Israel left Gaza in 2005.
All 9,000 Jews were forcibly ethnically cleansed
in the name of "peace".
Many were born there.
Others lived there for decades.
Every settlement is destroyed.
If the Gazans wanted peace, prosperity and freedom,
it has been there for the taking since 2005.
All they had to do was build a state, and leave Israel alone.
There would be no blockade, no wall, no checkpoints, no airstrikes.
Gazans would now be rich and free.
They could have a booming tourist industry
on the Mediterranean.
But Gazans don't want to be rich and free.
They want other things.
land, honour, blood and vengeance.
These things will not make them happy, but that is what they want and what they pursue.
And so they keep attacking Israel, even though Israel is gone.
And so they have fired thousands of rockets at Israel.
And so Israel has to keep coming back to bomb the aggressors.
And the western left, like the morons they are, encourage all this.
If Hamas stopped all violence, Israel would leave Gaza alone.
Checkpoints would be dismantled.
Trade would be free.
Investment would pour in.
Everything would be fine.
But this does not hold the other way round.
If Israel stopped all violence, Hamas would move in and exterminate the Israelis.
points out that Israel could destroy Hamas,
but won't (because Israel is civilized), and so the conflict will continue:
"Inflicting a defeat on Hamas of sufficient proportions to make Gaza as docile as Chechnya is well within Israel's military capabilities. It's not going to happen though. The Israeli public doesn't have the stomach for either the casualties on its own side or the mass slaughter of Palestinians that would be necessary to achieve it. Oh, and if you think that mass slaughter is exactly what Israel has been inflicting on Gaza in recent days, then you haven't been paying much attention to world history over recent decades.
Hamas exudes the will to destroy Israel and all who live in it from every last pore of its collective body. Israel has the means to crush Hamas but only the will to deliver hard jabs and the occasional uppercut. There's no chance of a knee in the groin followed by a few hard kicks to the head. Regardless of the forthcoming ceasefire, the conflict is thus certain to go on. This is to be both deplored and welcomed."
Daniel Finkelstein, January 7, 2009, on the only way this will ever end:
"there can be peace and prosperity at the smallest of prices. The Palestinians need only say that they will allow Israel to exist in peace. They need only say this tiny thing, and mean it, and there is pretty much nothing they cannot have.
Yet they will not say it. And they will not mean it. ... Again and again .. the Palestinians have been offered a nation state in a divided Palestine. And again and again they have turned the offer down, for it has always been more important to drive out the Jews than to have a Palestinian state. ...
There cannot be peace until this changes."
Hamas uses human shields.
Hamas places children on rooftops as human shields preventing Israeli attack on Qassam rocket workshops.
Charles Krauthammer, 2 January 2009:
" 'Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.'
Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis .. deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.
At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible - also on both sides."
Hamas leaders hiding in basement of Israel-built hospital in Gaza, 12 Jan 2009.
"senior Hamas officials found refuge in the hospital basement because they know Israel would not target it, due to the patients in the upper floors."
Try doing that with the Nazis!
Or the Soviets, or the Chinese,
or Axis Japan.
Or indeed any Islamic army ever.
What Israel is up against:
Gaza Regime Prepares Children For Death.
"the Gaza regime has been training teenagers as young as 14 in military camps throughout Gaza.
"In the war against Israel, there were more than 100 children trained to attack Israeli forces in Gaza"
Meanwhile, the Gaza regime now employs thousands of children to construct and operate the tunnel network between the Gaza Strip and Egypt."
The world screamed that Israel slaughtered 40 women and children at a Gaza school.
Probably most people still believe this.
says 12 Palestinians were killed - 9 Hamas fighters and 3 noncombatants.
It also says the IDF was returning fire after coming under attack
from Hamas beside the school,
and its shells did not hit the school compound.
Western armies like Israel and the US
use precision weapons to carefully target enemy fighters
hiding among civilians.
But these are Western ethics of war,
quite alien to the jihad ethics of the Palestinians.
precision weapons to carefully target civilians.
School bus attack, Apr 2011.
Hamas uses laser-guided missile to carefully target
an Israeli school bus, killing a 16 year old schoolboy.
Hamas admits using human shields
"the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine."
More copies and video.
