Beyond the Cusp

July 23, 2014

Hamas Abduction Balloon Must be Popped

From the beginning of this most recent Hamas systematic escalation of violence against Israel generally and her Jewish population in particular, one of the main objectives shared by all the Hamas terrorist fighters was the abduction of an Israeli, soldier or civilian was not among their concerns. This may have been what foiled with the abduction of the three youths in Judea and Samaria when after one of the kidnap victims succeeded in contacting Police led the Hamas kidnappers to believe they were likely to rapidly be facing capture so they immediately murdered the three youths and disposed of their bodies as rapidly as possible in a shallow grave. This was followed up by the claim earlier this week by Hamas that they had abducted an IDF soldier. This caused joyous celebrations in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria where there were crowds dancing and sharing sweets and cake. Initially Israel denied that any of their soldiers were not accounted for but later this fell into doubt as it appeared that one of the seven soldiers who were inside an APC (armored personnel carrier) which was destroyed and had been further destroyed by the ensuing fire, they found that potentially some body parts and his id tags were missing from within the destroyed vehicle. This creates a potential situation which has numerous similar cases from the past where terrorists such a Hezballah or Hamas have captured a live IDF soldier or taken an IDF soldier’s remains and held either in order to exchange either the live soldier, as Hamas did with Gilad Shailt, or the deceased soldier’s corpse, as Syria has done, for the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. This must be the time where Israel puts this cynical and monstrous abduction temptation to rest permanently by refusing to permit such ransom from paying benefits ever again. Where this may become difficult is with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and United States Secretary of State Kerry and their teams all pressing Israel to agree to any sets of demands from Hamas just so long as they can declare that peace in our time has been attained and go home until the next war, and unless something radically different than all previous insanities is attempted this time, there will be a next war and another after that on infinitum.

 

There is one change which can alter the entire atmosphere and it is up to the Israeli leadership to initiate the necessary changes. The Israelis must inform all parties who are attempting to mediate an agreement that Israel will not entertain any peace proposals as long as any of their soldiers, civilians or even the mortal remains of a soldier or civilian is potentially being held as a hostage in order to force Israeli compliance and meeting of demands to release terrorists or any other demand which might be pressed for their return. After presenting the Israel position on this subject will come the difficult part, sticking to their guns. Once they have informed both Secretary Kerry and Secretary General Ki-Moon of their position and opinion that they refuse to cease their assault or even begin to negotiate until they have whomever Hamas may be holding returned, they must then literally be willing to hold fast to that position and when these diplomatic opportunists return demanding Israeli negotiate, they must politely refuse and restate their demand that their people be returned regardless of their condition. When the point is eventually made that prisoners of war are usually negotiated for to gain their release, Israel must reply that this war is not a war between nations but an act of enforcement against an alliance of terrorist organizations which Hamas and Islamic Jihad are identified as such by both the United States and the United Nations therefore the laws of prisoners of war do not apply and it is actually a hostage situation and Israel will not be negotiating with terrorists who are holding Israeli hostages. They must make the point that the Israeli operations in Gaza will continue and will, if necessary, overturn every last brick and tear away every board until they locate their missing personnel or their remains and that if Hamas has any desire for an end to hostilities, they can start by returning the abducted Israeli personnel. Then, until Hamas complies Israel needs to continue their Gaza operations and continue to seek their personnel and take whatever measures militarily are required in order to gain their release and return without exception or mercy.

