Archive for July, 2014

Hamas revels in human sacrifice

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry affirms that Israel “has every right in the world to defend itself” against attacks by Hamas in Gaza.

That’s all that counts: that no nation on earth should be asked to sit quietly while 1800 rockets rain down on its cities in just 12 days.

No nation should be asked to act “proportionately” to these rockets – because acting “proportionately” would require Israel to deliberately fire 1800 rockets at civilian population centres in Gaza while ignoring Hamas military targets. The democracy and the human rights beacon that is Israel is neither capable of nor prepared to behave in this atrocious fashion – that kind of vicious behaviour is left to its Palestinian Arab “partners for peace”. And to the other Arab regimes in its neighbourhood, in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and more.

More than that: acting “proportionately” would require Israel to deliberately fire 14,000 missiles at exclusively civilian targets in Gaza over a period of 9 years. Again, the democracy and human rights beacon that is Israel is incapable of such atrocities. Thankfully.

Sympathy for the Palestinian Arabs who are suffering as a result of Hamas’s deliberately genocidal abuse of its own citizens is entirely justified, but their situation is nothing to do with Israel – anyone who is upset by these horrific images should address their concerns to the people behind the human rights abuse: Hamas.

And only Hamas.

These vulgar, “telegenic” images are exactly what Hamas wants the world to see as part of its PR campaign to terrorise Jews with impunity while shackling its Jewish victims’ ability to respond – by harnessing world opinion.

What Hamas DOESN’T want is for the world to acknowledge the simple truth: that Hamas and Hamas alone bears full responsibility for the carnage.

Because it’s all so absurdly simple: if you really care for your citizens’ wellbeing then you don’t deliberately put them in harm’s way by firing missiles at Israeli civilians from within Gaza’s civilian areas. And above all: you don’t start a war after stealing all the internationally donated concrete, tens of thousands of tonnes of the material, to build terror tunnels and not one (1) single bomb shelter for your own civilians.

The Hamas strategy is cynical, manipulative, grotesque and viciously cruel, to Israelis and Gaza Arabs alike.

It would take a special kind of deliberate blindness and deafness not to appreciate that Hamas is thus engaged in a nasty propaganda war the like of which the world has never previously seen.

It’s so obvious even the EU’s Catherine Ashton and the UN’s Ban Ki-Moon ought to be able to understand what is going on, and accordingly allow Israel to finish the job once and for all.

The job of removing Hamas from a position of power in Gaza so the citizens of Gaza can finally live normal lives.

Peace in our time? Give me a break…

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In a world in constant flux, it’s reassuring to know that there is at least some stability, that some things are constant and never, ever, change.

Israel agreed to a ceasefire that was brokered by Egypt, and has kept its promise.

Hamas has continued firing rockets at Israeli civilian population centres.

Business as usual for both sides, in other words.

The Jewish state continues to demonstrate goodwill, humanity, concern for civilian lives. As usual.

The Palestinian Arab fanatics with whom Israel is supposed to negotiate respond with serial human rights abuses against both their own population and that of Israel. As usual.

There is as yet no world condemnation of Hamas. There is as yet no media commentary on the fact that the truce is being smashed hour by hour, minute by minute, rocket by rocket, by one side and one side alone – Hamas, the Palestinian Arab party that is in a unity government together with Fatah. And Fatah is not imposing its will on its government partner.

The condemnation, the media commentary, will only start if Israel responds to violation of the ceasefire. The ceasefire to which the Jewish state scrupulously adhered, and which the Hamas government never obeyed.

Business as usual, in other words.

No more Dutch taxpayer-funded lifetime pensions for Palestinian Authority mass-murderers. Now it’s up to the rest of the EU to grow a backbone and follow suit.

In the Netherlands, however, it’s NOT business as usual. The Dutch government’s Second Chamber recently adopted a motion to stop the transfer of funds that the Palestinian Authority passes on to terrorists in Israeli prisons. The Dutch reasoning is exquisitely lucid in its simplicity: this funding is nothing other than government approval for the mass-murder of Jews in Israel, it is a lifetime pension paid to PA-ratified murderers on a sliding scale that varies with the number of Jewish civilians each Palestinian Arab terrorist “succeeds” in killing.

