...Not having the tremendous responsibility of the decision makers it is easy to suggest a "shot from the hip" idea. But one thing is clear: baal habayit lo hishtagea. And I can't help but wonder if that sends the wrong message to our enemies.
IMRA Weekly Commentary..
25 June '14..
I don't envy Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the others on his team as they struggle to address the kidnapping of three Israeli boys.
It's a tremendous responsibility.
Viewing the situation from the outside and without the benefit of the information they have, it appears that "baal habayit lo hishtagea" (the person in charge hasn't gone crazy) in reaction to the kidnapping.
Because if baal habayit hishtagea (the person in charge has gone crazy) there would be special forces teams grabbing people in Gaza in the middle of the night for questioning. Special forces teams with instructions that in the event of resistance they should opt to use whatever force necessary to insure that Israeli casualties are kept to an absolute minimum.
If baal habayit hishtagea there would be Israeli reports each morning of who was "detained" for questioning from Gaza and Palestinians reports of who died resisting detention.
Would such an operation glean information leading to the release of our three boys?
Would such an operation succeed in pressuring the terrorist kidnappers to give up?
Not having the tremendous responsibility of the decision makers it is easy to suggest a "shot from the hip" idea.
But one thing is clear: baal habayit lo hishtagea.
And I can't help but wonder if that sends the wrong message to our enemies.
IMRA, Independent Media Review and Analysis, was founded in 1992, by Drs. Aaron and Joseph Lerner, as an ongoing analysis of developments in Arab-Israeli relations. Awarded credentials by the Government of Israel as a news organization, IMRA provides an extensive digest of media, polls and significant interviews and events.