Ariel Sharon’s Israel was an Israel where all of its neighbors, on a daily basis, threatened to annihilate the State and drive all the Jews into the sea. It was and is an Israel where the Palestinians name their streets in honor of terrorists who have slaughtered innocent men, women and children on buses, in restaurants, schools, shopping malls and supermarkets. It was and is an Israel that witnessed Arab terrorists targeting little children and being lauded in Arab cities for murdering Jewish children.
In 1979 Palestinian Sami Kuntar and his group of terrorists broke into an apartment building in Israel and kidnapped a young father, 31-year-old Danny Haran, and his 4-year-old daughter, Einat, taking them to a nearby beach. Kuntar was found guilty of murdering Haran in front of Einat, then turning to the child and crushing her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. When he was released from jail many years later in a swap with Hezbollah for two Israeli soldiers who had been captured, he received an heroes welcome, with people dancing in the street. It is easy for the Diaspora, living in the comfort of their homes in America, to criticize Sharon’s strong-arm tactics, but he did what had to do for his people.
The left will never understand a man like Sharon. They don’t have to worry about the safety of their children going to a nightclub, to school, getting on a bus, going out for lunch to a restaurant, or going to a shopping mall to meet their friends. Israelis have endured dozens and dozens of terrorist attacks. What happened in Boston a year ago at the Marathon has been duplicated a hundred times all across Israel with terrorist attacks against innocent men, women, and children. What the left will never understand is that you cannot negotiate with people who want your annihilation. There is nothing you can ever offer them that will placate them except your death and destruction. Sharon understood that, and yes, his tactics were brutal at times, but they were effective.
Unless you have family living in bomb shelters, as many families in the north of Israel have during Hezbollah missile attacks, and unless you have received that horrible call about a loved one who was blown to pieces while on a bus, in a restaurant, a school or a shopping mall then you cannot and never will understand what the average Israeli had to deal with on a daily basis. Sharon responded in the only language those sending out terrorists to slaughter Jews understood. Should he be lauded? No. Understood? Most definitely, yes.
Mark Jeffery Koch
Cherry Hill, NJ
Jan 12 2014 - 10:02am