Realism Or Emotionalism: A Gaza Decision!

As the mounting death toll of IDF personnel in Gaza grows every day the conflict continues, we must ask the question: is Israel approaching the moment of realism, the correct perception of the characteristics of events or facts or persons without the distortions produced by feelings like hope or fear or love or hate, or by disposition to idealise or depreciate, or anything else that interferes with accurate observation as a result of emotional pressure of some kind.

I believe this is a question Israel’s leaders will have to answer in the not-too-distant future. As the bodies are brought home from Gaza, their families and those who still have sons and daughters on the frontline will inevitably want to know how long they must endure the heartache of not knowing if their husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and daughters will become another sad statistic because of October 7.

Realistically, there is only one answer. An unflinching vision of reality that demands the ruin and total destruction of the enemy for however long it may take. Anything less would be a contemptible evasion of the facts by the government, which would be shrinking from reality and living in a fool’s paradise. Leaders who had deceived themselves into thinking that some peace and coexistence could be achieved between Israel and its sworn enemy.

This capitulation would lead to our people’s violent destruction—courtesy of men who could not face the truth. In the coming days, painful decisions will have to be made, and it is hoped the decision to ignore International and domestic pressure to make a settlement with Hamas is the one taken, for it’s the only decision with a future.

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)