ISRAEL IS IN DANGER AND SO ARE WE.
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MAKING SENSE OF ISRAEL, PART TWO
An Ongoing Commentary
By Jay B Gaskill, Attorney at Law
Founder of the Policy Think Site and author of the new thriller, Gabriel’s Stand, http://jaygaskill.com/GabrielThriller.pdf
The nasty scenes of 2006 and 2010 are being replayed, with more missiles raining down on the last and only Jewish homeland. Thousands of additional missiles are well secured in the Gaza Strip territory on Israel’s border. This area has been under the control of Hamas since 2007, when Hamas forces evicted the more peaceful Fatah faction from the Palestinian proto-government.
This bloody-minded jihadist group now controls enough missiles to inflict huge damage on the Israeli civilian population. When the population scale is proportionately adjusted, the possible damage may be a thousand times worse than our 9-11-01 attack casualties. Note that the huge number of missiles held in reserve are intended to overwhelm Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield, which already is letting 10% of the missiles get through.
Meanwhile, mobs of jihadists and naïve camp followers are protesting while the IDF invades the Gaza Strip, thousands in France, New York, England and elsewhere as if on command.
From the Jerusalem Post
“NEW YORK – Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that has reportedly killed nearly 850 Palestinians. Police scrambled to corral the demonstrators, which officers estimated numbered between 2,000 and 3,000, as they flooded into the busy streets around Times Square.”
The ground offensive by the IDF is an effort to locate and close all the tunnels, destroying as many missile launchers as possible. But there far more tunnels; and far more deadly weapons than some early intelligence had predicted. Remember the flack that Israel took for stopping incoming boats on suspicion that they were carrying arms?
…So much for relying of diplomacy and the UN for protection.
For more background, you are invited to read or re-read my article, Making Sense of Israel, Part One. Here is the link: http://jaygaskill.com/MakingSenseOfIsrael.pdf
Imagine living within missile range of an adjacent territory governed by religious fanatics bent on your destruction. Imagine waking up to find that hundreds of missiles, launched from that territory, have detonated near schools, residences and buildings. Imagine that thousands more missiles are ready for the next barrage.
Consider that the next missile assault is capable of swamping you country’s high tech missile defense system. Then imagine that your “friends” are pressing your own government to agree to a cease fire that would leave all those missiles ready to fire again. This ceasefire would one step towards a suicidal “peace accord.”
The real “terms” of any contemplated a peace accord with Hamas, when the intentions of the brutal fanatics are peeled back to raw honesty, are appalling. Accepting them would amount to a slow suicide. Only a graveyard peace is sought by Israel’s murderous and mendacious attackers: If they were candid, we would hear: “Stop all your self-defense efforts. Don’t attack us because we need time to regroup and rearm. Long term, you move out of your so-called country, or face your ultimate immolation. Meantime we will distract you while our friends in Iran perfect a nuclear bomb that can wipe the Jewish vermin.”
7-24-14: [Iran’s] Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.
Sadly, there is more to your waking nightmare: The ambassador for your formerly staunch ally, a great power governed by a feckless, ambivalent leader, is pressing you to stand down, and trust your fate to the diplomats. Meantime, those missiles remain securely embedded –more of them than ever before, all having been smuggled in after the last “peace accord.” Worse, there are now scores of underground tunnels from the enemy territory into your own land. Missiles are carefully hidden underground, remaining immune to any air assault by your country. A ground assault is essential to rooting out the threat to you, but your “friends” do not approve of the necessary ground assault because it looks so cruel.
The UN Security council has called for a cease fire in Gaza, i.e., that Israel’s forces stop the search and destroy incursion to protect their civilian population from the Hamas bombing campaign that is guaranteed to resume the moment the cease fire ends… it inevitably will, as long as Hamas is in power there.
The Security Council expresses strong support for the call by international partners and the secretary-general of the United Nations for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance.”
The statement was passed unanimously. The USA voted in favor.
…trouble is upon me, and no one to help me! Many bulls are encircling me, wild bulls of Bashan closing in on me. Lions ravening and roaring open their jaws at me. My strength is trickling away. From Psalm 22
Israel is besieged once again by a movement that is disturbingly reminiscent of the virulent Jew-hatred in Europe that opened the path to the holocaust. Violent Jew-hating demonstrations have erupted on the continent, not all of them originating from the bloody-minded jihad of the Islamic fringe.
