The abduction of three Jewish boys from a bus stop in Gush Etzion on Thursday night, has united the people of the State of Israel, Jews around the world, friends of Israel, and anyone on the side of good vs. evil in this battle of Western civilization vs. the Jihadist death cult with one goal in mind – getting the boys back safe and sound.

Prayer sessions and demonstrations have taken place throughout the country and throughout the world, and the demand to #bringbackourboys has gone viral on social media.

But the rallying call of “bringing back our boys” is feeble. Do we really expect that the Hamas terrorists are going to have a change of heart and simply bring them back?   Hamas, the Jew-hating homicidal terror gang committed to Israel’s destruction has stolen what’s most precious to us – our children.  There is zero chance that they will simply let them go.

That’s why there has to be a change in our mentality – from the defensive or meek “bring them back” to the proactive “let’s go get them” or in social media terms #gogetourboys.  Without decisive action, which shows that Israel is in a position of strength, I fear a looming Gilad Shalit-style terrorist trade or even worse (G-d forbid) in our future.

I’m not a military strategist, and I won’t be consulted to organize a rescue mission – there are plenty of capable tacticians amongst the IDF brass out there I’m sure, but it’s more than just a mission itself – the overall mindset has to change in order to save these boys and prevent this type of scenario from happening again.

Here’s the perfect example of our defensive mentality. In regard to Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket fire from Gaza, our leaders including Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Peres, and Defense Minister Ya’alon have said time and time again that “quiet will be met with quiet.”

In order words, the terrorists are free to prepare for the next round of violence against Israel by manufacturing and stockpiling weapons, but as long as they don’t fire them, Israel will allow Hamas-run Gaza to continue operating their terror-state business as usual.

But since our targeted strikes usually occur just several hours after a rocket is fired, this proves that we surely know all about the terrorists identities, capabilities, and the location of their arsenals. If that is so, then why wait until Israelis are possibly hurt or killed, having 15 seconds to run for their lives in attacks? Why not destroy their rocket-firing capabilities beforehand and more so, why not destroy their evil regime in its entirety?

Back to our three kidnapped youth – please G-d a military operation, which will be carried out with great success is in the cards in the near future. But as a civilian I just don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.

What I do know that in order to get on the offensive, to go and get our boys we need to be taking more aggressive steps: from placing a bounty on the heads of the terrorists, to turning off the water and electricity in the areas in which they might be held, all options must be on the table.

Don’t think that turning off the water (or withholding humanitarian aid) hasn’t been done in the past, including by UN humanitarian rights agencies in Somalia in order to free kidnapped aid workers.

The bottom line is that in this case, and from this point on Israel must start acting instead of reacting. Whether against Hamas, our so-called “peace partners” the terrorists in suits from Fatah, or the other terror groups, we need to take the fight to them. We need to #gogetourboys.


About the Author
Joshua Hasten is the International Spokesperson for Gush Etzion. He is host of the weekly “Israel Uncensored” radio broadcast on The Land of Israel Network, as well as an international Middle East Correspondent in print and on television. Joshua is also a sought-after speaker around the world. His workshops and lectures on pro-Israel advocacy have impacted thousands. Joshua was the CAMERA organization’s 2009 Letter Writer of the Year, and is a member of the Judea and Samaria Speaker’s Bureau. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he resides in Gush Etzion, Israel.
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