The picture below sums up the entire absurd situation in which we find ourselves, where the IDF takes extra-special care not to harm the enemy’s civilians, but that “special care” in fact endangers our own civilians, not to mention our soldiers.
The caption in the photo is a paraphrase of Golda Meir’s famous quote:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
The caption in the photo says:
We can beat terror only when our Government will love our children more than they care about what the world says.
It is becoming obvious to any Israel-watcher that this is indeed the case.Why else has our pusillanimous government not carpet bombed the border area from which those deadly mortars are being launched, one of which killed little Daniel Tragerman on Friday, and a few of which injured several Israelis yesterday, and all of which have caused all the kibbutzim and moshavim along the Israeli side of the Gaza border to empty out completely.
Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands of Israelis have fled the area in nearly two months of fighting, which has turned the communities into virtual ghost towns.
With the school year fast approaching, the government began offering assistance to residents Monday in the first large-scale voluntary evacuation in nearly eight weeks of fighting.
Officials estimate that 70 percent of the 40,000 inhabitants of the farming communities along the Gaza border have left over the course of the fighting, including hundreds on Monday. Some went to stay with relatives and friends, while others are staying at hostels or were taken in by strangers who want to help fellow Israelis.
Fields that once yielded vegetables and flowers are barren and pockmarked by Palestinian mortar shells. Streets are empty and most homes eerily silent.
The government this week offered to help anxious Israelis close to the war zone leave their homes, the first time it has sponsored a large-scale evacuation.
“It is their right to leave, and we will assist them with temporary solutions,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said in a TV interview
He’s darn right that it’s their right to leave. In fact it is their obligation to leave, to protect their own lives and the lives of their children. But it is the government’s obligation – not just a right – to act in order to protect their own citizens, not the enemy’s. It is the government’s obligation to act to bring about a situation where our civilians can return home in peace and safety, and not have to abandon the territory.
Don’t think that the Palestinian Authority and Hezbollah are not watching and learning from Hamas’s victory. Why else are Lebanese terrorists now waking up and shooting rockets into northern Israel? They’re reckoning what worked for Hamas will work for Hezbollah. And soon enough it will work in Hebron and Jerusalem too if the government doesn’t act forcefully and quickly.
And don’t think too that Israel will earn the world’s esteem and admiration for taking so much care about Gaza’s civilians. Whatever we do, we are accused of genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, baby-killing, land-theft, and more (and probably the Icelandic volcano too. We just have to wait for it to erupt…). So if we’re going to be accused of the crime…
I’m not suggesting we go out and commit mass murder of Gaza civilians. On the contrary. We should carry on giving them warning of impending attacks. But then we should attack – not hold off because there might still be a civilian present, whether voluntarily or human shield. International law does not demand that of us, and we don’t need to be holier than the US and NATO in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.
Confirming our suspicions that the government is more worried about world opinion or some specious version of morality, in which the enemy’s civilians are more precious and more necessary to save than our own civilians, watch this shocking video from Channel 10 news (h/t Naomi Ragen’s email list):
The English translation:
Published on 25 Aug 2014
Channel 10 reporter reveals that the IDF has advised the residents of Nahal Oz that
the five mortar launchers that have been the source of deadly mortar fire since the start of the operation include 3 that have not been destroyed by the IDF because they are located next to school where Gazans have taken refuge and the other two are located next to houses whose occupants the IDF hasn’t yet managed to get in touch with in order to request that they leave. As a result, these mortars have been firing at Nahal Oz for 49 days.
This morning we learn that the IDF finally bombed the school from which the lethal mortar was launched on Friday. But if the school had been bombed earlier, along that whole swathe from where the mortars were being launched, Daniel Tragerman might very well have been alive today.
Victory over Hamas anyone? You’ve got to be joking!
And if Netanyahu thinks he’s going to earn brownie points where it really counts – in the Israeli ballot box – he’s much mistaken. His popularity, which had been soaring in the high 80s or more during Operation Protective Edge, has now plummeted to 38% because of his poor handling of the aftermath (or continuation) of the war.