Etzel, which was more "moderate" than Shamir's Lechi we had great hopes that we'd finally have a true Jewish leader strong enough to defend Jewish/Israeli rights in all situations.
Captured and jailed by the British authorities in 1941, he escaped the following year and became a leader of the Lehi — the renamed Stern Gang.But when push came to shove, and the Arab terrorists shot up a bus of Shiloh residents, murdering my friend and neighbor Rachella Druk and the driver Yitzchak Rofeh, on the way to a demonstration to encourage Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir to be strong at the Madrid Conference he didn't get the message.
During the War of Independence, Shamir was one of those who approved the assassination of the United Nations representative in the Middle East, Count Bernadotte — one of the actions that led the mainstream nascent Israeli leadership to enforce the dismantling of the Lehi and the establishment of a single Israeli military force.
Shamir was recruited into the Mossad intelligence service in the mid-1950s, where he oversaw the killings of several former Nazi scientists who were working on an Egyptian rocket program. (Times of Israel)
Grief-stricken but not broken we expected Shamir to immediately return to Israel with the entire delegation stating to the world:
אין עם מי לדברYou can't negotiate with terrorists. That's the truth. Shamir's Lechi wasn't a terrorist group; it was an underground organization that didn't attack innocent men, women and children. It took military action against those who attacked and endangered Jews in the Land of Israel. There's a very strong difference between the two. I had expected Yitzchak Shamir to remember the difference. Unfortunately, tragically, he failed, and I still mourn that failure.
Ain im mi lidabber.
There is nobody to negotiate with.
The State of Israel and the Jewish People world over are still waiting a leader who will lead us and not look for approval from the world.
I've been studying the Bible in Matan's Al HaPerek course for two years and last week we learned:
Isaiah Chapter 31 יְשַׁעְיָהוּFor true peace we must go to G-d, not Madrid or the United States, United Nations etc. G-d willing we will have a leader who understands.