Wednesday, November 04, 2015

MK Yinon Magal: More Right Than He Knows

כ"ב לחודש השמיני תשע"ו
Arutz 7: MK defends citizens who chased terroristJewish Home's MK Magal says there is nothing wrong with taking out terrorists before helping wounded. 
Hezki Ezra, 11/3/2015 
Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal made clear Tuesday that he does not agree with the criticism being leveled at citizens who chased after a terrorist in Rishon Letzion Monday and did not stop to help an elderly woman whom he stabbed. 
"Don't let yourself be fooled," Magal wrote on his Twitter account, and explained that the first step in combat is taking out the enemy, and only after the enemy is eliminated does one treat the wounded.

"Nothing terrible happened, even if the wounded woman waited 15 seconds," wrote Magal, who served in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando. "Respect to the citizens who risk their lives!"

Examination of the video indicates that just 30 seconds passed from the moment 80-year-old Rachel Eizenkot was stabbed to the moment at which citizens began tending to her. 
Sagit Bracha-Eizenkot, Rachel's granddaughter, told Channel 2 after watching video of the incident that each of the citizens who ran past her injured grandmother "needs to do some soul searching."

"You want to stop the terrorist – fine, but someone needs to stop and help the wounded. We have a saying – 'we do not leave the wounded behind.' But that is exactly what we have become."
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Even a clock is right once per day, twice per day in the U. S.

I have been critical of MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) in the past, like for his idiotic Saturday-Sunday Weekend proposal. I have also been critical of the compulsory Arabic language education proposal, which he supports.

Yinon Magal with Naftali Bennett
טבת תשע״ה/December, 2014
But, when he's right, he's right.

The issue here is a simple one. Stop the terrorist from doing additional harm to Jews first.

One dead Jew is less than 10, or even two.

With all due respect to the undoubtedly emotional source of the response from the victim's granddaughter, it seems that she might just be displaying some of the consequences of her Israeli State education.
South Park's Officer Barbrady
There's no war here.

The Arabs don't hate us.

The State will take care of us.

There's nothing to see here.
At the risk of sounding like I am slobbering over an MK (God forbid!), I have to say that MK Yinon Magal is right. Even with all of the flaws in how the IDF is operated, on a strategic lever, they do know how to fight a war. Unfortunately, they are not always allowed to.

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