Operation Protective Edge: The Real Peace Process

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


120311095504-israel-iron-dome-story-topIt was slightly under a year ago that the not-real peace process, the one driven by the U.S. administration and especially Secretary of State John Kerry, got under way.

In that “process,” Israel and the ostensibly moderate Fatah wing of the Palestinians, led by Mahmoud Abbas, were supposed to negotiate for nine months and reach a conflict-ending two-state solution.

There was a hitch: to reach that pot of gold, Israel would have to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in phased batches. They could not be car thieves and the like; they had to be terrorist murderers. Sometimes the road to peace has strange bumps in it.

That peace process ended with something less than a bang in April. Even though Kerry’s envoy Martin Indyk admitted that Abbas—insufficiently appeased by the prisoner releases—had “shut down” and stopped talking with Israel by December, both Kerry and Indyk managed to blame Israeli building in “settlements,” primarily Jerusalem, for the talks’ failure.

Now, three months since those talks wound down, Israel is at war. It’s been a fierce war, but it offers more hope of peace than Kerry and Indyk’s “process” ever did.

It offers such hope because, after two days, Israel in Operation Protective Edge is displaying even more stunning capabilities than in its previous war against Gaza-based, mainly Hamas terror, the eight-day-long Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.

As a “senior security official” told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday evening:

Hamas has been surprised by Israel’s response. We systematically struck operational infrastructure… In the past 36 hours we destroyed more than what was destroyed during all of Operation Pillar of Defense, and many targets were areas where senior Hamas commanders operate….

There’s not a single Hamas brigade commander that has a home to go back to….

So much for offense. On defense, Israel’s Iron Dome antimissile system has been doing even better than in Pillar of Defense, downing over 90% of rockets headed for populated areas.

Iron Dome has been doing so even though, in the year and a half since Pillar of Defense, Hamas has not only upped its supply of rockets but also their ranges. During Pillar of Defense, Hamas celebrated wildly when a handful of rockets reached as far as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In this new round they’ve reached considerably farther, all the way to Haifa—but, thanks mainly to Iron Dome, to no avail.

As of Wednesday evening, the casualty count was: on the Hamas side, about 50 dead and a few hundred wounded; on the Israeli side, no dead and no wounded.

The questions for Israel concern how far to take this war, whether or not to launch a ground invasion in addition to the aerial assault, and how the final outcome should look. Israeli higher-ups consider Hamas a lesser evil than the global-jihad groups likely to replace it; they want to damage and deter Hamas but probably not destroy it. Israel does not want to return to ruling well over a million hostile Muslims in Gaza, and if it goes in, it will need an exit strategy.

There is, however, no question about who will win this war, and the early indications are that it will be an even more decisive win than Pillar of Defense, which in turn was a more decisive win than Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009. That’s where hope for the future, and even for peace, comes in.

In Israel’s first 25 years, from 1948 to 1973, it fought five wars against Arab states and (except for the inconclusive 1967-1970 War of Attrition with Egypt) won them decisively. Since 1973, Israel has had no wars against Arab states. It’s not that Egypt and Jordan, and certainly not Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and so on, came to love Israel. But, generally speaking, they came to realize that fighting it was a losing proposition.

True, those were relatively rational states with nationalist leaders. The enemies Israel faces today—the religious radicals of Hamas, Hizballah, the jihadi groups now crowding into Syria, and the Iranian regime—are of a different ilk. But it turns out that even these warriors of God prefer to remain intact. With all the bungling and poor planning that Israel displayed in its war against Hizballah in 2006, Hizballah sustained major damage and has not fired a missile at Israel since.

Operation Protective Edge still has a long way to go. The Palestinian casualties inevitably include civilians, and it is only a matter of time before the U.S., EU, and UN start weighing in on that. What has seemed so far like understanding that Israel is fighting another vicious Middle Eastern terror organization will probably deteriorate into harsh diplomatic pressure for a ceasefire. Optimism has to be tempered with caution.

Even so, it is not too early to say that Israel’s growing prowess as a high-tech military powerhouse, now on display to the Middle East in Gaza, augurs better for its future than phony peace talks.

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  • oneteedoffpatriot

    I agree that Israel needs an exit strategy. Tell the muslims they have 7 days to get out of Gaza. Anyone left will be killed.

