We Are Still Being Told That More of Us Needed to Die Last Summer

It appears that people won’t be happy until we re-establish the balance between numbers of Jews killed and numbers of Arabs killed in open hostilities whereby missiles are fired both ways over the border.

It doesn’t matter how many of us are killed or injured in terror attacks that do not degenerate into out and out war. It doesn’t matter that Arabs from the Palestinian Authority seek out Jews to assault with knives, guns and using cars as lethal weapons. The problem is that during war, we have the audacity to use sophisticated defence technologies that keep Israelis from being slaughtered as they run for shelter at the sound of an air-raid siren.

Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman was interviewed yesterday on the Voice of Israel from the deck of the boat, Marianne, that is plying its way toward Gaza’s shores. Aside from her misunderstanding of what is going on in Gaza and her ignorant belief in the myth that “Gaza is an open-air prison”, she does not seem to get how horrible it is that she pooh-poohs the Israeli children’s experience during last summer’s war because not enough of them (or us adults) died. Does she not think about what she is saying?

I am getting really tired of this – why does she not ask Hamas why, if they want to continue fighting Israel (totally unnecessary, since they had everything they want handed to them on a silver platter in 2005), did they not build bomb shelters for their families? Or at least ask them why they did not let civilians into the tunnels when Israel was bombing sites from which missiles were launched? No, only question is: why were there not more Israeli dead and injured? And her answer, like that of all other brainwashed unthinking people is: because Israel is a big bully that likes to kill Arabs.

I am angry enough that if I didn’t know that death is permanent, I just might forgo running to a shelter during the next inevitable war to do my part for my country by balancing out the statistics.

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Sheri Oz, owner of, is a retired family therapist exploring mutual interactions between politics and Israeli society.
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