 

The Israeli people need to reinforce this position by making it obvious through polling, demonstrations, petition drives and every other possible means that not only are they in complete support of no negotiations and no peace until all Israelis are returned to Israel and that if the leaders of this government are unable to hold such a tight line and position then the people will do whatever it takes to vote in leaders who have the willpower and intestinal fortitude to stand up for every Israeli as any one of the people of Israel could be the next terrorist bargaining chip. Only by making the abduction of both civilians and soldiers and even the stealing of the remains of a fallen soldier or Israeli civilian will not serve to the advantage and will result in bringing ruin down on the terrorist group and the population which supports them and such force will only increase over time. We have tried the other approach of negotiating for the return of our people or their remains and such has reached the point where the costs can no longer be tolerated. For that reason and for the future safety of every Israeli the practice of abduction and ransom must end and end immediately with whatever Hamas believes they are holding if such proves even that they have stolen parts of one of our brave IDF soldiers who sacrificed all in our protection. For those who have given so much we must demand their loss is respected by our leaders and such respect is forced upon our enemies such that they never again even think of stealing a single cell from one of our fallen heroes. For the future and for the dignity of fallen soldiers in this war and in all future conflicts we must stand firm and take this to whatever extreme proves necessary. We already know that our enemies do not believe in the same virtues as do we and that they hold opposing ideas of what is valuable as they value death which they prove by placing their innocents before their fighters while we value life which is why our soldiers stand between the people and our enemies. As was stated by Prime Minister Netanyahu, “We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” The differences are as stark as they have been in any war in the history of mankind. This is the latest struggle between civilization and the barbarians and the barbarians of Hamas cannot be permitted to use any act to gain advantage no matter how depraved or obscene.

 

Hamas must be destroyed as must their friends in Islamic Jihad and the plethora of terrorist groups throughout Gaza and eventually the same will be necessitated for Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem and further with those who are their supporters and sympathizers wherever they are to be found. And the accusations that Israel is using disproportionate force, we hope so as only a fool restricts the force they will use to equal the force used by their antagonist, especially when it was their antagonist which started the conflict. The world needs to adjust their moral consciences when they can ignore the carnage in Syria, the destructive barbarity which has brought back the use of crucifixion in Iraq, the war torn strife paralyzing Libya and the rest of the conflagrations around the world but become apoplectic the second Israel protects her people from the indiscriminate launching of rockets into her civilian population covering over three-fourths of the nation. The Malaysian airliner shot from the skies over eastern Ukraine by Russian separatists murdered more innocent civilians than Israel has civilians in Gaza during the entirety thus far of the conflict. What the news reports are refusing to tell the people of the world is that the fatalities in Gaza have consisted of close to 80% Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists but the news simply reports the total number of dead and implies that they are all civilians. I ask you honestly, how is it possible that the only dead in Gaza could all be civilians when the news has shown Israeli strikes which targeted only Hamas or other terrorist armed combatants? It simply does not hold up to inspection or reason, but many are fooled into thinking the number of dead in Gaza do not mean that any terrorists have been killed. Wake up and think for yourselves or the world really will deserve whatever it gets, just do not expect those who are awake, thinking and actually seeking truth to stand idly by and go over the cliff with the unthinking droves of sleepwalking humans who simply lap up whatever pabulum they are fed by the media.

 

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July 22, 2014

Peace Dispute of Israel vs Hamas with World’s Aid to Begin

Israel is about to face an antagonistic force even more diabolical and sinister than any of the terrorists even including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, ISIS and the rest of the terrorist stew which operates out of Gaza. These are two political individuals and their assistants and assigned experts in order to forge an end to the violence and bring peace to Gaza and Israel, or at least that is the newswire story being broadcast and printed across the Western media. The first of these two forces of underwhelming impartiality and unremitting arrogance is United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who recently in comments about the current Hamas Israel conflict admonished Israel, and only Israel, to “Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians,” adding that it also “must respect the humanitarian law” and further while referring to the heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas “While I was en route to Doha, dozens more civilians, including children had been killed in Israeli military strikes in Shejaiya. I condemn this atrocious action.” Referring to the narrow coastal strip controlled by the Islamist Hamas Ban Ki-Moon insisted, “Too many innocent people are dying … living in constant fear,” and that “Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now.” Further, during a joint address to the press with Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said, “We do not claim to have a special initiative. We have just delivered the demands of the Palestinian people. It is not important who manages to fulfil the demands of Palestinian people, as long as justice is achieved, even if partially.” Now that the United Nations leader has been briefed as to the exact minimal demands, which likely more closely represent maximalist demands, Secretary Moon schedule has him heading to Kuwait City, Cairo, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman to facilitate a ceasefire which includes the Palestinian demands. One must wonder if down the road Ban Ki-Moon will be headed to Ankara in order to have an in-depth conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what Ban Ki-Moon will likely classify as necessary, informative and insightful briefing which covered many of the here-to-for unmentioned Israeli criminal acts during this conflict. It does not take a crystal ball or an Ouija Board to assess or figure out where Recep Erdogan will fall in any contributions he could add, and pro-Israel is definitely not a possibility.

