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July 8, 2006
Israel Pursuing Palestinians - With Warplanes And TanksTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Before the withdrawal, attacks across the border could have been rationalized with the usual Palestinian mantra of occupation, settlements and so on. But what can one say after the withdrawal?
[Image - Israeli sniper takes aim on a Palestinian terrorist in the northern Gaza strip. (AP)]
Israeli warplanes and tanks have killed seven Palestinians in clashes with gunmen across the northern Gaza Strip yesterday, amidst the bleeding hearts of the European Union accusing Israel of using excessive force (nothing of course is said about the Palestinians' 1000 rocket attacks on Israel, nor the constant kidnappings and murder of israeli citizens, since Israel's pullout from Gaza a year ago):In a possible attempt to find a way out of the crisis, an Israeli Cabinet minister suggested Palestinian prisoners might be released as a "goodwill gesture" if militants first freed a captured soldier and ended rocket attacks.The "Hamas Islamist movement rejected the apparent overture but said that Cpl. Shalit was alive and demanded negotiations for his release"? What right does Hamas have to demand anything" Aren't Hamas, The Palestinian Jihad, and other similar Islamothugs the ones that have constantly attacked Israel and kidnapped and murdered its citizens, all after Israel pulled out of Gaza as an effort to move the peace process along?
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said if captured Israeli army Cpl. Gilad Shalit were freed and rocket fire and other attacks halted, then Israel might be ready to "release prisoners to fulfill a goodwill gesture."
The governing Hamas Islamist movement rejected the apparent overture but said that Cpl. Shalit was alive and demanded negotiations for his release.
These thugs don't want peace or real negotiation, they only want confrontation, its their only reason for existance.
Let's remember the facts and what's so remarkable about the current wave of violence in Gaza: the event at the origin of the "cycle" is not at all historical, but very contemporary - it began with violence against Israel.
Let's put this in the proper perspective here - let's start with facts and truth rather than a Europian-style bleeding heart foggy glass view of reality and truth:Before the eyes of the whole world, Israel left Gaza. Every Jew, every soldier, every military installation, every remnant of Israeli occupation was uprooted and taken away.Continue reading...
How do the Palestinians respond? What have they done with Gaza, the first Palestinian territory in history to be independent, something neither the Ottomans nor the British nor the Egyptians nor the Jordanians, all of whom ruled Palestinians before the Israelis, ever permitted? On the very day of Israel's final pullout, the Palestinians began firing rockets out of Gaza into Israeli towns on the other side of the border. And remember: those are attacks not on settlers but on civilians in Israel proper, the pre-1967 Israel that the international community recognizes as legitimately part of sovereign Israel, a member state of the U.N. A thousand rockets have fallen since.
For what possible reason? Before the withdrawal, attacks across the border could have been rationalized with the usual Palestinian mantra of occupation, settlements and so on. But what can one say after the withdrawal?
The logic for those continued attacks is to be found in the so-called phase plan adopted in 1974 by the Palestine National Council in Cairo. Realizing that they would never be able to destroy Israel in one fell swoop, the Palestinians adopted a graduated plan to wipe out Israel. First, accept any territory given to them in any part of historic Palestine. Then, use that sanctuary to wage war until Israel is destroyed.
So in 2005 the Palestinians are given Gaza, free of any Jews. Do they begin building the state they say they want, constructing schools and roads and hospitals? No. They launch rockets at civilians and dig a 300-yard tunnel under the border to attack Israeli soldiers and bring back a hostage.
And this time the terrorism is carried out not by some shadowy group that the Palestinian leader can disavow, however disingenuously. This is Hamas in action--the group that was recently elected to lead the Palestinians. At least there is now truth in advertising: a Palestinian government openly committed to terrorism and to the destruction of a member state of the U.N. openly uses terrorism to carry on its war.
Posted by Richard at July 8, 2006 11:33 AM
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