Islamic Jihad: Iran’s New Favored Proxy


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The story that has made headlines in recent days deals with the various weapons being shot from Gaza into the south of Israel.  As this is written, over 40 projectiles have been launched: Grad Katyusha rockets, Kassam rockets, and mortars, much of this arsenal supplied by Iran. The Grads – which are both the most accurate and have the greatest range – are the most deadly.

Israel has responded, but in a severely limited fashion (which some refer to as “tit-for-tat”). Air Force planes take off over Gaza, hit a launching site, or a smuggling tunnel, or a group of terrorists planning a launch, and return.

Since Saturday, one Israeli man has been killed by a rocket, and four others have been injured.  Damage has been done to buildings, and cars have been gutted.  Children within range of the rockets (some 40 kilometers of the border with Gaza) are being kept home from school, and the populace of southern Israel lives with fear.

Scant attention is paid to the fact that some individuals end up going to the hospital because of anxiety attacks, but high anxiety – perhaps better called  panic – is both psychologically and physically debilitating.  Additionally, as it is important for them to try to stay close to shelters, residents of places such as Ashdod, Beersheva and Ashkelon have limited opportunities for moving about.

Bottom line: Citizens of Israel should not have to live this way. Israelis in growing numbers are of the opinion that it’s time to launch a second operation such as Cast Lead.  That brief war, involving both air and ground operations in Gaza, took place during the first weeks of 2009 and dealt Hamas a significant but not fatal blow.

In many quarters, it is felt that the Israel government is not doing its best to protect its citizens or to ensure deterrence. As a matter of full disclosure, this writer confesses readily enough to a visceral longing to see appropriate heads in Gaza blown off.  It’s difficult to witness what’s happening, especially when one must struggle with the impression that Israeli action is insufficient.

But decisions cannot be based on a visceral desire to do damage, however valid that desire may be.  Before a conclusion is reached regarding what should be done now, the broader context must be considered – both in terms of history and the complexity of current prevailing factors.  The Middle East is rife with shifting inter-Arab/Muslim rivalries, hatreds, and alliances of convenience. Israel, the only non-Arab/Muslim state in the region, is often caught in regional crossfire and must maneuver accordingly for its best interests.

As we consider reports of the situation, what stands out is that the rockets are being launched by Islamic Jihad; Hamas, which runs Gaza, is sitting on the sidelines – neither actively participating nor attempting to control Islamic Jihad.  This is a new situation.

What is not well known is that Islamic Jihad has links with Fatah.  Quite simply, Hamas and Fatah are rivals, while Fatah and Islamic Jihad function, at least covertly, as allies.  (There are reports within the last few days of Fatah people joining the Islamic Jihad forces.)

A look backwards explains this situation:  During the time of the Iranian Revolution, Yasser Arafat – functioning as head of both the PLO and Fatah, which were essentially one and the same then – provided assistance to the revolutionary forces via both training and weaponry.  When the Shah fell, Arafat emerged as one of the first supporters of the new radical Islamic Iranian regime; he entered Tehran jubilant.

The Ayatollah Khomeini, who had sparked that revolution from outside of Iran, was so pleased with Arafat that he gave to the PLO as its headquarters the building that had housed the Israeli mission to Iran during the time of the Shah. A special bond then evolved between Arafat and Khomeini.  It was a honeymoon of short duration, as a displeased Arab world (reflecting Sunni-Shia tensions) delivered Arafat a message: Us or Iran.

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  • Stephen_Brady

    Chez, I agree with you, entirely. There are rumors that Israel is planning military action against Iran, at this moment. I rather think that it will not be a pinprick!

  • http://alimostofi.com Ali Mostofi

    Alrene

    Thank you for the history lesson, but please use the phrase Hezbollah in Iran and not Iran. The Hezbollah in Iran and Lebanon and their proxies are responsible for acting against Iran and other countries. It does not make sense to refer to them as Iran. They are killing the people in Iran.

    • Rifleman

      Iran founded, supplies, and trains them, they are Iran. All the other terrorist groups kill their own as well, that means nothing and doesn't stop their sponsors from supporting them.

