133 Israeli soldiers and civilians died during the past year either in the course of military service or as civilian casualties of hostile activity.
133 new graves, new families struck down by a blow that can never be healed.
133 people lost in the year since I wrote this post.
198 since my post the year before.
And for what?
What have we learned? When will it end? We're no closer to peace now than we were a year ago.
The siren will sound again at 11:00 today, and again we will remember, and we will mourn, and we will pray that there will be no more.
Tonight we will turn our faces toward the future made possible by those who paid the ultimate price as we celebrate our Independence Day, but today we mourn.
There has to be another way. A way we can work together for a better, safer, more peaceful region. A way where the deathmongers on either side will be marginalized, no longer able to inflict their twisted visions and hatred on their fellow citizens.
A way that is TRULY a way of peace. Not the peace given lip service by those who fear it, but a real, true, just, lasting peace.
Let it begin today. Let it begin with me. Let it begin with all of us.