UPDATE 9 am Israel time Sunday:
At 1:46 am this morning, there were red sirens warning of incoming rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza for southern Israeli communities along the Gaza border.
Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi was buried yesterday at Modi’in at a funeral attended by thousands.
It was reported in the Israeli news last night that one of the Muslim terrorists was killed by a female combat soldier of the Karkal (Wildcat) Battalion.
It would be easy enough today to dwell on the comically negative. First, from the United Nations this morning, we had the Palestinians who have declared their intention to ethnically cleanse Judea and Samaria of every Jew absurdly accusing Israel of wanting in the future to create an “apartheid state” in Judea and Samaria.
Then we have the 32 year old Arab woman from Silwan who ridiculously tried to stab a police officer at the Shalem police station in the eastern part of Jerusalem one hour ago because of the “anti-Muhammad” movie (after all, the entire Arab world led by the buffoon Ahmadinejad has labeled the movie a “Zionist plot”).
Or how about the laughable mix of stories out of Iran this morning? On the one hand, supposedly because of the impact of the economic sanctions, Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to cut back on its international “operations” (read “terrorism”), but on the other hand, Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari announced that Iran is planning on planting its flag in Antarctica as soon as construction is finished on its “ocean-going research vessel” (read “sea-based terrorist ship”).
But no, none of these stories seems worth expending energy on. What lit up your humble servant’s face this morning, especially following the tragedy of Netanel Yahalomi, was the report from the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya yesterday that during the previous 24 hours, 28 babies had been born there (click here for hospital website) (click here for youtube video about the hospital) .
Thirteen girls and fifteen boys–and one set of twins–an extraordinary number of births for Israel’s lovely northernmost coastal city of 50,000 citizens which your humble servant visited on his trip to northern Israel last month.
And, you may ask, how many children are born on a normal day at the hospital? The answer, dear readers, is 14.
So this morning, with so much death and dying going on all around us in Lebanon, Syria, and the Sinai, let’s do what makes Israel special–what distinguishes our culture from the cultures all around us that relish and extol death–let’s take a moment to celebrate life.
L’chaim! To Life!!!
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