We pray for the safe return of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha'ar - these thee teenagers were kidnapped last Thursday when going home from the Yeshiva.
One thing is to go after soldiers and kidnap them within the context of war; another whole different thing is to kidnap kids. This time these three were 19, 16 and 16 years old respectively; next time they can be even younger - will Israel standby and wait for that day to come?
The State of Israel deserves respect, but with all due deference it will only get it once it starts to respect itself.
In politics, we have to make a lot of concessions and make our moves bearing in mind our political allies', associates' and friends' interests. However, politics is a two-way road and when it comes to Israel it often seems like the road is one way only. Take our friend, the United States of America, for instance: the Obama Administration (and other administrations before it) made all sorts of demands to the Jewish State in the name of Peace. The US demanded that Israel would release prisoners as a sign of good will to the Arabs of Palestine - even though the Israeli constituency was totally against releasing terrorists; the US demanded from Israel an apology to Turkey - even though Turkey sponsored a flotilla with Jihadists aboard to purposely create tensions, only to boost its standing in the Arab world; America demanded that Israel would digest the fact that the US does not recognise the Capital of the Jewish State - despite the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (that basically called for "Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel"); whenever Arabs attack Israel, America demands restraint in its response - even though when Islamists attacked America's heart, the US crossed half the world on a Jihad against the Jihadists. So forth and so forth...
In light of the above, Israel should re-think its position. It should stop bowing to the world and it should start putting its own interests first.
Kidnapping children and women is a red line. Therefore, Israel needs to annex Samaria and Judea as quickly as possible, before the situation deteriorates even further. We all want Peace, however Peace should not mean submission to Hell just because it is convenient to the West (and others).
Fear not, Medinat Yisrael, for Vladimir Putin has showed us that Pacta Non Sunt Servanda and there is nothing the world can do about it; for China has showed us that Human Rights can be violated everyday and the West can't enforce its will on her; for Iran has showed that it can develop nukes and the world just sits at the table to engage in endless talks that will end in Iranian nuclear weapons nevertheless; for Brazil has showed us that despite not improving the welfare of its citizens and although it allows terrorists to thrive in the south, it can still organise a billion dollar world cup, develop a hush-hush nuclear programme (with the French and German assistance), and be considered the BRIC of the political wall; for Pakistan has proved that it is possible to get American money and grow terrorists that in turn attack the West, in utter impunity; for FIFA has proved that it can be as corrupt as it wants without being held accountable and that nothing will change; but most of all because Arabs of Palestine have showed us how much the West detests Israel (through the donations they give to Abbas and to Haniyeh, by proxy, in order to keep the Jewish State on its toes). So fear not and officially take what is lawful and historically yours, once and for all.
Bibi Netanyahu, your detractors will say many things but:
וַיֹּאמֶר, אַל-תִּירָא: כִּי רַבִּים אֲשֶׁר אִתָּנוּ, מֵאֲשֶׁר אוֹתָם." -- מלכים 6,טז"
"And he said: 'Fear not: for they that are with us are more than they that are with them.' " -- Kings II, 6:16