The Dutch move represents a brave departure from the EU’s normal “business as usual” approach, and it is to be hoped that this initiative will be echoed throughout the EU. The EU, after all, prides itself on acting in consensus on all matters of foreign policy. And Sweden, in particular, has elevated concensus to a state religion.

So here’s hoping Sweden will be the second EU member state to follow suit. It is election year in Sweden, and one thing is for certain: the current Swedish government’s actions and statements on Hamas’s ongoing conflict with Israel are going to go a long way in determining the make-up of the next government in this Nordic country at end September.

Prime Minister Reinfeld, take notice. (We can leave Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his legendary animosity to Israel out of the picture - there’s no point in being unrealistic here.)

Rocket Diplomacy

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Fatah to Israel: Prepare your body-bags.

Obama to Israel: Fatah is a partner for peace.

Obama’s words came on the same day as Fatah’s body-bag warning…

Let’s understand the background: Hamas, Jihad Islami and other terrorists in Gaza have been attacking Israeli civilians with rockets, sometimes at a rate of up to one per minute.

But that’s nothing new – since January this year Gaza terrorists from the Hamas unity government have fired more than 450 missiles at exclusively civilian targets in Israel. Of course, that figure doesn’t include the 12,000 missiles that the Gaza terrorists fired at Israeli civilians in the previous 9 years.

Read that again, slowly: one rocket every 60 seconds landing on a school, hospital, apartment building, road. And the world community speaks with one voice: NOT to demand that the terrorists stop their human rights violations, but to demand that Israel behave with restraint.

Fatah to Israel: Prepare your body-bags.

Obama to Israel: Fatah is a partner for peace.

After more than a week of warnings and a gradual increase in its military response, Israel last night finally went on the offensive with Operation Protective Edge to try and stamp out the constant mortal threat to its citizens from Gaza’s unceasing barrage of rockets.

Mahmoud Abbas leads the Palestinian Arab Fatah government in the Jewish provinces of Judea and Samaria. Fatah demands that Israel make a gift of Judea and Samaria to them so they can create a third Palestinian Arab state there (alongside Jordan and Gaza), but Fatah is too proud to negotiate over it. Fatah just demands. Fatah has now responded to Israel’s measured military actions in Gaza by warning all Israelis everywhere to “prepare body-bags” since “Jewish blood is going to flow in rivers” because Israel has the temerity to try and prevent the ongoing murder of its citizens.

But best of all, today, even as Fatah warns Israeli civilians to prepare large numbers of body-bags for the civilians that the Palestinian Arabs intend to murder, President Obama publishes an op-ed praising Abbas, Fatah and the prospects for peace. Eerily, on the same day that Abbas and his Fatah party warn Israelis to prepare mass body-bags, Obama writes “in President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel”.

Which begs the question: is Obama as out of touch with reality, as cold to human suffering, as Abbas is?

Or does Obama, like Abbas, believe that human suffering is terrible, but only if it does not involve Jews or Israelis?

Here’s a message for Obama: STOP trying to equate Israel’s defensive responses with the US-supported Palestinian Arab government’s offensive terror against Jewish civilians. There is no moral equivalency here. At all. Get real – or get out of office. Because right now you are a liability to your proud nation and to the people of the Middle East. All the people – Israelis, Iranians and Arabs; Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Your naivety is embarrassing – and it is causing mayhem from Iraq to Israel, from Lebanon to Libya, from Syria to Somalia.

There is no moral equivalency between the Palestinian Arabs’ US-backed government’s attacks on civilian Israeli Jews, and Israel’s legitimate steps to protect its citizens from these constant human-rights abuses.

Resist the habit of a political lifetime and keep your restraining hands off Israel this one time. Because unlike you, we understand that Israel has to get the job done, once and for all. Otherwise Palestinian Arab violence will continue returning to haunt both Arabs and Israelis ad infinitum. You may be comfortable with that prospect, but we aren’t. For goodness sake, even the EU has expressed its complete support of Israel in the face of the Palestinian Arabs’ onslaught. EU ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen says the EU would like to “express its unreserved solidarity with citizens of Israel” and that the “indiscriminate shooting of rockets against civilians can never be a legitimate response, no matter what your grievances.”

Now let the IDF deal robustly with the people behind the indiscriminate shooting of rockets against Israeli civilians. Without outside interference.

So that everyone has a chance for a more peaceful future.

Here’s hoping someone at the White House has the time and ability to read these words.

For my other articles published in the Times of Israel, see here.