350,000 Israeli citizens have been called up by the IDF for reserve duty at one of the saddest and most difficult times in the history of Israel and indeed of the Jewish People as a whole.
1,400 Israelis have been murdered or killed by the Hamas and some 3,500 have been wounded. Over 220 civilians – men, women and children – have been taken hostage by terrorist barbarians, and we have no idea of their fate.
Doctors from overseas are flying into Israel to assist our over-stretched medical services cope with the large number of injured. There have been moving stories of how Israelis overseas have put everything aside, bought tickets and flown home to join their military units.
They didn’t have to do it, but, as the Torah commands us: “Don’t stand idly by the blood of your neighbour” (Leviticus 19:16).
(As I write these words, air raid sirens are sounding all over the country. I can hear the booms of the Iron Dome interceptors being launched, but I digress.)
I have just one question: Where is Yair Netanyahu? In truth, I don’t have to ask the question, because I know the answer. Our prime minister’s son is sitting safe and sound in Miami, Florida. How do I know he is safe? Well, he has a detachment of bodyguards, who are paid for by the Israeli tax payer, to take care of him.
The Hindustan Times reports: “His photo on a beach was widely shared on social media as many claimed that he is enjoying himself in Miami while Israelis fly home to join the war against Hamas.
“One of the volunteers stationed on Israel’s northern front told The Times, ‘Yair is enjoying his life at Miami Beach while I’m on the front lines. It’s us who are leaving our work, our families, our kids, to protect our families back home and the country, not the people who are responsible for this situation’.”
Why isn’t Yair (aged 32) here in Israel doing his bit and rushing to his safe room as we have to do when the sirens sound? Well, that is a question you would need to ask him and his parents.
Yair knows all about terrorism, because earlier this year in connection with those who were protesting against the judicial reforms being legislated, he wrote in his Twitter account: “They’re not demonstrators; they’re not anarchists; they’re terrorists! It will take time, but they will be put on trial for their crimes.”
Well, it is those “terrorists” who are defending our country right now while he’s sitting on the beach in Miami.