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Open Letter to A citizen Of Gaza: I Am the Soldier Who Slept In Your Home
via email from Judy Lash Balint | Yishai G (reserve soldier)

Posted on 01/29/2009 4:40:44 AM PST by ml/nj

An Open Letter to A citizen Of Gaza:
I Am the Soldier Who Slept In Your Home:
By: Yishai G (reserve soldier)

Hello,

While the world watches the ruins in Gaza, you return to your home which remains standing. However, I am sure that it is clear to you that someone was in your home while you were away.

I am that someone.

I spent long hours imagining how you would react when you walked into your home. How you would feel when you understood that IDF soldiers had slept on your mattresses and used your blankets to keep warm.

I knew that it would make you angry and sad and that you would feel this violation of the most intimate areas of your life by those defined as your enemies, with stinging humiliation. I am convinced that you hate me with unbridled hatred, and you do not have even the tiniest desire to hear what I have to say. At the same time, it is important for me to say the following in the hope that there is even the minutest chance that you will hear me.

I spent many days in your home. You and your family's presence was felt in every corner. I saw your family portraits on the wall, and I thought of my family. I saw your wife's perfume bottles on the bureau, and I thought of my wife. I saw your children's toys and their English language schoolbooks. I saw your personal computer and how you set up the modem and wireless phone next to the screen, just as I do.

I wanted you to know that despite the immense disorder you found in your house that was created during a search for explosives and tunnels (which were indeed found in other homes), we did our best to treat your possessions with respect. When I moved the computer table, I disconnected the cables and lay them down neatly on the floor, as I would do with my own computer. I even covered the computer from dust with a piece of cloth. I tried to put back the clothes that fell when we moved the closet although not the same as you would have done, but at least in such a way that nothing would get lost.

I know that the devastation, the bullet holes in your walls and the destruction of those homes near you place my descriptions in a ridiculous light. Still, I need you to understand me, us, and hope that you will channel your anger and criticism to the right places. I decided to write you this letter specifically because I stayed in your home.

I can surmise that you are intelligent and educated and there are those in your household that are university students. Your children learn English, and you are connected to the Internet. You are not ignorant; you know what is going on around you.

Therefore, I am sure you know that Qassam rockets were launched from your neighborhood into Israeli towns and cities.

How could you see these weekly launches and not think that one day we would say "enough"?! Did you ever consider that it is perhaps wrong to launch rockets at innocent civilians trying to lead a normal life, much like you? How long did you think we would sit back without reacting?

I can hear you saying "it's not me, it's Hamas". My intuition tells me you are not their most avid supporter. If you look closely at the sad reality in which your people live, and you do not try to deceive yourself or make excuses about "occupation", you must certainly reach the conclusion that the Hamas is your real enemy.

The reality is so simple, even a seven year old can understand: Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip, removing military bases and its citizens from Gush Katif. Nonetheless, we continued to provide you with electricity, water, and goods (and this I know very well as during my reserve duty I guarded the border crossings more than once, and witnessed hundreds of trucks full of goods entering a blockade- free Gaza every day).

Despite all this, for reasons that cannot be understood and with a lack of any rational logic, Hamas launched missiles on Israeli towns. For three years we clenched our teeth and restrained ourselves. In the end, we could not take it anymore and entered the Gaza strip, into your neighborhood, in order to remove those who want to kill us. A reality that is painful but very easy to explain.

As soon as you agree with me that Hamas is your enemy and because of them, your people are miserable, you will also understand that the change must come from within. I am acutely aware of the fact that what I say is easier to write than to do, but I do not see any other way. You, who are connected to the world and concerned about your children's education, must lead, together with your friends, a civil uprising against Hamas.

I swear to you, that if the citizens of Gaza were busy paving roads, building schools, opening factories and cultural institutions instead of dwelling in self pity, arms smuggling and nurturing a hatred to your Israeli neighbors, your homes would not be in ruins right now. If your leaders were not corrupt and motivated by hatred, your home would not have been harmed. If someone would have stood up and shouted that there is no point in launching missiles on innocent civilians, I would not have to stand in your kitchen as a soldier. You don't have money, you tell me? You have more than you can imagine. Even before Hamas took control of Gaza, during the time of Yasser Arafat, millions if not billions of dollars donated by the world community to the Palestinians was used for purchasing arms or taken directly to your leaders bank accounts. Gulf States, the emirates - your brothers, your flesh and blood, are some of the richest nations in the world. If there was even a small feeling of solidarity between Arab nations, if these nations had but the smallest interest in reconstructing the Palestinian people – your situation would be very different.

