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article imageNetanyahu: Without IDF Jews would be slaughtered like Syrians

By Paul Iddon     May 5, 2014 in Politics
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated at a ceremony for fallen Israeli soldiers that Jews would be massacred like Syrians if it weren't for the Israeli Army.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Netanyahu said at Israel's Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem that, "There is no pain in the world that surpasses the pain of parents who learn that their children have been killed."
He said he saw his parents endure such a loss when their son Jonathan was killed during the famous raid on Entebbe in Uganda to rescue Jewish hostages back in 1976.
Mr. Netanyahu added that, "In the generations before the state was founded our blood was spilled, but that was purposeless, whereas here in Israel the medicine for the pain is the understanding of our purpose."
He then alluded to how Jews could be like Syrians today if it weren't for the State of Israel when he declared that, "A few kilometers north of Jerusalem a massacre is occurring that has killed tens of thousands that do not have the power to defend themselves. Who would doubt that that would be our fate without the IDF. The IDF is the only thing that separates us from the massacres that our people knew in the past."
"Israel," he added, "can defend itself against any threat, but this security is gained by the loss of our sons and daughters."
In regard to the aforementioned Jonathan a recording of the Prime Ministers late older brother has resurfaced and has been used against Benjamin for political purposes.
As Israel National News reports the recordings of Jonathan were made in 1972. On that occasion Jonathan was part of a Sayeret Matkal (special forces) unit tasked with abducting senior Syrian officers to use in order to trade with the Syrians for Israeli Air Force fighter pilots the Syrians were holding captive.
Prime Minister Netanyahu of course is the first Israeli Prime Minister to reach a compromise with terrorists who have held Israelis hostage in the past — most notably Gilad Shalit who was exchanged for several hundred Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails.
Such negotiations over prisoners and hostages worries many in Israel who fear the ethos has changed. And the usage of a 42-year-old recording of the Prime Ministers late brother epitomizes that fear given the fact that – as the incumbent Israeli Prime Minister rightfully states – Jonathan gave his life in the daring raid on Entebbe in order to rescue Jewish hostages.
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