US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday evening that she would not rest until the kidnapped Israeli soldiers return home.More here.
During a speech she gave at the Knesset in the presence of the families of soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev, Gilad Shalit, Guy Hever and Zachary Baumel, Pelosi presented the soldiers' ID tags, which were given to her by their families.
Well, at least she's saying more than Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. In the words of colleague Margot Dudkevitch:
"...in the ten days since the British sailors were taken into captivity, letters, film footage and declarations on camera by some of them, have been viewed for the entire world to see, daily.Read the rest here.
Interest in our soldiers' welfare appears to have diminished. Not once in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's speech, that he granted to all the local networks and newspapers on the eve of Pessah, not once did he mention the soldiers."
Whoever's talking, it's more important that you talk to the boss about this intolerable situation:
A prayer for the rescue of the captive and missing soldiers.
May it be your will, our God and God of our ancestors, that these Psalms that we have read, will find favor before You, as if King David, your servant, had recited them himself.
For the sake of Your Holy Name, may our prayer and request be accepted with mercy and favor, and may our supplication come before You, to show mercy and loving kindness for our captives and missing soldiers:
Ehud ben Malka Goldwasser
Eldad ben Tova Regev
Gilad ben Aviva Schalit
Guy ben Rina Hever
Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam Baumel
Yekutiel Yehudah Nachman ban Sarah Katz
Zvi ben Pnina Feldman
Ron ben Batya Arad
Mercifully save them, together with all the captives and prisoners of your people Israel.
He who redeems prisoners shall save them from captivity and take them out of slavery to freedom, and fro oppression to redemption, and from darkness to light, and He shall heal them fully in soul and body, and grant them strength, happiness and joy, so they shall be strong, healthy and content.
May the merit and cries of prayer of the many, who beseech You on their behalf, from all corners of the earth, serve as a mighty shield and annul any evil decree, and may their merits and deeds for the sake of our people and homeland, be presented before You.
May the following verse be realized for them:
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.