What Israel Has to Say to the World about Gaza and Hamas & Why We Need a Ground Offensive
Israel has the right to make war on the Hamas in Gaza. The Israeli army has the duty to wipe out all military power of Hamas in Gaza. The fact that the present Israeli government did not wipe out Hamas military power in Gaza in the past and did not prevent Hamas from building up a significant stock of missiles, anti-personnel missiles, anti-civilian missiles, to be exact, was a dereliction of duty of the present government. The present govt of Israel --the crooks and misfits and two-legged rats typified by olmert, barak, & livni-- allowed Hamas to bring into Gaza katyusha/Grad rockets normally manufactured, superior to the Gaza-made Qassam rockets that Hamas and the other terrorist gangs were previously using. The Qassam rockets had a relatively short range and a smaller warhead [explosive charge] than the katyushas.
The "cease fires" and "hudnas" that olmert-barak-livni accepted with Hamas gave these IslamoNazis an opportunity to build up stocks of weapons and build fortifications and concealed storage places for weapons, to train their gunmen and rocket-shooters, etc. They also allowed the Hamas [and PA (palestinian authority)] TV, radio, press, schools, mosques, etc. to continue the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish indoctrination of the Arab population in the Hamas-ruled and PA-ruled zones. [on Israel's misleadership, see link to Judith Klinghoffer below].
In this endeavor, Hamas was aided by the Bush Administration which falsely parades under the colors of a "war on terror." The Bush Administration has in fact encouraged terrorism. We don't expect the incoming obominable adminstration to do any better, probably worse. The Bush Administration, through Condonazzia of the Third Rice, pressured Sharon to give up control of the strip of land between Egypt and Gaza, called the Philadelphi Corridor. By giving up control of this zone, and Arab tunnels had long made Israeli control of the zone much less than complete, Sharon allowed smuggling of weapons under the Gaza-Egypt border to go on without restraint except for some fitful, reluctant Egyptian efforts. That is, Sharon, pressured by Condonazzia, had placed Israel's security in the hands of Egypt and equally ineffective and reluctant EU observers whose authority was only over the ground-level passages/crossings, not over the tunnels underground, under the border.
Secretary of State Condonazzia also pressured Israel to let Hamas take part in the palestinian authority elections of January 2006. However, under the Oslo Accords, no party opposed to those accords was allowed to take part in elections. Sharon gave in to Condonazzia on both items: the Philadelphi Corridor and Hamas participation in PA elections. Condonazzia can now take pride in her destructive, pro-terrorist achievements. The current war can be considered part of the legacy of Condonazzia of the Third Rice. [on the Bushes' support for Hamas, see here]
The Israeli air force has succeeded marvelously in destroying much of the Hamas terrorist/military and political infrastructure in Gaza. However, in order to stop --or much more effectively hinder-- rockets from being shot at Israeli towns, cities, rural communities, a ground operation is needed. This operation need not be costly in the lives of our soldiers. The northern part of the Strip where three pleasant Israeli communities were located before their expulsion by Sharon in 2005 has not been populated by the PA or by Hamas since it took over Gaza in June 2007. The northern part of the Strip could be militarily taken over without displacing the non-existent Arab civilian population. Further, taking that area would make it impossible for Hamas to shoot rockets from there, and it so happens that the northern part of the Strip is the closest part to Sderot, Ashqelon, Ashdod and -- Tel Aviv. Hence, part of defending major Israeli population centers from Hamas rockets, in the event that Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip is not completely overthrown, is holding the area of the northern and northeastern Gaza Strip. Since Abu Mazen's Fatah gang is also out for conquest in the Islamic sense [its very name, Fatah, means conquest and invasion in Arabic and refers to the medieval Arab conquests], if Fatah rule [misrule] is renewed in Gaza, then such a buffer zone would still be needed. At the same time, holding the northern and northeastern part of the Strip would not entail ruling over an Arab civilian population since it does not exist there. Further, this would not be "occupation" since Gaza was part of the Jewish Natonal Home juridically erected by the San Remo Conference and League of Nations in 1920 & 1922. Moreover, vast areas of Germany were taken from it at the end of WW2 on the grounds that these areas had served as platforms for German aggression against Poland, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, etc., and that they should be taken from Germany in order to prevent future German aggression.
