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Israel sends a really bad message in Gaza

May 17th, 2007  ·  11 Comments

Israel’s leadership insists that this week’s massive Hamas rocket barrage on the Negev region is an attempt to draw Israel into the Gaza Strip in order to unify warring Palestinian factions. Israel, the politicians vow, will not take the bait.

While that may indeed be Hamas’ short term goal, Israel’s government is yet again demonstrating a detrimental inability to see beyond the immediate horizon.

The long-term diplomatic consequences of not responding to the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza in an overwhelming and even shocking manner far outweigh the short-term international criticism Israel would face for invading the blood-drenched coastal strip.

Allow me to briefly explain.

Even from a secular liberal viewpoint, which is how Israel’s current leadership approaches the situation, not launching a crushing military response will result in a setback for Israel in the “peace” negotiations it so desperately wants to conduct with the so-called “moderate” Palestinians.

Every time the Palestinians escalate their aggression and Israel fails to respond with even more severe military action, then ending that new level of Palestinian aggression becomes the benchmark for Palestinian compliance.

In the beginning, what was requested of the PLO was to keep arms out of the hands of groups like Hamas, to prevent unauthorized weapons from ever entering “Palestinian” territories.

Since every Palestinian and his mother are now armed, clearly no one is making that demand anymore. It has already been violated in an irreversible way.

Then we moved on to stopping certain groups from carrying out bus bombings. The Palestinians never complied, but thank God Israel itself has managed to curb that threat.

Now we are seeing a far more strategic threat – cross-”border” rocket fire. And Israel is allowing that rocket fire to become a bargaining chip.

When Israeli leaders next meet their Palestinian counterparts for “peace” talks, what they will demand is an end to the rocket attacks. The Palestinians are effectively controlling what it is the Israelis will ask for at the negotiating table, and they are making sure it won’t be anything too substantial for them in the long-term; they are making sure they won’t ever have to really compromise.

Israel could very simply end this situation by responding to escalating Palestinian aggression in kind. As soon as the Palestinians increase their rocket fire, Israel should invade Gaza and carry out unceasing and crushing military operations everywhere. Israel should make life 10 times more unbearable for the Palestinians than they are making it for the residents of southern Israel.

And Israel should not stop doing that until the Palestinians cease their fire. The negotiating point for the next round of talks should be Israel ending its frightening display of military power in exchange for an end to Palestinian rocket fire – period. Nothing more.

Israel should not have to trade more security and land concessions for a temporary reprieve from ever-escalating Palestinian aggression.

Of course, going this route would mean flipping the bird to an incensed international community, which means that despite the obvious, Israel’s current leaders won’t even consider it.

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11 comments so far ↓

  • 1 BillT // May 17, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I have to admit that these Hamas guys make the Old Testament make sense.

  • 2 Charles // May 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Israels queen is in check and they will loose it no matter what they will do . Bush has deserted Israel for what? Oil . Israel is in grave danger and will use any resource to defend itself . Those that come against Israel do not have a clue what awaits them . 1200 years before Mohamed revised the Old Testament teachings to form his Redheaded Stepchild religion that favors the descendants of Ishmael that also is self serving to his own womanizing tendencies, God told us of the Lord sending fire on those that come against Israel in Ezekiel . I tend to believe that God is not a (flip flopper ) when he spells out his plan . Islam thinks that He is . The Koran says that Jesus is the Truth and the Light of the world , but not the Son of God . Jesus said that He was the Son of God . That does not compute but neither does Islam .
    I believe that when this war comes Israel will be in eminent danger of complete annihilation and will deploy non conventional weapons on their attackers and those that sent them .
    Hamas is playing Russian roulette and too stupid to know it .

  • 3 Seth // May 18, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    unfortunately, at least with the current government, Israel wont do much to fight back (especially with ‘unconventional weapons’). The current government would rather have Israel be wiped into the sea than look bad to the world. Unfortunately, the world does not know what its really like over here. The Palestinians are very good at PR and the international community has fallen for their BS.

  • 4 Nathan // May 19, 2007 at 12:34 am

    I actually think that Israel should pollute the Pals water supply maybe even go so far as to posion it. Yep I said it, why should we have to play by rules and regulations while these orcs go crazy shooting each other and bombing Israel and her citizens all the time with no consequences. Time to end this theater.

  • 5 Charles // May 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Israel really can’t respond to every little attack with vigor because Bush has sold out to the Arabs . His stubborn mule headed opinions that defies logic has left Israel out in the cold . He will end up as the most hated president in American history world wide . He will also be the one to single handily bring America down . I would imagine that Israels weapons stockpile has not been replenished after the last conflict . This brings us to the deterrent that scares the heck out of Iran , Syria and the Saudies .

  • 6 Joyce // May 21, 2007 at 8:00 am

    I don’t understand what it takes for Israel’s leadership and the international community to realize that the radical Palestinians are not interested in peace negotiations. I would think that the unprovoked rocket attacks would be enough for anyone to realize this. Not to mention their threats of annihilation of Israel. Does this really sound like someone who wants peace? Not to me it doesn’t. To be able to negotiate peace you have to be dealing with rational people, and to me they are aggressive, and irrational, and cannot be trusted. And I do not believe, that peace can exist with people like that. And it’s just ludicrous for anyone to believe that it can.

  • 7 ale // May 22, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    isreal is a strong wife she has endured the stings of the hornet .
    With her arm she will swipe away her attackers . Her husband will not allow her to suffer . he loves his wife and knows the heart of the hornet nest . Thank you lord .

  • 8 Lalith // May 22, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    When a state/government fight a non-state/non-government entity(Terrorists, Extreamists) it is cheep and costeffective for the second entity.
    When will a strong, proesraeli, non state entity/ies apear? That will be a great turning point. And that will happen!

  • 9 Marsha Carol Watson // Jun 6, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!!!!!

  • 10 chaim // Jul 8, 2007 at 5:45 am

    as long as this criminilay insane pathetic.incompotent idiot who is pretending to be prime minister is in power,israel will be doing nothing to protect her citizens
    israeli citizens,please rise up as one and get rid of this criminal traitorous monster,’olmert’,before you lose your god given israel

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