There have been three wars all initiated by Hamas and their fellow terror groups in Gaza against Israel since Israel disengaged removing every last Jew, even those buried there were brought out and reinterred, and leaving behind perfectly good hothouses capable of producing hundreds of thousands of trade in fruits, vegetables and flowers to provide the residents of Gaza a proven source of revenue. Those were the very same hothouses which were dismantled with much of their irrigation systems turned into rockets which were launched into Israel. In some form of twisted fate, some of these rockets ended up landing not far from some of the temporary housing being utilized by the Israeli Jewish refugees who had been forced out of Gaza in the name of peace; a peace that has been brutalized by Hamas and their fellow terrorist criminals. Now Israel finds itself once again suffering the assaults by rockets and other projectiles launched with evil intent out of Gaza by those very same terrorists who initiated the last two wars all while pretending to negotiate a settlement to end the hostilities.
This war has brought with it surprises, some of which have caused mixed emotions. One such has been the tunnel complexes and their having been dug under the border and the walls and fences which demark said border and on as much as a few kilometers into Israel. These tunnels resurface near to numerous towns and kibbutzim with one exiting almost directly next to a kindergarten. These tunnels, according to plans also captured during Defensive Shield, the name given their efforts by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), referenced a massive assault into Israel for the purpose of capturing as many as a thousand or more captives both civilian and military and the slaughter of tens of thousands. With some of the infiltrators to be equipped with motorcycles found in the tunnels waiting for the assault planned for late September timed to coincide with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) while most Israelis are in Synagogue even including the majority of IDF soldiers, both active duty and reserve. Other terrorists were to be outfitted in replica and stolen IDF uniforms with assignments to either infiltrate IDF groups where possible otherwise to operate to murder as many people as they could using stealth so as to allow for their deep penetration and also adding to confusing making it so that Israelis would be unable to trust anybody wearing an IDF uniform. The plans discovered and explained in detail predicted casualties as high as tens of thousands of Israelis with potentially hundreds of IDF forces murdered and confusion preventing the effective response by the IDF as the uniformed terrorists were also being trained to give counter-productive orders to destroy unit cohesion and leave the IDF incapable of responding with their fullest forces. Destroying the infrastructure and finding the plans has likely ended this threat though Hamas will continue undeterred.
What is almost beyond belief is that despite proof of the plans and the evidence produced by the IDF during Operation Defensive Shield has shown the world the extents to which Hamas and their allied terror groups are willing to go in their disregard and transgressions of the rules of war the United Nations and numerous governments around the world, though mostly Europeans, have demanded that Israel be investigated for transgressions of the rules of war. When presented with the evidence of the tunnels which were to be utilized to infiltrate Israel and conduct terrorist acts these governments and international human rights and related organizations respond that such evidence matters not as Hamas never actually used them thus there is no reason to believe that Hamas ever intended to execute those plans. The United Nations is forming a committee selecting its members with great care making certain they have a history of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist writings and actions so that the proper and expected results will be produces, almost to the slightest detail this promises another Goldstone Report except that this time the United Nations Human Rights Commission is making certain that none of the members this time will later have a crisis of conscience and repudiate the report they chaired as did Judge Goldstone. This time the case will be made ironclad and airtight. But even this is not the absolute height or perfidy and hypocrisy.
There is a much higher insult being foisted upon Israel. That insult is the result of presumably friendly governments as well as those who have a previous history of antagonism towards Israel. This is the demanded expectation for Israel to negotiate with Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives as if they were members of an actual recognized government and not to be treated with the disdain usually reserved for those terror entities which garner the ire of the United States, Russia and the Europeans. Despite the fact that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are recognized terrorist entities by the European Union numerous European governments as well as the government of the United States and the United Nations, Israel is being pressured to reach an accord through compromises regarding the demands being desired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership.