    • Cynic

      Would it be more to the point calling it “the Ayatollah’s Foreign Legion”?

  • Rifleman

    Iran favors all the proxies, their favorite is always one that's not in control of the areas they're attacking from, so the ones responsible for the area in question can say they were trying to prevent or stop the attacks but couldn't. It's just a con.

  • http://satanstrinity.com C"H"Martel

    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad, is available at http://satanstrinity.wordpress.com/ For the first time in history "HSM" appear together on a book cover. The idea behind the book is to make headway against the ludicrous idea that Muhammad should be conjoined with any religious leader/founder. This book uses the specific names of Hitler and Stalin to efficiently identify the nature of Muhammad and by extension Islam. It compares the personalities and approach of each man to such categories as; war, peace, sex, torture, slavery, women, their respective childhoods and deaths, the critical affects of geography and timing, each man’s anti-social and narcissistic personalities. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CHMar

  • http://satanstrinity.com C"H"Martel

    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad, is available at http://satanstrinity.wordpress.com/ For the first time in history "HSM" appear together on a book cover. The idea behind the book is to make headway against the ludicrous idea that Muhammad should be conjoined with any religious leader/founder. This book uses the specific names of Hitler and Stalin to efficiently identify the nature of Muhammad and by extension Islam. It compares the personalities and approach of each man to such categories as; war, peace, sex, torture, slavery, women, their respective childhoods and deaths, the critical affects of geography and timing, each man’s anti-social and narcissistic personalities. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CHMar

  • effemall

    Israel moved its own settlers out of Gaza. It now needs to move the Gazans near all borders to a small ghetto near the Egyptian border, declaring 2/3 of Gaza a no-man's zone, a buffer in which all structures get leveled and any living creatures moving around in there are automatically killed. This zone should provide a buffer, a big parking lot, from which no missiles could be launched, providing a small measure of security to Israelis living near Gaza. If the Gazans then find longer range rockets to continue to harass Israel it will then be easier for Israel to clean out the compressed Gaza near the Egyptian border, driving them into Egypt or the sea. One can't be concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or other distantly related issues. If you're confronted by a man with a gun, don't worry about his family getting angry if you'll hurt him. Shoot the s.o.b. before he shoots you.

    • Larry

      Why stop with that. Bulldoze the whole stinking mess into Egypt, and make the border the north shore of the Suez Canal. Egypt created the mess in Gaza, it's their responsibility, let them deal with it.

      With the border on the Canal it makes it easy to set up the entire area within range of Egypt as a free fire no go zone. Anything that moves in it gets a dose of high explosives.

    • kevin small

      the jews shoule stop tsaying the want peice while they are stealing more and more land

      • ObamaYoMoma

        This moron is so mentally incompetent and bigoted that he can't even spell the word "peace" correctly. Dude, why don't you get a brain transplant before I laugh my ass off!

  • Cynic

    “Bottom line: Citizens of Israel should not have to live this way.”

    But the world disagrees with you. Jews do not have rights as one can see from the revival of open antisemitism in Europe and now the protests in the US.

    The hypocrisy and bigotry is plain to see but the world is not interested.

    • UCSPanther

      True. It's shades of the 1920s and WWII-era antisemitism, but this time, the Jews of today are well-armed, have allies for a change and more than capable of defending themselves from whatever barbarians and nutters who wish them ill.

  • 080

    Most people are making a mistake here. It's not tit for tat. It's tit for TAAAAAAT.

  • Ben Cohen

    I've talked to David for a long time about this and he is more or less correct in his assessment of Israel's enemies; however, I still disagree with the approach he advocates. Israel faces the combined diplomatic, economic and military force of 1.5 billion muslims, this is an untenable situation. Virtually all of the Muslim world seeks Israel's destruction.

