For Israel, we need to stick with the facts when tragedy hits us

Yesterday was a terrible day for all of us Israelis.  We had a terror attack that cost the lives of 5 IDF cadets and wounded 15.  My heart sunk when I heard the news.  All I could think of because of the Azaria verdict soldiers were afraid to shoot back and boy was I wrong.

This past week I have been advocating for SGT Azaria after hearing the verdict because I felt it was an unjust verdict.  I have put a lot of work with many other Israelis because many of us were soldiers, yes I was an American soldier but still a soldier and had two combat tours in Afghanistan.  I wrote an article right after the verdict saying this conviction will have profound implications for Israel’s Military.  Then the terror attack happened.

I read some reports saying a tour guide was the one who opened fire on the terrorist when the IDF forces ran. I couldn’t believe what I heard.  I saw a lot of postings on Facebook and Twitter, claiming it was due to Azaria’s case why soldiers didn’t fire.  I had a surge of anger like no other posting my frustrations, even Tweeting to our President saying Azaria should be pardoned.  I joined different discussions on social media with many feeling the same way.  In Israel, Israel Defense Forces are mandatory for everyone up till a certain age.  They are our daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers etc.

When one falls the whole nation mourns.  You can imagine what the tension was in the Holy Land.  I looked into the case further.  With the help from reliable sources, I learned that the terrorist rammed his vehicle into a group of cadets.  Not experienced combat soldiers cadets.  This changes everything because one, a cadet is in training and would have no clue how to handle the situation at hand.  We can’t expect a cadet to react like an experienced IDF soldier. We got to get it together.

I realize as a writer for different publishers, I represent them on what I say, post and even tweet.  Many of the companies I write for are American.  I owe them an apology for letting my emotions get to the best of me.  A terror attack affects all of us but those in the writing business we got to keep it together to relay the right accurate info for our readers abroad.  They look to us to find out what is happening in words of a writer I look up too Ben Shapiro, he quotes “Facts don’t care about feelings.”  He is absolutely correct.  Israel needs to stay strong as a nation, and best way to do that especially on social media is to stick with the facts.

About the Author
David Weissman was born in New York and served in the US Army for 13 years, with two deployments to Afghanistan. He is now married with 3 daughters and is a free lance writer after making Aliyah to Israel.