 

Also arriving replete with specific guidelines from his boss, United States President Barack Obama, is Secretary of State John Kerry. Secretary Kerry is heading initially for Cairo, Egypt but it has been mentioned that he is considering a trip to Doha, Qatar possibly crossing paths with Ban Ki-Moon whose itinerary is the opposite order. Despite their opposing travel plans, the two men agree on far more than they disagree. President Obama announced an outline of guidelines and other helpful insights in a press announcement stating, “All of us are working hard to return to the cease-fire that was reached in November of 2012. Secretary Kerry is working to support Egypt’s initiative to pursue that outcome. I told Prime Minister Netanyahu that John is prepared to travel to the region following additional consultations.” These comments came amidst three conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu where at least one was reported to have been interrupted by the Code Red Sirens sounding signaling incoming Hamas or Islamic Jihad rockets. Speaking officially for the Department of State, Jen Psaki stated that the United States and its international partners were “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.” On his rounds through the Sunday talk circuit, Secretary John Kerry told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that, “It’s ugly. War is ugly, and bad things are going to happen.” He added while commenting on Hamas’s responsibilities in finding a resolution to the conflict they, “to recognize their own responsibility.” On CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Kerry speaking again about Hamas claimed that they must “step up and show a level of reasonableness, and they need to accept the offer of a cease-fire.” Evening out his commentary he added, “We will certainly discuss all of the issues relevant to the underlying crisis.” Lastly, Secretary Kerry speaking on NBC’S ‘Meet the Press’ that Israel “has every right in the world to defend itself” from attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza and that the United States is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place. He added that Israel must protect its citizens and no nation “would sit there while rockets are bombarding it.”

 

Elliott Abrams, former Middle East adviser to President George W. Bush, pointed out in an interview that, “It is remarkable to me that the U.S. would view Qatar as a reliable intermediary.” He further pointed out that Qatar maintains a “very warm relationship with Hamas but has no relation with Israel,” and added that Turkey has also become increasingly hostile toward Israel. It was further pointed out that Israel withdrew some of its diplomats from Turkey on Friday after a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara turned violent. Erdogan, meanwhile, has accused Israel of committing “systematic genocide” against Palestinians and has protested that the rest of the world, including the U.S. and the U.N., isn’t doing more to stop it. Another expert who has been quoted by Newsweek, Robert Danin who is a former State Department official who dealing with Israeli Palestinian affairs, claimed, “Turkey and Qatar are on one side, and Egypt is on the other. Egypt is siding with Israel, and Turkey and Qatar with Hamas.” Mr. Danin concluded that the United States could provide the necessary neutral mediator who would play “traffic cop” leading to finding a path to a permanent cease-fire.

