Israeli writer Assaf Gavron guests DN’s idea & criticism with: Those of us who are fighting against the war, need your help (I should just like to note that Hamas does not seem to be against the war)
MK Ze’ev Elkin Urges Israel to Finish Operation ‘Decisively’ :”We must beat Hamas until it waves a white flag,’ MK Ze’ev Elkin declares.”
For me, the questions arising are :
1. Where is Hitler?
2. What if Hamas, having declared that they will fight “to the last drop of blood” their sense of honour does not permit them to wave anything else but the Hamas flag, will they then all be executed? My good friend Dr.Mustafa Barghouti the Non-violent one, is that not GENOCIDE?
3. Must Gaza’s civilians be also decimated just to get at Hamas – even though the good citizens of Gaza because of their collective mourning, mourn with Hamas losses; losses inflicted by their enemy Israel (and uncle tom Egypt) who together have encaged them, hemmed them in (collectively) by land, air and sea -they, wanting to be-disencaged, so that they can walk freely, fly, swim and not have to crawl through caves (the blood-stained ruins of Israeli bombardment) or have to crawl through tunnels or live like moles…
For Hamas, it’s an existential problem. Hamas is fighting for the survival of its own terrorist existence. They are determined to survive – it’s the survival instinct at work – a collective instinct which cries ( all together now) : ” Mother fuckers, lift the goddam siege!”
Big Blocks. Big cocks. Big clocks.
The EU says that demilitarisation is a sine qua non for a peace deal.(Military man El-Sisi must be whirling like a dervish in heaven or in Mecca, but there is no whirling to that melody in Hamastan, Turkey, or Qatar.
Morally, Brother Obama stands on more neutral grounds – he goes for the Middle Path – the more immediately possible, not the “What I do know is that beyond the bright skies and blissful days on earth is an unknown in the shadow of which humanity lives.”
Through the prime ministers office the IDF must report back to the people, that at great cost to human life (sacrifice) – Baruch Hashem – the goals of the mission have been accomplished and the success is being processed : to dream the impossible dream dreamt by the prophets, Change Has Come To The Middle East !”
It is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changing.”
The truce (ceasefire) (Hudna) ( temporary suspension of hostilities will come into effect on the 10th of August in the Hebrew Calendar!
The Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs
United With Israel
News from Israel
Real Clear World
Right now, to which side of the conflict would these Quranic words apply:
“…..your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are rocks from out of which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for the fear of Allah. Allah is not unaware of what ye do.”(Quran 2.74 )
Day 23 – three Israeli soldiers killed, twenty-seven wounded. “At least 92 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN-run school, in fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the death toll sharply rose to 1,323 despite the Jewish nation agreeing to observe a four-hour humanitarian pause.”
Dayan ha emet.
Day 24 has begun. Same procedure as yesterday, but hopefully, prayerfully, today, no civilian casualties, no UN safe havens will take a direct hit, no UNRWA hideout will be levelled to the ground today, no tearful, fearful screaming mothers, innocent dead children, toothless old men being lowered into their graves within the next twenty four hours.
The title of yesterday’s DN editorial was “War is not the answer” (by an independent liberal). It could have been lifted from Marvin Gaye’s
What’s Going on:
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today “
The following sentence occurred in that independent liberal’s editorial:
“That the Gaza Strip is controlled by a terrorist organization does not mean that thousands of civilians should have to pay the price for it.”
Some strong voices equate civilian with innocent
And that’s what everybody (I mean every body that can still talk) is talking about.
Even if Reinfeldt, Bildt & Löfven are not experts on international law and the laws of war – they are also talking and are pretty definitive when it comes to informing the IDF that whether Gaza is the most densely populated strip in the world or not, whether the terrorists hide and fire their missiles and rockets from schools, synagogues, mosques, hospitals, UN safe havens or not, Israel has to abide by international law.
Of course they were less vociferous in making the same demands of Saddam or the Al-Assads, Islamic State, terrorist Hamas or Islamic Jihad and even Uncle Sam himself, when he is at war with Napalm, My Lai, and of late, their innumerable drone attacks that have consistently murdered innocent civilians, the unfortunate human “collateral damage” who happened to be unintended parts of their main targets, at the wrong place at the wrong time, through no fault of their own. Almost without exception before or after the fact, I’ve never heard our Higher Morality spelling it out to the war-mongers – it’s only Israel they say, that has to abide by International Law.
As I observed ruefully to Menachem yesterday evening, they always hold Israel to a much higher standard, because of Torah – “a light unto the nations” etc “the teachers of mankind “– as the Quran puts it.
They had all better take a good look at this challenge, a piece of writ which will make some of them see purple:
Israel Does Not Violate the Laws of War in Gaza
And a tiny worry that’s been bothering me for some time now: How is it possible that up till just the other day, the Shin Bet had no idea of the extent and reach of the Hamas terror tunnels?
Very creative terror tunnel engineering leading all the way up to your front door! (Just imagine one under you kitchen or leading to the cellar door : knock knock knock (Like the Porter’s scene in Macbeth) – Fred go and see who’s at the door! Surprise surprise: time to jump out of your skin….
It’s not a joking matter
Gaza’s tunnelbana system
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