03 August 2014

Putting the Myth to Rest

7 Av 5774

Like every other promise of Jewish 'morality' claimed by the Zionists, the myth of "no soldier left behind" is without foundation and should be put to rest. (See the previous post.)

According to Aish.com article "Missing in Action," ..."Since Israeli independence in 1948, 420 Israeli soldiers have been declared 'Missing in Action' (MIA)."
...Over the years, a steady flow of information supports the presumption that some of these MIAs may be alive and held under Syrian and Iranian control. Yet despite the diplomatic and military efforts of over seven successive Israeli governments, almost no progress has been made in determining the fate of the missing men.
...The ransoming of captives is closely connected to the commandment of saving a life, and occupies a place of supreme importance in Jewish law. Even if there is only a remote chance of finding the person, Jewish law obligates us to search relentlessly until we find him, dead or alive. "Never leave a soldier behind" is the policy of the Israeli army.
Even if there is for certain no chance for survival, Jewish law obligates us to persevere, to try and retrieve the body for burial and identification purposes.
This was brought to mind by the announcement of the passing of Yosef Katz, a"h today. He is the father of one of these MIAs - Yehudah Katz.

The importance given to those "left behind" is evident from a website dedicated to them. It states prominently: "The International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers has closed down due to lack of funds and the website has not been updated since July 2005."

Just so we're all clear on this - the Israeli army DOES very much leave soldiers behind.

4 comments:

Dassie said...

Good points, Devash.
I had no idea there were so many MIAs! How can that be? I'd been davening regularly for the well-known 5 and that always felt like too many. I was wondering what your opinion is on the this latest declaration of death regarding Hadar Goldin with no actual body. They also did this regarding Oron Shaul. And I remember how they decided that the Sultan Yaqub MIA soldiers would just be declared dead against the will of their families -- again, with no proof. I can't shake a niggling feeling that a live MIA soldier is so inconvenient for the government right now....
Yes, I read the reports which mentioned "pathological findings" and received a psak from the Beit Din, but I don't know whether to trust all these people. Pathological findings from an underground terrorist tunnel? (And wasn't that tunnel blown up?) Even if the Beit Din is trustworthy, who says the same of the "findings" they were given?
What do you (or anyone else reading this) think?

Devash said...

Sorry, Dassie. I got your other messages. Sorry for the confusion. I had a lot on my mind this morning.

Obviously, in both cases, the families also were unwilling to accept the situation until 'secret' information was provided to them.

Devash said...

I'm truly sorry that I can not trust the government or the army. And I can't distinguish the soldiers from the commanders and the political echelon because we just saw how IDF soldiers followed orders to destroy their fellow soldiers' homes in the Shomron.

I wish this were not our situation.

josh said...

The army has also in recent years accepted that it cannot depend on the government and that is why you have a policy to go in with guns blazing even if it means killing a hostage.