 

The one item which everybody appears to be too nervous to state in fear is what can be done to force Hamas to a compromise as they might then have to suggest what can be done to circumvent the impossible expectations and demands that Hamas has put forth and claimed they would prefer death before surrendering even a single of their demands. These demands, which many have referred to as outrageous, that Israel end their blockade and permit Gaza to reopen their port facilities and their international airport plus completely free and open borders with both Israel and Egypt with no restrictions on imports. Additionally, Hamas demands that every single Hamas terrorist who was recently arrested during the search for the three Israeli teens who were subsequently found murdered be released even if they had been found to have returned to terrorist activities which may have led to them new charges. And then there was also a financial demand from Hamas which demanded that Israel continue to provide Gaza with electricity free of any fees and forgive all unpaid back charges for electricity provided over the past decade which amounts to millions of NIS, Israeli Shekels. Another insisted demand is for Israel allow Gaza fisherman to venture out 12 nautical miles from the Gaza. Hamas also has serious problems with potential wording of any ceasefire insisting that the term ‘hostilities’ in the Egyptian initiative be replaced with what they refer to as the correct description for their actions which should refer to ‘what they are doing is self-defense and resisting the occupation, but what the occupation is doing is aggression’ thus legalizing Hamas’s rocket barrages which led to the conflict while criminalizing Israeli efforts to defend their civilians from said rocket barrages. Additionally, Hamas is demanding that Israel cease their policy of destroying terrorists’ houses, cease their targeted elimination of Hamas terrorists and leadership, cease all ‘collective punishment’ of Gazans, cease all military overflights of Gazan airspace, and finally, guarantee the supply of fuel and building materials into Gaza as needed to fully rebuilt and renovate the industrial zones along the border and for all future projects deemed necessary by Hamas.

 

The root of the problem is that as long as Hamas persists in their aims as stated in the Hamas Charter that they continue their war with the Jewish People in order to reclaim all of what they refer to as historic Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and making it Judenfrei and then to continue the struggle until they have accomplished their ultimate goal, first, a world that is Judenfrei and then the imposition of the Sharia worldwide with either all peoples converted to Islam, their particular version of Islam, and any others accepting of Dhimmitude complete with such provisions as the Jizya tax for non-Muslims and other abuses and disgraceful treatments, the concept of security for Israel is made impossible. For Israel to achieve their singular goal of a long-term secure peace free of terrorist attacks, rockets, mortars, suicide bombings, kidnapping of civilians or soldiers and the other various assaults which have made up much of the interactions between Hamas and Israel, the complete removal of Hamas and their related terrorist groups has to be their first step. Should there be a ceasefire established it will unfortunately not signal the end of animosity and aggression from Hamas nor bring an end to the Hamas desires to destroy Israel and removal of the Jewish presence on planet Earth no matter what agreement Hamas may sign. Nothing in an Israeli-Hamas agreement will be considered to be binding by Hamas as they will be using the Islamic concept of taqiyya which permits lying to a non-Muslim if the deception furthers the goals and concepts of Islam or any Islamic entity. That presents a challenge in that how does one negotiate and reach any binding agreement in perpetuity when one side believes that they may use deceit as a tool in their negotiating and that no treaty of agreement is necessarily applicable to them and that they are completely within their rights to break any agreement when it suits their immediate purposes. This is the reason that many in Israel and without who understand these concepts and the attitudes of Hamas believe that the only honestly viable solution which would bring peace is the complete and total eradication of Hamas and the other terrorist groups who are little different than Hamas.

 

