Beyond the Cusp

April 5, 2019

Unexplainable Joyousness in Israel

 

As Olim who have been in Israel only a few years, we are constantly amazed at how absolutely wonderful and friendly life is. This is even more amazing as we have not learned sufficient Hebrew to actually talk to Israelis such as store clerks or when attempting to make medical appointments and other similar arrangements. Most of the time, if the people we get on the phone do not speak English, they will actually follow through and provide a person to call back who speaks sufficient English to deal with whatever it is we are attempting to accomplish. But that and the fact that, even when there is not an English speaker, they will calmly and politely play charades as we use presumed common gestures to get our message across. This has led to some interesting misunderstandings as you can probably guess. Still, we are making progress in teaching all of Israel English, or at least in our small circle. Yes, there are those who are assisting with our learning Hebrew, but the rest of them will learn English by the time we become proficient in Hebrew. But our experiences are but a small part of the whole. Israel ranks as the thirteenth happiest nation on Earth. That is at least according to the survey which placed Finland as number one and Norway close behind, or as we call them, the frozen chosen. Almost everything we have dealt with thus far has been at least pleasant even if the people at the bank cannot agree amongst themselves how to get things done. This, along with other small aggravations, is largely due to Israel being a rather young nation not yet a century old. But let’s take stock at all the reasons and problems which make Israel appear to be misplaced even making the top one-hundred, let alone thirteenth.

 

Israeli Defense Force at Play on a Beach

Israeli Defense Force at Play on a Beach

 

There are almost innumerable reasons against Israel even ranking on a happiness scale when you take a first look at the news and other coverage of us. Often the first thing that people point to is that Israel is surrounded by nations which wish to kill her down to the last person. They add that these enemies stretch for thousands of miles east and west and a fair distance south with Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and then Europe heading north and then west. Turn eastward just north of Turkey and you will soon be in Russia. It is a wonderful neighborhood as long as you remain within our tight little borders. Then there is the fact that Israel is on a war footing 24/7 with threats of war being thrown in our faces regularly. Currently, Hamas is debating whether or not they wish to risk an all-out war with Israel or just to walk that tightrope where Israel does not respond with full-force. Iran is behind the scenes right now encouraging Hamas and Islamic Jihad to press the envelope even if they end up crushed by an Israeli response. Iran is thinking that if they can press the envelope and not quite get an all-out Israeli response, then they may just succeed in making Bibi Netanyahu appear to be weak and thus lose the upcoming elections. What they are apparently unaware of is what the actual result of their efforts are producing. These attacks are overt and obvious in their intent but still they will cause some voters not to vote Likud because they are not responding with sufficient force and much of what their responses have been are seen as farcical. Those who decide not to vote for Likud in order to replace Bibi are not going to vote for any party which is to the left, they are going to vote for one of the two main choices which are more Zionist and to the right. They might decide they want to vote for a party which has a military man who has seen combat and understands how the military function, a general who trained in a combat position for example. Seeking a general one might immediately jump to the Blue-White Party which touts having four generals of which three have been Chief of Staff. That sounds so very impressive until one inspects their military careers and finds that they often were overly cautious to the point of giving an appearance of timidity. One of the four generals in this party is one who might make an excellent Prime Minister except he is not heading the party, the biggest paper pusher of them all is the leader, and we will leave it at that. So, to whom are you intimating?