You must be familiar with Singapore. The land mass there is not much larger than the Gaza strip and it is considered to be the second most populated country in the world. Yet, Singapore is a successful, prospering, and well managed country. Why not the same for you? My friend, I would like to call you by name, but I will not do so publicly. I want you to know that I am 100% at peace with what my country did, what my army did, and what I did. However, I feel your pain. I am sorry for the destruction you are finding in your neighborhood at this moment. On a personal level, I did what I could to minimize the damage to your home as much as possible.

In my opinion, we have a lot more in common than you might imagine. I am a civilian, not a soldier, and in my private life I have nothing to do with the military. However, I have an obligation to leave my home, put on a uniform, and protect my family every time we are attacked. I have no desire to be in your home wearing a uniform again and I would be more than happy to sit with you as a guest on your beautiful balcony, drinking sweet tea seasoned with the sage growing in your garden.

The only person who could make that dream a reality is you. Take responsibility for yourself, your family, your people, and start to take control of your destiny. How? I do not know. Maybe there is something to be learned from the Jewish people who rose up from the most destructive human tragedy of the 20th century, and instead of sinking into self-pity, built a flourishing and prospering country. It is possible, and it is in your hands. I am ready to be there to provide a shoulder of support and help to you.

But only you can move the wheels of history."

Regards,
Yishai, (Reserve Soldier)


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: castlead; gaza; israel; soldier; yishaigoldflam

1 posted on 01/29/2009 4:40:45 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

A lesson for all of us, in every country.


2 posted on 01/29/2009 4:44:25 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: ml/nj

Hats off to this IDF reservist. I think it sums up the entire situation quite well.


3 posted on 01/29/2009 4:45:18 AM PST by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: ml/nj

Poor guy.

He thinks he is talking to rational people.

He is not.

The only reason they probably use the internet is to watch beheading videos and scream “Alahu Akbar!” at the bloody spectacles.

The “Palestinians” are a lost cause.

You gotta remember. They *VOTED FOR* Hamas.


4 posted on 01/29/2009 4:50:14 AM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: ml/nj
This is the only part of his letter I take exception with:

Despite all this, for reasons that cannot be understood and with a lack of any rational logic,

Sorry, but Hamas is perfectly rational and logical. It goes like this:

< begin Hamas-think >

Everyone must become moslem.
But the Jews refuse to become moslem.
Therefore, Israel must be destroyed.

< end Hamas-think >

That's not irrational. It's evil. Big difference. One wonders to what extent the average moslem civilian in Gaza subscribes to "Hamas-think".

5 posted on 01/29/2009 4:52:03 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ml/nj

Wow!
But Muslims are beyond reason so this was written for the rational people of planet Earth

Islam does not believe in reciprocity though their propaganda says otherwise


6 posted on 01/29/2009 4:53:10 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: ml/nj

Ps: Enjoy those Jewish cooties I left behind!


7 posted on 01/29/2009 4:54:37 AM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: Westbrook
They *VOTED FOR* Hamas.

Some of them voted for Fatah (although I'm not sure that was much better).

8 posted on 01/29/2009 4:56:42 AM PST by palmer (Some third party malcontents don't like Palin because she is a true conservative)
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To: Braak

This speaks so well of the Reservist and the Nation he fights for. God bless him and the Nation he fights for.


9 posted on 01/29/2009 4:56:46 AM PST by Made In The USA (Liberalism is a sign of stupidity.)
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To: dennisw
Muslims are beyond reason

In general, yes. But certainly some are reasonable although the particular religion, culture and authoritarians running it are going to make it difficult. I think the letter was written for that small minority.

10 posted on 01/29/2009 4:59:58 AM PST by palmer (Some third party malcontents don't like Palin because she is a true conservative)
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To: Westbrook

“He thinks he is talking to rational people.”

Not only that, the sheep go where the shepherd leads them.


11 posted on 01/29/2009 5:01:14 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Westbrook
Poor guy. He thinks he is talking to rational people.