This will never be permitted by the United Nations, United States, European Union, the Arab League, or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). These institutions and nations either support Hamas and their goals or pretend that Hamas will honor any agreement they hammer out though in reality they are aware that such thoughts are as untrue and utterly treacherous as are their efforts and desires to reach an agreement no matter the consequences. This was proven by the facts around the entirety of this conflict over the past five to six weeks when there was absolutely no concern or reactions from the rest of the world while Hamas was ramping up the numbers of rockets launched into Israel. During the same time period these same entities also were mostly ignoring or making empty commentary and complaints about the continuing civil war tearing Syria apart and the ISIS destruction and sweeping across Iraq which has even brought back the use of crucifixion as a form of punishment for certain crimes and even for some unapproved lifestyles or religious beliefs. Still, as soon as Israel sent their first fighters to attack rocket launching platforms to relieve Israeli civilians from the ever increasing barrages launched intending to destroy their homes and lives by Hamas from out of Gaza where they utilized Gazan civilians as shields protecting their rocket launchers much of the Western World and most of the Arab and Muslim worlds erupted to condemn the Israeli actions demanding their halt and a ceasefire be implemented. These demands for a ceasefire have only grown more and more shrill and gained volume leading to a virtual explosion of outrage when Israel escalated their offensive by initiating a ground assault. Now the world is joining forces behind the efforts of the United States and the United Nations in efforts to forge a ceasefire. Since Hamas is unlikely to backtrack off any of their demands as they believe they must prove victorious in order to preserve their position in Gaza and enhance their efforts to win any upcoming elections and take control over all of the Palestinian lands including Judea and Samaria from which their attacks against Israel will be greatly enhanced. This means that these efforts will mostly focus on forcing concessions from the Israelis while potentially adding incentives to bribe Hamas into making an agreed ceasefire. How can we be certain that this will be what is about to occur? We can tell as this has been the modus operandi of the United States, United Nations, European Union, most European governments, various NGOs, as well as other entities throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds and beyond. This is obvious if one simply peruses the news and takes note of where there are demonstrations against Israel and not against Hamas. What is even more distressing about many of these demonstrations, even beyond the violent riots which they are producing, has been the virulent anti-Semitism which has been given voice throughout the world reaching from France to Japan and from Turkey to the United States and Canada. The one place which has supported Israel unequivocally has been Canada under Prime Minister Harper, kudos Mr. Harper. I wonder if Canada would like to negotiate the ceasefire agreement, like anybody would allow a true and faithful supporter of Israel to chair anything concerning the Middle East. One might get the impression that much of the world fears the enemies of Israel to such an extent that they would gladly offer up Israel as a sacrifice in order to soothe the savage beasts.

 

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July 21, 2014

Israel Reports of the Expected and the Unexpected

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With the likelihood that both United States Secretary of State John Kerry and entourage as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his squads of aids and experts will both be descending on Israel, it can also be expected that the numbers of reporters and bureau chiefs will be accompanying one or the other party and simply add to the cacophonous din of small bits of truth lost within voluminous tons of misinformation and broadcast throughout the world, especially in the Western nations of Europe, North America and Australia. Rather than bore you by repeating information you could just as easily learn by switching on the Television or radio news where you will probably hear stories about how one side or the other or both are being intractable and refusing to agree to any ceasefire, I will try to find a few precious pieces of information which you likely have not heard or come across after a short prediction on the coming blitz of the self-important arbiters of the enlightened manners of peaceful coexistence. There will be the commentaries about how Hamas is making some reasonable or ridiculous demands, depending on the network or the host or speaker you hear, and definitely there will be reports that Israel has refused even the smallest of the conditions posed by Hamas in order to reach a ceasefire. There might even be another hilariously insulting monologue from John Stewart which might go something like this, “Well, have you heard the latest from the Middle East? Israel is refusing to allow the Gazans to open their international airport in order to have a ceasefire. The airport? What next, not allowing them to swim in the Mediterranean? Oh, wait, Israel insists on continuing their naval blockade only allowing Gazans to swim and fish in the most shallow waters. This is preventing peace? Next they will be blowing up tunnels, oh, wait, they already have. So, let’s see if I have this correct, no airplane trips to take vacations, no swimming in the deeper waters and no tunnels, I’m surprised Israel doesn’t outlaw cars in Gaza.” John would do better as he has a dozen very funny writers and I don’t do comedy that well which is why I cover news as it is often amusingly ridiculous enough without my assistance.

