Mounting Terror in Israel

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Snugly asleep at 5:30 on Wednesday morning, I was awoken by sirens that rang through Beersheva. By the time, groggy, I made it to the stairs of the apartment building, heading down to the air-raid shelter, I and other groggy, semi-dressed people around me heard the boom, sounding very near.

It was a Grad rocket fired from Gaza. It landed in a private yard—indeed not far from us—and a man who saw the explosion from his third-story window was injured by shrapnel. Beersheva schools were closed for the day.

Another Grad from Gaza hit Beersheva four hours later, this time with no damage.

These two Grads were part of a larger barrage of southern Israel: a Grad had also landed near Ashdod Tuesday night, causing no damage, and another seven mortar shells struck the region on Wednesday. During Tuesday, amid a general escalation stretching back to the weekend and earlier, Israeli planes had hit terrorist targets in Gaza, killing nine including four civilians.

Not surprisingly, on such days all Israelis with access to a TV turn it on periodically to see if there’s further news. Wednesday afternoon, there was: this time it was a bus being bombed in Jerusalem, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring dozens, some seriously. The bomb appears to have been left inside a bag beside a telephone pole, the bomber—for the time being—to have escaped.

Not long ago, as anti-regime protests broke out first in Tunisia and then in Egypt, Israel was criticized by liberals like Thomas Friedman and Peter Beinart, and neoconservatives like Elliott Abrams and Paul Wolfowitz,  for not showing enthusiasm over a purported wave of democracy sweeping the Arab world. But of course it’s hard to celebrate under such circumstances. And there’s a strong connection between those circumstances and the supposed “democratic” developments—and not a positive one from Israel’s standpoint.

Various reasons have been adduced for Hamas’s (whether or not it was responsible for the Jerusalem bomb) current escalation of terror, including a desire to deflect popular discontent over its inability to reunite with the Fatah movement that rules the West Bank. Undoubtedly in the mix, though, is the tailwind Hamas is feeling these days from its southwest, in the Land of the Nile, where hasty arrangements to hold elections in September are seen by all knowledgeable observers as favoring Hamas’s parent organization the Muslim Brotherhood—the virulently jihadist group that calls to wipe Israel off the map.

No, in Israel we have to disappoint the critics and admit that, amid the bombs bursting in air and in the streets, we’re not celebrating the advent of “Arab democracy.”

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  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Take back Gaza and kick those bastards out and put a few cluster bombs
    in those underground tunnel system from and to Egypt.

    • marat1

      Israel needs to unleash an OVERWHELMING amount of force and power. It is the ONLY way to make the price too high for Hamas. Part of that should include the targeted elimination of high ranking Hamas officials. They declared war in their very charter, which calls for "The Destruction of Israel." How about "The Destruction of France?" Or Germany, Britain….Israel cannot afford to react defensively alone to these attacks, a posture that ensures the deaths of more of their citizens.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Obama's good friend Louis Farrakan would approve of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over all of the Middle East.
    He would approve of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the US government too.

  • Steve Chavez

    The terrorists only want to turn their evil ways of their followers to the real enemy instead of on themselves. COULD THE LEADERS OF SYRIA AND IRAN want to refocus their own internal discourse, which could lead to their violent removal, on Israel? What better way than to suddenly start up another barrage of rockets and bombing that Israel would then be required to respond to! When Saddam shot his SCUDS, and feared to be filled with WMD, Israel did not react so as to "keep the coalition in place" to remove him from Kuwait. Now thousands of rockets have been fired into Israel since the last Hamas/Israeli war but NO UN/US SCREAMS AT THOSE ATTACKERS! When Israel dares to target one of those rocket launching sites with a laser-guided weapon, THEN THE SCREAMS WILL START. WAIT FOR OBAMA TO CALL THE ISRAELI'S TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR "OVER-REACTION!"

  • Marty

    The bottom line is that Israel will be condemned by muslims and europeans and democrats regardless of what course of action it takes. Only collective suicide by Israelis would please any of the above. Even then, they would merely ask if Israelis at least suffered for a time. Israel should "overreact" each time it is attacked and its civilians are targeted by murderers in gaza or anywhere else. We've all seen what sort of benefits Israel receives when it exercises "restraint."

