UPDATE 10 am Israel time Saturday:
Captain Ziv Shilon, the Givati Commander critically wounded in the IED explosion at the Gaza border fence continues to improve despite the loss of one hand (and the struggle to save his other hand).
His heroism in trying to dismantle the IED alone, having his hand blown off, then running to his jeep (leaving his severed hand hanging on the fence) is remarkable. Once at the jeep, he contacted a medic who quickly arrived on the scene but panicked at the sight of Shilon’s condition causing Shilon to have to shout: “Come to your senses, apply a tourniquet and take me to the hospital because otherwise I will die.”
His bravery, so typical of our Israeli soldiers in the IDF, should be a source of inspiration to all. And by the way, what is Shilon’s sole source of concern now? All he wants to know is when he can get back to his soldiers in the Givati Brigade.
To hear the story told by so-called “international human rights activists”, it is easy to understand why the Palestinians in Gaza continue to fire mortars and missiles at Israel everyday in an attempt to kill Israeli men, women, and children and plant IEDs all along the Gaza border fence.
1. Because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza, Gazans are trapped in Gaza; there is nowhere for them to go, nowhere to escape to.
According to statistics released this week by Hamas, 1,200 Gazans enter Egypt everyday through the Rafah Crossing (438,000 per year) with a regular taxi service now operating from Gaza to Cairo through the tunnels for those not inclined to walk across the Crossing. Believe it or not, also according to Hamas statistics, 20,000 Gazans move to Judea and Samaria each year.
2. Because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza, the Gazan economy is in ruins with rampant unemployment. All construction has ground to a halt.
According to the World Bank, the economic growth rate for Gaza in 2012 is 9% (in the Palestinian parts of Judea and Samaria it is 5%, in Israel it is 3%). Real estate, in particular, is booming.
3. Because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza, there is no food to eat. Palestinians are starving.
And the supermarket shelves are empty:
4. Because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza, there are no goods to be found; there is nothing to buy to make life tolerable:
There may be shoes, but there are no clothing stores.
5. Because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza, all joy has been removed from the lives of Gazans. It is a place of utter despair.
And no one gets married in Gaza anymore:
And nobody goes to the beach:
So, dear readers, it is easy to see why Gazan terrorists bomb southern Israelis everyday and plant IEDs on the border fence to blow up IDF soldiers like Cpt. Ziv Shilon. The poor Palestinians are immersed in misery in “the largest outdoor prison in the world”, with no place to go, no economy to provide jobs, no food to eat, no goods to buy, no joy to be had–and all because of Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza.
What a load of horse manure.
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