Jameel from the Muqata blog recently attended the funeral in Shomron of IDF soldier, Captain Benia Rein, 27, who was killed this past Saturday night in Lebanon. His Mother eulogized him as follows:
“Although my voice is breaking, and I’m crying now — I turn to you, soldiers and officers of the IDF, and say, “Be Strong…be Brave…and continue the mission you were given, to protect our country and kill our enemies. Thought I am crying, do not despair, do not break, but as Benia would have wanted, go back, back to the front lines…and decimate our enemies. We will not be broken by Benia’s death, but will continue to be pioneers, continue to have joyous occasions, continue to build the land…and we will continue to do all these things…”Bigadol” (in a big way).
See? It doesn’t matter who you are. Once you are physically present within the territory controlled by Israel, your fate is inextricably linked to that of everyone else’s – Settlers, Arabs, peace activists, Haredim, Christians, tourists etc. One thing this war has brought home is that we are all thus bound. Hizballah can rain Katyushas on us and Islamic Jihad can fire off Kassams, the Arab world can celebrate yet another useless “victory.” It don’t matter none because our hearts and spirits and determination to live, thrive and prosper continue unbroken. You see this on the street, in conversation with cab and bus drivers, in hummusiyas, everywhere, even in the words of a Mother tearfully burying her beloved child.
Their lil’ bo peep rockets may have done some physical harm but they’ve hardly made a dent in this country’s spirit. I hope the cease fire lasts and that the border stays quiet, but if it doesn’t, Israel’s recently taken delivery of some handy bunker busters (finally!). Just sayin…
Read the rest of Jameels’s post on the funeral. Our condolences to the Rein family.