Noam Schalit 311 .
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Yesterday, I received a call from the well-organized and highly-efficient Gilad
Schalit March Committee, asking if I would join its parade when it reached our
area. Politely and with no little reticence, I said, “No.”
I have marched
for any number of causes throughout my life. I marched against the war in
Vietnam while a student in the ’60s; I marched in protest at the French embassy
during France’s arms boycott of Israel, and screamed, “Poo, Poo, Pompideau!” I
marched with 250,000 Jews from around the world in the famous March on
Washington for Soviet Jewry in 1987; I marched countless times on behalf of the
State of Israel. I have even marched to save the whales and the
Those marches were pure of purpose and had a solid, sensible
goal behind them: To raise public awareness and convince the powers that
right a terrible wrong.
But what is the raison d’etre of the
campaign? What does it hope to accomplish by this nationwide campaign?
a Jew anywhere in the country who does not already think that Gilad
freed? Is there any decent Jew in this country who is unaware of his
who is apathetic and unsympathetic to it? Clearly, beyond the march
“happening” and the “thing to do,” this summer, it is meant to place
pressure on the prime minister and members of the Knesset. Noam Schalit
just that in so many words, “We will march to the Prime Minister’s
will not leave until Gilad is with us!” he exhorts the marchers.
what does he want Bibi to do? Hasn’t Netanyahu already leapfrogged over
previous red line and agreed to free 1,000 terrorists and murderers,
many with blood dripping from their hands? Hasn’t he already, under
pressure, agreed to disregard the expert opinion of both the military –
risked and forfeited countless lives to capture these monsters – and the
Bet (Israel Security Agency), and let these despicable criminals go? No,
endgame of this march is as obvious as it is ominous: We should allow
archenemy Hamas to set the agenda, list the most outrageous demands and
capitulate to its every sinister wish.
LET US be perfectly clear
something: Hamas has absolutely no humanitarian interest in seeing its
freed. It would just as soon let them rot until their deaths in our
fact, it often proclaims that this would be a good thing for them, as it
ensure their saintly rewards as martyrs to Allah. No, Hamas has one
and one objective only: to bring Israel to its knees and cause its
collapse. That is why it specifically asks that we free precisely those
mega-murderers whose liberation will demoralize our country, mock our
justice and assist it in its obsessive drive to exterminate the Jewish
all its inhabitants.
In war – and make no mistake, people, we are
war, to the death, with Hamas – there are two guiding and sacred
Know your enemy, and never, ever do anything which helps your enemy’s
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If we march at all, we should be marching to the Gaza
demand its complete closure until our boy is freed. We should march en
the offices of the European Union and demand that it stop fueling
paying hundreds of millions of euros to the intransigent Palestinians.
march on the Red Cross and demand that it stop providing services to the
world until pressure is put on Hamas to allow visitation by independent
Every day, in my morning prayers, I ask God to
soldiers and free Gilad Schalit. As the bereaved father of a brave IDF
how could I not? I consider each and every soldier a holy messenger of
Almighty and a hero of the nation, prized above all others. But while I
desperately want Gilad to come home, it cannot be at any price. It
cannot be at
the cost of endangering our entire nation. That, tragically, would be a
madness.The writer’s son, Sgt.
Ari Weiss, fell in battle against Hamas
terrorists in Nablus in September 2002.
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