 

The person we refer to is not known for his military career despite his service being quite exemplary. This general was the head of the Otzem Pre-Military Academy now located in Yated. He established the academy in 1993 in Bnei Atzmon which was within the limits of Gaza. He oversaw their orderly evacuation with passive protests while doing all they were able not to make the IDF soldiers become uncomfortable with their necessary efforts to remove the students. His intent, as best as we are able to ascertain, was to minimize the stress and shock of the events to both his students, who were training to be IDF soldiers, and the IDF soldiers tasked with their removal. To those who have challenged his decision, we can only inquire what they would have had school age children do while remembering that this was already an uncomfortable and potentially scarring set of conditions. He thought of the children in his charge as well as the IDF soldiers, some may have come from the academy, and did what he thought best means of causing them the least chance for any permanent psychological trauma. Rabbi Levi explained about our former general that he did not want to enter politics, “It should be said in his praise that he didn’t want the job and needed to be convinced.” This gentleman was a combat helicopter pilot, so he definitely received combat training and flew whirlybirds, something which takes great skill, dexterity, concentration and stamina. Helicopters are some of the most intricate of the aircraft as some of the controls are counterintuitive in how they are used. I was only trained on a simulator when I trained as a crash-rescue airfield firefighter as we had to pass a simulator test just in case we were required to move a helicopter away from a crash scene or for any other reason. Training for moving fixed-wing aircraft, airplanes, was vastly more simple as those you just roll along the ground and steer them the same as one would a car. Helicopter pilots have my greatest respect for their abilities. Finally, he served as IDF Chief Rabbi for six years, a very select and prestigious position. We are speaking of the quiet strength of Brigadier General (res) Rabbi Rafi Peretz, the newly elected leader of the Jewish Home Party. Confession, we belong to Jewish Home and have since we selected a party when we named the party we preferred so as to be able to vote in primary elections and other party activities. I am also a member of their Central Committee which approved Rabbi Peretz.

 

But there are other reasons why Israel making the top twenty of a list of happiest nations on a list where it initially appears to be a list of the most socialist left-leaning nations favoring Europe is surprising. The fact that the United States ranks at number nineteen, six positions below Israel, is another surprise. Israel is the most sanctioned nation by United Nations resolutions and faces an international movement, the BDS movement, aimed at isolating Israel economically from the rest of the world. The nation consists of largely desert regions yet much of the northern half of the country is green and filled with farmland. Israel has a limited access to fresh water but has made up for the lack of fresh water sources with desalinization plants to augment the water provided largely by the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Israel basically has two seasons, so we are either having rainy weather or the hot and dry weather of our summers. In Israel, we are usually very happy to have rain but by this time of the year, we are becoming anxious for the summer. By the fall, we are really ready for the cooler weather despite the rains, or possibly, because of the rains, which accompany the cooler weather. Regions of Israel receive snow, specifically Mount Hermon where the Israeli ski resorts thrive during the winter months.

 

Skiing on Mount Hermon

Skiing on Mount Hermon

 

As happiness is often thought to reflect wealth, with Israel ranked just over thirtieth in the world proves that money is not everything. Israel ranks thirtieth in a Quality of Life Index. These ratings would lead one to expect Israel to rank similarly for happiness, but we rate far higher than many expect. Much of this has to do with things which are less easily measured. One is that Israel is a rather religious nation and that applies to all the different religions practiced within our borders. We have a wide choice of fresh fruits and vegetables which are largely grown within Israel through some of the most advanced agricultural methods, innovations and scientific developments which include variants of grains, fruits and vegetables which are better adapted to the climate in Israel. The agricultural wonders are only likely to increase as more of the southern Negev Desert is made arable through irrigation and further adaptable plants are developed through cross breeding and other methods. Many of the Israeli innovations, which are shared with developing nations around the world, can be read about with a number of informative videos in this article titled, 12 Ways Israel Feeds the World, an article which contains many interesting facts. The fact that Israel assists many nations from providing special cell towers, which are powered by solar energy and advance batteries for previously isolated villages in Africa to being one of the first nations to arrive to assist after natural and other disasters and almost always the last to leave, to sharing agricultural advances and medical advances, procedures and inventions often at no cost to the nations we assist. Knowing that your nation is actually fulfilling its desired aim of being a light unto the nations gives one pride. Realizing we do this giving freely, even to the same nations which condemn us repeatedly in votes taken at the United Nations General Assembly as well as countless United Nations agencies, we still get no reassuring support. Israel actually does what we would preach we do if we were to go around beating our chests and yelling, we did that. Instead, we arrive quietly and depart quietly always having the people with whom we interacted very happy that we came and lent a hand. Below is CNN news coverage of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti and the second is a special case from Haiti, George, a dancer, had his leg crushed requiring amputation. The Israeli doctors made arrangements for George to go to Israel and be fitted with a very special prosthetic specifically designed allowing him to return to his life’s love and career as a dancer. He is an excellent dancer even with his new leg.

