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Why bomb Gazans if we can instead help them to actualize their wish to leave as 80% of them have indicated they want to do?
All kinds of estimates of the number of Arabs in Israel have been publicized. The following are the exact numbers as per the Demographic Institute of Yoram Ettinger. This is the only authoritative, professional institute, which cross-references its facts.
In Judea and Samaria there are 1.7 million Arabs.
In Gaza there are 1.3 Arabs
East Jerusalem: 300,000 Arabs, citizens of Israel
1.4 million Arab citizens of Israel outside Jerusalem
The launching of two-thousand plus Iranian and Syrian-made rockets of various ranges raining throughout Israel at the same time that Iran’sleadership was sitting with the P5+1 in Vienna to negotiate a deal over its nuclear programhas exposed Iran as the root cause of instability in the Middle East.
The ongoing Israel Defense Forces (IDF) large-scale counter-terror operation in the heavily populated Palestinian enclave leading to the discovery of massive underground tunnels was indeed a blessing in disguise.
The subterranean terrorist empire built by Hamas is estimated to run to more than 5,000 tunnels and sub-passages under the surface of the Gaza Strip, according to military sources and cyber experts. (Read more…)
To prevent an even more brutal and extreme successor from taking over, Gaza must be dismantled and the non-belligerent population relocated. The navy patrols off the coast of Gaza on Monday
The navy patrols off the coast of Gaza on Monday Photo: YAAKOV LAPPIN
Our neighbors want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise. – Golda Meir, cited in The New York Times, December 9, 1978
We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. – Lord Palmerston in the House of Commons, March 1, 1848
If only Israeli strategic policy were founded on the enduring, down-to-earth wisdom embodied in the two preceding quotations. They convey the essence of Israel’s international and regional environments – the cynical self-interest that characterizes the former, and the unbridled brutality that characterizes the latter.
In recent decades, any understanding of these basic precepts seems starkly absent from the formulation – and certainly, the implementation – of Israeli strategic plans. (Read more…)
As often happens in war, plans are overtaken by events. Following Hamas’s attack this morning on Givati forces in Rafah during the US-UN ceasefire, I realized that my assumption that a ceasefire is possible, on which I based my latest column was no longer supported by evidence.
I wrote the following column in light of what I now realize about Hamas’s rationale for fighting. I urge the US citizens reading this column to contact their Congressional representatives and ask them to take action, as set forth below.
Why did Hamas attack the Givati forces, kill two soldiers and capture 2nd. Lt. Hadar Goldin Friday morning in violation of the US-UN brokered 72-hour cease fire?
Hamas acted as it did, because it thinks it can get away with it. And Hamas thinks that it can get away with it because Hamas is convinced that it will win this war.
And as long as Hamas is convinced that it will win this war, it will continue to attack, no matter what its situation is on the ground in Gaza. It will continue to attack Israel no matter what Israel does. (Read more…)
I’m not sure the people who need to hear this will ever hear it, but I want my conscience to be clear that I said it to them.
Dear Human Rights Activist, Leftist Liberal, Crying-for-the-poor-children, Israel-hating, Hamas-forgiving, marcher, celebrity, news anchor, journalist, writer, media star, politician, head of state. We have seen you marching along the streets of Europe, America, and the Middle East with your signs and kafias and Palestinian flags. We have heard you screaming to whoever will listen that Jews and Israelis are murderers, war criminals, and baby killers.
You think you are telling us who we are. But actually, you are telling us who you are.
The fighting is still raging in Gaza. Each day the IDF destroys more and more tunnels and other terrorist infrastructure. Each day, we discover new facets of Hamas’s depravity.
The three soldiers from the Maglan commando unit who were killed on Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip, were buried in the rubble of a UN clinic. They entered the building to seal a terror tunnel whose entry shaft was located inside the clinic.
A Hamas terrorist was inside the tunnel waiting for them. He detonated the building. Works out that Hamas had booby-trapped the structure, hiding 12 barrels with 80 kg. of explosives each, in a wall. (Read more…)
It is hard to win a war when you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back. It’s even harder to win a war when you tie that hand back yourself. It’s harder yet still when you’re wearing ideological blinders and fail to see the full contours of the enemy.
In going to war against Hamas, Israel is indeed handicapped in so many ways.
Firstly, the IDF has frighteningly handcuffed itself in order to avoid excessive civilian casualties among the civilian population in Gaza, within which Hamas is purposefully embedded.
What army that is truly dedicated to crushing the enemy tells enemy forces which targets exactly it is about to attack, warning the civilian population in particular neighborhoods to flee on very specific days and at specific hours?
ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE Omri Ceren, The Israel Project 16:19
Late yesterday an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire was announced by Secretary of State Kerry and UNSC Ban Ki-Moon. It took hold at 8:00am Israel time.
Around 90 minutes into the ceasefire Hamas launched a suicide attack. Two soldiers were killed and Hamas managed to kidnap a 3rd.