Hamas jihadi in the Jan 2009 conflict
calls for local children to come and help him escape from a building
without being fired on from the air.
using the children as human shields.
Again, Hamas themselves know how decent the Israelis are.
Hamas know the Israelis are morally superior to Hamas themselves.
And again, the children's parents don't give a toss about their safety,
but allow them wander round a war zone helping jihadis.
Gaza report (The Goldstone report), Sept 2009,
by the discredited
UN "Human Rights" Council,
whose membership includes
Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Nigeria, China, Cuba and Russia.
claims that Israel targeted not Hamas but the entire Gaza population:
"the Mission considers the plan to have been directed, at least in part, at a different target: the people of Gaza as a whole
... as a whole they were premised on a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed not at the enemy but at the 'supporting infrastructure.' In practice, this appears to have meant the civilian population."
Islamic Jihad loves it:
"The Goldstone report must be fully supported and every opportunity to realize its recommendations seized".
points out some of the things Israel did to protect Palestinian civilian lives:
"When possible the IDF gave at least four hours' notice to civilians to leave areas targeted for attack."
"Attack helicopter pilots, tasked with destroying Hamas mobile weapons platforms, had total discretion to abort a strike if there was too great a risk of civilian casualties in the area. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were cancelled because of this."
"During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. This sort of task is regarded by military tacticians as risky and dangerous at the best of times. To mount such operations, to deliver aid virtually into your enemy's hands, is to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable."
"In the latter stages of Cast Lead the IDF unilaterally announced a daily three-hour cease fire."
"The IDF dropped over 900,000 leaflets warning the population of impending attacks to allow them to leave designated areas. A complete air squadron was dedicated to this task alone."
"The IDF phoned over 30,000 Palestinian households in Gaza, urging them in Arabic to leave homes where Hamas might have stashed weapons or be preparing to fight."
He argues that, in an imperfect world,
"the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other Army in the history of warfare."
The Challenge: Find any war or conflict ever when
any Arab or Muslim army or group
has taken any steps at all
to protect enemy civilian lives.
Tell me about it here.
He actually expected that Hamas would be interested in his allegations of war crimes committed by them,
and he is shocked that they are not:
"our main recommendation was for each party to investigate, transparently and in good faith, the incidents referred to in our report. ... Israel has done this to a significant degree; Hamas has done nothing.
Some have suggested that it was absurd to expect Hamas,
an organization that has a policy to destroy the state of Israel,
to investigate what we said were serious war crimes. It was my hope, even if unrealistic, that Hamas would do so, especially if Israel conducted its own investigations. At minimum I hoped that in the face of a clear finding that its members were committing serious war crimes, Hamas would curtail its attacks. Sadly, that has not been the case.""Israel has dedicated significant resources to investigate over 400 allegations of operational misconduct in Gaza",
while Hamas has
"not conducted any investigations into the launching of rocket and mortar attacks against Israel".
I'm sorry, a grown man in 2009 expecting Hamas to investigate attacks on Jews!
Has Hamas ever launched an investigation into the killing of Jews?
Why on earth would Hamas investigate attacks on Israelis?
This indicates the kind of disconnect from reality that could also allow him accuse Israel
of targeting civilians.
For years he libelled Israel.
And now he finally understands that in IDF actions
"civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy."
And you did not know this before 2009 because?
Did you know anything about Israel and Hamas before 2009?
Have you noticed, for example, that Israel is a democracy and Gaza is not?
Have you noticed that Israelis believe in secular human rights for all
and Gazans believe in Islamic supremacy and sharia?
Do you know anything?
Or is all this still new to you?
is unimpressed, and
describes him as
"at best an abject idiot and at worst a moral and judicial bankrupt."
"Hamas Terrorist Tactics in the Gaza Strip".
The IDF explains how Hamas fights.
Was the offensive a success?
Hamas were taken by surprise by the Israeli reaction.
Captured Hamas fighter:
"Hamas took a gamble. We thought, at worst Israel will come and do something from the air - something superficial. They'll come in and go out. We never thought that we would reach the point where fear will swallow the heart and the feet will want to flee. You [Israel] are fighting like you fought in '48. What got into you all of a sudden?"
