You’ve got to hand it to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israel Defense Forces, and for that matter, Israel as a whole. Their resolve to defend themselves in the face of continual rocket attacks by terrorist group Hamas is admirable and courageous, especially when you remember that the ever-worthless United Nations and many of the world’s leaders are calling for Israel to show restraint in their response to the attacks. Indeed, to much of the world, Israel is the proverbial bad guy in this latest round of hostilities – but then, in the eyes of most of the world, when have they not been?
It began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenage boys by members of Hamas. That was followed by the kidnapping and murder of a 16 year old Palestinian boy. Hamas began touting this last murder as a revenge killing by Israelis in retaliation for the deaths of the three Israeli boys, which it possibly could have been. If so, it was likely the work of pissed-off Israelis that were blinded by grief, rage, and thoughts of revenge against Palestinians. We all know those thoughts are wrong and we shouldn’t take the law into our own hands, but nevertheless, all too soon, those types of thoughts will often lead to hatred and retaliation, and we all know it’s true because it’s happened to all of us at one time or another. But that’s not why Hamas is hitting Israel with rocket attacks, no matter what they say and no matter how the news media spins it. The truth is that the murder of the Palestinian boy provided an excuse for Hamas to once again launch rockets against Israeli civilians; to disrupt life for as many Israelis as they could reach with their rockets, and to kill and maim as many Israelis as possible. In other words, to create terror and fear in the hearts of the general population of Israel. And to a large extent, they’ve succeeded in doing that, but once again, it hasn’t had the effect Hamas intended. Israel is tough, and they hit back. Hard. God knows I sure wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of Israel’s military might.
Meanwhile, we hear nothing from President Obama but calls for a ceasefire; calls for Israel to show restraint. Well, they have, Mr. President. Remarkable restraint. Israel is taking every step possible to ensure that civilians aren’t hurt or killed while they try to put a stop to this madness started by Hamas. But speaking of Hamas, what have they been doing? Indiscriminately launching rockets directly aimed at the civilian populace of Israel. No warning at all. No leaflets dropped warning of an impending attack. Meanwhile, the IDF has been going so far as to not only drop leaflets informing Gaza residents, they have been making telephone calls to the people in Gaza to let them know of an impending attack. Telephone calls, would you believe it? Just so the citizens of Gaza won’t be caught up in the devastation of an airstrike not intended for them.
What Obama and his administration fail to take into account is what it would be like for the United States if this were happening to us, though. Would we, as a nation, heed international calls for restraint if we were under direct attack from anyone? It doesn’t matter if it’s a terrorist organization like Hamas or an established nation that has initiated hostilities against us; the effect is the same. Under the Obama administration, I shudder to think of what our response would be, or most likely, wouldn’t be. But as former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman said in a Fox News interview, “We will not stop, we will not agree to a ceasefire; we will finish the job and make sure that Hamas, after this is over, will never be able to raise its ugly head, and this monster which is threatening not just Israel but the rest of the world, will not be able to continue to do this dirty, dirty work.” He elaborated further by saying, “Well, the first question I would ask you and I would ask every member of the security council who is telling us to talk to Hamas and to have a ceasefire is what would you do? What would the United States do if missiles rained down on Albuquerque from either Mexico or Canada? What would France do if missiles rained down from Germany? What would Russia do if missiles rained down on it? What would China do? All these sanctimonious people who are preaching to us… who are they to preach to us? The Russians wiped out Chechnya after a few missiles; the Chinese who cleared out Tiananmen Square; the British who sent out thousands of troops to a remote island in the Falklands thousands of miles away from their own territory because of a couple of sheep. We are defending our homes. We are living in a very tough, and very dangerous and brutal and cruel neighborhood, and we’re actually on the front line of terrorism. We’re fighting not just for us; we’re fighting for you, for our American friends, for our friends around the world because this is the first line of defense, and we have to make sure we destroy those animals who are trying to destroy us and I assure you, Eric, we will not stop until we do.”
Or, when asked by Fox News’ Greta Van Sustern about Israel’s Iron Dome missile protection system, Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer’s remarks were telling, “It’s not a hundred percent, but it’s pretty good, it’s pretty high, and we’re deeply appreciative of the support we’ve gotten from the United States in actually building that system. It’s Israeli technology, but it’s American finance, and it was supported both by the White House – President Obama, and also in Congress, bipartisan support on both sides of the aisle. We appreciate it very much, and it’s actually protected Israeli civilians from this onslaught of Hamas rockets, and it does even more than that – it also actually protects Palestinians, because if we had all these rockets landing in Israel, Israel’s government would have to take action. Maybe faster and less calibrated than they’re taking now. We’re doing it very judiciously in terms of the use of force; we’re surgically striking at Hamas, at the terrorists. It’s very difficult for us to do it because they use their civilians as human shields. In fact, the Hamas Interior Minister today called on the residents of Gaza to ignore the warnings of the IDF, the phone messages, the text messages that we send, the fliers that we drop to get people out of harm’s way. The Hamas Interior Minister said ignore that, and rush to be a human shield in order to prevent Israeli actions.”
Now, if you’re like me, that will leave you feeling nothing but admiration and respect for the Israelis, and nothing but contempt for Hamas and their murderous ways – not only toward the people of Israel, but toward their own people. It will also leave you feeling contempt for President Obama, especially because even though he’s been such a hindrance to Israel and a thorn in their side, they have chosen to speak well of him and praise him. But they know… they know.
But Israel has something the United States, at least under the Obama administration, lacks, though – the will and determination to protect themselves even if it means going against the wishes of the rest of the world. They are determined, in fact, to put an end to the rocket attacks, no matter what it takes and no matter how long it takes. The more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that unlike most of the rest of the world, when it comes to terrorism and how to deal with it, Israel gets it.