For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
The anti Israeli narrative about the events of 2008 insists that over the summer there was a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, until the Israelis cynically killed six Palestinians in November for no reason except that the Israelis like killing Palestinians, and thereafter Hamas had no choice but to renew shooting kassams at Israeli civilians, the poor dears, and this gave the Israelis a pretext to invade Gaza. The context of the original case - that the dead Palestinians were preparing an attack on Israel- somehow gets lost in the telling.
We don't know if the present uptick in violence from Gaza will peter out tomorrow or escalate into major clashes, but we do know that if the latter, Israel will be damned. Which is why I'm linking to a news item in the BBC, no Zionist apologists they, which cites Palestinian sources as recognizing that the three Palestinians killed earlier today were combatants preparing to fire at Israel.
Y-net, always better informed than the foreign media, tells that one of the three is was Awad abu Nassir (or Nassil), a senior Islamic Jihad commander whom the Israelis have tried to kill in the past.
If past experience has any value, he and his comrades will be counted as dead civilians sooner rather than later. .
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"