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Silence is not security!

A warning that the latest truce, like all the preceding ones, is a dangerous illusion

If I were to stand in front of you with a baseball bat, in a threatening manner and wouldn’t hit you with it, would you feel secure? If you were driving down the road and I was holding a rock, poised to throw it at your car, but I didn’t throw it, would you feel secure? And finally, if a person boards a plane with a bomb but does not detonate it in flight, are the passengers secure?

No rational person would suggest for even one minute that any of the potential “victims” in the above scenarios would be considered to be in a state of “security.”  Yet, it now seems that our current government believes that they can redefine the word “SECURITY.”

A quick glance at a dictionary tells us that the definition of the word “security” is “freedom from any danger or risk. A sense of being at ease and peace.” 

Once again, for the 459th time, there seems to be an “agreement” on a truce or a cease-fire or something that requires both sides to cease any hostilities. How are the residents of Israel supposed to feel about this? How are the residents whose lives have been turned upside-down for so long supposed to feel about this? Are they to feel elated? Are they to jump from the rooftops screaming that they are free from the threat that is Hamas? Are they to feel a sense of SECURITY?

Once again, I say, no rational person would think that ANYONE within range of Hamas’ missiles can feel ANYTHING that remotely resembles a sense of security merely because they are not shooting at us! Just as the person standing in front of the other individual wielding a baseball bat can not feel a sense of security, so, too, our residents can not either, with this new and improved cease-fire/truce.

One of the jobs and missions of any legitimate government is to maintain a level of security for all of its citizens. The goal is NOT to put a pause (no matter how short or how long) between missiles being shot. The goal is not to play a game of cat-and-mouse and waiting for the next time they choose to strike. The goal of a government is to instill a TRUE sense of security and peace.

In this case, in the case of Hamas vs. Israel, that can only be accomplished by vanquishing the enemy. This should NOT be done by a ground offensive and putting our soldiers’ lives on the line again. Rather, an all out air attack, along with targeted assassinations of the entire upper echelon of Hamas, beginning with Mashael and working their way down.  Our military intelligence is such that we KNOW where all of the missile launchers are located and the location of many of those who perpetrate these acts. It is time for us to act!

Only once we rid the Gaza Strip of the cancer that is Hamas, will we, the citizens of Israel, begin to get a sense of security. Until then, any silence is merely a chimera, existing only in the minds of politicians.

About the Author
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.