Whenever Israel responds to terror attacks they are accused of responding too forcefully. When Israel files complaints at the United Nations, the very action Israel is often told is preferable to Israel taking military steps in response to terror attacks such as rockets and mortars which land close to their towns and kibbutzim causing minimal damage and causing no casualties, the actions taken by the United Nations are laughable and often they are so minimal as to be undiscernible. So, what will be the response from the world to the latest action Israel has taken in response to terrorist activities which, had they not been averted preventing the execution of their plans, could have resulted in deadly attacks and possibly even multiple kidnappings of Israeli civilians, possibly children. Upon the discovery of a steel and concrete reinforced tunnel complex running four-hundred-fifty meters under the Gaza border wall branching out in different locations which could have facilitated a multipronged attack in several locations simultaneously causing untold horrors, the Israelis took the precautionary step of stopping all steel and concrete building supplies which they had been providing supposedly for civic and public building and certainly not for advanced tunnels complete with tracks for carts to transport terrorists and supplies more rapidly. Israel has resumed supplying these materials under duress and great amounts of pressure from the usual suspects, the United States, European Union and national governments, United Nations and so forth, all of whom gave assurances that this time would be different and that only approved projects whose plans were provided by reliable sources and were to be built by the most trustworthy of construction companies with solid international oversight which guaranteed that none of these dual use items, especially the steel and concrete, would fall into the hands of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, the Palestinian Resistance committee (PRC) or other terror related or unauthorized entities. Needless to say, the tunnel that was discovered was not in any of the approved plans presented for which Israel was supplying the dual use building materials.
This tunnel was large enough for a healthy sized man to easily stand erect inside and ran out under the Gaza Security Barrier for over a quarter of a mile and had a number of side tunnels leading to other desired locations. This tunnel was the most advanced and largest tunnel to be found connecting Gaza with border communities inside Israel and was far larger and technically sophisticated than the tunnel used when two IDF soldiers were murdered and Gilad Shalit was kidnapped and held hostage for five years. With the multiple exits spaces over a sizeable area near numerous Israeli communities and there existing tracks for use of motorized carts, Hamas could have launched a wide spread, multiple target, coordinated attacks and possibly have taken a number of hostages or simply murdered as many as they could before retreating or continuing further into Israel until caught leading to casualties and damages near unimaginable. This tunnel may have been the result of something many have suspected and feared where terrorist entities such as Hamas, Hezballah, Islamic Jihad and any others with sufficient funds and the wherewithal to arrange such transportation send teams to South and Central America and to the southern neighbor of the United States, Mexico, where the terrorists assist in the military training, bomb building and other terrorist training which the drug cartels find valuable and in exchange are given training in advanced tunnel construction and infiltration methods which the cartel members can advance the terrorist knowledge base. There may be some advantages for the Israelis and the United States Border Patrol to exchange notes and determine if this tunnel’s construction bears any similarities with the drug and human smuggling tunnels of the United States southwest. If such similarities exist then it may be time for the IDF and the United States Border Patrol to take a page from the cartel and terrorist cooperation handbook and do some combined training and exchange of methods and other appropriate information.
Meanwhile, the question now is how long will it be before Mahmoud Abbas and many Arab leaders who are aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, and by such also with Hamas such as Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, take to their respective soapboxes and extol the world media with the horrific conditions, lack of proper housing, and deteriorating conditions within Gaza because the most evil regime on Earth, Israel, refuses to allow building materials shipments to enter Gaza leaving the Palestinian to live in squalor without proper shelter or infrastructure. We can expect the Lady Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to be one of the first along with Dr. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and representing the United States it will likely be either Secretary of State John Kerry or President Barack Obama. We should also list the majority of Foreign Ministers from the European continent who are always in good voice when it comes to advising Israel how to best proceed in order to be appreciated and acceptable to the reputable nations of the world. The problem with the advice given by all these not so well-meaning officials of high title and low morals is that their advice always seem to resemble instruction on the best and fastest way for Israel to cut its veritable throat. Just once I would love to see the world give Israel the kind of advice they would demand for themselves if they were facing the threats and challenges which threaten Israel and every single Israeli citizen. We have all witnessed the reactions of these other nations when struck by terrorist threats. We witnessed the delicacy the English troops practiced in Belfast, the restraint shown by the United States after 9/11 and the Afghan and Iraq wars and drone strikes all around the globe, the reactions in France, Spain, Germany and others when facing terrorists. None of them showed restraint nor did they bother to solicit permission from every single nation who wished to advise them on exactly what amount of violence would constitute a reasonable use of force. Nope, they gathered their arms and took care of business and did so with little concern for delicacy. Just once allow Israel the same latitude and there might be a surprise afterwards, Middle East peace as such a peace will only come once the Arab and Muslim Worlds come to the final realization that nothing they can do now or ever into the future will remove Israel and the Jewish People from their ancestral homelands.
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