    The Palestinians if they could have their way would want complete hegemony over Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; I don't know what happens to the Jews then. Since the Palestinians have the support of said 1.5 billion Muslims they do have a lot of Negotiating clout. If Abbas is serious about peace it would be sheer madness not to listen to him:
    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/strenger-than-fictio

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Uhm…I hate to rain on your wishful thinking parade, but the jihad being waged by the Islamic world via their Palestinian proxy, like all jihads in the past and like all jihads in the present today, is permanent and will continue to be waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel as long as Jewish infidels continue to control Israel. Just like the greater global jihad at large will also continue to be waged perpetually as long as there are non-Muslim unbelievers somewhere in the world that haven't been forced to submit to the authority of Islam. Hence, either the West wakes up and unites to defeat the scourge of Islam, or otherwise it will be subsumed by Islam and the world will enter a new Dark Ages it may never be able to escape from.

      As for as Abbas is concerned, he is playing taqiyya. Indeed, any Muslim that would actually make peace with the Jewish unbelievers in Israel would be a dead man walking, as that would constitute blasphemy and blasphemy like apostasy is a capital offense in Islam.

      Hence, the so-called peace process has always been a political ploy (taqiyya) used to weaken Israel and to dupe gullible useful idiots. Indeed, it worked and is still working like a charm.

  • kevin small

    every thing that happen to the jews is supposed to happen al you have to do is read the bibal which say to the jews I will give you a homeland but in that home land u shall never know peice they are being punished for what they did to Christ

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Arab/Muslim complexities, rivalries between Islamist factions, shifting alliances
    and the all in all is that Israel is the target for destruction. The sanest effort for
    Israel is to cleans Gaza of all of the so called competing villians and remove all
    of Gaza's inhabitants back to Egypt where they may enjoy repatriation and
    fealty. As for the killers eliminate them as a reward for their murders.

    Abbas seems to be to long lived and should join Yasser Arafat in hell, the area
    they foul should be cleansed and returned to Israel for and expanding Nation of
    Jewish domination. Let Egypt who murder their own Coptic citizens, Iran who
    kill off all Iranians who are opposed to the Mullahs and every Islamist slave
    state go to hell and or help them on their way, let there be a new Middle East
    dominated by Israel……………………………………………………..William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Until then the PLO had been a largely secular nationalist movement.

    Actually, the PLO was never a largely secular nationalist movement. It may have pretended to be a largely secular nationalist movement to dupe gullible useful idiots into believing the Palestinians plight was about nationalism instead of what it really is, a disinformation campaign designed to camouflage the Islamic world's permanent and perpetual jihad of conquest under a cloak of nationalism.

    With a melding of perspectives, a Palestinian nationalist (Islamic) religious movement was possible.

    Sorry but that is also ludicrous as well, as nation-states and hence nationalism are products of Western civilization only, while Muslims believe only in a world Caliphate. In fact, since nation states are a manifestation of Western civilization, they are also in fact un-Islamic. Thus, the notion of Palestinian nationalism is again a ploy used to justify jihad and to also camouflage the Islamic world's permanent genocidal jihad being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers under a cloak of nationalism.

    In fact, this whole scam was cooked up and implemented by the now defunct Soviet KGB, which had correctly calculated that the Islamic world would garner far more international sympathy and support if they presented their permanent and perpetual jihad of conquest against Jewish unbelievers in Israel as a struggle for nationalism. Indeed, the scam worked like a charm. Just look how it totally duped this writer.

  • esperantominoria

    Read this article about the great atheist who was anti-Islam:Oriana Fallaci

    What a life!She fought the nazis and fascists at age 14,argued with Khomeini,was almost killed in the 1968 Tlatelolco,Mexico massacre(200-300 killed)

    Read about her life and see a VIDEO about her:
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/11/06/oriana-falla

  • Rifleman

    "Tit for tat doesn't work against Muslims because they don't value their own lives" Yep, that, and they have the numbers to lose in an attrition fight.

  • Ben Cohen

    The withdrawal from Lebanon was a huge, huge mistake. Me and Chezwick have disagreed in the past, but on this we agree: an un-negotiated withdrawal is a retreat, and you have no reason to expect a cessation of hostilities.

    The withdrawal from South Lebanon was unquestionably Israel's greatest strategic mistake.

  • Ben Cohen

    BTW, Chezwick do you have an email address? If you would want to discuss this issue with me you can email me at benjamin_robert_cohen@yahoo.com, or bensday823@yahoo.com