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The War in Gaza

Posted on | July 18, 2014 | 9 Comments

The latest “Mideast Peace Plan” in action:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military Friday to prepare for a “significant expansion” of its ground operation against Gaza militants.
Netanyahu said the military’s primary goal would be to destroy underground tunnels used by Hamas to attack the Jewish State. The announcement came hours after Israeli ground troops and tanks struck more than 100 terror targets in Israel’s first major ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years.
The offensive follows an Egyptian effort earlier this week to halt hostilities. Israel accepted the terms, but Hamas refused, demanding that Israel and Egypt first give guarantees to ease the blockade on Gaza.
“Since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, our soldiers are doing it now from the ground,” Netanyahu said at the opening of an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reported. “We decided to launch the action after we tried all the other ways, and with an understanding that without this operation the price we will have to pay later would be much higher.”
Tanks, infantry and engineering forces were operating inside the coastal strip. In a statement, the military said it targeted rocket launchers, tunnels and more than 100 other targets. Throughout the night, the thud of tank shells echoed across Gaza, often just a few seconds apart. Several explosions from Israeli missile strikes shook high-rise buildings in central Gaza City. Pillars of smoke could be seen from the Israeli side of the border.

Charles Krauthammer offers moral clarity:

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison d’etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

When Hamas says “peace,” they mean, “kill the Jews.”

Expecting Israel to negotiate with Hamas is like asking a man to negotiate with a shark over how much of his leg the shark can eat.

 

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  • joethefatman

    Hey, Mr Netanyahu! Screw the international crybabies and proportional response, DESTROY HAMAS! Only with their destruction will you ever have a chance…

    Things that I would say if’n I were the Prez.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    The esteemed Mr Krauthammer said:

    Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war.

    Sadly, not everyone knows this, because there are many, far too many, who will not believe the truth. They are just oh-so-supportive of the downtrodden Palestinians that they picture them as population of saints, while the wicked Jooooos are the source of all the evil and hatred. They are as committed, and as blind, in their beliefs as any 9/11 Truther, and if you managed to show them ironclad evidence that the first strikes came from Gaza, they would chalk it up to a “false flag” operation by Israel.

    They claim to be anti-Zionists, and not anti-Semites, something that is intellectually possible, but it doesn’t take much searching to discover that that intellectual possibility has not been met by them.

  • Quartermaster

    Salaam = Kill Jews. My, my, Arabic has evolved. Enormously.

  • Conniption Fitz

    The Hamas charter calls for death of all Jews. Islam’s core texts call for death of Jews. Imams continually call for death of Jews and Christians. Islamists continually kill Jews and Christians.
    For those who can see, hear and read, that is sufficient moral clarity.
    Islam itself is the problem and should be excluded from civilized nations and exterminated from the earth.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Angelo Codevilla on why even a man of the Right, like the current Israeli PM, will not do what it takes:

    But there is a deeper reason why Israeli elites have not thought of how to translate military superiority into peace through strategic victory, namely the mentality of European socialism. According to that doctrine,
    all of mankind (albeit at different rates) evolves through the several states of socio-economic contradictions and eventually resolves them.
    The distinction between Jew and Arab would matter no more in mankind’s final, socialist state than any of the other distinctions that have
    bedeviled mankind. This tacit assumption is among the legacies of Israel’s founding generation.

    Until this mindset is eradicated [much like the Leftist Way of Thinking has to be purged from the minds of our Patriots], Israel will never know any real peace.

    The full article by Mr. Codevilla is a must-read:
    http://www.libertylawsite.org/2014/07/14/is-israel-at-war/

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    The West lacks the testicular fortitude to even try.