The media in much of the western world has emphasized the Israeli responses to the barrage of Hamas rockets of the past two weeks making it appear that Israel is the offensive party, not the one responding to the Hamas offensive. Since the formation of the unity government where the Palestinian Authority merged their membership which was predominantly, if not exclusively, comprised of the Fatah led by Mahmoud Abbas along with any unaffiliated Arabs living in Judea and Samaria now includes Hamas as well and potentially would include Islamic Jihad and any other groups in either Gaza or Judea and Samaria. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are terrorist entities recognized as such by the European Union, United States and most of the European governments. What has been obfuscated is that the Palestinian Authority before the unity government brought recognized terrorist groups into its ranks was made up of largely a single terrorist group renamed from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to Fatah. Both names, Palestinian Authority and Fatah, were simply a rebranding to the original Palestinian terrorist group founded in 1964, three years before the Six Day War of 1967. The fact that for three years there was a full-fledged Palestinian terrorist organization recognized as such by virtually every government, major NGO and international organization before the existence of any contested areas or occupied areas is a fact that has been erased by those who have rewritten Middle East history in such a way as to vilify Israel. The founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization which predated any Israeli occupation, unless one considers the founding of Israel as making contested lands, was headed by arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat and its second in command was the currently crowned by the Western nations and the United Nations as Israel’s partner for peace, Mahmoud Abbas. The PLO was the original terrorist group which had as their original charter the goal of replacing Israel with an Arab state called Palestine which would have immediately requested to merge with Jordan once the lands were purified and cleansed of any Jewish presence or trace of Jewish existence. So, why all the misinformation, misleading reports, rebranding terrorists into peace partners and what appears to be a systemized, coordinated, antagonistic misrepresentation of the reality in the Middle East all apparently aimed to eradicate the world’s only nation within which the Jewish People could find refuge when the world once again aims all of its animosity, venomous poisons and eradicating weaponry at them as has been the case across almost every age of man?
Some have claimed that the reason behind the Western world acting favorably to the wishes and desires of the Arab world and thus restraining Israel and keeping the balance such that Israel is never permitted to win is all because of oil. Some claim that such an idea is a misreading of the facts and that the Western world has always been there to support Israel and prevent her demise. The one fact that is often pointed out is that when Israel desperately needed resupply when Egyptian and Syrian troops were poised to overrun the IDF on both fronts that the United States provided Israel with the necessary resupply. Where the United States did finally resupply the Israelis, it also must be pointed out that initially President Nixon, on the advice of Secretary of State Kissinger, held back from sending the necessary provisions until Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir threatened to use any and every weapon Israel had should the resupply be withheld and opened the silo blast doors which was detected by the United States satellites. Would Golda Meir have actually used those missiles? Fortunately, that is something we will be left to conjecture. Then after Israel got the advantage and was advancing across the Suez Canal and well on the way to Cairo as well as advancing on Damascus on the Syrian front that the United States, Russia, United Nations and European governments all demanded Israel accept an immediate cease-fire and return to the pre-war positions. Israel returned to the Golan Heights and back across the Suez Canal onto the Sinai Dessert side. There is another fact which was given little coverage back in 1973 though the information is readily available for anyone to research was the actual nations allied and providing support for the efforts by the United Arab Republic (UAR) which was the combined armies of Egypt and Syria. Also providing troops or other support were Jordan, Iraq, Algeria who sent a squadron each of MiG-21s and Su-7s plus one-hundred-fifty tanks to Egypt, Libya provided one armored brigade and two squadrons of Mirage V fighters, a total of six-thousand troops were provided by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, around fifteen-hundred Tunisian infantry provided to Egypt, Pakistan provided one flight of pilots to fly Syrian jets, North Korea provided twenty pilots with MiG-21s and nineteen support personnel, and Cuba provided somewhere around four-thousand troops. Additionally there was a division of Palestinian supporting the Egyptians and there was monetary support from numerous nations to allow the armies of these nations to be resupplied after the conflict back to near their original strength. The reports during that war mostly mentioned news in the West were the Egyptian front and the Syrian front implying that the entirety of the conflict was between Israel against Egypt and Syria, the UAR, with minimal or inconsequential support from around the world. The reality shows a completely different picture and gives a strong indication of the numbers of nations from all corners of the globe who will ally in any war aiming to destroy Israel, the sole Jewish nation on the Earth.