    • Ivan Ewan

      Crazy. Not only would that be a real genocide, but incentivising Hamas to smash their way through to Egypt would really piss off Sisi. Better idea to turn off the electricity and see how they do. Then if they’re still fighting, turn off the gas. Then later if they’re still fighting, turn off the water. Turn them on again only following a surrender, a public display that Gaza is no more in control of the war than any ant is the architect of his own destiny.

      • Ellen_L

        Old fashioned siege, very interesting. It just might work. And it might make them value Israel as a trading partner that they need. Discomfort and then simple desire may do more war against hatred than we suspect.

        • bigjulie

          Obama seems to think such a strategy works. Look what he is doing to the citizens he rules over with his resettlement of foreign invaders from Central America!

        • Evermyrtle

          The enemy of peace is hatred of our fellowman. As long as this hatred is present and continues to grow, we have no chance of peace. The major source of this hatred is aimed at the ALMIGHTY GOD, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND THEIR DISCIPLES, KNOWN AS CHRISTIANS. The antichrist peoples of the world aims at destroying us. Since that is impossible, there will be no peace.

          Ezekiel 7:25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
          Individual peace, peace for HIS people: 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplies unto you through the knowledge of GOD, and our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

      • Softly Bob

        It’s not really genocide, especially if you give them chance to leave.
        However, you do have a point. The first thing is to cut off electricity, gas, water and so on…. and cut off all aid. Just give them basic food supplies, but NO money.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Knock out Radio/TV/Cellphone towers.

          Monitor Gaza 24/7 with satellites and drones w/Infrared and weaponized to fire at incoming fire.

        • Drakken

          Go big or go home, anything less is an exercise in futility.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Hamass needs to be wiped off the face of the Middle East.

        It’s them or humanity.

      • oneteedoffpatriot

        Have to disagree, Ivan. Lincoln never told Sherman to turn off the water supply.

        • Ivan Ewan

          There are no parallels whatsoever to civil war America, except that both sides are shooting at each other.

          • Drakken

            Think Carthage and you just might get it. Ole Sherman also had the right idea and it works, half azzed measures as your proposing has already been there done that and it failed.

        • Nabukuduriuzhur

          The South was not composed of a group of people who dance in the streets when children are murdered. Most southerners didn’t own slaves. Most had no interest in slavery.

          • oneteedoffpatriot

            They were an enemy country who would be defeated, not debated or compromised with.

      • cj

        I agree with you….

      • Drakken

        The time for pleasantries and niceties with these goddamn savages is over, time to really make them howl and screech. You call it genocide, I call it warfare at its finest. Israel has played this game over and over again expecting a different result. Time to give that rat’s nest of jihadist savages a taste of Carthage, no more fu**ing around.

      • J.B.

        Utilities have been withheld before. It didn’t work. Those snimals will never stop their savagery. Only expelling them back to where they came from and outlawing any muslim or Arab to enter Israel will end their constant attacks.

    • Johnny Palestine

      David Horowitz is correct: Israel should bomb the living daylights out of the Palestinian Nazis (that’s exactly what they are). They should pulverize terrorist Gaza.

      They are aslo toxic fed a diet of hate since they could walk. They are dangerous to the West and their anger can be directed at any group. The Palestinians must disappear.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Treat Gaza like 1945 Berlin.

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    • Americana

      That is not an Israeli exit strategy. That would be an Israeli evacuation strategy. As for Israel being allowed to make unilateral demands and decisions of that nature, Israel is not in that position. If she did so, I’d have to suggest the United Nations would be obligated to take action.

      Israel should resume peace talks and attempt to sign a peace accord and see what that produces in terms of more peaceful Palestinian behavior. That is the only way to gauge the Palestinian motivation and desire for peace, to put it to the test. For Israel to make the totally self-referencing and self-serving claim that the Palestinians will never accept an equitable peace agreement is simply not able to be determined in advance.

  • wileyvet

    Gaza is a separate political entity, a de facto state. Hamas IS the government, and as such has declared war on Israel. They cannot claim as in the past that the terrorist atrocities committed were done by rogue “militants”. Gaza, like any other country that wages war against its neighbour, must be held accountable for its decisions and suffer the consequences resulting from said declaration of war. Time to take the gloves off and utterly and unmercifully destroy them and their supporters. Hamas and its Gazan supporters are not victims, they are terrorists.

  • Samuel Lee

    My main concern is that if Israel attacks and push back Hamas, then a greater force ISIS may take over. ISIS has an objective to rid the black stone in the Dome also, viewing as an idolatry to their Islam. If ISIS succeeds in that, it will give way for Israel to build the third temple too. So many factors. I’m on edge watching history unfold.

