|A target in Gaza is hit|
July 27, Eleanor Clift, a member of The McLaughlin Group panel, referred to
Israel’s “disproportionate” response to the thousands of rockets and missiles
that Hamas has been firing at its citizens for months, if not years.
This is a
common criticism of Israel, but it is far easier to make if you are living
safely somewhere other than Israel and not being awakened by
alarm sirens at 5 A.M. with just a little time to make it to a bomb shelter.
was hardly alone. In Great Britain, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in
contrast to Prime Minister David Cameron, also declared Israel’s response to
Hamas as a “disproportionate form of collective punishment” on the citizens of
On July 26 The Times of Israel reported
that “Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in London and Paris on
Saturday, calling out against Israel’s military operation in the
Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave.
the second Saturday in a row, the protest was estimated to have drawn more than
10,000 participants. “Demonstrators held placards reading ‘Stop Israeli State
Terror’. ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and ‘Gaza—End the Siege.’ They also chanted
‘Shame on you David Cameron’ as they filed past the British prime minister’s
Downing Street office.” By contrast, Paris cracked down on pro-Palestinian
demonstrations and, along with Germany and Italy, denounced expressions of
the expressions of support were welcome in Israel, but when it strikes back
against its enemies it tends to run out of friends rather swiftly. In
Scandinavia, Denmark, Finland and Norway backed the Palestinians but the European
Union did condemn the rocket attacks by Hamas, as well as its use of human
from President Obama’s pro-forma statement on Israel’s right to defend itself,
South American nations condemned Israel in tune with their general acceptance
of the view that Israel is an aggressor and occupier despite the fact that in
relinquished control of Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005. Joining in the chorus
of condemnations were Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and
hypocrisy of those who raise the issue of “proportionate response” is
Consider Israel’s history. In 1948 prior to and following its
declaration of independence, Israel fought several Arab armies. In 1949
armistice agreements established lines between Israel and its neighbors. In the
1950s and 60s the Israelis had to respond to constant Fedayeen—Arab
guerillas--incursions from Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. In June 1967 Israel fought
the Six-Day War with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, with troops contributed by Iraq,
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Algeria. When it was over, Israel had increased its
landmass and are now called “occupiers” for having defended itself and won!
to 1970, Israel fought a war of attrition as the Egyptians, aided by Jordan,
Syria, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, sought to recapture the
Sinai. In October 1973, the Israelis fought the Yom Kippur War against Egypt
and Syria. It began with a surprise attack on one of the holiest days of the Jewish
getting tired of reading about the many wars waged against Israel?
just include the Palestinian insurgency in South Lebanon (1971-1982); the 1982
Lebanon War in 1982; the South Lebanon conflict (1982-2000); the first Intifada
(1987-1993); the second Intifada (2000-2005); the 2006 Lebanon War; the Gaza
War (December 2008 to January 2009); and Operation Pillar of Defense against
the Gaza Strip in November 2012. Which
brings us to Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
assume that after being continually defeated, the Arabs would conclude that
peace is a good option, but that is not the mentality that Israelis have been
dealing with for the past 66 years and earlier when the first Zionists moved
there to escape the anti-Semitism they encountered in Europe.
also assume that, if Canada and Mexico had been making war and firing rockets
and missiles into the U.S. for that amount of time, we might conclude that a
“proportional” response did not work very well.
leaders initially embraced a policy of strategic deterrence
in which disproportionate force was utilized to reduce the potential for
further attacks. This was the policy between 1948 and 1993. After it signed the
Oslo Accords in 1993, its leaders shifted to a policy of restraint, but it
didn’t work. In the Middle East restraint is interpreted as weakness. Between
September 1993 and September 1998, terrorists based in the West Bank or Gaza
struck Israel more than ninety times, killing 279 Israelis.
then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon struck upon a bold plan to provide the
Palestinians with territory of its own adjacent to Israel. He ordered some
eight thousand or more Israelis out of the Gaza Strip and turned it over to the
Palestinian Authority, Fatah.
Not long after, Hamas was elected the ruling
party in Gaza and drove out Fatah. A proxy of Iran, Hamas began to receive
missiles and build miles of tunnels on both its Israeli and Egyptian
borders, the former to attack Israel and the latter to smuggle weapons and
other items. Now both Israel and Egypt are destroying those tunnels.
Commentator Andrew McCarthy said it best: "Hamas did not suddenly become a terrorist organization after it was elected. Hamas was elected because it was a jihadist organization. It was elected because, by its own declaration, Hamas connects Palestinians to something they find attractive: the global Islamic-supremacist movement. Palestinians widely reject Israel’s right to exist.
They regard not just Gaza, Judea and Samaria but all of Israel as 'occupied Palestine.' Even those Palestinians who purport to accept the 'two-state solution' see it as a way-station on the march to a one-state solution in which the Jewish state eventually ceases to be. Palestinians chose Hamas precisely because Hamas was seen as more dedicated than Fatah to the achievement of that goal-not to mention, more brutally competent."
talk of Israel’s “disproportionate” response to Hamas, in the context of its
long history of having been under attack by neighboring nations and the
so-called Palestinians, sound like the babbling idiots that they are.
want peace. The only way they will obtain it is to make waging war against them
too painful to sustain.