Before getting into some of the technical information and adding some credible commentary and statistics on the situation here in the Hamas-Israel ongoing confrontation, a little personal note. There have been Code Red sirens warning of potential rocket strikes in Nahariya and Ma’alot which are normally only concerned with rockets fired by Hezballah out of Lebanon but apparently are at the extreme end of range for some of the Fajr 5 and the M75 rockets used by Hamas in Gaza. Thus far there has not been any strike within earshot of our place in Nahariya, Bruch Hashem and we pray that things remain that way. We have seen the effects of having a Code Red siren on some of our fellow citizens. Tapping an elderly lady on the shoulder lightly in order to allow her with her three items to go in front of us at the checkout drew a different response than one would normally expect. The poor lady nearly jumped out of her skin and reacted breathlessly stating firmly and emphatically, “Don’t touch me, I thought it was a rocket.” After her breathing, and I suspect heart rate, came back to normal we had a pleasant conversation and all ended well. I am blessed that my wife does not appear to be anywhere near as nervous or panicked; actually she has been very calm. I am quite proud of her for her fortitude as I realize that living under the gun, so to speak, can rattle even some of the most resolute and strong willed of us. Another point of interest was we had to go out within fifteen minutes of the Code Red alarm, they suggest you remain in a safe place for at least ten minutes, and we expected to have the sidewalks and roads to ourselves, no such luck. The roads, sidewalks and especially the beach by the Mediterranean were less crowded that usual, they were anything but devoid of people. The Israelis are mostly very calm and resolute in seeing that these hardships, even though they do require certain precautions and interruptions to our daily lives, will not steal from us the feelings of normalcy and safety in our homes and cities and nation. That is something we refuse to allow.
For everybody’s information, there were three weeks of steadily increasing rocket fire into Israel which had reached a crescendo of almost one hundred in a single day before Israel responded with a forty-eight hour warning for the assaults by rockets to stop. That included rockets shot at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and central Israel where the majority of the population, infrastructure, manufacturing and commerce all reside. Even then, it was almost thirty-six hours past the deadline before Israel launched a response. Where you are hearing all these national leaders, international representatives and leaders of NGOs, Human Rights Groups and various others all condemning the Hamas rockets fire and the use of disproportionate force, that is all well and good but where were these very same sources of such equanimous condemnations when only Hamas was firing tens of rockets and approaching a hundred rockets a day for three weeks before Israel made any response? Were they sleeping like Rip Van Winkle or Sleeping Beauty and only arose from their slumbers right after Israel finally responded to protect her citizenry? Yes, there were a few who condemned the Hamas assaults before any Israeli response, but most of those people are still demanding that Hamas stop the rockets knowing full-well that once the rockets stop raining down on Israeli civilians, the Israel attacks will also cease. The same cannot be said for Hamas stopping their rocket barrages should Israeli forces stand down.
There are a number of contrasts which need to be examined and brought into the light so the world can see reality, not that many of those who only see a problem if Israel is defending themselves, such as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who released a statement claiming that the Israel defensive actions were criminal as they struck the homes of Hamas leadership where it is known to most everybody, but apparently Ms. Pillay did not receive the memo, that there are stores of rockets, weapons, ammunition, explosives and other tactical information and resources which under international law makes those homes legal military targets which can be struck and destroyed. Demolishing those homes does not constitute war crimes or any other offense other than to Ms. Pillay’s sensitivities. Another point apparently unknown to the outside world despite the evidence is that a Hamas officer made a television announcement demanding that the brave citizens of Gaza should remain in their homes after receiving warnings of a potential strike in their area and others should run towards any targeted location when they receive such notices and not run to safety. The reasoning behind this directive is that Israel has often called off strikes when civilians are seen to be in harm’s way of the attack and there have been a number of attacks that Israeli commanders or pilots have called off their primary target and either returned to base or struck a secondary target because of civilians, or especially children, are seen to be in close proximity to the target. The cases where civilians have been injured or killed are when Hamas places civilians inside the targeted location in order to have human tragedy stories and war crimes complaints they can sell to an ever willing and compliant press anxious for any news with which to condemn Israelis and the IDF.
