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World in Uproar (II)
August 2nd, Kansas City: What is Israel supposed to do?
Yes, this morning, at 8:00 a.m. local time, a cease fire started. Hamas tried already at 7:59 to send the first gunmen through a tunnel, so they would be ready to spread mayhem at (:01, but that didn't work, they were spotted by paratroopers and scared away by gunfire. At 10:08, Hamas terrorists fired mortar shells at an IDF unit and as first reports indicate, a missile as well, right from in between the civilian population at Rafah. IDF forces fired back at 10:38 a.m. local time, left-wingers all over the world blame Israel to have broken the 72 hour cease fire. Well, yeah ... business as usual.
However, there is the fact, this 72 hours cease fire just held for about two hours. If it would have gone after Hamas' plans and those gunmen would have made it through the tunnels, it would have been more like two minutes though. So, what are the chances for a real cease fire? Actually zero. Lets be honest here. Hamas can't be interested in a cease fire and even less in peace. Hamas is a terrorist organization that sold themself as political party of the resistance against Israel in the ongoing war. And for Hamas, the war is ongoing since decades and will go on forever. It has to be that way because in a Middle East at peace, there is no room for Hamas. It's that simple. The only reason to be, Hamas has, is fighting Israel. No war, no Hamas.
The especially heinous part in all of this is, Hamas uses civilians as shields. They fire their missiles from places near schools and hospitals, they store their weapons in civilian areas, in short, they do everything to make sure, as many Palestinian civilians die whenever Israel tries to disarm Hamas.Which of coruse should be enough reason for the Palestinians not to vote for Hamas next time ... but then, how much real information can the average Palestinian get in an area in which Hamas basically also controls all the news and Internet is by far not such a common commodity as in the US for example?
The question is, what shall Israel do? Of course, the political left blames Israel for about 1500 dead Palestinian civilians, but that's just the usual anti-semitism coming from every kind of something-socialist, be it national-socialist or liberal-socialist.
There is neither truth nor reality in that, it's just ideology once more. so lets just skip the nonsense. But what is Israel supposed to do?

Hamas bombing of a school bus

Israel can try to counteract the most urgent threats, that would be tunnels and missiles and the tunnels are the nastier issue of those two. Because the Palestinian missiles are not that effective, gunmen from tunnels are more lethal, especially in connection with the always popular suicide bombers. But those tunnels, as much as the missile launch sites, are in the middle of densely populated civilian areas. That's how Hamas operates. Thus civilian casualties will be inevitable and that will call protests from left-wing activists once more (you may remember the "freedom-fleet" loaded with weapons?).
The other option as propagated by moderate left ideologists is, just to ignore it. Which means in a bigger part of Israel, regular life has to skirt around four to five missile alerts daily with the increasing range and effectivity of Hamas weaponry, that is obviously a no go. Even if rabid anti-semites want to see exactly this.
So what are the chances for freedom? Actually, there are some chances. As everywhere in the world, the decision will be up to the voter in the end. Hamas is elected ... if Hamas isn't re-elected, that would go a long way. Not only would it solve some of Israel's problems, it would also hamper Hamas tactics to use women and children as shields. No stop it, the terrorists would be still around, but they couldn't work so openly anymore.
The real rub here is an entirely different problem. Currently, the Palestinian autonomy zones effectively consist of two distinct areas with separate administration and governments. While Hamas can at least claim, to have won elections in
Gaza, in the West Bank area, there is Hamas, the Fatah backed President, who in fact has outlived his term since years and prevented somehow subsequent elections.
The point, Palestinians should talk about is, how to bring this together. Two distinct areas are economically not viable and the split in two governments, one an active terrorist organization, the other one with a long history of being one, doesn't help them at all. They would need some kind of traffic connection and that is far more important for them than issues like "we want to get a part of Jerusalem" or "we don't recognize Israel's right to exist". For the Palestinians, and I talk here about the regular civilian population, those delusional political demands are useless at best, just another ploy by Hamas to promote endless war which is Hamas sole reason to be.
The truth is, Israel can't do nothing. They can destroy tunnels, fine. New tunnels will be dug in some months. They can destroy missiles, fine, the next shipments from Iran are under way as they do it. Israel can't do a thing that would bring a long term solution. The ball is on the Palestinian half now. Are they willing to find themself a government that is interested in peace? That can focus on the administrative and economic issues at hand? Because if they can, suddenly Israel can do something. Like in winter when Isreal's tax payers sponsored gas delivery for the Gaza power plant after Hamas spent all the money on more missiles. And the moment, the Palestinians want peace, Israel would be in the boat. Not because the love the Palestinians. Simply because it costs them less blood and less money to help out Gaza and the West Bank than being fired at and in consequence fire at them in an endless war. So, both sides have a lot to win here, but the first step has to come from the Palestinians this time and it has to be a reasonable one, not delusional and useless claims.

- PB -
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