MembersTachles with Aviel: SOS mercy mission: From Gaza to Bethlehem

Mercy sometimes has to be done quietly, as was the case a few days ago when Israel brought 70 Palestinian orphans from Gaza to Judea and Samaria.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: palestinians, Gaza
Palestinian children in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on August 26, 2023. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90
Palestinian children in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on August 26, 2023. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

I have been saying for years that Israel does not play by the usual Middle East rules of ruthlessness and brutality. We live in a cruel region that shows no mercy, and yet Israel is gracious and does show mercy to its enemies, especially in times of war. This may sound nice to Christians, but not necessarily to Jews. But seriously: Israel often behaves in a more Christian manner than Christian nations, and that doesn’t always bring good consequences. For years we have shown too much consideration for our Palestinian enemies and imagined a false reality.

In a secret operation without the approval of the full Israeli cabinet, 70 Palestinian orphans were taken on Sunday night from the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. This was done in coordination with the Israeli army, the civil administration and the National Security Council headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel approved the evacuation of the 70 orphans from the SOS Children’s Village in Rafah to Bethlehem, but quietly. In order not to provoke an uproar in the right-wing religious...

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