It’s a terrible human tragedy what’s happening in the Gaza Strip today, but it could be stopped in an instant and should never have started.
If the Palestinians kept their rockets at home or stopped sending them into Israel, there would be no bombings, nor any incursion by Israeli forces.
The people who send the rockets from Gaza simply don’t care about any consequences. Last week, Israel, the U.S., the Arab League and most of the international community all endorsed an Egyptian proposal for a cease fire. Hamas just kept firing rockets.
Writing in the L.A. Times, columnist Jonah Goldberg points out some things you may not know about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict:
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” AN ABSOLUTE FACT.
- Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, recently condemned Israel for committing genocide in Gaza.” Plainly, NOT SO. The Palestinian population has exploded over 100% since 1970. If the Israeli military is so ruthless, don’t you think they could have done a better job?
- If the Israelis wanted to wipe out as many Palestinians as possible, never mind commit genocide, they probably wouldn’t issue warnings to Gazans (by phone and leaflet) to get out of harm’s way. Nor would Israel continue to allow hundreds of trucks of food and medical aid to enter Gaza even as hundreds of rockets leave Gaza.
- If Hamas was really concerned with protecting Palestinian lives, it would not implore Gazans to stay in their homes—serving as human shields and inflating the body count as a propaganda prop to increase international pressure on Israel.
- The Israelis have the Iron Dome defense system, which intercepts the rockets aimed at civilians. They also have bomb shelters, the Palestinians do not. They have these shelters because, as Netanyahu said, “Israelis are interested in protecting their citizens.”
- No one is asking why the Palestinians don’t have bomb shelters. The assumption seems to be that the Gazans don’t have the wherewithal to build them. This is untrue because they do have bomb shelters—they just reserve them for Hamas’ leaders and fighters. Indeed, Hamas has dug thousands of tunnels under Gaza, largely so it can smuggle in, and store, more rockets to fire on Israel. Better those tunnels were used as shelters for civilians, but that would mean not letting them die for the greater “good.”
Goldberg concluded saying, “It was the Nazi’s who said if you tell a big enough lie (or omit the truth) and keep repeating it, eventually people will come to believe it.”
In those poignant words of former Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir, “We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”