Watching the news, listening to the politicians and the analysts, reading the status messages on Facebook and Twitter, the following is clear to me:
Now is the time for one thing and one thing only:
To feel the deep, penetrating sadness.
To send messages of support and embrace to the families.
That is all.
Now is NOT the time to argue about the strength of a response.
Now is NOT the time to talk about either showing military restraint or building new communities in whatever name you use to refer to the land to the East, between the "Green Line" of armistice and the "Blue Line" of the Jordan River.
Now is NOT the time to dehumanize the "Smolanim," the leftists or those Israeli citizens who live in Gush Etzion (often referred to as "Mitnachalim," Settlers).
There will be time to debate what is cause and what is effect.
There will be time for all of the above.
But there is only now to feel the immediacy of the pain, of the loss, of the sadness.
Now is the time to focus on what binds us together as a family, as a people, as a nation.
We owe it to the three beautiful souls snatched from this world, to their families and last, and in this case least,
Let the memory of Eyyal, Gilad and Naftali forever be for a blessing.
May their parents be comforted along with all the mourners of Zion and Israel.