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The Truth about Gaza Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity.

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Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel–Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows Hamas’s proudly self-declared raison d’être: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

Apologists for Hamas attribute the bloodlust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? There is not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli in Gaza. Does no one remember anything? It was less than ten years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted it settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military, and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians.


There was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.

The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel’s desire to leave the West Bank too and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.

And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them — an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.

Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques, and private homes to better expose their own civilians. And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Why? The rockets can’t even inflict serious damage, being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?”

It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as a Washington Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.

This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.

To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world’s treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.’s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance, and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel’s legitimacy and right to self-defense.

In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, Hamas’ depravity begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera — both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years which nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.

It’s to the Israelis’ credit that amid all this madness they haven’t lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.

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I don't understand, and never have, the hatred for the Jewish people. They have every right to defend themselves, just as anybody else does. They are not the warmongers the world portrays them. They just don't take c.r.a.p. off anybody who threatens them, and I can't say as I blame them seeing as they've always had a target on their back.

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I don't understand, and never have, the hatred for the Jewish people. They have every right to defend themselves, just as anybody else does. They are not the warmongers the world portrays them. They just don't take c.r.a.p. off anybody who threatens them, and I can't say as I blame them seeing as they've always had a target on their back.

I agree, they have given up a lot but those people and the world seems to care less

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The main event in world news this month has been the rocket attacks on Israel and Israel’s military response on the terrorists that are firing the rockets from Gaza. Unless there is some new major unforeseen offense by the terrorists, I think the response by Israel will be limited. Israel’s main mission probably is to find and destroy the rockets and the tunnels. I do not think Israel will launch the type of military campaign that would be necessary to take down Hamas.

Iran supplies the terrorists in Gaza with weapons and it is Iran that told the terrorists to reject the Egyptian brokered cease-fire and to continue to fire rockets at Israel. Iran probably wants them to divert attention from the nuclear talks that were supposed to be worked out by July 20th. After Iran quietly gets another six month extension to continue to keep working on their nuclear weapons program they will probably tell the Gaza terrorists to accept the Egyptian brokered cease-fire.

Some people wonder why Israel does not take more effective military action, but the answer is obvious. It is for the same reason that they gave Gaza independence in the first place. Israel is still trying to appease the world. It is the same old story. After thousands of years, Israel still has not learned that its only true defense is in the God of Israel. Therefore, Israel trusts in allies that prove not to be trust worthy, or she hopes to appease her enemies. It never has worked in the past and it will not work now. In any case, the government of Israel will now probably move more toward the Right since the people of Israel are getting fed up with the facade of having peace talks with those that vow to kill them.

Some are always looking for the prophetic significance of the current scrimmage as if Israel has reached the time of Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38. The blood moon proponents are drooling in anticipation that this scrimmage in Gaza will lead to some fulfillment of their conjectures, but it will be a non event in the broad prophetic picture. The Gaza operation actually will even weaken Hamas somewhat and delay further any wider action against Israel by the Arab nations.

North of Israel, Shia-Hezbollah is now in no position to fight Israel. They have their hands full with the rise of Sunni-ISIS. What is left of Assad’s Syria also is in no position to fight Israel. South and east of Israel, Sunni Egypt and Jordan still have a peace treaty with Israel. They have no desire to fight Israel at this time. Iran also is very concerned about the rise of ISIS. ISIS puts a Sunni monkey wrench in Iran’s objective to establish a Shia Crescent from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea.

So the good news is that the end of the world tribulation is not upon us yet. The players are not yet in place. The bad news is that since the United States is supporting the Shiite government in Iraq and is also supporting the Sunnis elsewhere, we can be sure that we will become militarily involved no matter what happens.

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All prophecy about Israel was fulfilled in Christ and the days He was on the earth.......Psalm 83 is speaking of the enemies of Israel in that day and time......Ezekiel 38, when kept in context with 37 and 39 clearly shows that Israel will be (was from our perspective) restored from the Babylonian Captivity and would face (have faced)enemies such as the Seleucids up until the end of that age (The Mosaic Age) all leading up to the coming Messiah, who is Christ.........any further discussion of THIS aspect needs to be taken to the religion forum........


The man made Israel which exists today DOES need to cast off the strings of it's $$$$$$ masters like the US, tell those masters to kiss off, and defend themselves.....

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