by Brig. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser
While the IDF is engaged in Gaza, in what is becoming a protracted war, aiming to weaken Hamas and secure the release of captives, the main effort by Hamas and its backers has been focused on reaching as prolonged a ceasefire as possible.
Such a ceasefire has operational and tactical importance for Hamas. However, its main significance lies in the strategic arena. Hamas hopes a ceasefire will compel Israel to change its war objectives and revert to the softer approach that the Islamist group initially believed Israel would follow right after the Oct. 7 massacre.
Hamas leaders were convinced that the Israeli response would focus on targeted airstrikes. They did not anticipate that Israel would launch an all-out undertaking to eliminate the terrorist organization and deprive it of its military-terrorist capabilities along with retaking the Gaza Strip.
Hamas likely believed that had Israel subscribed to a small-scale approach, they could build on the success of Oct. 7 and effect a change that would result in a new “equation” between the organization and the Jewish state. Meaning, the release of the terrorists imprisoned in Israel, lifting the blockade, and stopping the normalization process between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Hamas assessed that Israel’s weakness (re: judicial reform protests) and its problematic relations with the US (president Bident administration and the Democratic party), coupled with its inherent reluctance to pay the high price involved in a broad military operation to remove Hamas from Gaza, would ultimately prevent it from completely defeating Hamas, just like in previous flare-ups.
In previous rounds, whenever the fighting ended, both sides licked their wounds, but Hamas then quickly recovered and again posed a threat to the area near Gaza and to Israel as a whole.
This time Israel adopted, to the surprise of Hamas, a different approach.
All actions by Hamas, Iran and its proxies (Hezbollah, the Houthis and Shi’ite militias in Iraq), as well as Qatar and Turkey, should be seen in the context of the attempt to persuade US President Joe Biden to pressure Israel to stop the fighting and eventually adopt an alternative approach. (Which Israel must reject and finish the removal of Hamas and the enemy population from Jewish land!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
All of those highly qualified international experts on the Middle East deliberately ignore the fact that the Arabs - who later, in 1964, became ‘Palestinians’ - rejected the Two-State solution, proposed by the United Nations in 1948. Since then, they are only interested in removing the Jewish state and Jews from their neighbourhood. Israel needs to end occupation of the Jewish ancestral land, Eretz-Israel, by the fake Palestinians; and let the enemy population return to their ancestral lands.
The Palestinian poll - the first of its kind since the Oct. 7 attacks - found that 48.2% of respondents characterize Hamas’s role as “very positive,” while 27.8% view Hamas as “somewhat positive.” Almost 80% regard the role of Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades “military” wing as positive. When asked whether they supported or opposed Hamas’s actions on Oct. 7, 59.3% of the Palestinians surveyed said they “extremely” supported the attacks and 15.7% said they “somewhat” supported the murderous spree. In Judea and Samaria, support for the October 7th massacre was higher, with 83.1% saying they backed the attacks (68.3% “extremely support” and 14.8% “somewhat support”) compared to just 6.9% who opposed them. (Israel has no alternative but to remove the Arabs who consider them “Palestinians” from Jewish land. In 1991, Kuwait expelled up to 250,000 of them - NO PROBLEM!)
It has been reported that a tentative deal was offered that would free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza, in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting. Under the terms of a detailed, six-page agreement, all parties to the conflict would freeze combat operations for at least five days while an initial 50 or more hostages are released in smaller batches every 24 hours. It was not immediately clear how many of the 239 hostages believed to be in captivity in Gaza would be released under the deal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was no deal yet to secure the release of some 240 hostages held by Hamas “as of now,” and dismissed “a lot of incorrect reports” in recent days about imminent agreements to free at least some of the hostages. (This emotional blackmail has been reported for almost a week already. Still no deal! Even the White House adviser Brett McGurk says hostages taken by Hamas must be freed before a “significant pause” can happen.)
Al Shifa is a Showcase of Hamas Propaganda Lies
- Fortified Terror Tunnel Exposed under Al Shifa Hospital IDF troops exposed a 55-meter-long terror tunnel, used by Hamas for Hamas terrorists, underneath Gaza City's Al Shifa hospital complex. A deep staircase leads to the entrance of the tunnel shaft, which consists of various defense means including a blast-proof door and a firing hole.