The kdinapping will trigger a cascade of diplomatic and geopolitical consequences. The Qataris were reportedly central to crafting the ceasefire, and may have promised to ‘deliver’ Hamas in one sense or another (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.608372). Their credibility will take a hit. The Egyptians were the official brokers of the ceasefire. They will be seething at Hamas, and diplomatic retribution is almost inevitable. And then there are the analysts who went all-in on Hamas being an actor who can be dealt with, some of whom were implying last night that Israel could have stopped the fighting sooner. They’ll be called on to reevaluate. (Read more…)
Starvation has claimed the lives of 128 people – 18 of them children or babies – in the Palestinian refugee camp since the conflict began. But the Yarmouk camp is in Syria, where images of atrocities go viral only whenmisrepresented as coming from Gaza, so the world has paid little attention to their suffering.”My Twitter and Facebook feeds would have me believe that the only noteworthy military conflict in the world today is that between Israel and Hamas,” said Jonathan Messing of the Stanford Business School.
“Either many of you care about war only when it involves a Jew holding a gun, or you are woefully unaware of what else is going on in the world,” Mr. Messing said. At the time he wrote, about 170,000 had died in ongoing violence in Syria; 600 in Gaza. (Read more…)
The talk below by Ezra Levant on Sun TV explains so vividly the truth about Hamas in Gaza and that all of the Islamic Terrorists, IS, Iran, Boko Haram, Nigeria are all part of the same crew – they want to kill all of the Jews – Ezra Levant refers to them as Nazis – interesting that Barry Rubin before he passed away wrote a new book called: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East– you can get it on Amazon.ca.
Most people will have forgotten that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Arafat’s uncle) al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini meeting with Hitler on November 28, 1941 “…concluded the pact of Jewish genocide in Europe and the Middle East…” page 6…you see al-Husaini told Hitler that he wanted to learn and apply Hitler’s ideas to the Middle East when he went back home to Jerusalem. When Ezra asks whether Hamas and Iran are serious about the genocide of the Jewish people (notice Hamas doesn’t say Israelis but Jews) he is correct.
I submit that the answer to both those questions is “no”. That is so long as Israel and the US do not waiver on the demand for demilitarization. From the point of view of Hamas, effective demilitarization will be the death of them. For them, chances of staying alive are better if they keep fighting. They may reason that as the war gets more bloody, they might get a better cease fire.
On the other hand they might accept quiet for quiet and avoid demilitarization. But that won’t get the borders open for them.
There is another issue that should be put on the table. As it is, Gaza is a prison for the Arabs living there or at least a pressure cooker. They number 1.8 million, 40% of whom are children. A solution must be found to facilitate their emigration. This is a problem that won’t go away. It will only get worse. (Read more…)
The 72-hour hour unconditional, humanitarian ceasefire announced by the US and UN, was scheduled to begin at 8 am local time Friday. The US State Department said that military forces will stay in place. The US and UN said they had assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to an unconditional cease-fire during which there would be negotiations on a more durable truce.
This was confirmed early Friday by a source in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. The Paletinian Hamas and Jihad Islami also confirmed acceptance of the ceasefire, following which they fired two rockets into Israel.
Israeli and Palestinian delegations will “immediately” be going to Cairo for negotiations with the Egyptian government to try at reach a more permanent cease-fire, the State Department said. (Read more…)
President Lyndon B. Johnson knew the Vietnam War was a lost cause when Walter Cronkite, America’s most respected television news anchor, turned against it. This symbolized for Johnson that a large portion of the American public had likewise turned negative. President Barack Obama may have just had his own “Walter Cronkite Moment,” involving the Gaza War and the Washington Post.
The date was February 27, 1968. Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Nightly News, was the most-watched, and most-admired newsman in America. He concluded an update on the Vietnam situation by declaring his opinion that “we are mired in stalemate…it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.” Cronkite’s message was crystal clear: America could not win, and therefore should negotiate its withdrawal from the region. (Read more…)
The US is simultaneously supporting both the Sunni and Shia wings of the Islamic jihad against the West
While war in Gaza rages on and the West dumps on Israel for having the effrontery to defend the lives of its people, attention has strayed from the most important actor in the region, Iran.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is actively involved in the Gaza war. Relations with Hamas which had deteriorated over Syria are back on track. Iran armed Hamas and Islamic Jihad with rockets and other weapons and is reportedly now directly instructing Hamas commanders in the Gazan tunnels.
Osama Hamdan, who runs Hamas’s foreign relations, says it is continuing to coordinate its positions with Iran and its proxy army in Lebanon, Hezbollah.
Hamas’s deputy political head Mousa Abu Marzouk says he hopes “the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight” against Israel. The Hezbollah chieftain Hassan Nasrallah has pledged “all means of support” to the Palestinian “resistance.” (Read more…)
UN warns Middle East is on verge of sectarian war as shocking new video shows ISIS executions of Syrian soldiers. Ban Ki Moon is “deeply disturbed.”
This is no different than what the Nazis did to countless Jews, Gypsies, and Slavs, and what the Soviets did to the Poles at Katyn. We are dealing with a vicious ideology with which no negotiation or reason is possible, and for which extermination is the only answer. (Read more…)
My good friend Mordechai ben-Menachem was interviewed on FOX Radio about the tunnels and he advised that:
- 60 tunnels have been found
- 5000 tunnels are estimated to exist.
- the cement for the tunnels was ordered and paid for by UNWRA
- the US funds 37% of the UNWRA budget.
Mordechai Ben-Menachem, a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and soldier in the IDF joined Leslie Gold for an update on the Hamas tunnels targeting Israel. Mordechai told Leslie that close to 60 tunnels have been found so far leading into Israel that Hamas could use to secretly attack Israel.