Victor Davis Hanson, January 6, 2009, points out that deterrence does work:
"Note not just the relative silence of Fatah ...
but the quiet from Hezbollah in Lebanon. One would think Hezbollah would now pile on by launching missiles in solidarity with their brothers in Hamas."
Some missiles have been launched from Lebanon, though Hezbollah denies it was them.
Hanson's point stands that no one (Fatah, Hezbollah, or any of the Islamic countries)
is formally coming to the aid of Hamas militarily.
Rather (as in the 2006 Hezbollah war)
they are just demanding a "ceasefire".
Hamas has wanted war for years, and now they have one,
their only strategy is to whine and complain and demand a ceasefire.
Victor Davis Hanson, January 14, 2009:
"For all the talk of Israeli failure, they are doing to Hamas what they did to Hezbollah in 2006 and Fatah in 2002. And in each of these respective cases there was a cessation in offensive attacks following an incredible degree of material damage.
[Israel] are gambling that they can establish another quid-pro-quid protocol in which a Hamas or Hezbollah understands that every time they wish to start another round of killing and fighting, they will kill only a few Israelis at a cost of hundreds of their own and billions in material losses".
Rocket attacks in 2009: 566 (of which 406 were during the Jan 2009 conflict, and 160 later in the year).
Yearly breakdown of all projectile fire towards Israeli territory, 2002 to 2009.
Israel leaves Gaza: 2005. Jews cleansed from Gaza. Rocket fire does not stop.
Gaza war: Dec 2008 to Jan 2009.
See full size.
The 2008-09 war calmed things down for a while.
But it didn't last.
Hamas rocket fire in 2012 provoked
Israel to respond again.
Hamas have no meaning to their existence other than killing Jews.
They cannot, will not, ever build a decent state in Gaza.
They are not interested in ever doing that.
Not until the last Jew on earth is dead.
(And not even then.)
Same story as in the 2008-09 war.
Hamas whines about being attacked, but they won't stop the rocket fire.
Israel tries to hit Palestinian government / terrorist targets.
Hamas tries to hit random Israeli civilians, and is
proud of it.
Israel tries to avoid Palestinian civilians.
Israel drops leaflets
to warn civilians of strikes (thus giving the enemy warning too).
Hamas tries to get Palestinian civilians killed.
Hamas fires rockets from dense civilian areas, surrounded by civilian human shields.
Again, in this postmodern warfare, dead Palestinian civilians are good news for Hamas, and good press for them.
parades civilians they themselves killed.
The Israel-Hamas War and the Suicide Strategy: How Arab Forces Expect to Launch Losing Wars and Still Win, Barry Rubin, November 19, 2012.
"One of the most important things to understand about how the Middle East works is what I'll call the suicide strategy. It can be described as follows:
I will start a war that I cannot win in order to create a situation where the other side wrecks my infrastructure and kills my people. Then I will lose militarily but win the battle. How? By the following means ...
This strategy has often worked against a Western adversary or Israel. It won't work against fellow Arabs or Iran because those forces couldn't care less how much damage and how many civilian casualties they inflict. Their mass media are under a large element of state control and they are not responsive to public opinion."
with his victim
in Oct 2011.
Shalit was held hostage in Gaza
for 5 years, from June 2006 to Oct 2011.
Israel killed Jabari in a targeted airstrike on 14 Nov 2012.
Photo by Reuters.
The tragic death of the child of BBC stringer
in Gaza in the Nov 2012 conflict
received global publicity.
Israel was universally blamed for killing the child of a BBC journalist.
However, it later emerged that the child was in the company of his uncle, a Hamas terrorist.
And the UN says the child was killed by Hamas rocket fire.
But few will hear this,
compared to the millions who saw the original report.
Yet again we see the bias of the western media in covering the conflict.
Western journalists are sceptics about the claims of their own democratic governments
- but credulous fools when it comes to the claims of third world thugs like Hamas.
Max Fisher in the Washington Post, 15 Nov 2012,
fails to get the story behind the photo.
This was a front page photo for the Washington Post.
reported at length on the
death of the child.
He included pictures of Misharawi's burnt home, and the death was blamed on Israel.
Jihad Misharawi's brother Ahmed Misharawi was also killed.
