Hundreds of Israeli children have been murdered in cold blood in the past decade by very similar people. Some of those terrorists relied on knives, some on bullets, others on bombs.
My own daughter's murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, a Hamas operative, favored a suicide bomber. She walked her weapon of choice through downtown Jerusalem, found a site teaming with children and babies and pointed him at it. She then abandoned her weapon and fled to safety.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has been under intense local and foreign pressure to release Tamimi along with other mass murderers in order to win Sergeant Gilad Shalit's release from his Hamas kidnappers.
This is precisely what is currently being demanded of our government vis a vis other cold-blooded mass murderers. Why this double standard?
We must resist the heat-of-the-moment temptation to deem this an isolated and uniquely barbaric act as did Defense Minister Ehud Barak. In an interview on Israel's Channel 2 he said: "This murder is a terrible murder".
In a similar vein, Ynet's Chanoch Daum labeled the perpetrators "blood-thirsty psychopaths". MK Levy-Abekasis called them: "predators who.....are not worthy of a trial or of any other human process." She added that "In this case it is important for us to act according to the eye for an eye rule – a life for a life".
First, this attitude can lead to the contention that these terrorists were compelled to murder by uncontrollable impulses - i.e. the insanity defense. Second, it implies that the rest of the Palestinians, who are undoubtedly human beings, do not share these murderous inclinations or desires.
The chilling truth that Israel has many evil neighbors mere kilometers away is one that the West and our home-grown leftists find hard to fathom. It does not jive with their all-embracing "kumbaya" outlook on the world.
But we who live beside them must fathom it; our survival demands it. And this week we had it proven to us with a vengeance. It is critical for us to keep the shocking images of the murdered Fogel family fresh in our minds. Only then, with the caution that such a reality compels, can we wisely tackle the urgent mission of rescuing Gilad Shalit.