We cannot forget this day

On October 18th, two years ago, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu began his descent down the slippery slope of forgiving and freeing cold blooded murderers.

Since then he has been adding to his list of freed murderers in droves. To qualify, a murderer need only have accompanied his heinous act with a visceral hatred for Jews.

For the record, Netanyahu has never released murderers without that hatred.

Netanyahu himself expressed so aptly the negatives of releases:

It hurts the bereaved families, it hurts all of the Israeli people and it hurts me very much. It clashes with the most important principle, the principle of justice.

Netanyahu has chosen to ignore all that. The rationale behind his policy is unfathomable.

By freeing terrorist murderers, the prime minister has ignored the wishes of an overwhelming majority of this nation: 86% of Jewish Israelis oppose post-Shalit Deal releases.

He has disdained the lives of terror victims and their families by denying them the most basic of rights: justice.

And he has utterly ignored the many letters of victims’ families. None of us has scored so much as a one line response.

The self-image that Netanyahu nurtures through his glib speeches is false. He is not at all the tough, idealistic leader he pretends to be.

Take time today to inform Netanyahu that you know the emperor has no clothes; you have seen through his pretense.

Tell him that he has more than the terror victim families to contend with. That you too find the freeing of convicted, unrepentant mass murderers repugnant. That you too expect the rulings of our judges and courts to be respected, not trashed. That you too are concerned about the repercussions of his actions: the sharp escalation in terror attacks and the diminished deterrence.

Remind him that a murderer is a murderer regardless of whether he shouted “Allah hu Akbar” before shooting, stabbing or bombing his victims.

Remind him that he was elected to be a servant of the people, not a dictator.

About the Author
A Jerusalem-based freelance writer, law graduate and commentator on the challenges facing people with special needs, Frimet Roth together with her husband Arnold co-founded The Malki Foundation (www.kerenmalki.org) in 2001. It provides concrete support for Israeli families of all faiths who care at home for a special-needs child. The Roths' daughter Malki was murdered at the age of 15 in the terrorist bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria. Her personal blog, under the title "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly", is at http://frimetgbu.blogspot.com The views expressed here are personal.