 

The people of Israel are a mix which comes from every corner of the world. We are not a purely European group of Jews who had nowhere to return to after World War II. The Arab world across the Middle East and Northern Africa forced out virtually all of their Jews who were mostly only able to find one nation willing to take them in, Israel. Israel sent aircraft and boats to assist these refugees, over eight-hundred-thousand in all, in returning to their new home in Israel. We will not claim that there were not difficulties as when you almost double the population in a short period of a nation under fifteen years in age, there are difficulties in finding employment, housing and virtually everything one could imagine. In many cases, these Jews were permitted one suitcase each and those were inspected to make sure that they were not leaving with any item of wealth such as money, jewelry, paintings or other such items. The Jews from these Arab nations were just as destitute and quite traumatized just as the survivors of the Holocaust had been when coming to Israel. They also arrived in a nation being threatened by the same world they had just been expelled from and they would see wars as the Arabs attacked Israel in three major wars in barely over her first twenty-five years. Still, the people have a vibrancy and love of life which is infectious. The love and pride in their homeland is also evident and we all agree on one thing, despite any problems, we are home where we will not become victims of the government and be thrown into death camps with an intent on eradicating the Jews. We are in our country and for better or worse, we know we are home, and that is a very wonderful feeling for a people who have been victimized, persecuted and attempted to be eradicated throughout history, and as Jews, we remember our history. Why is Israel so happy? Perhaps it is the air, the people, the great food, the ice cream shops almost every other block, the beaches, the skiing, Jerusalem, the history and the fact that it is home and always has been the home we dreamed in which to live. We cannot explain why, but we can only be surprised that we are not rated higher. Sure much of the world loves to hate us, but at least now our own country will not hate us and mistreat us because it is actually and really our own country finally and at last, after over two-thousand years, we are home.

 

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August 2, 2018

Defining the Difference

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The difference between the Arabs and Israel is stark and completely accepted as defined by both sides. The Arabs, in the form of the Palestinian Arabs, admire and celebrate death. The Israelis take their love of life from Torah and their basically libertarian views. As a matter of fact, the Arabs have proclaimed this difference when they proclaim, as did Osama bin Laden, “We love death as you love life.” The terrorists have proven the validity of this time and again. Often when there is a terrorist attack, they refuse to stop after murdering one or two people, they often continue to attempt to murder more people until they are stopped, almost as if their main aim was their own death as being more important than the deaths of others. We have witnessed this on far too many occasions here in Israel. This was proven with the Gaza rioting, which has continued despite the agreement to a ceasefire, when they continue to charge the border fence and fly incendiary kites and balloons into Israel knowing that they may be shot. There is proof of the extent to which Israelis love life, which is that even the terrorists who are murdering others, or destroying large regions of fields and other lands, the IDF follow their instructions to aim to maim and not to kill. Israel prefers to take terrorists into custody rather than simply eliminating these criminal threats to our society. To put this into reference, the police in almost every jurisdiction in the United States, particularly in the major cities, are instructed that if they are required to use their weapons, they are to fire for center of body mass with the full intent of neutralizing, read kill, their target. There is no aim for their feet or maim the criminal when you must shoot, you are to kill them preferably with a minimum number of bullets, though often the officers neglect the directive to use a minimum number of bullets. Even in many European nations, you know, the enlightened people, also instruct their armed and Special Operations officers to shoot to kill and to do so as efficiently as possible. These districts almost appear to be more concerned with saving bullets than lives. In Israel, our forces are trained to shoot to end an attack but not to kill the terrorist.

