Dear Mr Prime Minister, Releasing killers of our soldiers. What civilized nation
does that? “None is too many,” have you ever heard that phrase? “None is too
many” was the response given by a high-level Canadian government official when
asked how many Jews should be accepted into Canada during the
That is what the outside world thought of us. So you now go
and release killers of Jews and Jewish soldiers, the citizens sworn to protect
you and me.
When 85 percent of the population of your country is against
what your government is doing, how is this democracy? The people say “no” and
your government says “yes.”
I have news for you, Mr. Netanyahu:
that is not democracy, that is benevolent dictatorship.
I am the father
of one such murdered soldier, Cpl. Yehoshua Friedberg of blessed memory,
IDF Golani Brigade.
He made aliya and studied in a Hesder Yeshiva and
then joined the IDF when he had no obligation to do so. He felt that being a Jew
meant everyone should contribute to the Jewish people, so he joined.
of his friends and teachers were amazed that he would do that but they didn’t
know Yehoshua, he was a committed Zionist Jew and felt in his soul he had to
protect what he believed in.
He was kidnapped and murdered on Purim,
March 1993, by a terrorist family.
They were captured and sentenced to
many life terms – now you are releasing them.
Netanyahu, he chose to
join, that was his choice, but if he knew what you were doing now, he would be
apalled – just as your brother Yoni would be.
IDF soldiers swear to
protect our nation; the least we can do is protect their honor. It is
sacrilegious to do what you are doing; you are trampling on the souls of our
dead heroes. To think that one day a prime minister of Israel who has fought to
bring Nazi criminals to justice would release murderers who have sworn to kill
Jews is unbelievable.
The moral authority and justice that Israel has
earned and lived by for centuries has, by your government’s actions, been
blackened. Where do you get the right to release killers of our children,
fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters? Not from the people of
Not from the people of the Diaspora. Not from God.
victims of terrorism will not forgive you. To do what you have done goes beyond
moral outrage; for you to have led the government who enacted this tragedy is
unbelievable. I thought more highly of you, considering your education and
Obviously I was wrong.
What more is there to
You will be judged by history as the person who led the government
of Israel in releasing the killers of the soldier-citizens of Israel.
writer is a resident of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.