    • CaoMoo

      Wait they want to throw away Allah? The same rock idol Muhammed started the whole bloody mess over

  • Seymour Friedel

    Palestinian children have been brought up to hate Jews and Israelis. So there is an endless supply of terrorists making it impossible for a single state, such as Israel to eliminate it. Nothing will change until Europe, the USA, Russia, China and the rest of the world say “enough” and join hands in fighting this evil. Never happen IMHO

    • bigjulie

      Amen!! Nobody is addressing the “endless supply of terrorists” and that is the major problem between Israel and its Arab neighbors. By the time Arab children are 6-7, the hate for Jews instilled in them is irreversible. A few might reach an enlightenment but the vast, vast majority will die with it and likely because of it!

  • BMS

    The world told Israel to leave Gaza for peace. They did and all they received was terrorism and rockets. When the rockets fly into Israel putting it’s citizens at mortal danger the world is somehow silent. Now that Israel has said enough is enough, as any other country in the world would have done so much sooner, the UN will call for an emergency meeting and a halt to the hostilities and excessive Israeli aggression. Israel MUSTdo whatever is needed to defend itself. To end things now would only lead to another necessary operation months from now. …and where is America’s President to lend his support to Israel. I guess that would interfere with his pool games and beer drinking.

  • Tradecraft46

    Israel has not taken the necessary steps, and until it does, there will be no peace.

    • wildjew

      What steps does Israel need to take to bring peace?

      • Tradecraft46

        Make it too costly for the Palies to continue their folly.

        So far, Israel has not been willing to make them pay the price.

      • Evermyrtle

        Turn the country over to the Arabs and commit massive suicide, is only thing that will ever please the enemy, Satan and his forces,

      • Drakken

        Bring Carthage to Gaza and the West Bank, done deal.

    • Underzog

      Israel will not take the correct steps under Bibi. Yes Obama is very very bad (I’ve even called him the affirmative action Hitler), but Obama is not in control of Israel as much as the leaders of Israel think he is. Bibi is in control of Israel and when he says that he will not cut off water and electricity to Gaza because the lawyers told him no to, then Bibi is a bigger threat to Israel than even Obama is. Bibi is conducting the defense of Israel as if he is still the U.N. representative to that antisemitic world body. The idea isn’t to make legal argument; the idea is to win the war and Bibi will not do that. He has substituted worship of Hashem for worship of the idol of world opinion.

      Incidentally, if America under an Obama or Hillary or an Elizabeth Warren breaks of all ties to Israel, Israel will survive such a move better than America would.

      Be strong and of good courage. With Hashem anything is possible.

      • Tradecraft46

        I used to follow Arutz Sheva, and it was clear that Bibi was trying to cover for all sorts of Palie nastiness, in the name of the ‘Peace Process’. Remember which President gave us the Camp David Accords.

      • Drakken

        Shoot the lawyers and the problem fixes itself.

        • Underzog

          “First thing we do is kill all the lawyers.”
          William Shakespear

  • notme123

    Israel belongs to Israel,, all of it… the land was set aside by the San Remo conference just as the arab countries that are now in existence were.
    But more importantly, God gave the land to Israel, and this is why the Muslums want it.

    • wildjew

      Obama is a Muslim but Bush claims to be a Christian. Why didn’t Bush understand Israel belongs to Israel, all of it?

      • notme123

        Bush is gone, Obama has been in office 6yrs. Stop living in the past, the present and future are what needs to be foremost now.

        • wildjew

          I subscribe to the aphorism, “You have to know the past to understand the present.” How about you?

          • bigjulie

            The Republicans continue to demonstrate that they cannot find their gluteus maximi using both hands! It will be close to a miracle if they win in 2014 and 2016, despite the Democrats practically handing them victory. Their problem is money! Large donors expect something for their “investment” and patriots have a bothersome tendency to think for themselves, rather than follow the money, like good little Liberals do for the Democrats. Patriotic principles often interfere with the ordinary outright purchase of political power that both parties are now used to doing. That is why people like Senator Ted Cruz must be defeated at all costs! Patriots do not handle things like Welfare and Food Stamps well, with their silly, outmoded notions about freedom, liberty and do-it-yourself responsibilities. The Republicans want compliant voters, just like the Democrats have. Compliance is not a long suite for Patriots!