However, it later emerged that Ahmed Misharawi was a
who was wrapped in the Hamas flag at his funeral.
who, remember, was employed by the BBC in Gaza,
"Thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, who chose him [Ahmed] to be a martyr, from all the people. What was done by the Jews is a shame for the entire Umma [Islamic nation], a shame for the West, a shame for the Arabs, who are silent."
"a terror site in the vicinity of the Mashrawi house had been targeted on November 14th and that the known terrorist Ahmed Masharawi was injured."
The UN Human Rights Council, incredibly, said in Mar 2013 that the child was actually killed by
Hamas rocket fire.
If you believe the left and the imagery in the media,
the war seemed to consist entirely of Israel bombing civilians
from the air.
66 highly-trained, well-armed IDF troops
were killed in combat.
Question for the left:
Who killed the 66 IDF troops?
IDF soldiers report how the jihadis fight:
"Parents of wounded soldiers ...
said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops.
One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other".
Sums it up:
"If Hamas fired from rural areas in Gaza they would be wiped out quickly, this is why they shoot from civilian areas.
Terrorism 101: Cowardice."
An IDF Soldier’s Experiences in Gaza:
"a man about 40 years old walked out of a house nearby, and then I saw that he was holding a woman, and he was using her as a shield.
I’d seen videos at home, I’d heard about it on the news, and I had believed it, but now I was seeing it with my own eyes. And I can see very clearly that the woman doesn’t want to be there and he’s pulling her with him. Only after he finally let go of the woman could we neutralize him."
Imagine if an Israeli was holding an Israeli woman as a human shield while he approached an armed Hamas fighter.
How well do you think that would work?
An extraordinary war:
A conflict where side X tries desperately to get side X's civilians killed.
Challenge for critics of Israel:
Please explain what the IDF should do to stop thousands of rocket launches.
Please give the IDF concrete ideas for how to stop the thousands of rockets without harming any civilians.
The IDF would love to know how to do this.
There are a million critics of Israel, but none who explain what the IDF should do
(that it is not doing already).
Note that in your plan,
no rocket launch site can be immune from attack indefinitely.
If there is a single rocket launch site in Gaza - in a hospital or school or mosque -
that is totally immune from attack,
then what is to stop Hamas from launching rockets from that spot non-stop, 24/7?
Save the Children
wants no bombing of populated areas:
"speak out against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, now and in the future, by all parties to the conflict".
Fine. What is Israel to do when rockets fired? Take it?
In fact, in general,
there is nothing Israel can do
to stop Hamas rocket fire.
As I argue:
Everything Israel does will lead to rocket fire. Including doing things Hamas wants.
Reports the obvious - that Hamas only allows certain types of western reporters in Gaza.
I could never report from there (or even visit) for example.
Notes that Hamas is using Shifa hospital as a HQ:
"We know that downstairs [in Shifa hospital] there is a Hamas command and control center and that Hamas leaders are hiding there. No reporter is allowed to go anywhere downstairs. They're only allowed to work upstairs to take pictures of casualties".
Hamas threats against journalists.
Threats force Wall Street Journal reporters to delete tweets.
Media intimidated not to ever film the many Hamas fighters.
Italian journalist says he can speak once he is
"Out of Gaza far from Hamas retaliation".
"we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel,
but if ever we dared pointing our camera on them they would .. kill us."
The unsatisfactory ceasefire that leaves Hamas in power:
Max Boot, 27 Aug 2014,
thinks there was no option:
"as Jonathan Tobin and other realists have pointed out,
the cost of seeking victory is simply too high for the Israeli public to stomach.
Sure, Israelis may want to wipe out Hamas; who doesn’t? But once they saw what it actually took to accomplish that objective, they would likely turn against the military operation just as they previously turned against the 1982 invasion of Lebanon which was designed to eradicate the PLO.
While it’s easy to say that the IDF should “defeat” or “destroy ” Hamas, actually accomplishing this task would involve a painful and protracted occupation of the Gaza Strip that few Israelis want to undertake. Gur writes: “The IDF believes it could take years to ‘pacify’ such a crowded, politically hostile territory
Netanyahu’s judgment clearly is that a ceasefire which restores the status quo ante bellum is the best Israel can do right now, and he is surely right."
Max Boot re-tweeted my reply:
"Sadly, you make sense. Also means there will be another little Gaza war in 2017, and 2020, and ..."