There are three important things to keep in the forefront of your thinking about the current struggle for Israel’s survival:
SCALE: Every 50 non-combatant Israeli casualties is the scale equivalent of 1,950 US dead. How much would we passively put with, if we were attacked?
SHARED VALUES” Israel is a thriving liberal democracy, on a par with England, Canada, Germany or the USA, and it is exceptionally creative and innovative in culture, medicine and technology.
VULNERABILITY: Israel is tiny (it would fit inside LA County) with hard-to-defend borders, particularly the one now occupied by its deadly enemy, Hamas. The threat from Hamas, one of many, deadly challenges to Israel’s existence, is getting worse.
Lest we forget, back in 2012, Spiegel Online reported-
“It seems that the military power of Hamas has only been weakened, not broken. Some of their rocket positions appear to be so well concealed that the Israeli air force hasn’t been able to destroy them. The Israeli government says some 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza since last Wednesday. The air force has said it destroyed several times more on the ground, but some — presumably underground — rocket launchers were still working on Tuesday.”
Flash forward to now–
Israeli forces have discovered a much more extensive network of tunnels than expected. The labyrinth of interconnected passages, bunkers, command centres, weapons stores and underground rocket-launching sites, with multiple shafts, has been dubbed Lower Gaza by some. Hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete have been used for construction of tunnels, some of which are 30m below ground and run for several miles.
The tunnels have posed huge tactical challenges for the IDF. Large numbers of troops are needed to guard military engineers who are exposed to Hamas sniper fire, anti-tank missiles and rocket-propelled grenades while working on detonating tunnel shafts.
The IDF has tacitly admitted it may not find, let alone destroy, the entire network. “The end position of this mission needs to determine that these [tunnels] no longer lead to Israel,” Lerner said.
The senior military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Our goal now is to finish the job by destroying as many tunnels as we can, if not all of them. It’s very difficult for me to say all of them because there’s always a chance we don’t know [the location of] all the tunnels – and what you don’t know, you simply don’t know.”
Israel’s political and military leaders will have to weigh the danger of getting drawn deeper into ground fighting in urban areas, where Hamas has considerable tactical advantages and could inflict significant losses on troops.
Fishman said diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire were adding to the pressures on the IDF. “We are entering a race against time until some kind of ceasefire is decided. At that point, the political and military echelons will face a genuine dilemma: which infrastructure can [Israel] give up [on destroying] and which infrastructure must be destroyed? For this reason, the army is already focusing its efforts against the most vital infrastructure,” he wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest-circulation newspaper
Paul Alster, in a Fox News report, released last week:
Pictures released by the Israel Defense Forces show tunnels, some primitive and others sophisticated enough to include walls and ladders, running under the border from the Hamas-controlled district before they were intentionally destroyed. More than 60 access shafts leading to 28 tunnels have been uncovered since Israel’s ground operation — dubbed Operation Protective Edge — began on July 8.
The following is excerpted from the blog of the Israeli journalist, Arlene Kushner, a reliable source.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism, headed by Steve Emerson, …raises some serious questions regarding the identification of all of Hamas’s tunnels. It’s pointless to talk about taking them all out if they haven’t all been identified. Additionally, it raises troubling questions about whether the US necessarily shares all of its information on the tunnels with Israel and whether Israel is utilizing all possible hi tech equipment for identifying tunnels deep underground. (Please be assured, Israel is aware of this equipment.)
According to Emerson, US officials believe that Israel is underestimating the number of tunnels. American information on this has been acquired via satellites equipped with special high resolution infrared detection technology.
And then we have this information:
“It is believed that the construction of the more advanced Palestinian tunnels began right after the 2012 cease-fire agreement, when Israel agreed to lift restrictions for humanitarian aid, including large quantities of steel and concrete…
“…the tunnels are quite sophisticated, with water, sewage, and lighting allowing for months-long stays.” (Emphasis added)
“Israel has found tunnels with shafts rigged with bombs located directly under Israeli kindergartens.
“If the bombs had gone off, the buildings above would have been destroyed, taking the children down with them.
