Yoni the Blogger writes:
I am ashamed of Israel today and what we have become. Israel has descended into a narcissistic society, where all that matters is me and mine. Israelis worry today about there next trip to Turkey or Thailand and getting a new car.
The sacrifice for the State and the Jewish people in many parts of the Israeli society has disappeared.
But let’s be fair it was the example of our leaders that brought us here, the Knesset is rotten through and through. We have lost our way and without new leadership Israel will flounder for some time into the future until our enemies defeat us.
Our enemies have not lost sight of their vision the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon welcome Samir Kuntar back as a hero, the PA welcomes the body of Dalal Mughrabi as a hero.
I pray to G-D I am never put into the position of the Regev and Goldwasser families but I would never beg for my children if they are held by these terrorist scum.
I understand — as well as an outsider can, I suppose — the Jewish reverence for the human body in general and the bodies of the dead in particular.
However, this reverence has been twisted into mere legalism and become an end in itself, untethered from God’s original intent (yeah, I sound like a Christian here, eh?)
If you’ll forgive me: the point of the laws was to honour life, not fetishize death.
And allowing your sons’ bodies to be used as bargaining chips debases them and defies God.
It also ensures that more fathers and mothers will be burying more Jewish sons and daughters, killed at the hands of cynical animals.