          • wildjew

            If Obama and the Democrats continue to botch things royally as they appear to be doing, Republicans could make gains in spite of themselves.

          • bigjulie

            IMHO, that is the only way they will make gains…in spite of themselves!

          • Nabukuduriuzhur

            Most of the donors in the Republican party donate $5s, $10s, and $20s.

            For Kerry, the average donor was $7million.

          • Headed4TheHills

            No, the Party of Lincoln stands with Israel. RINO’s like Bush and Romney don’t represent the feelings of Conservative Republicans.

          • wildjew

            Conservatives and Republicans stood by Bush for seven plus years after the 9/11 attacks (Limbaugh, Hannity, etc.) even as he mislead the nation about the “religion of peace,” even as he sold out Israel.

          • Mark Cragin

            That “religion of peace” meme was President Bush’s greatest mistake. Americans need to know the truth about Islam, and it ain’t peaceful.

  • wildjew

    Why doesn’t Prime Minister Netanyahu explain the reality of the situation to Obama and the American people the way Golda Meir did Richard Nixon?

    During negotiations with Richard Nixon, Golda Meir put forward the argument that there were already two states between the Mediterranean Sea and the borders of Iraq, in what was once Palestine. These, she said were Israel and Jordan (the original area of Britain’s Palestine Mandate had included the territory of the Hashemite kingdom). ‘There is no room for a third. The Palestinians must find the solution to their problem together with that Arab country, Jordan, because a “Palestinian State” between us and Jordan can only become a base from which it will be even more convenient to attack and destroy Israel.’ (Israel: A History, by Martin Gilbert, pg. 416-417)

    • Underzog

      Obama is not intellectually smart as Nixon was. Obama is an islamo bolshevik reading everything off a teleprompter. No explanation by anyone — even someone as eloquent as Bibi — would make a difference. Obama is also evil and does however possess criminal cunning and a con man’s great skill, perhaps l due to his real proclivities. Kirk and Pill in their landmark book, “After the Ball,” point out how the people he supports for infiltration make the best con men.

    • Habbgun

      The reality of Obama is that he supported the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptians. Obama is not a President searching for the interests of the United States instead he is an IslamoLeftist or a Marxslamist. Asking Obama to listen to reason is not the reason the Left voted for Obama.

      • J.B.

        Islamarxist? Muslimarxist?

        • Habbgun

          Academic?

  • Lanna

    People who know biblical history, know the events that have happened to Israel throughout the ages. Enemies were ransacking and always trying to take their land. Ultimately, Jerusalem has known many rulers during the course of its long history, but none of them regarded it as their Capital. Only the Jewish people have always maintained it as the sole center of its National and Spiritual life. Jerusalem is the symbol of all for which Israel stands in the world. The spiritual attachment of the Jews to Jerusalem has remained unbroken, it is a Unique attachment. Should one doubt that statement, he would have to look long and hard to find another relationship in history where a people, even in captivity, remained so passionately attached to a city for three thousand years. There will never be peace until the arabs recognize Israel’s right to exist and that it is a sovereign state. They will find out in the future just how set in stone these words are, and that whoever tries to rule that land, other than the Jews who are the the rightful owners will be heaved away from it!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Muslims can make Hudnas, i.e., temporary truces, with infidels that they will inevitably break when they deem the time is right. However, any Muslim leader who makes any kind of permanent agreement with an infidel state as Anwar El-Sadat did back in 1979 with the infidel state of Israel, will be targeted for assassination and assassinated. As according to Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, there can never be peace between Muslims and infidels until all infidels have been subjugated into Islamic totalitarianism, i.e., harsh and degrading dhimmitude, and Islam has been made supreme via the imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law).

    As a matter of fact, when Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Peace Accords, which allowed him to return to the disputed territories in Israel to head up the Palestinian Authority after being in exile in Tunisia, he immediately went on a whirlwind tour of the Islamic totalitarian world to inform them in Arabic in no uncertain terms that he had signed the Oslo Peace Accords only in the spirt of Muhammad’s infamous Treaty of Hudaibiya in case some Muslims got a wild hair up their behind and decided to execute him.

    Therefore, it is ludicrous for infidels to attempt to negotiate peace agreements with Muslims. Not only that, but the so-called Palestinians are the proxies of the greater Islamic totalitarian world, and even if one of their leaders made the stupid mistake of signing a permanent peace agreement with the infidel state of Israel, that leader would sooner or later be assassinated and the jihad would resume.

