“Hamas doesn’t want a large-scale military confrontation” is Israeli officials’ favorite term to explain why no major IDF offensive is launched to stop the terrorist plague unleashed from Gaza year after year. Of course, Hamas doesn’t; its style is terror, not full-scale combat. The ongoing Egyptian mediation is thus sidetracked into a bid to prevent Israel from launching a major war, while allowing the Palestinian Hamas to carry on with its highly successful terror-cum-extortion strategy.
Another pet Israeli phrase is that “Hamas needs to gain the profile of a victor.” The Palestinian terrorist group has, however, gained the full-face image of a victor. A panoramic view of the array of Israeli forces, tanks and equipment massed around Gaza by one of the foremost world armies to challenge a small terrorist group, fully justifies Hamas in showing the V sign.
As if to demonstrate that it is business as usual, terrorists hurled firebombs and hand grenades from Gaza at Israel’s border troops for five hours on Friday night, March 29, double its usual strength, whereas the IDF sent a single tank to fire three shells at a lone Hamas position. Saturday midday, the first firebombs of the day were aimed at Israel soldiers...
There are more phrases for excusing Israel’s reluctance to deal with the Palestinian terrorists ruling the Gaza Strip root and branch. One contention is that Hamas is a hopeless case unless Israel re-occupies the Gaza Strip which Israel turned over to Palestinian rule in 2005 and this, no one wants. This contention too betokens the absence of original thinking for which the IDF used to be celebrated.
The incumbent Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi would undoubtedly hope no one remembers his words on September 12, 2007, after the last Israel soldier and all 8,000 civilians had departed the Gaza Strip for good.
As commander of the Gaza Division, he shut the Kissufim border crossing gate for the last time and declared: “If the Palestinians now fire a single bullet, the IDF will return to the Strip.”
...It has reached a point where nothing but fundamental action will suffice for recovering Israel’s deterrent strength, say DEBKAfile’s military sources: Either 1. A large-scale IDF operation for eliminating Hamas leaders and commanders and destroying their Ezz-e-din Qassam armed wing; or 2. A joint-Egyptian military campaign with the same object. Either way, Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip must be wiped out. Halting the operation in the middle for fear of international denigration, like the last campaign four years ago, would totally defeat the purpose... (Elimination of Hamas leaders is useless – it will only bring new ones and unleash more terror, as they will need to ‘prove’ themselves – “to gain the profile of a victor.” Removal of enemy population, which support terror against Israel, from Gaza is the only way to end terror attacks from Gaza!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Jews and our leadership must stop caring what anti-Semitic idiots think about us! More important what opinion we - Jews - have about ourselves. Many of us, including community leaders and Israeli political leadership – many of whom are Jew-haters, are still have deeply ingrained 'Ghetto mentality' mindset -- self-hating tendency with the pathological need for appeasement of others and approval from others. Only by regaining self respect, setting and implementing our own national goals we will obtain respect of others, even from anti-Semites!
A total of 55 terrorist attacks were recorded across Israel over the past week, bringing the total number of attacks in 2019 to 501.
Israeli Arab students held a moment of silence at the Tel-Aviv University for the “martyrs” in Gaza following the recent escalation that saw terrorist rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets. The students gathered in the university’s Entin Square, waving the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag and holding signs reading “one nation, one will, one struggle”. (There are still delusional people who believe that educating Arabs will end terror and bring peace to Israel. More likely education will make them more prolific terrorists, like 9/11 hijackers!)
The United States came under sharp criticism from the 14 other Security Council nations for its decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of council resolutions. (When will the US stop financing this den of hate?)
The government of Saudi Arabia (as well as Lebanon, Russia etc...) has formally condemned the US over the decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, claiming the move violates international law. Israeli first captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967, after the strategic plateau had been used by to attack Israeli towns in the nearby Galilee. (The Golan Heights were part of the original Palestinian mandate, designated for the future Jewish state, and Israel has reclaimed it in a defensive war. On both accounts, not even counting biblical one, the Golan Heights are legally part of Israel. Our enemies have never bothered to quote the actual law that has been broken by Israel or by our friends! And, in moments like that, they all are so concerned with non-existent peace process!)
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) recent comments criticizing US support for Israel have caused a rift in the Democratic Party. A poll shows Democrats are newly split on their sympathies between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While 27 percent of Democrats said they sympathized more with the Israelis, 26 percent sided more with the Palestinians. Back in January 2017, Democrats were much more tilted toward the Israelis, 42 percent to 23 percent.
More than 60 rockets were fired at Israel’s south overnight last Tuesday from the Gaza Strip, despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Hamas said it had accepted the ceasefire called for 10pm. However, rockets continued to pummel Israel well into the night.
Quote of the Week:
“There is a very important principle in international life: When you start wars of aggression, you lose territory; do not come and claim it afterwards. It belongs to us.” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to the 1967 Six Day War acquisition of territory by Israel. - This is the rule of a (defensive) war! Until now, all, including Israeli politicians, deliberately ignored it! Bibi knows this and other international laws that support Israel’s rights, but deliberately does nothing to end enemy terror against Jews in Israel; remove enemies from Jewish land; and reunite Eretz-Israel!
Another burst of five Hamas rockets, yet Israel reopens Gaza crossings, releases $300m payout!
Israel reopened the Gaza border crossings early Sunday March 31, although five Palestinian rockets were aimed at the Eshkol district. IDF tanks hit back at (empty) Hamas positions in northern and central Gaza.
The usual terrorist and IDF tit-for-tat show goes on – and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar pledged more of the same.
The UN beginning to draw on the $300m fund for Gaza Strip’s economic development accumulated from donations by different countries. Expenditure on projects will be overseen by Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process.
Generous Israeli benefits and Hamas promises make up a new understanding for which the Egyptian mediators are now working on a timetable:
1. Expansion of the flow of food supplies crossing into the Gaza Strip as well as building materials, which Israel restricted in the past as they were used for terror tunnels.
2. Discussions on a maritime line linking Gaza to a port in Cyprus or Egypt.
3. Hamas will halt its attacks on IDF forces defending the border fence.
4. Palestinian rocket fire against Israel will cease.
5. No more explosive balloon assaults.
6. The IDF will exercise restraint against Palestinian “demonstrators” pushing against the border fence. This is taken to mean an end to live fire.
7. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will twist the arm of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to release the funds he has been holding back from the Hamas regime for covering its payroll and Gaza’s electricity bills.
8. A permanent Egyptian mission will be established in Gaza City to monitor the new accord’s implementation. Its members, high-ranking Egyptian intelligence officers, were present on the ground during the Saturday demonstration.
9. No truce will be announced between Israel and Hamas. At a later date, they will announce that they are reverting to the understandings reached after Defensive Shield, Israel’s last major counter-terror operation in Gaza in 2006.