Yesterday my article referred to the one hundred and fifty rockets and mortars which had been launched into Israeli residential, business, retail, and other civilian areas. None of the targets of the barrage were aimed at any military targets. There were even mortars fired at the Kerem Shalom Crossing in the early morning in hopes to kill Israelis who would be organizing the aid convoys into Gaza with food, medical supplies and numerous other necessities which are transported daily to insure that the civilian population of Gaza does not suffer from the conflict. Despite needing to delay the transfer until the mortar fire ebbed, the aid was still transited into Gaza where Hamas officials take charge to distribute as they see fit in cooperation with UNRWA officials (many of which are actually Hamas representatives placed there at Hamas insistence). The barrages continue with totals still exceeding fifty sorties a day.
Late each afternoon on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday transmissions on Egyptian Al-Arabiya television network claimed a ceasefire was imminent and that Hamas had petitioned Israel to join in an end to the violence. Despite the façade of a willingness to curtail the rocket and mortar assault on Israeli citizens, the firings of rockets and mortars have not abated and continue at an unprecedented rate of fire. It should be noted that once again the rate of fire and the sheer volume of sorties per day during this latest assault on the south of Israel has exceeded any of the previous escalations. Pilots have reported that the terror launching teams have been surrounding themselves with civilians, often children, to shield themselves from Israeli targeting while they setup and prepare their potentially deadly launchings. Hamas making hollow claims of innocence and inability to directly control these terror strikes placing the blame for the violence upon Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and other residing terror groups ring hollow. This plethora of terror entities which populate Gaza often claim to be acting as independent wings outside of Hamas control yet take their marching orders from the leaders of the Hamas military wing. There is no space between Hamas and these terror proxies just as no difference exists in reality between the military and political wings of Hamas yet the world cooperates with these terror entities by supporting these differences which exist where there is no difference.
Meanwhile, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon have issued statements condemning the new round of violence and demanded that Israel and Hamas take steps to end the cycle of violence. They had no condemnation for Hamas for initiating the violence and appeared to hold Israel as an equal aggressor for having the chutzpah to defend themselves. They made no note of the fact that while Israel was striking at actual combatants and other military targets such as weapons warehouses and rocket manufacturing shops, Hamas was intentionally targeting civilian locations and had actually struck the play area of an Israeli school. Thankfully, the school was closed due to the danger posed by the rocker and mortar barrages as also most stores, businesses and everything else in southern Israel has had to shut down for the duration. At what point does the world condemn the terrorists instead of equalizing the terrorist assaults with Israeli defense of their citizenry.
What will it take for the world to take off the blinders and the clouded glasses and see and speak the truth about the facts concerning Hamas, Gaza, and Israel? Gaza has been completely cleansed of Jews since August of 2005 as demanded by the Palestinian leadership as they implement their apartheid rules which demand the cleansing of Jews from their lands. The Palestinians in Gaza have been under Palestinian rule since then free of any influence from the Israeli government. As far as the naval embargo is concerned, this was implemented after Hamas took complete control over Gaza in a violent coup overthrowing the Palestinian Authority and dedicated themselves to the complete destruction of Israel. Israel implemented the blockade in order to prevent weapons from reaching Gaza to be used against the Israeli public, especially heavy weapons and more sophisticated weapon systems. The blockade has been deemed as legal by the United Nations and found to be based on valid concerns under the Law of the Sea Treaty and International Law. In place of free access into Gaza, Israel has continuously shipped tons of food, medicines, medical supplies, general items, clothing and lately even building material despite being fully aware that some will be diverted for Hamas military use such as bunkers.
Even if one includes the so-called “West Bank”, more honestly in historically referenced as Samaria and Judea, one would find that virtually ninety-five percent of the Palestinian population lives in areas completely under Palestinian Authority rule, control, security, laws, and supported by Palestinian Authority tax revenues with complete autonomy. The areas under either shared control between Israel and the Palestinian Authority contains the remaining five percent of the Palestinian population. Much of these areas are under Palestinian Authority legal control and shared security control as much of these areas are utilized by Israeli citizens in daily commutes. The settlements which are the presumed overwhelming presence which is an impassable obstacle to peace consist of less than fifteen percent of the land in the disputed areas. Where in this does a valid raison d’etre exist for the independent entity of Gaza which is fully ruled by Hamas and is free of any Israeli presence, no Jews, no roadblocks, no checkpoints within its borders, no Israel presence beyond the aid trucks carrying supplies each morning, for the rocket and mortar assault upon Israeli citizens by the Hamas military entity? Without any valid cause, then when will the world condemn Hamas for their brutality and transgression of International Law? Hamas has once again viciously and without provocation committed acts of war against Israel and the world wants Israel to display restraint and just allow these attacks upon her people. No other country would be requested or would actually commit to stand down from such a vile act of aggression. Enough with the double standard and enough with the world shrugging and being frivolous in their attitude when it is merely Jewish lives. The world has committed such sins for over three thousand years and it is time for Jews to be granted the right to live equal to anybody else. And finally, to the Jewish People, enough with allowing the world to look upon and treat Jews as sacrificial lambs before whatever evil rises in the world as has been the history from the Pharaohs to the Babylonians, the Persians, the Syriac Greeks, Romans, Christian Europeans, Muslim Caliphs, and the Nazis. No More and Never Again must be defended and proudly proclaimed for all who wish to minimize the plights of Jews casting it off as it is simply only the Jews and not something one need be bothered over. Time to make all of the world bother over the Jews, even one sole Jew must be proclaimed and protected and that must start with actions by the leadership of Israel. Time to say, “Enough!”
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