For the last several weeks, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others in Gaza have been using kites and other means to fly incendiary devices and explosives into southern Israeli communities and fields near the border.
Virtually all targets have been civilian. Thousands of acres of fields as well as communities have been burned and threatened with destruction. The other day Israel finally stepped up some actions to try to stop the attacks. In response, the Palestinians have fired a huge barrage of rockets into Israeli communities, targeting civilians.
Israeli civilians are now sleeping in shelters and running for cover with just seconds marking the difference between life and death or injury. Children are traumatized.
Iran is encouraging and supporting this as a way to divert Israel and the world's attention from its efforts to establish military bases in Syria and to encourage Syria to attack Israel. Thank you, Presidents Obama, Putin, and Trump, and the P-5+1.
I have seen and heard nothing from CNN, the NY Times, Senators Sanders and Feinstein, the UN, the EU, Rabbi Jacobs and the Reform Movement, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now, Breaking the Silence, Ireland, Human Rights Watch, and the myriad of other persons and groups who predictably condemn and caution Israel at the first sign of violence, regardless of history or context.
The Israeli public has had enough and is understandably demanding that the government take stronger action to protect the children, women, and men of the south. In response, Israel is about to act.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as part of their strategy, deliberately embed military resources among civilians, hoping to cause death and injury of Palestinians and thereby sympathetic international attention and condemnation of Israel. And it works every time. Everyone plays according to script, with the international players seemingly relishing their role as dupes, albeit self-righteous ones.
When Palestinians start to be injured and killed, I am sure we will hear from all those I listed above and more about "disproportionate" force (which simply means they would be happier if Jews died), the "cycle of violence," "restraint by all parties," and more platitudes ad nausea.
The roles of hypocrites, opportunists, bigots, and useful idiots never seem to have any shortage of enthusiastic players.
(Originally published in The Times of Israel)
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Useful Idiots and Other Players
Posted by Alan Edelstein at 4:31 PM
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Kol HaKavod Alan for stating "it like it is" - the silence is deafening!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the updateReplyDelete
Very well saidReplyDelete
Your poignant comments are commendable, valid, and well focused, yet they are still sadly and ironically an understatement of the tragic reality of the situation. Yashir Koach! Keep at it.ReplyDelete
As always, your take on the situation is eloquently stated and we agree 100%. It is so frustrating and sad that our position, time and time again, has to be justified to the world, especially our Jewish compatriots around the world. Where is the outrage, demands for Hamas to cease and desist on all these attacks. What must be gleaned from all this is the fact that Jewish blood doesn't really matter. Traumatized kids in shelters, parents trying to protect their children and the nation as a whole play a very small and insignificant place in people's minds and hearts.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your insights, they really highlight what most of us are thinking and can't put into words.
Very well said. All power to you. It makes me mad to think how dum (how anti-Israeli, anti Jewish) Sanders and company can be when they address the Israeli-Arab conflict.ReplyDelete
We need to squeeze hard Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab League for us to find a 2-state plan
while our interests vs Iran align
We too continue to scour the so called mainstream (including media and many Jewish organizations). You’re right their silence is deafening. Yet when Israel fights back the hordes will be out in force as always. Seems most people are desensitized when Israel is attacked, but certainly not when having to defend.ReplyDelete