Another front which very exactly focuses one’s attentions on the difference between Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorists, that includes Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, versus Israel is the developments and steps taken by each side since the last confrontation between Hamas and Israel in 2012. Hamas has added three new rockets to their arsenals and has built extensive smuggling tunnels and infiltration tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border and into Kibbutzim or concealed areas in order to sneak attack or abduct Israeli soldiers or civilians in order to repeat their successful trading of Gilad Shalit for over one thousand terrorist prisoners. Israel has produces as many Iron Dome batteries as they could make with little regard to the cost and built a great number of new and better shelters for the civilian population and such that there are always sufficient shelter space in close proximity to virtually any location. Israel has included into their building codes requiring that every apartment or house have a rocket safe room reinforced to prevent most rocket attacks even from direct strikes. Israel has placed their premium and critical attentions to the protection of their civilians and their efforts have given the greatest of all fruits, very few serious casualties from the barrages of rockets and mortars. Hamas demands that their civilians try to become martyrs that they can use in their public relations war on Israel. Hamas realizes that when there are many more Palestinian casualties when compared to Israeli casualties they can scream that Israel is using such overwhelming force that they are committing genocide and the mainstream media in the West will gobble these accusations and run with them all day and night on every newscast and special report. That is a lie and the truth is that Israel values human life to such an extent that they take every conceivable and available step to protect their citizens while giving the residents in Gaza at least ten minutes and even a whole day’s warning before they strike a target in the hopes that they can get a safe distance and prevent their becoming casualties.
I cannot stress the difference in the safety of civilians between Israel who even values the lives and health of their enemy’s civilians more than their leaders appear to value them. This is proven in another little mentioned part of the story which has been covered here but few other places. Israel has continued to transfer tons upon tons of supplies into Gaza every day even while the conflict has raged. We are speaking of anywhere from seven to twenty tractor trailer loads of food and medical supplies. Israel has continued to provide Gaza with one third of their electricity and with water. Israel is not treating their injured as they are being treated by the Egyptians in hospital in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Israel is permitting the transfer of people of which some are probably Hamas members to the hospitals in Egypt for treatment despite it being well within Israeli capabilities to prevent such transfers of people. Israel continues to treat the Gazans who were receiving treatment in Israel when hostilities broke out. This would have included the relative of one of the leaders of Hamas, recently resigned as of the forming of the unity government Prime Minister Haniyeh, whose mother-in-law was recently treated in an Israeli hospital. What nation provides their enemies during active warfare with food, medical supplies, electricity, water and treats the relatives of their enemies’ highest leadership in their hospitals? If you can find one other than Israel I would be interested in hearing all about such a generous people.
There are many realities which are not being reported throughout the world in the mainstream media. I can write about the realities and give the examples all of which are readily and easily verifiable through simple searches on the Internet. The best thing that could ever come of these efforts would be for many to verify what I report and then tell those people you meet on the way through your busy day and correct the misinformation and replace it with the truth and perhaps together we can rectify some of the smaller evils taking place in our worlds. The minds of people do respond when they are introduced to new information which can be verified or comes from a trusted source. It may be a slow and possibly tedious and possibly tendentious way to try and set the world right, but if we do not at least try then we are permitting the lies to rule the world. When lies rule the world then freedom and liberty find themselves orphans without a home. The truth not only sets you free but can also set those you meet on your way free and eventually can free everybody if only we try and simply refuse to relay falsehoods and propaganda from evil and deceitful sources. Any deceitful source is also an evil source as it poisons the minds and the character through its retelling of lies which will rot one’s soul over time. Breathe in the refreshing winds of truth and allow them to spread and sweep away the stench of lies and condemnations of the innocents. Israel is fighting a war on the front lines against the world’s most powerful force for darkness. Don’t take my word; allow me to introduce you to what Winston Churchill said of the Muslim people and religion. Part of Churchill’s writings on Islam stated, Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” You can read the rest here if you are so interested.