Israel knows the number of Hamas rockets and mortar shells that have been fired from Gaza since they peacefully left the area in Palestinian rule. The rest to the world may have been behind, but are starting to come up to speed. I can’t imagine what life is like for those in Israel so it is really not up to me to judge the magnitude of their response to the Hamas problem. Watch 15 Seconds, Another 15 seconds and 15 seconds in Sderot; you will have a better understanding of what it is like for those living in southern Israel. We worry about WASL’s yet over a year ago public schools in Sderot were moved underground for safety from continuous Hamas attacks.
A quick aside regarding disproportionate response; I am all for it. If a one small person were in the middle of an armed bank robbery, I’d want more than one one small police officer showing up at the scene; disproportion is good.
This is not a new situation. Where were the condemnations of Hamas by the international community? Where were the front page news stories about Hamas’ almost daily bombing of peaceful Israeli people? I believe the press came up a little short in accurately reporting the situation and I applaud Israel for shutting down the 15 second dash for life; especially knowing full well that they would be seen as the bad guys by the international community and the press.
The stories are there in support of Israel and in condemnation of Hamas, but I think the press is so used to bashing President Bush for defending our nation against Islam that they only see things through Allah colored glasses. If this were not the case then why didn’t I see bipartisan support for Israel articles all over the news when Democrats and Republicans alike are standing in support of Israel.
Recently Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (D) speaking on Meet the Press gave a great synopsis and even a little NW analogy in his summation of Gaza situation.
Let’s understand the background. For eight years they’ve been firing rockets into Israel. They’ve become more intense the last few months. Israelis have been killed, maimed and injured. Sometimes more than 200 a day coming into Israel.
If this were going on in the United States from Vancouver, Canada, into Seattle, would we react? Course we do. We would have to. I think what the Israelis are doing is very important. I think this terrorist organization, Hamas, has got to be put away. They’ve got to come to their senses. The Fatah group, which is–makes up part of Palestinian group, has a peace arrangement with Israel. Hamas should do the same.
And, and, and Israel, for–since 1967, controlled Gaza. They gave it to the Palestinians as a gesture of peace. And all they got are a bunch of rockets in return.
I, I’m not concerned about removing Hamas from power, I’m concerned about stopping the rocket fire and the mortar fire into Israel. That is the key, and that’s what Israel’s up to according to the prime minister.
[regarding an immediate cease-fire]
If the Hamas organization will agree and there is some degree of certainty that they will follow through. They, in the past, have simply not lived up to what they said they would do. If there’s a way of enforcing this cease-fire, then yes. Otherwise, Israel has to continue till they stop the rockets and mortars coming into Israel, maiming, injuring……and killing Israelis.
Hamas has made it abundantly clear that peace with Israel is not an option leaving Israel with simply no choice but to end the 15 second situation through force. .
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
Do you remember those lines from the official Hamas covenant that first appeared here in a post regarding Hamas overthrowing the more peaceful Palestinian Fatah Party? Peaceful in that they were willing to make a very unique, in the Middle East, step towards peace by accepting Israel’s right to exist as a nation.
Jeffrey Goldberg, for the Atlantic, just wrote regarding Nizzar Rayyan, the Hamas leader who was killed in an Israeli bombing raid last week. He had interviewed him in Gaza a few years ago.
There was no flexibility with Rayyan. This is what he said when I asked him if he could envision a 50-year hudna (or cease-fire) with Israel: “The only reason to have a hudna is to prepare yourself for the final battle. We don’t need 50 years to prepare ourselves for the final battle with Israel.” There is no chance, he said, that true Islam would ever allow a Jewish state to survive in the Muslim Middle East. “Israel is an impossibility. It is an offense against God.”
…and it is true that Allah continually makes the Jews pay for their crimes in many different ways. They are a cursed people.”
“You are murderers of the prophets and you have closed your ears to the Messenger of Allah,” he said.
Here I am clapping again for Israel and their decision to put an end to the Hamas/Gaza situation. Israel’s only intentions have been to live in peace without constant threat. Hamas has always been very vocal about their intentions; they intend to kill Jews until there are no Jews left to kill. Hamas are the radicals we speak of when we refer to radical Islam. For example who knows that crucifixion is called for in the Qur’an?
5:33 Those who wage war against God and His Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death, crucifixion, the amputation of an alternate hand and foot or banishment from the land: a disgrace for them in this world, and then a terrible punishment in the Hereafter, (The Qur’an, Oxford UP, 2004)
I don’t here a lot about crucifixion from middle of the road Islam, yet Hamas, just before Christmas, seemed to offer a reproof of their radicalism with their reinstatement of crucifixion as a punishment for offenses against God. I suppose that would include offenses like Israel’s mere existence as Nizzar Rayyan mentioned.
Israel’s has endured years of the 15 second dash for life and only wants to bring this to an end to it so they can live peacefully in the Middle East. Go ahead and read all the news, but if you find yourself opposing Israel’s recent actions, then please take 15 seconds and ask yourself why you would side with Hamas.