Parents of Rafanel Muskal: Prime minister has own truth, believes Israel won war
Published: 10.04.06, 18:39
Moshe and Riva Muskal, the bereaved parents of Rafanel Muskal who was killed while serving in Lebanon, met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Wednesday, and handed him a resignation letter they had drawn up, along with a request that he sign it.
â€œI am resigning out of a show of leadership and personal example that should serve future leaders of Israel as an example of correct conduct. I hope others will follow my example and resign as well,â€ the letter said.
In response to Moshe Muskalâ€™s request, the prime minister folded up the letter and refused to sign it. Upon leaving the meeting Riva Muskal said, â€œWe felt as though the prime minister has his truth, and we have ours.â€
Moshe Muskal was one of the protesters that caused a tumult at a Kadima Rosh Hashana banquet in September. He was summoned to a meeting with Olmert Wednesday, and explained that he and his wife would be meeting him first and foremost ad Rafanelâ€™s parents, to figure out what happened first hand.
â€œRafanel went out to fight for his country and after falling, while the prime minister was making promises, we supported him because we thought it was right, because there were goals set,â€ Moshe Muskal said.
â€œBut now that the goals havenâ€™t been achieved, we want to understand what â€˜mediocreâ€™ means,â€ he continued, alluding to IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutzâ€™s comments during an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth just before Yom Kippur.
â€œAre 4,000 Katyushaâ€™s mediocre? Is 3,000 injured mediocre? Three kidnapped soldiers that still have not been returned, is that mediocre? The defense minister, saying he wouldnâ€™t have gone to war had he known the army was unprepared, is that mediocre?â€ Muskal continued, â€œWe want answers, and we want to know the source of the authority.â€
Muskal said that one of Olmertâ€™s sentences said it all. The prime minister said, â€œIt was a miracle that we went out to this war, because we discovered all the failures after it.â€
Muskal answered, â€œDo you hear what you are saying? It was a miracle that our son died so that you could discover all the failures?â€
At the end of the meeting the Muskalâ€™s handed Olmert a resignation letter to sign, and said that he didnâ€™t bother reading it, but instead he folded it and put it in his pocket saying he didnâ€™t agree with it.