Back to the current situation where there is one item which will probably get full coverage which will eclipse the coverage of the three Israeli youths, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, and that is the disgraceful and denounced act of revenge perpetrated against an innocent Palestinian youth, sixteen years old Abu Khder, who was abducted and murdered by burning him to death, a horrific and inexcusable and unforgivable act for which no reason is acceptable. Israel has arrested six young adults and teens who are believed to belong to a fanatical Jewish group, terrorists is the only definition of these reprobates. Their names have yet to be released as a strict gag order has been placed on the arrests and the state of the investigations, but be assured those responsible for this barbarous act will be brought to trial and receive punishment likely greater than any sentence given the Hamas individuals who murdered the three Jewish teens.
Over the past ten days terrorists in Gaza have launched rockets and fired mortars equaling over one-hundred rounds with most targeting Sderot and the other communities and kibbutzim bordering Gaza while a few rounds were targeted at Beersheba which is much further from the Gaza border. Since the Gaza disengagement in 2005 there has not been any Jews residing anywhere within Gaza. And except for brief and small security missions and one extended intervention into Gaza named מבצע עופרת יצוקה (Operation Cast Lead) which was targeted to impede terrorist rocket and mortar barrages and destroy terrorist infrastructure, there has been no IDF or other Israeli forces within Gaza. Gaza is completely under the command and governing by Hamas with Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups also operating within Gaza. The leadership of Hamas has announced they will no longer take any precautions or preventative measures to prevent rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli targets. This has permitted Islamic Jihad and others in addition to Hamas to fire unimpeded into southern Israel targeting civilians. These barrages have struck two factories, a paint and a plastic plant were destroyed both just outside Sderot, the house of Rachmiel Steinberg’s family, and have exploded at a summer day camp moments before children were set to arrive. Even in the contested areas of Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem and some of the Arab areas in the Galilee there has been rioting with heavy destruction to much of the Jerusalem light rail stations and tracks in the Arab areas of Jerusalem. There have been warnings from members of a group calling themselves the Coalition of Youth for an Intifada that there will be increased violence against the settlers, a derogatory reference for Jewish residents living in Area C which by Oslo Accords under governance and security control of Israel. Their notice was titled “Expelling Zionists Through Rocks” and threatened a “scorch the earth and make it a living hell under the feet of the invaders.” The particulars were spelled out on their notice explaining their intentions to;
A. Creating huge barricades to block “settlers” from leaving their communities and vandalize their cars;
B. Torching tires on common roads in the area;
C. Hurling rocks at cars and paint barrels at their drivers;
D. Placing sharp objects, nails, and shrapnel on roads to damage passing vehicles;
E. Spraying anti-Jewish graffiti near Jewish communities;
F. Participating in raging clashes against IDF and police in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.
Israel has been facing ever increasing levels of violence ever since the formation of the unity government which was initiated by the Hamas abduction of the three Jewish teens. This increase has been claimed by Hamas and they promised that now that they have entered a unity government and been accepted by the Western nations and European Union that they feel enabled to turn up the levels of violence against the Jews and Israel. This has been accompanied by a sharp increase in Fatah incitement calling for unceasing violence and all measures of impeding all attempts at Israeli enforcement and reestablishing order. The unity government has all the appearances of a unification of the disparate terrorist groups for a single purpose, an all-out offensive aiming to destroy Israel once and for all. A war has been declared but the Western media, national leadership, NGOs are all insisting that the problem is Israel and if only Israel would agree to meet the Palestinian demands there would be peace at last. This has been the path that was begun by the United States with their insistence that Israel freeze building for ten months as that would lead to peace, that failed miserably but ever since Abbas has been demanding building freeze after building freeze, it has become his magic phrase. Then the United States declared that the future borders for the Palestinian state should be determined by the 1949 Armistice Lines with mutually agreed swaps. That just invigorated Abbas to demand half of Jerusalem as a start point. The latest was the assault headed by Secretary of State Kerry and Martin Indyk which demanded that Israel release over one-hundred of the worst terrorist planers and murderers all for naught as Abbas simply stated that his entire intentions were to collect the released terrorists and then walk away and begin a renewed and reanimated terror war against Israel which would have a new life breathed into it with the return of the freed terrorists. Now we are witnessing the initial stages of that assault and the Western media and leadership is still busy picking fault with Israel in an effort to deny Israel her right to self-defense. This is not going to turn out well for those western nations who are all too willing to sacrifice Israel on the altar of appeasement of the Arab and Palestinian interests.