Millions of people all over the world, Jews and non-Jews alike united to pray for the safe return of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Frenkel, but that was impossible. The boys had all been murdered a short time after their kidnapping.
This has been an awful summer between the kidnapping, murders and then the war. For Israelis in the south, it was especially bad when security forces revealed that the Gazan Arab terrorists have been building an amazingly advanced and sophisticated network of tunnels which reach into Israeli communities. It's like knowing that there's a serial rapist who can enter your home at will.
The war, which the government refuses to "label" as war for "financial considerations" ended with a whimper and can very easily resume. The enemy wasn't defeated. The Gazan Arab Hamas terrorists are just "re-arming," and there's more and more pressure on Israel to acquiesce to a Palestine in our midst, which will just endanger us even more.
The Israel Border Police's vaunted YAMAM counter-terrorist unit on Tuesday stormed a building in Hebron that was housing the wanted Palestinians suspected of kidnapping and murdering three yeshiva students in June.The families all expressed satisfaction in this successful action, even though nothing will bring back their sons.
In the raid, the team of crack commandos exchanged gunfire with the wanted Palestinians, killing them. (Jerusalem Post)
It's a fitting ending to the Jewish Year.