I find that listening to the news and reading Eicha, Lamentations and Kinot all sound the same. There's a war going on here in Israel. I'm not quite sure that the name the government public relations department came out with is relevant today. First they called it an "operation," envisioning a short security "procedure," not some long dragged out war of attrition with dozens and dozens of dead IDF soldiers and the revelation to the country and world that the supposedly primitive Gazan Hamas Arab terrorists had built a very sophisticated maze-like network of tunnels leading from Gaza to various Jewish communities in the south.
Now there are reports that the government is trying to lure back residents who had fled by offering them more fortification and the stationing of elite IDF troops close by.
we are feeding them and giving them medical supplies. I wish this was a joke. But remember that on Tisha b'Av, we must be serious, mourn and study the tragedies that have befallen us.
The Government Press Office (GPO), today (Monday, 4 August 2014), held a foreign press tour, for two dozen media crews, of Kerem Shalom Crossing, where hundreds of trucks laden with food, medicines and fuel enter the Gaza Strip as humanitarian aid.In the last 24 hours, many such trucks have entered the Gaza Strip. The Israel Electric Corp. has joined the effort and today delivered ten generators to UNRWA.The deputy head of security at the crossing, Yair Ben Or, briefed the journalists and explained the daily routine at the crossing: "The crossing has operated continuously throughout Operation Protective Edge. Our employees have worked under daily mortar fire in order to provide necessary equipment to the Gaza Strip. Most of the supplies are medicines, bedding, clothing, agricultural produce and medical equipment."
It's obvious that we have lost our moral compass. As Jews the arrow is supposed to point to G-d and the Torah. We aren't supposed to make helping our enemies and trying to impress antisemites, foreign leaders etc. We are supposed to have ourselves, our country as numero uno, number one priority. If not, we will lose the Land, G-d forbid. That is the reason we are required to read these depressing texts on this day, while our stomachs are protesting that they want more...
We are reminded that the rich can lose it all if that is what G-d wants. Eicha איכה Lamentations Chapter 1: