Barkan Terror Attack Simply Our Latest Wake Up Call

After fatal shooting of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, army prepares Ashraf Na’alowa’s home for demolition, arrests family members; PA police said aiding in search

On Sunday morning, Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, 23, entered the offices of the Alon Group in the Barkan Industrial Park, near the settlement-city of Ariel, armed with a locally produced Carlo-style submachine gun, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Inside, the gunman handcuffed Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and fatally shot her from close range. He then shot a second female victim in the stomach, moderately wounding her. The terrorist then shot and killed Ziv Hajbi, 35.  (Times of Israel)

It is horrifying to imagine a beautiful young woman in a situation like that in Israel, because we always feel so protected here. Not only protected by the best army in the world, but also protected from above. I know this, because my family lives in the Shomron and you feel it even more out there.

My mother was the first casualty of the First Intifada. Her windshield was hit with a huge sharpened stone and it smashed her cheekbone. For the rest of that year my parents traveled to their home in Ginot Shomron with helmets on.

I’m sure they felt like they were doing so much for their country living “over the green line” and staying put no matter what. But the truth is, that none of those things will really bring about significant change. It’s 30 years later now. Nothing has really changed.

It looks like the Barkan terror victim Kim Levengrond Yehezkel was a beautiful, loving human being. Just a week and a half ago on her wedding anniversary, she shared the stunning photos couples take before the ceremony.

Now we are witnessing an extremely sad ceremony, and the family’s cries are too familiar to anyone who has been living in Israel for the past 40 years. As time goes by, we somehow become immune to the cries of others. If we understood how we are all connected, we would share the inner pain just like a family does.

Apart from the pain of the current disaster, the only way to stop seeing these horrible sights is to deal with the root of the problem.

The only way to bring about lasting peace here in Israel and all over the world, is to deal with the human ego. The ego is escalating in our time and this suddenly awakens urges in people that could have been dormant just a few days earlier.

How do we reign in the human ego? By sharing the method of connection Israel has that was discovered by Abraham. This is what the world is waiting for us to provide. But first we must implement the method of connection here in Israel.

The time has come for Israel to step into its future role as the spiritual center of the world, but it must first provide the world with a glowing example of unity above all inner factions in Israeli society.

So there is no point in discussing co-existence between the Arabs and the Jews. We should be thinking in terms of a wider peaceful existence between all people. But this will only be possible when  the nation of Israel returns to how it existed in ancient times: united, as one man in one heart. This will not only allow us to rise above our problems but also connect us to eternal life.

If we look back to the days of Babylon, we will see that Israel is essentially a prototype of humanity made up of the 70 nations of the world. So the moment we unite, it will define the nature of our relations with the rest of the world.

We needn’t focus on co-existence with the Arabs, but rather focus on uniting here inside the country.  Unity among the Jews is the first circle. And from here, it will spread out to the entire world.

About the Author
Josia Nakash made Aliya from Canada at the age of 12 on a 28-foot Cape Dory sailboat. She loves sharing all the good Israel has to offer the world. Josia has a BA in International Relations and Political Science. She was the IDF's second female sniper instructor and is a top marketing consultant and copywriter.