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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Daniel Wultz

Daniel Wultz died this week after a four week struggle to live. He was sitting with his father near a cafe during the family's Pesach visit to Israel. A Palestinian mass murderer detonated his bomb belt, killing this innocuous 16-year-old teenager on vacation with his family.

Daniel was my son's age. Almost. My son will celebrate his 16th birthday in Jerusalem.

Daniel had his entire life in front of him. He was, according to his family and friends' statements, just beginning to actively explore a more in-depth expression of his Judaism. He was, by all reports, a sweet kid who was well liked by friends and deeply loved by his family.

Like my son, Daniel loved basketball and Israel and being Jewish.

Arab Mass Murder Inc. praised this obscene murder as being a 'Two-fer' -- it was the best kind of slaughter because they not only murdered an unarmed Jewish kid, but he was an American to boot.

Daniel was my son's age. I can only imagine the heartbreak his family feels, the lingering guilt of 'what if"-- what if we hadn't come to Israel? What if we hadn't taken him out to a shwarma stand? what if I had sat there instead of him and spared him the full force of the blast?

What if? What if? What if?--the question that haunts survivors. And when the survivor is a parent, the questions haunt one forever. No one should have to bury their child.

And what is the Israeli government's response to this tragic death? This week Peretz announced that Israel is reopening the Karni crossing.

Right. They murder our kids, and we respond by rewarding them.

Good thing I'm not in charge of the Israeli government. Maybe it's because I'm not that I can afford to be politically incorrect; maybe it's because I'm a mother and Daniel's murder, the murder of a child just transitioning into adulthood, enrages me; maybe it's because so many of us davened that he would recover and live; maybe it's because he was conscious enough to say, before his organs failed him, "I want to live," (as opposed to the Arab mantra "I want to kill")--good thing I'm not in charge.

Because if I were in charge, I would have a different response to this murder: carpet bombing. Send your psychotic offspring to kill ours, and we will drop death from the air until you either stop or die.

In the meantime, we are coming to Israel. Lech lecha--go for yourself, G-d told Abram...and so we will. But I will also honor the memory of Daniel....and Lior and Kobi and the hundreds of others of our dead who died because of the insane Arab racism that breeds Jew-hatred on a scale unseen since the Third Reich.

And following the advice of Daniel's father, Tuly Wultz, we will come to Israel, smiling at the future. Hope and determination will triumph over hatred and fear. I promise this, Daniel.


Blogger westbankmama said...

Great post - but I disagree with you about the carpet bombing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 5:44:00 PM GMT+3  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

That's just rage talking. And you're right--it was an irresponsible comment. Carpet bombing is inhumane, indiscriminate, unjust---but it's about as far as I could get emotionally from rewarding terror by opening trade up again for the terrorists.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 9:25:00 PM GMT+3  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

What else can you do? Israel already 'targets' terrorist leaders involved in planning and carrying out pigu'im (suicide bombings and the like). I'm sorry if it is 'politically incorrect', but if we are attacked, we need to warn the enemy ONCE that there will be dire consequences to their actions, and YES, CARPET BOMB THE TOWN WHERE THE TERRORISTS LIVED AND PLANNED.
We are too soft, and the terrorists know it! They know Israel (substitute for 'Israel' the 'US', or any country in Europe, for that matter)will not do an all-out offensive for fear of negative world opinion. What this is, is NOT "rage talking", as aliyah06 said. It is "the best defensive is a good offensive" strategy. Except that it really isn't an 'offensive' because they struck first. It is a defense with the CLOUT of a good offensive. If we showed the arabs STRENGTH, they would shrink back...because that is the way they are, that is their mind-set and culture. Humanitarian actions=weakness in their eyes. Fighting with CLOUT and CONVICTION= strength.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 8:45:00 AM GMT+3  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

Ahhh, but who will pay the price? The terrorist leader? No---the elderly and the children and the women with no voice in their future or their male-dominated society's decisions.

Yes, the politically incorrect and angry response of mine resonates....and at times I feel such anger and despair over the loss of innocent life that I can't feel anything but sorrow and rage, which is how such comments erupt.

But could I live with myself if I advocated the death of a young mother and her children--a woman who voted for Hamas, perhaps, because the men of her family told her to; a woman brainwashed by the mosque and alJazeera; a woman who grew up schooled in PA Jew-hating, Israel-denying textbooks. I may not like her politics and see those politics as an absolute threat to my family--but does she deserve to die in the rubble of a carpet bombing......I don't think so, not really.

Strength can be expressed through more precise targetting. The leaders of the terror gangs know full well that there is an explosive with their names on it, coming their way soon. For now, that will have to suffice. If the terror escalates, if Hezbollah drops chemical weapons on Kiryat Shmona---well, there is time yet for carpet bombing should it be deemed a necessary response.

I will try to keep these rational moments in mind when next I feel the urge to nuke Gaza....

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 7:47:00 AM GMT+3  

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