The Middle East is on fire, with Iran and multiple terrorist groups looking to destroy the Jewish State. Israel is backed into a corner in a struggle for its survival; and the United States, under this president, is not to be depended on. Thousands of rockets rain down now across the entire country; no city is safe as Hamas has acquired longer range, Chinese-designed projectiles from Syria and Iran. Al Qaeda has declared an Islamic State and has conquered territory from Syria to Baghdad and is threatening the Iraqi capital itself. One can surmise that ISIS will turn its sights on Israel at some point as they grow stronger. All the while, Iran is busy enriching uranium in order to acquire a nuclear weapon to change the strategic game in the Middle East. The only sure outcome from all of this regional chaos is that the state of Israel will defend itself, preemptively if need be.
I laughed to myself today when I heard the United Nations specifically single out Israel for using tactics against Gaza that were illegal in the UN’s opinion; they specifically mentioned airstrikes against rocket manufacturing sites in civilian areas (put there on purpose, by the way.) There was no mention of the illegal act of firing rockets on civilian populations by Hamas. This type of bias is typical coming from the UN.
I heard a program on NPR this morning as well, while I was flipping through channels on the radio; the dialogue caught my attention. There was outrage at the killing of a Palestinian teenager by burning him alive–which is certainly a despicable act, and the perpetrators should be held accountable. However, making the killing of the Palestinian somehow worse, due to the method of death, than the murder of three Israeli teens coming home from school is certainly biased and not honest. We have learned to accept this from the tax-funded NPR folks over time as well.
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Since the early twentieth century, Zionist leaders spoke of developing an Iron Wall between the Jewish and native populations in Palestine. Israel has successfully followed this strategy over the decades, fighting conflict after conflict, war after war, as the Arabs attempt to destroy the tiny state to no avail. Now the Iron Dome air defense system calculates the trajectory of an incoming projectile and, if it deems it to be heading to a populated area, will shoot it out of the sky. This has been very effective, but everyone knows eventually one will get through and end the life of an Israeli.
There was another incident today that could ratchet up the entire situation as a rocket was fired into Israel from Lebanon. Hezbollah has been busy fighting the Assad regime in Syria and therefore probably is not interested in opening a second front with Israel. However, memories of the Lebanon War are still fresh in the minds of both sides; and the prospect of a second conflict in the Levant is terrifying.
The Israeli government is now in the midst of making a decision as to whether to initiate a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip to destroy the estimated ten-thousand rockets in the Hamas arsenal. The world can be sure that Israel will not back away from taking the initiative if need be. With the forces arrayed against her, the alternative is suicide. Israel will defend herself as she has no choice, President Obama’s desires be damned.
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