Times of Israel, Oct. 11, 2023
“The more credible assessments are that the regime in Iran, avowedly bent on Israel’s elimination, did not work for years to arm, train and inspire Hezbollah without intending to activate it, come the day. It is also recognized that what plays out in the north may depend on how effectively Israel can reassert a deterrent capability against Gaza, and on the extent of US support. In that latter regard, other passages of the US president’s speech were highly consequential, including this: “Let me say again — to any country, any organization, anyone thinking of taking advantage of this situation, I have one word: Don’t. Don’t.””
1. A battle for survival: The full extent of the horrors that unfolded on Shabbat for huge numbers of Israelis living near and not so near to the border with Gaza are only now becoming fully clear.
Or maybe we are only now allowing ourselves to fully acknowledge that they actually happened.
And maybe it took US President Biden, watching from afar, to put into words — for Americans, for the world, but, yes, most importantly for us — the scale of the catastrophe and the inhumanity of our enemy.
Horrified but resolute in cataloging what has befallen our nation and its people, he made the awful truth unavoidable:
“More than 1,000 civilians slaughtered… Parents butchered using their bodies to try to protect their children. Stomach-turning reports of being — babies being killed. Entire families slain. Young people massacred while attending a musical festival to celebrate peace… Women raped, assaulted, paraded as trophies… Infants in their mothers’ arms, grandparents in wheelchairs, Holocaust survivors, abducted and held hostage…”
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