Yours is an interesting take. I've certainly said similar things to friends who go to Kumbiyah Circle meetings with the Arabs. And it's even true in our own American Politics. (Ann Coulter wrote a book about this!)

ML/NJ

12 posted on 01/29/2009 5:08:38 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj
And now, a letter from a muslim to an infidel:

Dear Infidel:

Convert or die.



13 posted on 01/29/2009 5:17:19 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic)
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To: ml/nj
This is impressive in its sincerity and simple logic, but it reminds me of the story of a reporter interviewing an old Jewish man who prayed regularly at the Western Wall. After several thoughtful questions and their insightful answers in terms of praying for peace and its apparent elusiveness, the reporter concluded with the inevitable, "And how does it make you feel?"

The old man said, "Like I'm talking to a (bleeping) wall."

14 posted on 01/29/2009 5:26:43 AM PST by Marauder ("What this country needs is more unemployed politicians." - Edward Langley)
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15 posted on 01/29/2009 5:27:35 AM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: ml/nj

Needs to be copied a million times and dropped from planes into Gaza.


16 posted on 01/29/2009 5:59:32 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (That's American Revolution II, overdue.)
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To: LRS

LOL!!!


17 posted on 01/29/2009 6:10:39 AM PST by fml (So?)
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To: ml/nj; Lando Lincoln; neverdem; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; ...
Yishai G (reserve soldier) ygoldflam@gmail.com

[Originally published in Hebrew in Maariv]
http://galileanword.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-am-soldier-who-slept-in-your-home.html

... I swear to you, that if the citizens of Gaza were busy paving roads, building schools, opening factories and cultural institutions instead of dwelling in self pity, arms smuggling and nurturing a hatred to your Israeli neighbors, your homes would not be in ruins right now. If your leaders were not corrupt and motivated by hatred, your home would not have been harmed. If someone would have stood up and shouted that there is no point in launching missiles on innocent civilians, I would not have to stand in your kitchen as a soldier. You don't have money, you tell me? You have more than you can imagine. Even before Hamas took control of Gaza, during the time of Yasser Arafat, millions if not billions of dollars donated by the world community to the Palestinians was used for purchasing arms or taken directly to your leaders bank accounts. Gulf States, the emirates - your brothers, your flesh and blood, are some of the richest nations in the world. If there was even a small feeling of solidarity between Arab nations, if these nations had but the smallest interest in reconstructing the Palestinian people – your situation would be very different.

You must be familiar with Singapore. The land mass there is not much larger than the Gaza strip and it is considered to be the second most populated country in the world. Yet, Singapore is a successful, prospering, and well managed country. Why not the same for you? My friend, I would like to call you by name, but I will not do so publicly. I want you to know that I am 100% at peace with what my country did, what my army did, and what I did. However, I feel your pain. I am sorry for the destruction you are finding in your neighborhood at this moment. On a personal level, I did what I could to minimize the damage to your home as much as possible.

In my opinion, we have a lot more in common than you might imagine. I am a civilian, not a soldier, and in my private life I have nothing to do with the military. However, I have an obligation to leave my home, put on a uniform, and protect my family every time we are attacked. I have no desire to be in your home wearing a uniform again and I would be more than happy to sit with you as a guest on your beautiful balcony, drinking sweet tea seasoned with the sage growing in your garden.

The only person who could make that dream a reality is you. Take responsibility for yourself, your family, your people, and start to take control of your destiny. How? I do not know. Maybe there is something to be learned from the Jewish people who rose up from the most destructive human tragedy of the 20th century, and instead of sinking into self-pity, built a flourishing and prospering country. It is possible, and it is in your hands. I am ready to be there to provide a shoulder of support and help to you.

But only you can move the wheels of history."


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18 posted on 01/29/2009 6:35:14 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

This humble reservist nails it but only for people who are not brainwashed into vile allah


19 posted on 01/29/2009 6:46:05 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: Tolik

Written by a poet warrior who will not let


20 posted on 01/29/2009 6:49:32 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Then copy it a couple million more times and drop it over every European capital. Then maybe a million more to drop over every American university, and San Francisco, NYC and Ithaca for good measure. Oh, and the State Dept building, and any other leftist enclave they can think of. But don’t bother with Jimmy Carter’s house as it wouldn’t do a bit of good.

Very well written, should be an open letter to the entire world.


