White House Vigil to “Send Message” to Obama Over US/Israeli Hostages

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The cousin of an American teenager being held hostage by Hamas terrorists has announced a vigil outside the White House.

“The first day I heard the news, I was really down; as I was eating breakfast or casually watching TV, I’d just think about what’s happening to him at that moment, what he’s going through,” Halberstam recounts. “But Naftali’s mother, Racheli, is just so incredibly positive – that the security forces will find him – that I thought to myself that if the boy’s mother is able to be so positive about a situation that is so disturbing, surely I should be able to be more positive and hopeful about it too.”

Moving from shock to action, Halberstam began, together with his friend Aaron Wolff, to search for a plan of action to help his cousin – in fact, his entire Israeli family – from afar. The two decided to hold a vigil Thursday outside the White House in an effort to send a message to the country’s foreign policy leaders.

Halberstam says that the two “hope that we can get enough people to send a strong message to President Obama that what is going on in Israel is not isolated to Israel but touches and concerns us in America.”

“All efforts should be exerted to ensure these children safely reunite with their families,” he says.

“For many of us, Naftali Frankel and the other boys are our family, whether by blood, by faith or by culture,” he explains. “It is not just about sending Obama a message but also about sending a message to the families in Israel who are experiencing so much suffering and showing them that communities in America have deep sympathy for what they are going through.”

Over 100 people have committed to attend, and Wolff and Halberstam hope that the number will continue to grow as word spreads.

As an American who feels a very strong connection with people in Israel, when there is a horrible incident like this kidnapping, it seems like there is a limited number of things that we can do to solve this problem and help return the boys home safely,” says Halberstam.

It would certainly help if Obama stopped funding Hamas.

  • SoCalMike

    Obama created this problem by forcing Israel to release murderers from prison and by demonstrating a willingness to trade a deserter for 5 Taliban terrorists.

    And most Repube cowards are too spineless to call him out on this.
    And the US State Dept is one giant TUMOR on board with the funding of HAMAS and therefore the murder of Jews and the destruction of the Jewish state.
    We have to take back US foreign policy from the hands of Jew-hating America-loathing appeasers who occupy the State Dept before they get the US homeland attacked with a WMD.
    If it happens, they are to blame. They have created the conditions along with Obama.

  • Texas Patriot

    U.S. funding of Hamas should stop immediately, and Israel should begin expelling any Hamas members still within its borders including the West Bank and Golan Heights. Perhaps if Israel quit treating them as legitimate, the U.S. would follow suit.

    • Pete

      And if Israel did the Left in America including many Democrat congress critters and the Administration would go apesh_t.

      They would try everything in their power to make life as hard as possible for Israel.

      • Texas Patriot

        Pete: And if Israel did the Left in America including many Democrat congress critters and the Administration would go apesh_t. They would try everything in their power to make life as hard as possible for Israel.

        Are you saying that Israel is afraid to face the truth and do the right thing to protect its citizens?

        • Pete

          Yes, I am.

          They might reason that the U.S. might become hostile in the UN security council which would be very detrimental to Israel’s existence.

          That is just one example.

          Baruch Inssein Obama would do exactly that if he could get away with it.

          • Texas Patriot

            As the great Texas Trial Lawyer Percy Foreman once said, “Nobody ever won anything by being afraid.”

      • Larry Larkin

        No matter what Israel does the anti-semitic left will abuse them for it.
        So they might as well be hung as a lion rather than a lamb.

  • glpage

    It would also help if Obama and his State department actually cared about people like Frankel.