    I know the reality seems harsh, but Israel must bite the bullet and continue to defend itself against jihad perpetually because it has no other choice in the matter, as the only other alternative is harsh and degrading dhimmitude, which is a fate worse than death. Not to mention that there would also be an enormous blood bath consisting of only Jewish blood before that eventuality ever happened.

    Nonetheless, the jihad the Islamic totalitarian world is waging perpetually against the infidel state of Israel is just a tiny part of the much greater global jihad at large that they are also waging perpetually against all infidels throughout the world, either through violence or otherwise non-violently via stealth and deception. As a matter of fact, no individual infidel state in the world can make peace alone individually with the Islamic totalitarian world, and any solution will therefore have to be collective in nature involving the entire collective infidel world acting cooperatively together as one to put an end to the global jihad.

  • gornisht

    Israel, please do whatever you have to do to get rid of the scum that calls itself, Palestinians. RAID, used liberally, should remove the cockroaches.

    • Nabukuduriuzhur

      Even cockroaches don’t kill each other. They eat each other if already dead, but unlike the Palestinians, they don’t kill their own. It looks like the kid “killed by Israelis” was actually killed by Palestinians and then his death blamed on Israel. It’s not a new tactic ,either. Arafat would deliberately put kids near the fighting in the hopes that they would be killed.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    There’s not a single Hamas brigade commander that has a home to go back to….

    Woohoo……………………………………………….I’m digging it!

  • Webb

    I don’t pray to G-d to have mercy on America for cursing Israel. Rather I pray for mercy for myself and other lovers of Israel in America as G-d executes righteous judgment on America for betraying Israel. Yet I do pray for the destruction of the haters of Israel. I do not have the honor of being a Jew. The Horror to come.

  • gfmucci

    Dear David:

    If you have any suggestions on how to keep the likes of Kerry and other liberal bleeding hearts in the US from interfering with Israel’s self-defense and sympathizing with the “poor, innocent Gazans” and the other psychotic animals representing “the religion of peace” , I’d like to hear it.

    • Drakken

      Read Vince Flynn’s book Term limits and you might have an idea, other than that, elections have consequences.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Israel should, after devastating the terrorist Hamas, destroying its leadership, and making sure they know they are and will always be helpless against Israel, have a re-education plan as the US had for Germany and Japan after WW II. Israel needs to use a carrot and stick policy. Light on the carrot and heavy on the stick.

    • Drakken

      You cannot re educate a bunch of inbred savages, you must eliminate them to convince them the error of their ways. Too compare these bloody 7th century savages to1st world Germany and Japan is a very wrong analogy.

    • J.B.

      Or expel them all back to the lands they emigrated from. When they start attacking their new hosts they will be brutally put down and Western leftists will yawn. They are only a grave danger when funded extensively by Western countries and the oil sheikdoms, and even then, only when they’re in Israel.

  • BS77

    160 000 dead in Syria…and the left yawns. Thousands killed in Sudan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan by terror thugs…in Nigeria Christians are slaughtered by the score…and the left dozes off. But let Israel defend itself against THOUSANDS of rockets fired by Hamas …and the left starts squalling .

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      BS77 AKBAR!

    • Americana

      No one yawned over Syria, whether they’re from the left, right or center. Your solution that would have spared those 160,000 dead in Syria? And when would you have begun implementing your solution in Syria?

      • BS77

        Yes, they did YAWN…because no one…no one on the left , at the UN or in Russia or the US or England got involved or did much of anything while the bodies piled up. Leftists were pretty much silent about the SLAUGHTER going on there . The left is ridiculous. Leftists are ideologically driven but impotent and stupid when it comes to getting things done. Has the left done ANYTHING constructive to end the Taliban slaughter in Afghanistan, or the horrendous bombings in Iraq or Pakistan, the misery of the Tibetans…the attacks upon Christians in Nigeria or Egyp?????? NO. The left takes a dramatic posture and makes a lot of noise…but that s about it…….not much more.

        • J.B.

          The left doesn’t care about any of those people. They only care about exerting sociopolitical power at home.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    turn every Sq. in. of rag-head sand into glass

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey_Britain

    The author’s subtitle “The only way for Israel to end hostilities is to end Palestinian terrorism.” indicates that he is operating under the delusion that ending Palestinian terrorism would end hostilities. Since Palestinian terrorists are agents of Islam, any ending of Palestinian terrorism would be temporary. There are plenty more Muslims waiting to take the place of Palestinian terrorists.

