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# 98 – What is ‘Happy’?

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July 15, 2008

The papers are full of it today.

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Aviva mentioned the point of how often the word ‘happy’ is brought up (in Hebrew: sameach or smecha/fem.) by the families and friends of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, the 2 soldiers captured 2 years ago by Hezbollah. ‘Happy they are coming home’ – ‘Happy this is all over’ and so on. Happy? Maybe, but that’s not for which what the word was meant to be used.

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The exchange will be tomorrow.

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Until today, nothing has been revealed about their condition. It has been presumed thay are dead, although P.M. Olmert made a statement 2 weeks ago declaring that they were dead. Today, a Lebanese source says that 1 is alive.

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The army is preparing for military funerals at each of the soldiers’ homes. The Red Cross has stationed doctors on both sides of the border; just in case.

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And the families? Can you imagine what they are now going through? They HAVE to believe that there is a chance their loved ones will walk into their arms.

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Lebanon is preparing a hero’s welcome for Samir Kuntar, one of those being released by Israel in the exchange. Even the Lebanese P.M., Saniora, at least a political enemy of Hezbollah and it’s extreme policies, is ‘sharing the joy of his people’.

 

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This is a man who, at the age of 16, entered Israel on a rubber dinghy, killed one policeman, entered an apartment and took a man and his 4 year-old daughter hostage. The mother, in her desperation to keep her 2 year-old daughter quiet, hugged her so tightly, the child was smothered. Dead in her mother’s arms.

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The police arrived. Before the shootout, Kuntar shot the father in the back of the head, and crushed the child’s head against a rock.

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He was then captured.

And now he’s free.

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His mother’s happy.

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