- Premature babies evacuated from al-Shifa hospital Thirty-one premature Palestinian babies have been evacuated from Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital. The babies have been taken to an Emirati hospital in the southern city of Rafah, close to the Egyptian border. Hundreds of people, including patients, also left from al-Shifa. (Anti-Israel propaganda was continuously and consistently telling the world that it can't be done. How many more babies must die in the hospital to feed this lie?)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his country’s parliament that Israel would soon be destroyed. “Hey Israel: You have an atomic bomb, a nuclear bomb. And you are making threats with this. We know this. And your end is near,” said Erdoğan. Earlier, Erdoğan said at a mass rally in Istanbul that “Hamas is not a terrorist organization” but rather “a liberation group fighting to protect its lands.” (When will the Western countries realise that Erdogan's Islamic regime in Turkey is not an ally? Israel needs to stop pretending that Turkey could be a friend of the Jewish state.)
Hamas confirmed that Ahmed Behar, the terror group’s number three figure and highest-ranking person eliminated since Oct. 7, was killed by an Israeli air strike. Israeli officials believe that Hamas has lost control over the northern Gaza Strip as outposts collapse and commanders are killed or flee to southern Gaza.
What’s being termed the “Elite forces” of the “Syrian Resistance of the Liberation of Golan”, drawing members from across the Middle East, have extended their control over regions surrounding the Israeli Golan. Members of the force have undergone training provided by Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Estimated to comprise more than 700 fighters, they arrived in waves during October, circumventing any coordination with the Syrian military.
Quotes of the Week:
"October 7 was a crime against the Jewish State, indeed against humanity, so barbaric that it cannot be ignored. It cannot go unpunished. Israel must do to Hamas what the United States did to ISIS and Al Qaeda in the 21st century. We must do to Hamas what we did to the Nazis in the 20th century. We must rid the world of the terrorism and barbarism that was perpetrated against humanity and the Jewish people. No one expected the United States to enter into a ceasefire with the Empire of Japan when the 2,400 Americans were murdered in Pearl Harbor. No one expected the United States to enter into a ceasefire with Al Qaeda and the Taliban when 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. Everyone who wants Israel to cease to exist is calling for a ceasefire." - Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY)
by Dr. Alex Grobman
“A move towards a peace-loving leadership in Palestine is the most desired outcome in the Israel-Hamas conflict,” British foreign minister James Cleverly said on November 8, 2023, repeating Britain’s support for a two-state solution.
Cleverly’s remarks border on the delusional without the slightest understanding of the history of the conflict. Inherent in his statement is the belief that the Palestinian Arabs want to live in peace with Israel. This illusion persists in spite of overwhelmingly evidence they have never had the slightest intention of agreeing to Israel’s right to exist in their ancestral homeland.
If a two-state solution is what these Arabs want, then why do they and their supporters chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” on university campuses and demonstrations throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe? It is a call for the total destruction of the Jewish state.
Even in the face of overwhelming proof of the goal of the Palestinian Arabs to annihilate the Jewish State, the West and the US persist in pursuing the fantasied notion of a two-state solution.
The Palestinian Arab Congress explained the difficulty of finding moderates when it told the League of Nations: "It is a gross error to believe that Arab and Jew may come to an understanding if only each of them exchanges his coat of extremism for another of moderation. When the principles underlying two movements do clash, it is futile to expect their meeting halfway."
The inability of Israel to accept this painful truth has led its leaders to sign disastrous agreements costing many Israeli lives and has not brought peace any closer.
In fact, it has diminished the chances of achieving peace because Israel continues to reward terrorists by retreating from lands where Jews once lived and by exchanging large numbers of Arab prisoners for Israeli soldiers languishing in Arab prisons.
As long as Arab political and religious leaders continue to preach hate, teach their children to become suicide bombers, fire missiles to force Israelis to abandon their homes and property, savagely murder Jewish men women and children and demand the right of all refugees to "return," there is no chance for peace.
Israel should stop deluding herself that peace is around the corner. Israeli leaders need to define the objectives of the country.