 

Probably one of the most striking trials proving how seriously the IDF takes what they define as an improper shooting, especially when resulting in the death, even of a terrorist, was the fairly recent trial of Sergeant Elor Azaria who was convicted in the death of a terrorist he shot while he was in custody. The terrorist was not restrained and Sergeant Elor Azaria claimed that he suspected the terrorist was reaching to explode a bomb belt. His claims ran contrary to some comments he had made in the barracks after the shooting which placed that excuse in sufficient suspicion that he was convicted. The conviction was also political as there was the intent to impress upon IDF soldiers that they would not receive any leeway should their actions result in a death, be it a terrorist, criminal or even combatant. From things we heard, many soldiers were spooked by the result of the episode concerning Sergeant Elor Azaria’s shooting case and some even had confided that they were now apprehensive towards the use of potentially deadly force even when lives might be under threat. They were worried that should they shoot a terrorist who was stabbing people that they might be tried for using unnecessary force as it might be believed that the use of their firearm would be considered improper and that they might be expected to instead use their hand-to-hand training to disarm and subdue the terrorist. This was not a solitary case as Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner lost his command for striking a European activist with his rifle butt. Lieutenant Colonel Eisner was reacting to a series of provocations including one during this engagement where his finger was broken which we believe was caused by the person he eventually struck. He was taken from command and thus ending any chance for advancement largely due to the videos provided by the European activists who initiated this engagement with the IDF with the intention of provoking any violent result. Lieutenant Colonel Eisner had attempted to calm his men and took a position between them and the activists which resulted in his injury and this eventually lead to his striking the activist in order to back him out of his face where the activist had been shoving him and shouting and spitting in his face. There may have been more to the actions taken against Lieutenant Colonel Eisner for reasons not related to the incident, but that is for another time and the fact remains that he was punished for basically defending himself from further injury.

 

The Israeli political and military elite will use soldiers to actually perform search and destroy missions into areas of concern where rocket launchers and arms storage are located or region which are know as terrorist strongholds. On the surface, this appears to be an obvious means of performing such necessary maneuvers. The reality is that most western powers when similar operations are required only send their soldiers into such areas after reducing much of the area to rubble with air power. The most often implemented tactic is to use high explosive bombings followed by incendiary, read napalm, bombing making the area fairly cleared of any threats to their soldiers who are performing what are referred to as mopping-up sweeps. The IDF does use air power before sending in their soldiers but they do not drop bombs or incendiaries, they drop leaflets informing the civilians that there is about to be military operations in the area and that they should depart the area for their safety. The usual question which follows is asking does that not warn the terrorists that the IDF is coming with their soldiers. The answer is, of course it does but that is a risk the IDF takes, or at least the command takes with the lives and safety of the soldiers far down under their command. Colonel Richard Kemp is an observer who has given testimonies to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the European Union and anywhere else which would provide him with a forum where he has testified to the threats faced by Israel and the IDF and the extraordinary restraint and limited use of force with the full intent to minimize civilian casualties even at the cost of IDF soldiers’ lives. We have included some of his commentary below starting with his commentary of the recent Gaza demonstrations. Richard Kemp has been a commander in the British military as an Infantry soldier and officer as well as a commando commander. He has been a dependable human rights and observer of the conducting of war within the international rules of warfare. The last video is a speech given in Norway under invitation to clear the invectives which have been leveled against the IDF. He refers to studies done and other expert commentaries which have been conducted. All of his speeches below are worth hearing.