The United Kingdom has gone one step further and demanded that Israel restrain from any acts which might be considered hostile even should the ceasefire pass without an agreement and the rockets recommence raining down on Israeli citizens. Their implied reason is that more than sufficient Gazans have fallen and been injured and so few Israelis have been even anything beyond inconvenienced by the rain of rockets. Somehow the United Kingdom is equating Israeli investments and use of everything at her disposal to protect her civilian population to Hamas and Islamic Jihad using their civilian population as a protective shield for their rocket supplies thus placing them intentionally in harm’s way to maximize their casualty numbers. So the government of the United Kingdom has threatened to cancel military tenders with Israel essentially in an effort to cripple Israeli defensive and offensive military capabilities possibly, though I cannot read their minds, to alter the situation so sufficient numbers of Israelis, read Jews, die to make up for the Gazan casualty numbers. This indignation from the nation which assisted in the bombing of Dresden until the center of that city was engulfed in a ferocious firestorm which killed tens of thousands, and that was just one example of the saturation bombing by the United Kingdom and the allies which caused multiple times the casualties amongst the German and French civilians in the cities bombed than the casualty numbers for the United Kingdom. I guess when it is your defensive war that makes it different.
These expectations on Israel to negotiate in good faith with terrorists stinks of a duplicity and double standard beyond the cusp as it is stated policy of many of these governments to never negotiate, let alone compromise, with terrorists any place, any time, any situation. Never mind these governments have repeatedly broken their own stated policy, their inability to hold the line is no reason to pressure others to act in a similarly dangerous and unproductive manner. Perhaps they have not heard the main debate reportedly being fought between those Hamas leaders on the ground in Gaza and their highest supposedly political representatives sitting in Qatar ensconced in the lap of luxury beyond the reach of Israeli troops and aircraft. These terror entities are trying to discern which would be most destructive on Israel and the Gazan people, continuing the current conflict or taking what gains they can force and start planning for the next war which they have already announced they intend to start at a time of their choosing. Given that this is the choice for Israel, make concessions so that peace temporarily returns only to be broken at the whim of the Hamas leadership after they have rearmed or simply ignore the pressures from the world and do what the Israeli people by a majority would prefer, simply destroy Hamas, Islamic Jihad and every other terrorist functionary in Gaza and follow it up with a sane and workable end to the conflict, a permanent end to this conflict. That end would be facilitated by making a one time and limited offer which anybody, without any questions, could opt to accept a payment of as much as two and a half million Shekels, two-hundred-fifty-thousand Shekels per family member, to emigrate to anywhere in the world outside of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Those accepting this offer would also receive free transport to a neutral nation and tickets to the nearest international airport to their destination and would accept to never return except for brief visits for which they would be required to request a special exception.
Mahmoud Abbas should also receive notification that if he cannot restore and maintain order within the areas under Palestinian Authority control including all of Area A and Area B or the IDF will enter those areas, replace his government with Israeli governance and they would be offered the same identical offer as Gaza. Needless to point out, any terrorist elements would face expulsion by deportation from the lands under Israeli control. As long as the world is going to spend so much of their energies condemning Israel for defending herself and demanding that Israel reach accords with terror entities and make plaintiff supplication requesting forgiveness for defending her people with the world’s most advanced and effective anti-missile systems and constructing shelter as well as making it a requirement for every apartment, home, factory and commercial structure have sufficient safe rooms and shelters built into the structures while her enemies place their civilians and weapons stores together and launch their rockets from school yards, between homes, near apartments, or from hospital roofs and use those same hospitals as their command and control locations, Israel will be refrained from efforts to conclusively end this dance of death. This ability of the powers of the Western world, and the world in general, to make a distinction by which those terrorists which usual belligerence is aimed at them are evil incarnate and must be reviled and never negotiated with unless it is advantageous to some political ends such as pulling all your troops out of some Middle East or North African nation, while the terrorist group who usually attacks Israel is treated as having valid issues and complaints and should be viewed more as freedom fighters who don’t quite act with sufficiently politeness but that is understandable, they are fighting Israel, again read Jews.
