengthen our resolve to build, grow, and carry on. Our spirit is invincible and unbreakable!
This is the same message our former Hesder director, Mayor Alon Davidi, has conveyed to every TV and radio station; we have the strength and fortitude to stand up to terror as long as it takes for the IDF to get the job done. This morning he said that the proper Zionist response in S’derot is to bring more students, more families, more construction, and more growth. Together with him and together with you, we are providing the truest response to Arab terror.
We know you all care, but now—with our city under attack—is the time to strengthen and solidify our presence in S’derot. Please be our partners as we stand strong in the most authentic Jewish, Zionist, and Torah response to those who try to destroy us!
Rabbi Duv Fendel
I recently attended the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem, attended by hundreds of people from the worldwide Jewish media, including newspaper and magazine editors and writers and representatives from TV and radio. The keynote speaker was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He stressed that there are three main issues facing us today and that it is up to the media to do their part: strengthening world Jewry, fighting anti-Semitism, and showing the positive things Israel has contributed to the world—in electronics, science, technology, engineering, education, agriculture, etc.
As I sat there listening to the prime minister speak, I couldn’t help but think that he was describing Larry Gordon and your newspaper. You have picked up the torch and worked hard on these very points. To your credit, you have incorporated all of these points into your paper and done an excellent job. Kol ha’kavod.