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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mother of Slain Itamar Teen Says Negotiation With Terrorists Unacceptable

Jameel has an amazing post up with the transcript of an interview with the mother of the kidnapped and murdered Itamar teen, Elyahu Asheri. It's hard to believe the grace and goodwill she exudes in what is probably the hardest week of her life. Read the post.


Blogger Mata Hari said...

I read it and I got the chills. I can't believe people like that exist....so brave.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Mata Hari said...

I read it and got the chills.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did she say this before or after her son was killed. If the latter, it isnt saying much.

6:18 PM  
Blogger eem said...


7:19 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

anonymous: She said this during the week of shiva. The week prior when she was under the impression that her son was still alive, she emphatically stated on the news that she trusted the judgement of the IDF.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Its called human nature. Her son was killed; there is another young man who is still being held and the idf is currently contemplating negotiations. The mother whose son was killed will most likely be resentful that her son died while the govt may negotiate a release for the soldier.

Its quite easy to say “dont negotiate” when you no longer have anything to lose. This is not what she was saying while her son was alive.

3:24 PM  
Blogger eem said...

I still don't think that it's "not saying much". A mother in her position might feel resentful and say "don't negotiate"; she also might feel resentful toward the Israeli govt and say just the opposite. The fact that she can make peace with what happened and still speak with respect toward the army that her son died for. It could be that hearing Gilad's mother speak is what's behind the strong feelings here, but I don't think that the "don't negotiate" coming from her is a statement made without thought.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The mother whose son was killed will most likely be resentful that her son died while the govt may negotiate a release for the soldier.

The mother's entire interview was far from resentful. If anything, I find it remarkable that while sitting shiva for her son, she didn't have a bad word of condemnation to anyone (except the terrorists).

And as I wrote previously, while she wasn't askes specifically about negotiations the week before, she DID say that she trust the IDF and Defense Ministery 100%.

That says quite alot. She didn't say - Negotiate/Don't Negotiate, since she WASN'T ASKED. (or if she was, I never heard that interview).

Why don't you give her a break?

5:42 AM  
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