Tom Gross writes:
Six-month-old baby Shani Winter (above) lost her mother, Anat Winter-Rosen, in the terrorist attack on Café Apropo in Tel Aviv 18 years ago, on March 21, 1997. She survived only because her mother shielded her with her body.
Last January Shani joined the IDF. She asked the policewoman (Ziona Bushri) who carried Shani from the wreckage of the terror attack, and with whom she has remained friends, to accompany her as she joined the army. (Picture below.)
“Mom simply covered me with her body. It was more important to her to protect me than herself,” Shani told Yediot Ahronot. “I’m jealous of my friends who have mothers. I don’t know what it’s like to have a mother. On the other hand, I find comfort in the fact that my mother saved me. That I was a part of her, and she protected me.”
“Ziona has been there for me throughout my life. She visits me regularly and never forgets my birthday and is there for all the important occasions.”
Shani still has scars on her leg and hand, as a result of the terror attack.
On Tuesday, Israeli soldier Yishai Rosales was killed in an army training accident. After the media reported that his family, who live in Mexico, were concerned that no one would be able to attend the funeral which was held at 1 am on Wednesday, many hundreds of Israelis came in the middle of the night to pay their respects at his 1 am funeral, below.
Despite all the sniping against Israel, from the bien pensants in the West, and from the extreme Israeli left which dominates many of the universities and sections of the media and cheerleads much of the denigration of Israeli society, there is still much heartfelt solidarity and togetherness in Israel, as the pictures above demonstrate.
Yesterday, even after a failed Islamist knife attack and suicide bomb scare on a Paris police station, and on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, there was a demonstration last night in the French capital not against Islamists, but against Israel – against Tel Aviv’s renowned Batsheva Dance Company who are currently performing at the Opéra National de Paris.
-- Tom Gross
The Tel Aviv pub terrorist – who murdered two Israeli Jews and one Israeli-Arab taxi driver last Friday afternoon – was killed a few minutes ago in an exchange of fire with an Israeli SWAT team inside a mosque in the Wadi Ara area.
He used the same sub machine gun with which he murdered three Israelis last week to fire at the SWAT team. Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency is credited with finding him.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that it “proved once again that the State of Israel will pursue until the end those who seek its harm, anywhere, within the country, along its borders, and far from them, and it will place its hands on them. This is our commitment to the security of Israeli citizens.”
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