The Israeli Teenagers
Eyal Yifrach, z”l, 19, was from Elad, an ultra-Orthodox town in central Israel. Yitzhak Daboul, a friend of Eyal’s family, told the Israeli news website Ynet that Eyal was “the father of all kids in the neighborhood,” who always did the right thing. According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Eyal, who had been in a pre-military program, began studying at the Shavei Hevron yeshiva less than two months after a friend who studied there died in car accident.
Naftali Fraenkel, z”l, 16, was born in Nof Ayalon, a religious community that straddles the 1949 armistice line between Israel and the Judea-Samaria. His mother, Rachel, said Naftali, the second of seven children, loved playing basketball and the guitar, fought with his sisters and had a “cynical sense of humor.” His maternal grandparents immigrated to Israel from New York in the 1950s, and he held joint Israeli and American citizenship. According to Israel’s Channel 10 Nana website, Naftali and Gilad Shaar recently returned from a two-day class trip in which they participated in a human-pyramid contest and won first prize.
Gilad Shaar, z”l, 16, is from the community of Talmon in the central Judea area. He was a leader in Bnei Akiva, a popular religious youth movement, and his friends and family said he was an avid baker. According to Ynet, Gilad’s great-uncle was killed fighting in the 1982 war with Lebanon, and though his family wanted Gilad to buried in a military cemetery, their request was denied.
After the infamous Oslo Agreement was brokered, or should I say bullied and forced upon the Israelis by President Clinton, three participants – Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House Lawn. The deal that eventually won the three stooges Nobel Prizes “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East” gave the PLO every single line item demand, in exchange for their recognition of Israel’s right to exist and their revocation of their covenant, which called for the destruction of Israel. Smiles were all around.
As the ink dried on the articles of surrender by Israel, the PLO embarked on the longest, the most brutal, heinous and indescribable spree of atrocities claiming babies in strollers, elders in wheelchairs, soldiers, teenagers, shoppers, all civilians making their diurnal rounds and enjoying themselves in Haifa, in Netanya, in Tel-Aviv, in Jerusalem, in markets, cafes, bus stops, everywhere.
Which were the four worst years for terror fatalities since 1967? In order: 1996, 1994, 1993 and 1995. Each year of the years after the Oslo accords was worse than any of the years before.
Flush with international goodwill Israel’s Prime Minister called these victims ” casualties of peace” in the most perverse use of language. Furthermore, if the attacks occurred in the Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”), his response was spineless and callow. When the teenage son of one of the community’s (“settlement) leaders was trapped, tortured and killed while on a hike, Rabin said, ”He was in the wrong place at the wrong time” and when settlers complained of his policies he said, ”Let them spin in the wind.”
Terror from the PLO has never let up; it has intensified in Judea and Samaria. Soldiers were lynched, a whole family killed in their beds, including a swaddled infant, stoning, Molotov cocktail bottles throwing, threats, vandalism all culminating with the recent murder of the three teenagers.
This is the legacy of appeasement, of releasing Jew killers, terrorists from jails, of the ongoing willing and showing any inclination to continue the political charade of “peace process”, of negotiations, of inciting the enemy whose own children celebrate horror and terror. And, most egregious, of endangering a people of Israel’s life and sovereignty for recognition of “the right to exist” of a civilized and humane democracy by satanic, barbarian beasts and their enablers.
The murder of the three teenagers must be the straw that broke the camel’s back; Israel must change the mantra, must change its policy.
It chills the heart, it breaks one’s heart.