Now, part of a country's self-defense is persuading outside powers not directly involved in a conflict that the country is in the right. This is hard for Israel to do because of the hostility to Israel built into the international system --into Western and Muslim culture-- as an inheritance from classic Judeophobia [called "antisemitism"]. The right Israeli response is not to say that "nothing can be done." All the Judeophobia notwithstanding, Israel must make the right arguments in its defense and it can succeed --at least to some extent. There are knowledgeable and fairminded people in the world and lies can be refuted. Yet, when a destructive old fool named Shimon Peres became foreign minister in 1986, with Yossi Beilin as deputy minister, the information dept of the Foreign Ministry was shut down. Peres stupidly argued that "good policies" and "right policies" were enough for winning international support. Information was not important, he said. So Israel's information/hasbarah effort, not very good even before 1986, was almost totally wiped out. The gap has been filled to some extent by many private bodies and individuals but when the official leaders, like olmert, livni, barak, talk so foolishly so often, the work of these private persons [Jews and Gentiles both] becomes harder. The TV pundits tell us that our govt has learned some lessons about warfare and public information from the Vinograd report on the 2006 Lebanon War. This may be so. However, some points are still not being made. Here are some arguments that Israeli spokesmen should now be making:
1) the Nazi nature --the genocidal nature-- of Hamas' objectives regarding Israel and the Jewish people [see Article 7 of Hamas charter through links below].
2) that Hamas is a part of the worldwide jihad movement and an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood centered in Egypt where, incidentally, MB is a threat to Mubarak's rule. Some mentally deranged American political scientists and State Dept operatives want to see the MB as a "democratic" force in Egyptian politics. It may be true that the MB represents a majority of Egyptians but this is hardly democracy since the MB denies human rights --let alone equal rights-- for non-Muslims. Note how MB treats the Copts in Egypt, the purest descendants of the ancient Egyptians. MB, like Hamas, is not a democratic alternative to Mubarak's regime --or to Abu Mazen, etc.
3) the objective of the war should be to make it impossible for Hamas to continue its aggression against Israel by rockets or any other means. Why should Israelis have to live under the threat of katyushas/grads or qassams or mortars, etc??? Demanding that Israel go soft on Hamas out of pretended concern for Arab civilians in Gaza is inhuman and racist against Jews. It is a denial of Jewish human rights. This objective CANNOT be achieved by an agreement. Neither Hamas nor Fatah for that matter has any respect for agreements with infidels or even fellow Muslims. Arafat stated this frankly a few weeks after the handshake on the White House lawn [9-13-1993, a day that will live in infamy]. This was in his notorious Johannesburg speech which mentioned Muhammad's Hudaybiyyah treaty which Muhammad broke when it suited him, that is, when he felt that his forces were capable of defeating his enemy with whom he had made the treaty. This is significant today since Muslims hold Muhammad and whatever he did as noble and worthy of emulation, whether lying for the purpose of conquest or slaughtering Jews or slaughtering his Arab critics or marrying a six-year old girl, etc. So if Muhammad broke the Hudaybiyyah Treaty when it suited him, then arafat is allowed, even commanded, to break any peace treaty made with the infidel Jews, often described in the Quran as descendants of apes and pigs.
4) UK, EU, and UN denunciation of Israel for killing civilians or being "disproportionate" in killing civilians is sinister Judeophobic hypocrisy. Nazi Germany started the 2nd World War, albeit with diplomatic help from UK prime minister Chamberlain. The Luftwaffe bombed Poland [especially Jewish neighborhoods], the Netherlands, France, and, eventually, Britain. Many civilians were killed in these bombings. When Britain struck back with its own bombings later in the war, it killed many more German civilians than British civilians had been killed by the Germans. Consider Dresden as an example. Also note the bombing of Hamburg, of Tokyo and the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Does the UK or US express guilt over those bombings and those civilian deaths that they caused?? On the other hand, Hamas specifically targets Israeli civilians whereas Israel targets military and Hamas political targets. [see links on international law below]
5) Hamas is as strong as it is partly because of Brzezinski diplomacy. Zbig Brzezinski was jimmy carter's national insecurity advisor. His machinations helped Khomeini take over Iran. Now the world, especially Israel, is suffering from Zbig's sinister intrigues. Diplomacy can be harmful to peace just as sometimes, it may bring peace. But mere negotiations by themselves do not bring peace with aggressive fanatic rulers who believe in war, whether Hitler or Ahmadinejad or Hamas.
Martin Peretz explains why Israel had to fight.
Judith Klinghoffer on Israel's present (mis)leadership and the Gaza War.
International Law and the Gaza War (Justus Reid Weiner & Avi Bell), (Eliyahu m'Tsiyon), Geneva Convention IV (see Articles 27 & 28 especially).
What does Hamas stand for? [Hamas Charter here]
An analysis of the Hamas Charter aqui.
Bush I & Bush II support Hamas [by Martin Kramer].
- - - - - - - -
Coming: More on Zbig's schemes, Obama's dishonesty, the "Left's" lies, Jews in Jerusalem, Hebron, archeology, propaganda analysis, peace follies, etc.