Speaking with Channel 2 News on Monday night the eve of 2 Menachem Av, Mr. Ofir Shaar, the father of Gilad HY”D explained “it is simply sad that it takes such painful event like the kidnapping of the three boys to achieve achdus. Why can’t we be this way all the time? I hope the achdus that exists at present continues”.
Mr. Shaar explains that while he and his wife have complaints regarding the handling of some aspects of the kidnapping, they prefer to leave their criticism at home and to publically exhibit achdus and understanding for this is what is needed.
He added that he and his wife are confident that the boys died for a purpose, and we understand this today, bringing some comfort to their pain. He explains that who could have understood weeks ago that the kidnapping murder, the re-arrest of terrorists released in the Shalit deal and subsequent heavy rocket fire would have led to this, and the miracles that Operation Protective Edge has unveiled.
The Shaars continue calling for achdus for they are confident this is what must be learned from all the tragedy that has befallen so many.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)