  • jaythehistorian

    George Gilder a Christian friend of Israel in his book "The Israel Test" had the best explanation of why negotiating with the Fakestinian gangsters is not only a total waste of time, but harmful to Israel. He said the belief by Israelis such as Barak, Olmert, and Livni that the conflict with Fakestinians is about real estate and could be solved with giving them more land is total nonsense They have made it as clear as possible they want to see the elimination of Israel ,period. Israel took a baby step in the right direction when the Israeli Kennesset passed in the past few days laws which prohibit state funds from going to municipalities which act in a treasonous manner such as holding official events which refer to the founding of Israel by using the Arabic word for the "disaster", among other actions. They should also increase the Jewish population in Samaria and Judea, reinstate all the security checkpoints and in a diplomatic way tell Obama and Hilliary , both virulent antisemites to go screw themselves. Israel can survive very well without the $2 billion a year in CREDITS to buy American made weapons. They should also drag their feet as much as possible in response to efforts to bully Israel in negotiating their own suicide. Israel is a military powerhouse and will continue to be without US CREDITS. Its' expertise in defense weapons especially buys them influence with other nations. For example, Russia was convinced not to sell the S300 air defense system to Iran after Israel offered to sell Israeli UAVs. Israel is the biggest supplier of weapons to India which has resulted in a closer relationship between the 2. Israel has a good relationship with China. It lost billions of dollars in weapons sales to China due to the meddling of the US. It should announce they will not accept CREDITS (not aid) from the US. This would allow Israel to make new allies on the basis of mutual interests. When the US returns to sanity and Obama no longer sullies the White House , Israel can have a better relationship with the US. But they can not allow a Jew hater and racist such Obama to treat Israel as an enemy.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      All true and very disturbing, we await the day Obama is sent packing
      with his thugs and subversives, I hope Isreal will survive and prosper
      but to do so it must act is self preservation until the rest of the world
      throws off the vile yoke of falsehood………………………………..William

  • StephenD

    Excellent article. Great comments followed. Being a simple man I wonder, since there'd be negative ramifications regardless for Israel, why not stop all this nonsense and turn the place into a piece of glass? When what's left of those folks are more concerned with finding water and food rather than how they can destroy Israel, maybe then there can be peace. Until you remove the threat, you remain threatened. Seems pretty simple to me.

  • stern

    Steve Chavez, great comment – and you're in good company. Please see this Strator review of the situation:….
    Stratfor is usually very good at analyzing the situation.

  • J.J.

    Egypt will lead the next wave back into despotism, the only type of government they know.

    Saturday, "Hundreds of Islamists stone Egypt's ElBaradei

    "CAIRO — Islamists hurled stones and shoes at Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace laureate and a secular contender for Egypt's presidency, as he tried to vote Saturday in a referendum on constitutional amendments.
    ElBaradei was hit in the back by a stone thrown from the crowd of hundreds but managed to escape unhurt and slammed as "irresponsible" the holding of a referendum without adequate law and order.
    "We don't want you," the mob shouted, throwing stones, shoes and water at the former UN nuclear watchdog chief as he turned up at a Cairo polling station, five weeks after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted by mass protests.
    "He lives in the United States and wants to rule us. It's out of the question," one of them said."

    Not that ElBaradei would be much better, having been a protector of Iran's cover-up for years.

  • USMCSniper

    Muslims have chosen the rules of the game. Let them all know in no uncertain terms what "Never Again" means. As for the Palestinians, it is a matter of record that Palestinians strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent Jewish women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people therefore, have foreited their rights to even exist at all let alone having a UN and US sanctioned terrorist state of their own.

  • BS77

    Events of the past week should erase any doubts about Hamas wanting to be a "partner for peace". Hamas decided it was time to start firing rockets and mortar shells into Israel…..without any rhyme or reason. When five members of a Israeli family were murdered, Gaza barbarians celebrated in their usual fashion. Then a bomb was detonated by a civilian bus stop…killing a British tourist and wounding dozens. This is the way Hamas and the terrorists behave. Cowardly attacks upon defenseless citizens. Anyone thinking of granting these subhumans a state is insane.

  • Irwin Ruff

    Obama's actual religion is meaningless. In practice he acts like a Muslim, and his whole administration is in agreement with his positions, or else more extreme. It is very clear that (along with the Muslims) he wishes to destroy Israel, although he can't say this openly – yet. I have no doubt that once Muslims have a sufficiently major position in this country, he'll introduce some plan to to reduce American Jews to dhimmi status. He believes that all he has to do is talk, and people will fall at his feet and do whatever he wants. But at least some of us will oppose this anti-Semite with all our might – even actively.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    The Obamahealthcare or (lack there of )
    Is the first step (as seen in Eurabia)
    of Islamasizing the West.
    That is why it was the FIRST and FOREMOST priority on his agenda.
    This Obamacare reduces ALL Americans to a Dhimmi Status.
    Muslims are exempt as it is considered a form of USURY.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Go back in time and recognize Begin was right, think why in the name of all
    that is holy that the PLO was allowed to come back? Either sell all you have
    and move to Florida or take Gaza back, take the West Bank, and threaten to
    expand to all land that was Israel of old. A make or break decision is so much
    better than being gnawed to death by Palestinian terrorists and fear of public
    opinion. Why is there no leader who is bold and strong, where is David of old,
    he is spinning in his grave. I know there are Davids and Jonathans
    as in Biblical history in Israel, let them lead, let them show the way out of
    this self imposed darkness, to hell with the rest of the World………….William