    The subtitle should read “The only way for Israel to end hostilities is to end Islamic terrorism.”

    • Drakken

      It is a very simple equation, no more muslims = no more problems.

      • Americana

        The equation may look simple on paper, on the ground IRL, it reads a whole lot more complex and far less easily achieved. Let’s hear your simple “no more Muslims” plan, Drakken. I want to know if it’s credible, feasible and desirable. I also want to know as a so-called Marine contractor, whose equipment you’ll be using and how many nations will be involved and so on… You know all the messy little details that are involved in your Carthage IRL 101.

        • J.B.

          You know he’s right.

        • Drakken

          You would be amazed at what can be accomplished once you put your mind and will to what needs to be done.
          As for how you accomplish such tactics? 1st I would simply quit worrying about civilian casualties, the more the merrier, you make war so horrific that they remember it for a thousand years, 2nd when they are starving, they aren’t too concerned with jihad, and 3rd you grind them into the ground where they scream uncle and will lick your boots to quit. 4th, blow up or burn down every mosques and hang every imam in front of it, kill the messenger, you kill the message.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey_Britain

    The problem with Israel annexing Gaza is that they’d just move to the West Bank.

    Tell them to leave the West Bank and they move to Jordan and Lebanon.

    Annexing Gaza and the West Bank would make Israel somewhat less tactically vulnerable. But it would not end the hostilities.

    Islam itself is the problem. Israel can’t attack 1 billion Muslims but it can
    announce a new doctrine of consequence. A doctrine that declares that
    for every Israeli killed, it will result in the death of an Imam and Mullah and the destruction of a Mosque. Every ten Israeli’s killed will result in the consequence of the loss of an Islamic holy site/shrine.

    Islam places an inordinate importance upon their holy sites. Let them think
    about a consequence that they actually care about. Losing the Dome of the Rock would be a consequence they dare not risk. As for Mecca, declare that if Israel is ever attacked with WMD, that Mecca with its Kaaba will be the very first nuclear retaliatory target.

    • Drakken

      When the ragheads kill one of yours, you have to kill at least a thousand of theirs to get the point across. Every attack against us results in the savages losing 50 mosques. Make it so horrific for them that they get it.

    • J.B.

      Sending any of those animals to Lebanon or Syria would be a mistake but sending them to Jordan and Egypt would probably work. Hudsein and Sisi wouldn’t allow them to stockpile weapons or provoke a war they would be responsible for.

      I wonder if they would even be able to cause problems from the oil rich countries. After all, if they were funded and armed by those countries, Israel would retaliate.

  • http://www.apollospeaks.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    BARACK OBAMA, THE 2008 HAWAII BLACKOUT AND THE GAZA WAR

    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com to read about this strange and seemingly meaningful coincidence signifying Obama’s staggering ignorance and naivity on the Middle East and its consequences.

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    The reason Israel must destroy Hamas this time is Iran
    As Matthew Kroenig so brilliantly proved in his new book A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat, the United States MUST attack the Iranian nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails. But Obama is quite reluctant to do even that which is imperative for the US. So it leaves Israel. The retaliatory strike that will follow an Israeli preemptive strike on Isfahan, Arak, Natanz and Qom will come from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel has to get rid of the Hamas component in the Iranian retaliation. Israel has to neutralize Hamas NOW so that its part of the Iranian retaliation will not exist when the time comes to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities.

    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2014/07/the-reason-israel-must-destroy-hamas.html

  • meanpeoplesuck

    We know at least 85 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli weaponry paid for by American taxpayers, when the country is dead broke. We also know the number of Israelis killed by Palestinian “rockets” is…ZERO. Why the US should care about this, let alone continue to pay for it when we are bankrupt ourselves, is a mystery to most of us with functioning brainwaves.

    • Drakken

      Only 85 so far? So far the Israeli’s are really pulling their punches, say, why don’t you come on over and volunteer to be a human shield. Yes, I am a huge fan of disaportionate response and love to employ it liberally, besides overkill is highly under rated.

    • UCSPanther

      ” when the country is dead broke.”

      Funny. Just a short time ago, you were trumpeting Obama’s Soviet-style manipulation of economic stats. Does that mean that narrative finally collapsed?

      “is a mystery to most of us with functioning brainwaves.”