 

 

 

 

Israel and Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO and other Palestinian Arab efforts cannot be any more different in every way and means. When it comes to the lives of Israelis, the difference is to be expected. Of course, the IDF is formed to protect the lives of the Israeli civilians while the terrorists desire dead Israelis and go to great extents to kill Israelis, especially Israeli civilians as that increases the terror and fear factor. What becomes more difficult to grasp is that the IDF and the government behind them are more concerned with the lives of Palestinian Arabs than are the terrorists. The terrorists very often place their rockets and arms stores inside schools, including United Nations run schools, they place launchers and weapons stores within and near hospitals, while the Hamas main command bunker sits under Shifa Hospital. These are simply a few choice examples and there are many more including the fact that Hamas uses human shields including children as the United Nations concluded in their own research. Of course, this discovery does not lead to any condemnations from the Human Rights Council as there was no feasible way to blame Israel. The UN’s Human Rights Council has issued more condemnations of Israel than of all other countries combined. You cannot make these things up, it is not necessary when you have the United Nations General Assembly during their 2015 session adopting twenty resolutions singling out Israel for criticism with only three resolutions on the rest of the world combined. We could list a similar proclivity for the European Union adopting condemnations of Israel but we will simply limit it to a picture of the result of their adopting the BDS demands to label certain goods made within Israel. This is being done despite the fact that the Oslo Accords left Area C as completely under Israeli legal and security control and was expected to become part of Israel and is where all the so-called “settlements” are located, many are actual cities with all the requirements to make them legal, but why allow reality get in the way of condemnation and economic sabotage against Israel. The amusing result was people were found seeking these labels on wines, cheeses and produce as well as other products in order to purchase them.

 

European Union Labels for Products from Judea and Samaria

European Union Labels for Products from Judea and Samaria

 

The difference is also in the expectations of the world as shown above. What it comes down to is very simple and can be expressed in the simplest of terms. The world expects the Arab groups dealing with Israel to act as barbarians while they expect that Israel fight them as the perfect example of human restraint. Where Hamas is expected to break every rule of law, Israel is expected to never cause any collateral damage. Part of that expectation was brought on ourselves when we used smallest possible charges when targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders and leadership such that in a number of cases we struck their vehicle and succeeded in killing the Hamas officer in the rear seat, injuring the person sitting next to him in the back seat and left the driver barely injured. Hamas officers took precautions since this was operational by surrounding their vehicles with children which ended the targeting Hamas officers when in their vehicles. The world has simply set a diametrically opposite set of demands upon Israel and the Arabs set on the destruction of Israel. This allows for anything to be done if it will destroy Israel and almost no effort which has even the slightest violence which might even cause a boo-boo to be used in defending Israel. We have a name for such a double-standard; we call it anti-Semitism. When you have a separate set of standards which are applied only to the one Jewish State in the world and an unbelievable lenient set of rules only applied to the enemies of Israel and only when they are fighting or murdering Israelis, that is anti-Semitism. What is the difference when defined, anti-Semitism, nothing less.

 

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July 22, 2018

What Hamas Really Desires

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Hamas has been playing a very costly game of cat and mouse with ceasefires. Hamas fired between one-hundred-twenty to two-hundred rockets and or mortars into Israel leading up to their declaration of accepting the Egyptian offer for a ceasefire with Israel. As per their usual modus-operandi, Hamas instituted a dangerous assault of projectiles immediately before grabbing at a third party offered ceasefire. This has been what they have done before but this time they went a step further. The next day they informed Israel through whatever channels they use that it might take them as long as two weeks before they would be capable of calming the kite and balloon incendiary device launching protesters from continuing to launch these murderous and damaging devices. Thusfar these devices have caused over two-million dollars in crop losses as well as destruction of forests and wildlife preserves. There have even been cases of using birds to carry devices attached to their limbs including one unfortunate falcon found incinerated hanging from a tree limb (see images below). This was not the only bird found murdered in this horrid manner. But Hamas and their minions believe that all is fair as it might damage Israel or murder Jews. That is another item people often miss, Hamas does not just desire Israel gone, they call for the murder of every Jew on Earth and lionize Hitler as proof that the Jews need killing.