“Other exposed shafts showed Hamas’s continued intense interest in hostage taking…”
© Arlene Kushner. This material is produced by Arlene Kushner, functioning as an independent journalist. Permission is granted for it to be reproduced only with proper attribution.
Israel is a sovereign country established with the blessing of the United Nations as a refuge state for fleeing Jews. Why was it considered necessary to provide a refuge for the Jews after the defeat of the Nazis? Because key European and American leaders recognized that the virulent anti-Semitism that lived within their borders had spawned the holocaust; moreover – that anti-Semitism would not be eradicated from their culture for generations.
The Jews were still faced with a dangerous malignancy that would undoubtedly return. Fleeing Jews had been denied refuge in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s – even by the FDR government.
Clearly, Jews would need Israel.
I made these observations in 2006:
Ambivalence toward the truly evil, and passivity in the face of the real, existential threats it poses to the good and the innocent souls among us is so profoundly wrong as to border on evil itself.
How could it be [that] the nation of Israel, having been resurrected in 1947 under the aegis of the United Nations with the support of Europeans, is now on the verge of being abandoned by those same “friends”? These are the same European states (excluding England) that were complicit through cowardice and denial when the holocaust was perpetrated on their own soil.
The “resurrection” of this same pattern of cowardice and denial is dangerous beyond all measure.
I note that Hamas, the terrorist group that infects the nascent Palestinian democracy, has the following explicit aims:
- “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.
- “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.
- “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
So we should pray for the swift success of the Israeli Defense Forces in this crisis, for the continued support of Israel by the US, and for the ultimate defeat of all the forces that have aligned themselves against the prospect of a peaceful, safe and thriving Israel. It is no coincidence that these same forces wish us grave harm and seek to overthrow the institutions that protect religious liberty and the blessing of civility everywhere.
– see http://jaygaskill.com/FirstPrayforIsrael.htm
Do you doubt that perfidy and cowardice of the 21st century, the bloody minded jihad against the West and Israel, anti-Semitism are redux? For evidence that the nightmare has been resurrected, read the signs.
…anti-Semitism is becoming more widespread in Europe amid a rise in popularity of extremist parties, according to a report released Sunday.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University recorded 554 violent anti-Semitic acts in 2013, including attacks on people and vandalism against synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish institutions.
The Huffington Post
This is not the first time that Israel’s very existence has fallen into grave peril. But it is the first time that its ally, the USA, is an ambivalent friend, an unreliable bystander.
Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine on 7-11-2014
The problem with the president’s expressions of support for Israel is that they have also been accompanied not only by calls for “restraint”—which are rightly interpreted as a not-so-subtle demand that the Jewish state’s armed forces stand down—but by continuing ambivalence about Hamas’s presence in the PA government. Just this week Obama praised Abbas, who embraced Hamas as his partner in April, while pointedly snubbing Netanyahu. The U.S. has refused to cut aid to the PA even though U.S. law demands that it be shut down due to the Fatah alliance with Hamas.
While the Palestinians don’t need encouragement from the U.S. to cause them to embrace radical positions that make peace impossible, the mixed messages from Washington, including today’s offer of mediation with a group that even Obama’s State Department still classifies as a terror group, heightens Israel’s sense of isolation and makes it harder for the Jewish state to deter Hamas terror.
Obama’s Mixed Middle East Messages
What are the core issues? They are: Legitimacy & the Double Standard
Israel is a legitimate sovereign state with the same right as the USA to survive and take the needed measures to protect itself against those who would destroy that little nation and repeat the holocaust. The counter view is that Israel is an illegitimate state, run by selfish, immoral leaders with imperialist designs. The issue is bright line clear. In my opinion, the second view is both wrong and insincere, a cover story for contemporary Jew-hatred.
If international politics seems sometimes to be a game of musical chairs, surely for the Jewish people of Israel, the music (having become a lament) must now stop.
The nation states and non-state actors (AKA, terrorists) who are arrayed against Israel as regional enemies are followers of a single religious ideology – militant Islam. The specifically territorial arguments and claims of militant Islam are all colored by the fact that their territorial claims, too, rest on antecedent conquests.
I can well imagine that, had the Jews chosen to settle in Antarctica, its enemies would be talking about Penguin exploitation and oppression.
