Hezbolla, PLO, Islamic Jihad & Hamas Must be Stopped
I have watched the events in Israel my entire life. As a young 13 year old child I watched in horror with the rest of the world the news of 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the hands of Palestinians at the Olympics in Munich. It was my first real introduction to pure hate.
The next event that really burned in my mind was in June of 1985. There were others before this one, but this one just really stayed with me. It was the brutal murder of this man.
TWA Flight 847 was an international Trans World Airlines flight, which was hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, on Friday morning, June 14, 1985, after originally taking off from Cairo. The flight was en route from Athens to Rome and then scheduled to terminate in London. The passengers and crew endured a three-day intercontinental ordeal. Some passengers were threatened and some beaten. Passengers with Jewish-sounding names were moved apart from the others, and U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was killed. His body was thrown onto the tarmac. Dozens of passengers were held hostage over the next two weeks until released by their captors after some of their demands were met.
The next event that really hits close to home since I am in a wheelchair, was also in 1985.
Leon Klinghoffer, 69, a retired businessman who was in a wheelchair, and his wife Marilyn (née Windwehr), were celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary with a cruise on the Achille Lauro. On October 7, 1985, four hijackers from the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) took control of the liner off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt. Holding the passengers and crew hostage, they ordered the captain to sail to Tartus, Syria, and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians then in Israeli prisons, including the Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar.
The next day, after being refused permission by the Syrian government to dock at Tartus, the hijackers singled out Klinghoffer, a Jew, for murder, shooting him in the forehead and chest as he sat in his wheelchair. They then forced the ship's barber and a waiter to throw his body and wheelchair overboard. Marilyn Klinghoffer, who did not witness the shooting, was told by the hijackers that he had been moved to the infirmary. She only learned the truth after the hijackers left the ship at Port Said. PLO Foreign Secretary Farouq Qaddumi said that perhaps the terminally ill Marilyn Klinghoffer had killed her husband for insurance money; however, the PLO later accepted responsibility and apologized.
To be sure, there have been many, many more other evil actions they have committed, many much more bloody than these. These just made a lasting impression on me personally. Events I will never forget. Now I have another to add to the list.
Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man who was killed earlier Tuesday as a suspected collaborator with Israel, in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The man was one of six suspected collaborators who, according to witnesses, were killed in a main intersection by masked men who forced them to lie down in the street and shot them in the head. The Hamas military wing claimed responsibility. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) AP.
These groups must be stopped. Israel nor the world will ever have peace as long as these groups are allowed to operate. As much as I hate war, as much as I hate killing, Israel should not agree to any cease fire that allows these groups to exist. If/when Israel, the USA, or a combination of countries decide to take out Iran's nuclear capabilities, the retaliation by these groups on Israel will be horrible. Israel must greatly reduce their ability to wage jihad now.
Please Pray for Israel. Pray for wisdom for Her leaders.