 

Now for some news that either will be sparsely covered or simply concealed as it would be too revealing of some realities that apparently are too close to the truth which many prefer remain unspoken. The battle which has been being fought since early Saturday has revolved around the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya, east of Gaza City, and has been an extremely difficult going for the IDF. Shejaiya is the neighborhood where Hamas locates a large number of their rocket and weapons manufacturing facilities. It also is riddled with underground storage locations which are interconnected by tunnels which lace throughout the area with numerous entrances. This has made clearing the area difficult and probably somewhat reminiscent to military historians of the battle for Stalingrad during World War II and the difficulty of taking the central areas of town and the building referred to as the tractor works. In Stalingrad the sewer tunnels provided the defending troops easy access to supplies and the ability to appear as if out of thin air and ambush the enemy at close quarters. This is the same scenario which caught some members of the Golani Brigade in an ambush by Hamas which resulted in thirteen Israeli fatalities in that one encounter alone. The battle in the streets with door to door encounters within Shejaiya has apparently been so extremely costly for Hamas such that they requested a humanitarian ceasefire in order to remove the dead and wounded. Israel initially denied the request favoring their efforts to continue to push their advantage. Israel relented soon thereafter and not only agreed to a temporary ceasefire for three hours but also granted a two hour extension despite the fact that Hamas had continued launching rockets into Israel throughout the length and breadth of the ceasefire right out of the Shejaiya neighborhood. It is suspected that Hamas utilized the ceasefire to set up the positions with which they launched their ambush of the IDF troops of the Golani Brigade which included seriously wounding Golani Brigade Commander Colonel Raslan Alian. Hamas is using absolutely any advantage they can force or find in order to gain sufficient advantage and make Israel desire ending the carnage and cut their losses making Israel willing to make whatever concessions Hamas demands, or at least sufficient concessions such that Hamas can claim their victory and use such claims to gain an overwhelming victory in any Palestinian elections and thus gain control over Judea and Samaria in addition to Gaza and replace totally Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah making Hamas the sole Palestinian leadership. This would allow Hamas to finally attain their wildest dream of easy range and the advantage of the Judean Hills overlooking central Israel with the majority of Israeli industries, population, infrastructure and her international airport outside Tel Aviv.

 

There are some events revolving around the Erez Crossing in northern Gaza. The IDF is setting up a fully functioning field hospital which even has a delivery room. This field hospital is not for IDF soldiers or even for Israelis, it is for the Palestinians of Gaza, even if they are injured members of Hamas. Of course any Hamas member receiving treatment would not be returned to the fighting, Israelis are compassionate, not insane, though some might debate that with me. The field hospital will likely resemble the field hospital the Israelis constructed in Haiti after the devastating earthquake virtually destroyed that island nation. IDF medical soldiers were reported to have saved the life of a Hamas terrorist fighter. Soldier Daniel Albo was quoted in the Yediot Aharonot new service stating, “My team and I saved the life of a terrorist who tried to kill us because we are IDF soldiers and citizens of Israel. We saved him because we are human. I’m proud to serve in the IDF.” The building of this field hospital is just another facet of the IDF and Israeli government efforts to minimize the numbers and severity of civilian casualties which will treat those who either by choice or having been forced by Hamas terrorists to remain within the areas being contested in this conflict to serve as human shields, some with the hope of becoming martyrs. All the Israeli efforts to warn the civilians of Gaza, even when doing so also alerts Hamas terrorists to Israeli plans, of either imminent bombings, artillery fire or other military operations which would pose a threat to their safety have often proven to be ineffective due to Hamas instructing the Gazan citizenry that the Israeli warnings should not be heeded and they should remain in harm’s way in service of Hamas and to become martyrs. It was some such activities which resulted in the deaths of several relatives of Hamas commander Khalil al-Haya which was also claimed to be part of the reason Hamas requested Israel agree to a humanitarian ceasefire and allow their bodies and others to be properly tended and removed from the area of continuing combat.