21 posted on 01/29/2009 6:56:52 AM PST by agrace
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To: dennisw

Yes, of course.

My hope is that so personalized letter might touch those in the West who accuse Israel as a matter of habit, repeating the Leftist “support all oppressed” mantra without thinking. Maybe somebody will stop and think. Maybe ...


22 posted on 01/29/2009 7:04:06 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik
My hope is that so personalized letter might touch those in the West who accuse Israel as a matter of habit, repeating the Leftist “support all oppressed” mantra without thinking. Maybe somebody will stop and think. Maybe ...

Best target audience is Europeans
Would be great if European TV would showcase it, give equal time to this Jewish reservist. Same time they give to Palestinians

23 posted on 01/29/2009 7:16:52 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: Westbrook
The “Palestinians” are a lost cause.

You gotta remember. They *VOTED FOR* Hamas.

Sixty-five years ago, my Polish grandfather would have said the same thing about Germans. The difference was that we utterly defeated Germany in WWII, and that is what took away the German threat. The Palis need to go through the same transformative process.

24 posted on 01/29/2009 7:38:26 AM PST by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: ml/nj

Hmmm..., interesting letter...


25 posted on 01/29/2009 10:38:00 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: ml/nj

The anonymity of Israeli soldiers in this campaign was strictly enforced by the IDF since they expect charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity to be brought in the World Court and courts of European countries.

In the past few years the courts in Europe have been used to p(e)rosecute Israeli Officers.


26 posted on 01/29/2009 10:46:04 AM PST by dervish (Gitmo, coming soon to a neighborhood near you)
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To: palmer
In general, yes. But certainly some are reasonable although the particular religion, culture and authoritarians running it are going to make it difficult. I think the letter was written for that small minority....

And the un-Muslim world, just look at who disseminated it. A Jewish woman in Israel
I doubt many Muslims ever saw it

Islam bows down and scrapes the earth five times a day for a fake god
Pretty powerful brainwashing 
You don't do this physical act and your brother Muslims will take notice

The powerful Jihadist Muslims trump and intimidate the nice Muslims every time because they cite the latter post-hegira Medina Hadiths/Koran which overrule (abrogate) the early Mecca based Koran verses when Islam was weak and Mohamed preached non aggression and a Jesus like message

Islam preaches nice stuff when vastly outnumbered like in America of today
In Europe where they are much bigger the anti-Israel/Gaza war demonstrations were much more rowdy and designed to intimidate dhimmi politicians and let them know for sure that Muslim numbers only grow larger and the demonstrations more violent until (for example) what UK does abroad is highly dependent upon how its internal Muslim population will react

27 posted on 01/29/2009 11:06:08 AM PST by dennisw (Meshuggah Muhammad put the following words in the mouth of his sock puppet deity...................)
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To: Yitzchak

ping


28 posted on 01/29/2009 11:53:28 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: ml/nj

Wow, what a beautiful letter, and so true.


29 posted on 01/29/2009 2:19:24 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: ml/nj
Sadat and King Hussein of Jordan were two who crossed over from hatred to peace-makers.

It is within the Arab psyche to do so.

Billions of dollars from the rest of the world only perpetuates the problem and induces a criminal class to scheme to position themselves to pocket it.

Cut off the money.

30 posted on 01/29/2009 2:25:38 PM PST by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: Tolik

Excellent! Thanks for posting this.


31 posted on 01/29/2009 7:58:13 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Westbrook

I agree. The IDF soldier is correct in his factual knowledge, but is naive when it comes to motivation. The Religion of Peace cannot suffer to live alongside the Infidel. They are duty bound to convert or annihilate all that is non-Muslim.

Of course the Arabs know that they would be economically better off if they elected to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors, but that they cannot abide.

If they need to wipe out the majority of the world’s population to accomplish the global Caliphate, that is what they will do.

Then they will happily proceed to kill each other.


32 posted on 01/30/2009 6:54:58 AM PST by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: ml/nj

BFL


33 posted on 01/30/2009 7:30:52 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: ml/nj

Fascinating letter from an Israeli soldier to the people of Gaza.


34 posted on 01/30/2009 7:34:54 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: Tolik; MeekOneGOP; floriduh voter; TigersEye

Right on Tolik! Nailed it.


35 posted on 02/02/2009 11:21:21 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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