Sammy, West Bank

June 28, 2011

I’m from bethlehem and am a palestinian christian.

Do you think the check points,home demolitions,settlers,night arrests,land grabs. help israels security and standing?

Dear Sammy!

Thanks a lot for your interest and direct question. I would like to start by sharing with you a little personal and a intimate story. In one out of many arrests that I have participated, under fire, I noticed an old man crawling on the street due to medical problems. That old man had probably nothing to do with the person that we were looking for. but, he reminded me so much of my grandfather. On the next few days I couldn’t get his picture out of my mind, day and night. I was thinking to myself what I would do, or think on the people who caused my grand father to crawl on the street during fire exchange. Honestly, I still don’t know what my answer is, and that “small” situation can only give me a slight idea about the Innocent people on the other side. At the same time, after serving 5 years in the army and understanding the complexity and challenges that the army stands. I do think that there aren’t any other military actions (in my opinion a peace agreement is the best solution, but we can talk about it sometime else:)) that can be done by the army in order to complete his mission- protecting and defending the Israeli civilians, in this case- against terror attacks and terrorists coming out  the west bank and Gaza stripe. I can assure you that it is a main goal in all the combat units, also in the trainings, to prevent innocent casualties, even in the risk of Israeli soldiers. I’m trying to think on a better or another way from preventing terror attacks inside the borders of Israel, but smarter people than me haven’t found yet a better way. Maybe try to think what would you expect from your government/army to do if the situation would be opposite?

I hope I managed to make this complex issue a little bit easier to understand. If you have more  questions, I would be more than happy to reply.

Wish you all the best and Shalom!


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