 

Dead Falcon Found in Tree with Twine and Incendiary Device Attached

Dead Falcon Found in Tree with Twine and Incendiary Device Attached

 

Hamas allowed the ceasefire to last almost two hours before having snipers open fire on IDF troops patrolling the border for damages to the border fence severely injuring one soldier who later succumbed to his wounds. After this event they re-announced their call for a ceasefire claiming that some of their people had not been advised and all were now prepared to observe the ceasefire. This is the Hamas means of conducting their war; they slowly increase the level until Israel begins to reciprocate. They then make a more intense and massive attack and run to Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, any third party willing to allow them to call for a ceasefire. Then they break the ceasefire and then call for it to start after that attack. They will then wait almost a day or two and make another small attack and wait to see if Israel responds. After measuring the Israeli response, the less response the greater the chance that Hamas will slowly escalate until Israel responds. They then make another larger attack and scream for a ceasefire. They continue to do this until Israel does not accept one of their calls for a ceasefire and instead retaliates and then they scream to the world media that Israel broke the ceasefire and started the attacks because Hamas had called for a ceasefire and Israel attacked during that ceasefire. Needless to say, as history has born this out, the media repeats the Hamas view and Israel is condemned across the world in the media, the European Union condemns the Israel disproportional attacks, the United Nations demands an investigation, a transparent investigation, not any investigation by Israel, the Human Rights Council condemns the Israeli initiating of violence and on and on.

 

After the soldier died of his wounds and in response to the Hamas attack, the Israeli Air Force struck Gaza destroying several Hamas command and control centers, a main headquarters, training areas and numerous weapons stores (see images below). Israeli forces have stood down from attacks but remain in an alert status and have been told to be aware that Hamas will likely strike at any targets of opportunity, thus they are not to present any such targets for Hamas. Simple English, keep your heads down and no strolling out in the open near the Gaza border. Hamas will likely strike again probably by the time this article is posted and then claim it was accidental and that they hope Israel will continue to observe the ceasefire. We are always tempted at this point to simply add, rinse-repeat, but Word does not recognize those two words as a complete sentence. Hamas will continue cat and mouse games until Israel attacks in force across the border and then in the end, Hamas plan is enacted where they provide regions which they know the IDF will desire entering and destroying the stores of rockets and tunnel entrances. They set up ambushes and wait. But there is more to the perfidy they will enact.

 

IDF Strikes in Gaza

IDF Strikes in Gaza

 

Hamas knows that before Israel enters an area where there will probably be resistance, the IDF will send out phone messages, drop leaflets and make announcements on radio and any other means available warning the civilians to leave the area of operations. This gives Hamas all the warning they need to ready their ambushes, and still Israel risks her troops rather than have civilians in the line of fire. The problem is Hamas will often leave civilians in the area, often booby-trapped so they can kill the IDF soldiers when they try to remove the civilians. Does this trap kill the civilians in question? Of course they die, but their deaths are blamed on the IDF because if the Jews would all just die, then there would be no problem thus the Jews are the reason everything happens. There is another item one needs to know; all media in Gaza is required to clear their reports through Hamas minders before they are permitted to be filed and often the reporters in Gaza are Hamas operatives working as approved stringers for the major media outlets whose reporters are comfortable in Tel Aviv sitting in the café bars along the beach. The reporters with the Israeli soldiers, the few as they actually have to work, they can report whatever they witness and they do which is where many of the Israeli newspapers get their reports as they are not exactly permitted inside Gaza. There was one very important television report filed by a reporter out of India for NDTV. The video was recorded by his crew from his hotel room showing out his sliding door to his room’s balcony where just a short distance away Hamas was setting up a rocket launcher. We covered this with the video which is still on our site in our article, UNHRC Report on Israel Uses Disproportionate Accusations from all the way back on June 25, 2015. Our bet is after they smuggled this report or otherwise transmitted it out of Gaza, this station was very likely no longer permitted access inside Gaza without very close minding. The video is enlightening as well as very interesting and the reporter is almost amusing.

