I am writing to you on the sixth day of the war, in the aftermath of harrowing events and ahead of the opening of the Knesset’s winter session next Monday. I have no words to describe the magnitude of the horror. Hamas massacred hundreds of Israelis, youngsters at a peace festival and families in their homes, and abducted women, children, and elderly persons.
With more than 1,300 dead, 200 abducted, and over 3,000 injured, this is not just a war crime. It is a barbaric and inhumane act for which there is no justification or legitimacy at all!
Each one of us knows someone who has been killed, injured, or abducted, or is indirectly connected to victims through family and friends. Our hearts are broken.
Amid the terrible darkness engulfing us, stories emerge about the courage and resilience of civilians and troops, of the Arab community’s solidarity, and of the amazing response of activists and civil society. Now is the time to support one another!
Finance Minister Smotrich’s proposal to fight in Gaza as if there were no captives is beyond shocking! He has shown more empathy for the far-right extremists who carried out a pogrom in Hawarah than for these young children, women, men, and elderly persons – all of whom mean nothing to him at all. Smotrich and the rest of the government must remember that even in times of war one must avoid harming the non-combatant civilian population
Monday, 16/10, the day the Knesset is due to open its winter session, was also be the last day in office of Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut – and no replacement is seen on the horizon.
Prime Minister Netanyahu wasted an entire year promoting a regime revolution aimed at reducing the independence of the judiciary and to keep himself out of prison, disregarding warnings of past and present defense officials.
After the war, when security is restored to Israel’s citizens, the emergency government that was established yesterday will have to disband.
There is no way Netanyahu and his fellow ministers can get off scot-free from this fiasco! We deserve a government that takes this country and its citizens seriously, so that we may have a future.