Hamas government site orders its people not to listen to Israeli warnings, July 2014.
Hamas wants its people dead.
tries not to kill civilians.
Hamas and Gazans know this.
This is why they behave like this!
Breakdown of Gaza deaths
strongly indicates that Israel is trying hard to target Hamas fighters.
Otherwise, why so many men?
Why so many young men?
"Basically, if Israel was largely killing civilians in Gaza through indiscriminate bombing, one would expect the casualties to be a fair reflection of the Gazan population. Around 50% would be male, and 50% female. Around 40% would have to be under the age of 14. But this is not the case, in the current war or the last."
Elder of Ziyon
compares Gaza casualties and demographics.
Incredibly, they do not match.
Can any anti-Israel person explain why they do not match?
As Elder of Ziyon says:
"Keep in mind that these statistics include many people who were killed by Hamas rockets that fell short or secondary explosions from booby trapped houses and the like. The victims of those are far more likely to reflect a distribution in line with the demographics, so a very high percentage of those killed by Hamas actions would be children.
If anyone actually objectively researched the actual number of deaths that can be attributed to the IDF - a highly unlikely scenario in Gaza - then the difference between the demographics and actual dead in Gaza would be even more striking."
Just as in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc before 1989,
Gazans cannot tell Westerners
what they really think about Hamas and its endless wars
- or they will be shot.
Only Gazans who agree with Hamas
will appear on western TV screens.
On the one hand, it shows that Gazans are the most enthusiastic supporters
of suicide bombing of civilians
in the Islamic world.
Only 21 percent say it is never justified.
On the other hand, it shows Gazans unhappy with Hamas because of the war it started.
63 percent have an unfavourable view of Hamas,
only 35 percent favourable.
The main point is that,
for those Gazans who don't like Hamas,
there is nothing they can do about it.
There are no elections.
There is no Leader of the Opposition.
There is no Opposition, or Parliament.
You can't criticise Hamas in letters to the paper, or blogs.
You can't hold demos.
Like the Eastern Bloc before 1989,
Gazans who don't like Hamas
Gaza Youth "Manifesto for Change", 2011.
Youth angry with Hamas protest.
How? Online. Anonymously.
Do they hold a demo?
Of course not.
They don't want Hamas to kill them.
The "Gaza Youth" are anti-Israel tossers.
But that's not important.
What's important is they are not free to protest against Hamas because Hamas would shoot them.
Real life in Gaza:
Gazans Speak Out: Hamas War Crimes, Mudar Zahran, September 19, 2014.
This is what many Gazans think - but cannot say or they will be shot by Hamas.
How Hamas works hard to get Gazans killed:
"The Israeli army sends warnings to people [Gazans] to evacuate buildings before an attack. The Israelis either call or send a text message. Sometimes they call several times to make sure everyone has been evacuated. Hamas's strict policy, though, was not to allow us to evacuate. Many people got killed, locked inside their homes by Hamas militants. Hamas's official Al-Quds TV regularly issued warnings to Gazans not to evacuate their homes. Hamas militants would block the exits to the places residents were asked to evacuate."
Why won't Hamas let the people move to safe areas?
"if all the people were allowed to evacuate their homes, they all would have ended up in a certain area in Gaza. If that happened, it would have made the rest of Gaza empty of civilians, and the Israelis would have been able to hit Hamas without worrying about civilians in all those empty areas. Hamas wanted civilians all over the place to confuse the Israelis and make their operations more difficult."
Israel's decency actually encourages Hamas to fire from civilian areas.
"Hamas fires from civilian areas for a good reason: The Israelis call the civilians and give them ten minutes to evacuate. This gives Hamas time to fire another rocket and run away."
The most bitter-sweet quote:
"We miss the days when we were able to work inside Israel and make good money. We miss the security and calm Israel provided when it was here."
I want Palestinians to be rich and happy.
I want them living in peace and able to work in Israel.
But they didn't want this.
They wanted this "land and honour" jihad bullshit.
And the western left encouraged them.
"Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!"
- Popular chant in pro-Hamas demos.
See many examples.
"Palestinians must resort to resistance no matter how costly it is, until Palestine is free and Israel is destroyed."
- Hamas leader Khaled Meshal explains the plan,
1 Oct 2011.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.