 

Now for the one oddity which you are unlikely to hear about in your morning newscasts. You see, not all of the relatives of the Hamas leadership are in danger inside Gaza and are in somewhat less danger but in danger just the same and that danger for them is Hamas. While former Hamas and Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh may have stepped down from his position to permit the formation of the new Palestinian unity government and taken refuge safely far from the fray in Qatar, some members of his family remain endangered in the current fighting. These relatives are his three sisters, Kholidia, Laila and Sabah. All three married Bedouins and moved into Israel where they became citizens some thirty years ago. Bedouins used to take brides from amongst the Gazan Arab communities due to the lack of available women in their tribes, the Tel Sheva Bedouins. Salameh Abu Rukayek, the Bedouin who married Kholidia recently told an interviewer, “Our life is normal here and we want it to continue.” The three sisters live currently somewhere within the Negev Desert in an undisclosed location for their privacy as well as safety. The three sisters are far from the only members of the Haniyeh family which have received assistance from Israel. Both his mother in-law and granddaughter have received medical treatments over the past year all at the same time as their dear relative, Ismail Haniyeh, was swearing to have pledged to Israel’s complete and utter destruction.” Add to this that during the entirety of the three weeks when the rocket fire into Israel by Hamas was escalating and the two weeks of actual open conflict that Israel has continued to supply Gazans with truckloads measured in tons per day of food, medical supplies and other necessities. Israel has also continued to provide Gazans with much of their fresh water supply and close to two-thirds of Gazan electricity until one of the Hamas rockets damaged one of the high voltage lines transferring electrical power into Gaza. So far no technician has volunteered to attempt to repair the broken high voltage line supplying Gaza as the repairs would necessitate working within easy sniper range from Hamas snipers in Gaza. There has been a history of sniper fire being loosed on repair technicians working on electrical equipment which provides power to Gaza including an Arab employee who was murdered while attempting to repair similar damage during a period of relative tranquility. Relative tranquility does not mean complete absence of violence but rather under a couple dozen rockets per month and the taking of every opportunity to shoot at or murder by other means anyone within range from within Gaza. That included the firing of a guided antitank rocket fired into a school bus which resulted in the death of the last remaining young teen as the rest of the children had disembarked seconds and several yards at the previous stop preventing a larger tragedy.

 

With Secretary Kerry and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon et al arriving in the near future within Israel we can expect them to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to cease all further IDF actions inside Gaza whether Hamas agrees to end the violence or not. One for the arguments will echo the protesters from around the globe who point to the facts that the Israeli casualty rates are far lower than that of the Gazans. The fact that without the building of hundreds of shelters and the Iron Dome extremely effective protective shell there would have been tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Israeli fatalities and near countless casualties of all varieties and severity. There have been over one-hundred rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome, which because the system only launches to intercept those projectiles which by computations are guaranteed to strike within built-up areas. With the majority of those intercepted having been aimed at Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, Jerusalem and the densely populated central areas of Israel the carnage would have been unimaginable. Imagine rockets pummeling central Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and exploding destroying the type of buildings found in most major cities. The people within these buildings would not have had sufficient time to escape the building and there could easily have been numerous large building collapses daily in the cities around much of Israel. The miracle of the Iron Dome is all which stood between the rain of Hamas rockets and the destruction of Israeli society from the threats of the steel rain falling over Israel exploding away lives as well as buildings and infrastructure. Those who continue to claim that Israel is using excessive force and military power may have another reality they are expressing in a coded manner, the desire to see more dead Israelis, more dead Jews. These are the people who were witnessed through media rampaging across Paris and who assaulted two synagogues and attempted to injure or kill the Jews inside those synagogues. The rioters in Paris are not alone in their desires as there have been numerous such riots and massive demonstrations across the Western world as well as the Arab and Muslim worlds all calling for the destruction of Israel for the benefit of mankind, an old canard which still refuses to quiet. A hunger which is warned about in the Passover service where it warns stating, “In each generation, there are those that rise up against us to destroy us.”

 

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