The rest of the world has this dirty little secret which they think the Israelis will never figure out. This illicit desire drives their demands and threats that Israel accommodate those interests of the terrorist entities who assault her from locations within the lands which the world had originally made solemn promises would be utilized solely and exclusively for the Jewish state of Israel. The world never desired to permit that little Jewish state to actually come into existence but made the promise simply to silence a very vocal and driven group of Zionists who refused to go away or be silenced. The thought was to give the Mandate for the formation of this Jewish homeland to the British since it was their Balfour Declaration which initiated and became the standard for the establishment of a Jewish state. The British initially were to establish this Jewish emirate in the lands between the Mediterranean Sea and the border of Iraq but also had this promise to form a nation for their Arab allies and a deal to place the Hashemites as the monarchy of some lands; so they struck a Faustian bargain where the Zionists would surrender all claims to lands east of the Jordan River in exchange for guarantees that the lands west of the Jordan River would remain inviolate for the Jewish state. The Zionists surrendered 78% of the British Mandate so as to receive the promise of the British Crown that the remaining 22% would never be compromised. Well, so much for that promise. Even after that agreement the British took actions to postpone Jewish emigration to the Mandate lands and would regularly disarm Jews while largely ignoring Arab armaments. When Israel was finally permitted to become a nation, the United Nations initial intent was to divide the lands promised inviolate between the Jews and the Arabs. The Arab League nations refused that division as they planned to annihilate the Jewish state immediately after their independence. That effort failed but Egypt was able to take Gaza while Jordan retained control over Judea and Samaria. Jordan would rename these areas West Bank to remove the Jewish origin names, and Israel no longer would be permitted to reclaim those lands promised her even after regaining control over them in their defensive efforts during the Six Day War. The world was amazed that the Jews survived the efforts to quash their state in 1948-9 wars with armies from over a half dozen Arab nations.
When Israel reestablished their dominion over those stolen lands in 1967 the world shuddered in disbelief but their awed shock was soon to turn into shocking spite. Israeli leaders miscalculated by not annexing and declaring their claim on their liberated lands and instead attempted to utilize the lands they held after the Six Day War and defended during the Yom Kippur War in order to trade them for peace with her neighbors. After making peace with both Egypt and Jordan Israel remained at war with Syria though an armistice existed and also held the Golan Heights, Gaza, Judea and Samaria which included East Jerusalem. Israel has officially annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights though the world had had their desires to force their surrender to the Palestinians and Syria respectively. The reality is that much of the world, even including much of the Western world and especially European nations, desire that Israel be subsumed and destroyed by the terrorists by the bands of Palestinian terrorists. These include Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which these powers are now attempting to force Israel to treat and respect as legitimate political entity, and the Palestinian Authority, which was better known in the past as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), as well as numerous smaller and mostly lesser known groups which include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF), Jahafil Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad fi Filastin, Jund Ansar Allah and Fatah. The fact is that there are so many terror entities aligned against Israel, more than against the rest of the world, and that the various terrorist groups who are not specifically aligned against Israel also have splinter groups who are also aligned with the other Palestinian terror groups including al-Qaeda and ISIS (or IS).
The interesting and somewhat misleading dichotomy has nations where some elements of their government worlds seemingly aiming to destroy Israel through empowering her enemies while other elements provide Israel with aid including military aid. The most glaring example is the United States whose military closely works with the Israelis as Israeli technological advancements in drones, anti-missile systems, armored and vehicle missile defense systems, personal weapons design, and modifications to aircraft, armor and other military equipment aids the United States military and saves the United States money as by sharing development with the Israelis there is less duplication of efforts; while the State Department appears to take an Arabist viewpoint and often seem to be working to facilitate the Palestinian terrorists by forcing Israel to limit the force utilized during confrontations and demanding ceasefires before Israeli forces can completely eliminate any of the multitude of terrorist entities aligned against them. The State Department also takes great self-importance from their ability to find ways to differentiate between the terrorist forces Israel is facing from those that Europe and the United States are fighting or opposed to. Eventually Israeli leadership will waken and decide to serve the interests and desires of the majority of the Israeli people and retake complete and undeniable control over all the areas currently being used as bases by those terror groups whose stated goal is the eradication of Israel, and yes, that includes Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, especially since the formation of the unity government with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The world will explode in a pique of unrestrained indignance but with time will get over their initial depressions or scream until they become too hoarse to be heard, either way, the silence will be golden.