The Quality of Mercy is Very Much Strained

9:15 A.M. I really should stop listening to the news in the morning. It’s a sure-fire way to send my blood pressure soaring. Not a good way to start the day.
And what, my friends, was the rocket fuel that sent said blood pressure practically through the ceiling this morning?
Simply this.
As you probably know, if you watch or listen to the news (well, maybe not, if your source of information is the BBC or CNN), since the end of the so-called "ceasefire" on the Israel-Gaza border, Qassam rockets and mortar bombs have been constantly bombarding Israeli settlements along the border and way beyond (not that they ever stopped, even during the "ceasefire" – although you might not know that, if your sole source of information is the bleeding-heart European press or the notoriously anti-Israel CNN). On Wednesday, over 60 Hamas terrorist missiles rained down on Sderot and other settlements in the western Negev. Last night alone, over a score of rockets targeted civilian settlements well inside Israel and this morning, another five added to the trauma of Israeli children who have the misfortune to live within the range of the terrorist missiles. Yet despite all that, despite the fact that Israeli Military Intelligence has issued top-level alerts of an impending terrorist attack on one of the border passes, the Israeli Government has decided to open all three of the passes to allow supplies to reach the Palestinians. Even as I write these words, dozens of trucks carrying "humanitarian aid" to Hamasland are making their way through Israel to the Gaza Strip.
Let’s be clear on this, my friends. Even if the supposed recipients are "civilians", those "innocents" are the people who elected a Hamas leadership, they are the people who put the terrorists into power.
And will we get any credit for our humanitarian gesture, when all’s said and done? No, we won’t reap even that benefit. We will continue to figure in the eyes of the world as those wicked Jews who, for no reason at all, are starving innocent Palestinian children. You won’t hear about the Israeli children who, night after night, are forced to sleep in bomb shelters. You won’t hear about the sick and the elderly Israeli civilians, suffering from severe trauma and anxiety. You won’t hear about the family saved by a miracle when a Qassam rocket went right through the roof of their house and landed on the bed of one of the children who had got up minutes before. You won’t hear what it’s like to live under the constant threat of a 15-second incoming missile warning. Yes, that’s right. 15 seconds.
Why don’t you click on the link and let the citizens of Sderot tell you for themselves?
I find the "humanitarian" gestures of our government totally inexplicable. Their "humanitarianism" seems to stop short of defending our own civilians and is reserved for our enemies. Clearly they have forgotten the teaching of our sages: "He who is compassionate to the cruel will end up by being cruel to the compassionate."

About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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