Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Israel, Hamas - No Equivalence - Moral or Otherwise
“One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.” – Rabbi Meir Kahane (1932-90)
Israel, Hamas – No Equivalence – Moral or Otherwise
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 29, 2014
I am a Zionist – an unabashed, unequivocal Zionist. That means I support the right of the State of Israel to not only exist, but to zealously defend her borders, her citizens, its way of life and to take any measures necessary to do so.
History, both recent – since the Balfour Declaration November 2, 1917, and Biblical, also supports the right of Israel to exist and fervently defend itself.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ardently stated often that “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more war. If Israel put down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.”
These are some of the myriad incontrovertible truths that the overwhelming majority of humanity has forgotten – especially Barrack Hussein Obama – never a friend of Israel, as he has said, “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” Obama’s declaration is demonstrative of how obtuse he truly is. After all, how much of a supporter of Israel could Obama be, having called for the return of the Jewish state to its pre-1967 War borders, shrinking its most narrow portion to under eight miles wide? Would Obama accept returning the United States to its pre-Mexican War borders?
To date, nearly 3,000 rockets have been launched from Gaza by the terrorist menace Hamas into Israel and Israel continues to be told by the likes of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to exercise patience, discretion, and restraint. Eighty percent of Israel is within reach by these rockets, giving 80 percent of the Israeli population under two minutes to reach a bomb shelter. Such calls demonstrate the ignorance of Obama and Kerry, who doubtful would show restraint were a concomitant number of rockets fired into the United States. (Although judging by how Obama is handling the illegal alien crisis on the southern border, I could be wrong.) Does anyone think if 80 percent of the United States was under a constant rocket barrage in New York City, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Tulsa, San Antonio, among other jurisdictions that it would be taken lightly or with restraint? No way, Jose, nor should it be.
Diplomacy has failed, because the singular goal of Hamas is the destruction of the State of Israel and those who support its existence – not because Israel fires back, as the so-called mainstream media would have the gullible believe.
The cowardly Hamas hides behind its children, preferring to ensure their martyrdom by allowing their deaths – even at their own hands, as hundreds of Hamas’ own rockets are murdering Arab children. Israel has, and this has been their practice for years, given its enemies warnings via leaflets and other media of impending bombings to attempt to spare women and children. Israel does more to protect Arab children then the Arabs themselves.
Ironically, it was in 1967 when Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister 1969-74, said “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
In Israel, minorities, Arabs, women, and homosexuals have more rights, freedoms, and protections than in any Arab nation. When the State of Israel was founded in May 1948 the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who fled, did so by choice. They were not expelled, threatened with death if they didn’t convert, such which is sadly happening to millions of Christians in Isis-dominated regions of the Middle East, they left under their own volition.
Now, generations later, these so-called refugees, still called that to this day, are in economically depressed circumstances by their own choosing. There are many educated, financially successful Arabs living in Israel. Arabs can even be elected to the Knesset in Israel. Yet, Israel is blamed for the so-called refugees enduring their chosen status. Did Jordan offer refuge? No. Syria? No. Qatar? No. Yemen? No. Iran? No. Kuwait? No. Saudi Arabia? No. Oman? No. Lebanon? No. Iraq? No. Egypt? No. Nor any other Arab/Muslim country, yet Israel is still vilified.
While Israel flourishes and prospers using its resources for good instead of evil, the residents of Gaza flounder as the overwhelming majority of their resources are used for evil rather than good, thanks in large part to Iran and Qatar who gleefully fund Hamas and Gazans.
Five cease fires have been accepted by Israel when they have no obligation to do so, as they are permanently playing defense, only this is no game, but the life and death struggle of a nation the size of New Jersey surrounded on all sides by enemies wishing and fighting for Israel’s destruction. In fact, Hamas violated its own cease fire in an effort to paint a negative picture of Israel by firing on its own children.
Netanyahu smartly stated he would no longer worry about the public relations aspect of the current war started against Israel. The public relations wars can never be won by Israel as they face regular condemnation from the United Nations, the global media, and also the Obama administration and its Democratic apologists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
There can never be a cease fire as long as Hamas exists. Their mission is the destruction of Israel – even at the expense of its own children. Defeating Hamas is not good enough. In fact, the Hamas mission statement says “Israel will exist, and continue to exist, until Islam obliterates it.” Clearly there is no negotiating with such a terrorist entity calling for global jihad and further promises to kill every Jew in the world.
It is the tunnels that must be obliterated and all aid used for munitions and arms must be halted. For even when Hamas is no more, there will be Isis, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, the next group, and the group after that, all hell bent on the evisceration of Israel, the Jewish people, and Zionists the world over. If J Street in Washington, DC recognizes the need for Israel to zealously defend itself, this should be a no-brainer for the rest of humanity.
The Jewish people went like lambs to the slaughter during the Holocaust and were questioned as to why they didn’t defend themselves. The State of Israel learned from that vital lesson and understands well what former president Ronald Reagan meant by “peace through strength.”
The great rabbi Meir Kahane, of Blessed memory, (1932-90) also understood well the mentality of Israel’s foes. “Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.” He further added, what is a fatal flaw of the United States, as the current influx of illegal alien children will prove out, “One of the great problems with Americans is that – being a decent people – they assume that everyone else is equally decent.”
“Israel will take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to these attacks by Hamas. This is not merely our right, it’s also our duty,” declared Netanyahu. Amen, Mr. Prime Minister, Amen.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.