My father Joseph, z”l, was a big man with a big heart. In 1977, sixteen months before the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was signed, President Anwar El Sadat visited Israel. We were watching the news as Sadat was going down the steps from the airplane as Prime Minister Menachem Begin was waiting to greet him. As the two men smiled and shook hands, I noticed my father was crying. This Holocaust survivor, who fought in Israel in 1948 and 1956, didn’t think he would live to see the day of this event.
I, too, want to live to see an event that marks the beginning of peace. I had a little taste of that today when I heard myself say, “I didn’t think I’d live to see the day” when:
- A new United Nations document that says that in most cases where Palestinians have been killed or injured during Israel’s ongoing Gaza campaign, the Israeli army alerted civilians ahead of time who were occupying buildings, that they planned to bomb in Gaza, to leave the premises.
- CNN’s Jake Tapper aggressively confronting a Palestinian spokeswoman with facts when she denies that the Hamas calls for human shields.
- International media exposing the images that are coming from Palestinian sources as false.
With Hi Tech making a dent in communicating information, maybe there is new room for hope. Maybe future international reports will comment on the fact that:
- Despite the ongoing rocket fire by Gaza terrorists, Israel has not halted the entry of trucks into Gaza – and on Thursday, some 200 trucks carrying food and basic supplies entered Gaza.
- Israel is still not targeting civilian infrastructures such as water and electricity.
- Civilians from Gaza are continuing to receive medical care in Israeli hospitals without interruptions.
There’s always room for hope.