      You wouldn’t know a thing about intelligence, because you clearly lack it…

    • J.B.

      Israelis make their own ammunition and they don’t need yankee dollars to buy small arms and ammo.

      Only a shameless turd muncher could criticize what Israel is doing to defend itself from those koranimals. You leftists are compleye hypocrites. Even your idiotic screen name is hypocritical. You should change it to Code Pinko. That would be accurate.

      • UCSPanther

        I think “vapidleftyidiot” would be more appropriate…

    • Webb

      We all join together in killing terrorists. It’s the new pastime the muslim world has gifted us with. Functioning brainwaves? Yours are waving goodbye, sucker.

    • Webb

      Hopefully it’s a lot more by now. It’s a good start, albeit a slow start. Barry will print off all the stimulus we need to continue, so don’t worry. We owe it to ourselves, right? Barry sent big dumb Lurch off to give the pallies false hope and now they’re enraged over Barry’s betrayal, and being led to their doom. So chill out. Make some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the explosions.

    • Bklyn Farmer

      Article from The Blaze 7/11

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/10/hamas-is-using-civilians-as-human-shields-but-its-latest-directive-is-the-most-shocking/

      Hamas Is Using Civilians as Human Shields but Its Latest Directive Is the Most Shocking

      The Hamas leadership in Gaza is ordering Palestinians to stay in their homes even if they are warned by the Israel Defense Forces to vacate before their neighborhood is bombed.

      The order in effect turns Gaza civilians into human shields and is apparently designed to deter Israel from striking civilian areas where rocket launchers and terrorist weapons depots are hidden, because Hamas is aware of the reluctance of the IDF and the Israeli public to see civilian casualties. This stands in stark contrast with Palestinian terrorist groups, which are firing indiscriminately into Israeli communities, including hitting a home in Beer Sheba on Thursday.

      For years, Hamas militants have been hiding weapons and launching sites among civilians, increasing the likelihood of Palestinian casualties from Israeli bombing of terrorist targets in Gaza, IDF video and Hamas leader statements from this week and earlier show.

  • butpygmies

    Thank you, David. I believe that the amazing technological display, while it’s useful and important to castrate Hamas, is meant as a demonstration to Iran that we have such significant technological superiority and capability that they will ultimately have to deal with an air force whose planes and weapons are not vulnerable to Iran defense or offense.

    But for the life of me, I cannot fathom why Hamas felt this was a good time to pick a fight. Any idea?

  • Bklyn Farmer

    If you want to see how a future Palestinian State would look like, look at Gaza. Rockets are being launched from Lebanon which was supposed to be prevented by the UN. Establishment of a terrorist state in Judea & Samaria by the PA-Hamas unity government will result despite assurances by the US and/or international community. Palestinians have used any concessions made by Israel to further their sole goal NOT for the creation of a state but the destruction of one, this kabuki theater of a “peace process” brings only instability, violence and war.

  • Christopher Riddle

    This OP should more accurately be called”Take The Gloves Off And Kick A$$”!!GOD Bless The State of Israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • El Cid

    This is a rather positive and upbeat article during a very difficult period. Thank you. Tonight, 2 of my children are in Tel Aviv and I am worried about these events very personally.

    It is nonsense to talk about evicting Arabs from Gaza. It is not nonsense to talk about annexing Gaza. I just pray that that military incursion can be done with very few Jewish casualties. Each of our boys in precious.

    The others who worship a cult of death and seek “martyrdom” in the name of Mohammed, I have no sympathy. I wish that people in the Western world would understand this is the end they have chosen. It is their way.

    • Drakken

      Those bloody savages in Gaza will continue to do the same thing over and over again until you Jews say enough is enough, you either deal with them or they will deal with you.

  • Drakken

    Let me repeat myself, you cannot nor will you ever re educate a bunch of 7 th century savages into the modern world unless and until islam is eliminated, period. To compare WW2 Germany and extermination of the Jews to Islamic savages that want you dead no matter what it takes is a nonsense false analogy. It is not genocide to eliminate a people that want you destroyed, it is warfare, period, and you Jews had better get it through your heads that you will never ever make peace with those bloody savages, so it is a simple choice, them or you.

  • RobiMac

    Not to worry. Israel’s gonna clean their clocks. She is indestructible because Elohim’s got her back….He always has.

  • Lanna

    We don’t need any more Chamberlains….go in and do what needs to be done to stop the rockets….Its called getting rid of Infrastructure!