Our Victory and Our Defeat

Have we not exerted ourselves enough in the past three weeks to have staged a winning image, that final picture that will brand itself on our consciousness and souls, as though done with phosphorous?

That final picture has arrived and it is of Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish and his six daughters, three of whom were killed and three others wounded. One was killed while cooking, another was reading a book and the third was sleeping. The rest are "battling for their lives." It seems that Arab propaganda has no limits. You see the picture but do not hear the voice, that of a father mourning the fate of his daughters who are no longer. Yesterday al-Aish searched for an explanation. "Why were they killed?" he asked. "Maybe [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak will explain, or [Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert or [Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni?"

Contrary to the announcement made by the government and Israel Defense Forces spokesman, the third phase of the Gaza operation has very much begun. In recent days it has become apparent, based on the outcome, that its spearhead has been directed at hospitals, schools and children who had not taken cover. Phase three is a success, as is the entire war.

Yesterday two of my granddaughters and a friend of theirs came to visit. Together they were the three happiest girls in the world. They act as our own human shield against the atrocities and despair. Finally, we have that final image: We have tired ourselves searching and we have found. The same shell has produced both our image of victory and of our defeat.