[From Making Sense of Israel, Part ONE]
 A DOUBLE STANDARD, ENABLED BY MORAL RELATIVISM:
Israel’s opponents are enemies of Western Civilization. The counter view is that all civilizations are somehow equal, even those that promote the subjugation of women and religion conversion via brutal force.
The stakes for the US are both practical and moral. First, let me reaffirm what I wrote in 2011 -
The abandonment of the major US democratic ally in the Middle East region will bring even more trouble, in much the same way that the abandonment of Poland and the Sudetenland to Hitler by the timorous Western Europeans failed to sate the beast, eventually ushering in the unopposed holocaust.
I believe that there is an historic phenomenon we can properly call large scale moral damage.
Whenever a civilization begins to lose its self-confidence, it begins to die.
Europe is still suffering from the malign effects of complicity in the mass murder of Jews and dissidents on its own soil. That sorry history of moral failure was partly redeemed by the collective decisions of liberated Europe, the United Nations, and the USA (under the leadership of Harry Truman).
By establishing Israel as a sovereign nation specifically so that there never again would be a holocaust, nor a closed door for Jewish refugees, Europe and the West restored the moral foundations of modern civilization. To abandon that solemn protection now would be a self-inflicted moral wound so grave that Western civilization, already suffering a crisis of self-confidence, might not recover from the psychological damage.
A Dark Age would follow.
I do not exaggerate when I say that, if ever a history is written of “The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization”, the abandonment of Israel to the wolves will be identified as the beginning of the fall.
May 20, 2011
I now believe that Israel and her people are in more danger of extinction than at any time since Israel’s heroic, but improbable victory in the Six Day War of 1967.
Iran is perilously close to having produced and secured a nasty cache of weapons-grade fissile material capable of being quickly assembled into nuclear bombs. Experts may debate the minor details, but the prudent realists among them know that Iran is now capable – at any moment – of rushing its clandestine production to the finish line in a few months. This administration cannot be counted on to do anything to stop the Iranian nuclear bomb program, short of the economic sanctions that are being ignored by Iran’s ruling clique because they are too close to success to turn back now.
Something else is critically important to note:
Iran is more technologically advanced and more dangerously situated than North Korea. Iran will not have to test a nuke in order to fatally shift the balance of power in the region. The mere threat of nuclear retaliation would give Iran a free hand in terror-export adventures, proxy wars and conquests, just as it did the Soviet Union.
Moreover, the danger of rapid nuclear bomb development across the region poses a threat even greater than the cold War standoff, because some of the regional players of the Islamist persuasion are patently irrational and have less to lose than did Khrushchev’s Russia. Hamas is part of an overall jihad strategy to harry and distract Israel while Iran works toward a decisive nuclear breakout.
The ambivalent dithering and over-reliance on sanctions and diplomacy by the US and Europe (over the cynical opposition of “modern” Russia) have shaved the time window of comparative safety to far less than a year.
The Iranian bomb program is so deeply buried that IDF air assets simply do not have a reliable capability to eliminate these facilities and neutralize the threat … not without substantial American operational support. But the current Administration refuses to promise that support and cannot be relied on to deliver it in any timely manner.
Our decision-challenged President has displayed so much moral and policy ambivalence about Iran and Israel that the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens no longer trust him to honor the USA’s long term commitment to come to Israel’s assistance in the crunch.
And I personally do not trust our POTUS on this question. Moreover, I am persuaded that the jihadi adversaries who intend to destroy Israel do not fear this president’s “red lines” and, a fortiori, they do not fear him.
This sorry state of affairs is bad for Israel, bad for the USA and bad for the prospects of peace in the world.
Why is it our problem to fix? As the poet, John Dunn, wrote -
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
Europe’s perfidy will be ours. Israel’s fate will be ours. There is no escape from moral responsibility. Not now. Not ever.
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NOTE: American liberties and protected freedoms are not much more secure than Israel’s borders. Our bulwark, the US Constitution, has a backdoor tunnel, a vulnerability that can and will be exploited by the enemies of liberty at the first opportunity. This backdoor is dramatically depicted in the author’s latest novel, GABRIEL’S STAND, a page turner for patriots. Go to this link for more: http://jaygaskill.com/GabrielThriller.pdf