16 June '14..
The criminal kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-ad Shaer was not, apparently, carried out by an "extremist" terror group.
The difference between extremist Palestinians and Palestinians with whom we hold peace talks is an imaginary one created by the Israeli Left, which has tired of bearing the burden of maintaining the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. If a poll was taken of the Palestinian public, it is certain that the kidnappers would be seen as heroes at the forefront of the effort to realize the dream of removing the Jews from their homeland. The only difference between Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is that Haniyeh says what he really thinks, while Abbas masks his intentions with sweet words and doublespeak. It is a great shame that there are Israelis who have been captivated by the charm of the false rhetoric of Yasser Arafat's disciples, exalting the victims of the peace process.
While the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security entities are doing everything they can to find the kidnapped teens and the citizens of Israel are united in prayer and concern, some Israeli media commentators have rushed to explain that the kidnapping was the result of a lack of a political horizon and the fact that Jews live in Gush Etzion. This interpretation is an evil distortion of reality. The truth is completely different. The teens were kidnapped because they were Jews living in their historic homeland, regardless of the location of their place of study or residence. Jews were maliciously murdered in the past by Palestinian terrorists at the Dolphinarium discotheque in Tel Aviv, a hotel in Netanya, a restaurant in Haifa and on the streets of Jerusalem. Only people with short memories have forgotten the history of our modern-day return to Zion, in which many Jews were killed for no reason, even before the Six-Day War and the liberation of our homeland.
A veteran Palestinian public figure who lived in Hebron told me years ago that a Palestinian leader who conceded even a grain of sand of the Land of Israel would quickly find himself buried under that same grain of sand. Reality has proved how right he was. At every moment of truth, when decision time has arrived, Palestinian leaders have stepped back, remembering what their people expect of them, and retreated to transparent and hypocritical political maneuvers. It is only Israeli government leaders who, on every platform (real or virtual), continue to wave around peace proposals, playing chess alone and putting themselves in checkmate. It is too bad that these futile proposals cause real damage to Israel's foreign policy and weaken the resilience of the Israeli public.
It is vital that Israeli citizens internalize the fact that the War of Independence is not over. Our neighbors near and far are not willing to accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. They will continue to make every effort to tire us out from living in our homeland, with the hope that we will move to Berlin, Brussels or Toulouse.
In light of these circumstances, we must make clear to our many enemies and our few friends that we have no intention of getting tired and giving up. For 2,000 years, we prayed to return to Jerusalem. We never stopped hoping, and ultimately, at the big moment, we did return. We must let everyone know that we are determined to continue to fight bravely, for another 2,000 years, for our basic right to live in our homeland. The only way for the days of waiting for peace to be shortened would be for the Palestinians to become convinced, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the Jews are prepared to live by the sword and draw it from the sheath whenever necessary.