 

Let us return back to the current situation. Needless to add at this point, but much of what the mainstream media will end up presenting if a full-blown confrontation is inevitable, then they are going to point out endlessly how Israel is so mean because so many on the Hamas side are being killed and so few Israelis are being killed. Sometimes you can swear you can hear them asking, where are the dead Jews or Israelis. The answer is actually easily stated in the use of resources. Iron Dome interceptors cost fifty-thousand dollars each so every time you hear about Israel intercepting a Hamas rocket, Israel just invested fifty-thousand dollars to intercept a fifty-dollar rocket simply to preserve life. Israel has just invested a thousand dollars to every dollar Hamas spent such that no Israeli is killed. Israel requires every new residence and all business structures to provide bomb shelters within to protect the people. Hamas does not build apartments because they use 90% of the building supplies sent by the United Nations, European Union and endless procession of bleeding-heart-liberals for the construction of infiltration tunnels in order to kidnap and murder Israelis. Israel invested millions of dollars to invent the technology to uncover these tunnels which the IDF then summarily destroys. There has not been a new hospital built in Gaza since the 2007 takeover by Hamas. There has been an extensive tunnel and bunker system built to protect Hamas operatives and leaders and their rocket launchers. They do not permit the citizens into these bunkers because they want them to die as collateral damage so they can use their pictures in the media to condemn Israel. Israel spends unbelievable amounts to protect their citizens while Hamas does all they can to get their citizens killed including using them as booby-traps to kill IDF soldiers along with their citizens. Hamas had built an entire clinic with explosives in the walls just to blow it up and when they did, they killed three IDF soldiers who were investigating a tunnel entrance built within the clinic. This brings us to our suggestion on how to end this repeating scenario of wars with Hamas.

 

The IDF is very good at striking Hamas bases, training areas, weapons stores, rocket stores and manufacturers, command and control and all other sorts of Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions all without killing anybody. The most recent series of attacks were rumored to have potentially killed as many as four Hamas operatives when striking sixty positions and destroying almost an equal number of Hamas positions. We understand the desire of the IDF and the Israeli government in their care not to kill anybody, as we are the ones who cherish life; they are the ones who claim to cherish death. In cooperation with this operational directive, we have a suggestion for a whole new targeting system. This will require the same operational time frame of in the early morning around two to three o’clock. What this will not target are easily replaced Hamas weapons sheds. No, we think that perhaps we need to target the soft and easy life the multi-billionaire Hamas leaders live. Strike their fancy five-star restaurants, the water park, the new three-story mall and all the nightspots where they go for entertainment. Strike the areas where they shop and force them to live like the less fortunate in Gaza whose homes these leaders steal the material so they are unable to rebuild their lives. Take away the easy life that the Hamas leadership and their cronies enjoy and leave the regular Gazan alone for a while. If that does not force a change, then target their homes, when nobody is thought to be home, and see if they use any of their tunneling provisions, you know, the provisions with which they are supposed to be rebuilding apartment buildings and building schools and hospitals, clinics and repairing the damages caused in the destruction of their rocket launchers placed next to those apartment buildings. The leadership of Hamas has not been made to pay a price and until they are paying a price, what do they care about those others people, the little people. There is even the possibility when the people of Gaza see that their leaders care more about the new three-story mall than their apartment and care more over the restaurants and water parks than the schools and hospitals they might realize who are the ones really responsible for their crashed economy and near 50% unemployment and the radicalizing of their youth. Remember, while tens of thousands were rioting at the Gaza border with Hamas, many paid three-hundred dollars to participate, there were one and three-quarter million Gazans who were not rioting, demonstrating or having anything to do with the violence against Israel. Those are the Gazans the news seldom speaks about, as they are not serving the cause to destroy Israel. We can only pray that we do not end up with the necessity of another war to bring these Hamas assaults to an end.

 

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