Hamas has fired over 700 missiles into Israel from the Gaza strip in the past year, 300 in the past two days alone.
Finally, the IDF made a strategic surgical strike against Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari.
After the successful assasination, the IDF tweeted this image , saying “FYI, @AlqassamBrigade, we killed your leader”:
Hamas’ reaction was predictable, claiming that Israel has now “declared war,” ignoring the fact that it was a retaliatory strike in reaction to hundreds of rocket attacks. Typically, that’s not something the terror organization is willing to take responsibility for, and our slanted media won’t bring attention to it, either.
Hamas has stepped up their attacks on Israeli civilians, killing at least three adults and wounding small children:
The Iranian-made rockets are now reaching as far as Tel Aviv. Hamas deliberately fires from residential areas, so that any counter-strike from Israel will likely result in Palestinian civilian deaths, which can then be exploited for propaganda.
The Israelis, however, take a different strategy:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement to the international media Thursday afternoon, in which he said Israel would continue to do its best to avoid civilian casualties on the enemy side, despite the fact that the enemy is targeting Israeli civilians and hiding behind its own. He also thanked world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama for “understanding” Israel’s right to defend itself.
Here is part of his statement:
“Hamas and the terror organizations decided to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel over the last few days. We will not accept a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets. No country would accept this, Israel will not accept it.
Today, we hit Hamas strategic targets precisely. We have significantly debilitated their ability to launch rockets from Gaza to the center of Israel, and we are now working to disable their ability to launch rockets towards the south. The terrorist organizations – Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others – are deliberately harming our citizens, while intentionally hiding behind their citizens. On the other hand, we avoid harming civilians as much as possible and that is one fundamental difference between us. It also indicates the big difference between our objectives, and not only in our methods. They want to obliterate us from the face of the earth and they have no qualms about hurting civilians and innocents.
Today, we sent an unequivocal message to Hamas and the other terror organizations, and if need be the IDF is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything necessary to defend our citizens.”
Unequivocal it has been. The IAF has been releasing aerial footage of what they call “Operation Pillar of Defense,” and they have called up 30,000 reserves to prepare for a possible ground offensive in Gaza.
Ironically, Arab students at the University of Haifa in Jerusalem have been protesting Israel’s defensive measures against Hamas, mourning Jabari while showing no sympathy for dead Israeli civilians – all this while living in and getting an education in Israel, and enjoying the right to free speech and assembly in the ONLY democratic nation which allows such freedoms in the region.
Ben Shapiro notes that Obama’s foreign policy is largely to blame for emboldening the Muslim world’s attacks on Israel:
It is impossible not to notice the timing of this week’s incipient Middle East regional war. It comes approximately one week after Barack Obama was re-elected to the presidency. Last Tuesday, Obama won re-election; four days later, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel’s southern cities in a new wave. The day after that, Syria began shelling Israeli positions in the north. And two days after that, the Palestinian Authority told the press that they would be making another bid for statehood at the United Nations; the same day, riots began in Jordan over gas price increases.
The region is descending into war because of weakness in the White House – but also because each of the regional players, with the exception of Israel and the current Jordanian and Turkish governments (both of them have been silent), has an interest in war. Obama’s empty chair foreign policy has incentivized virtually every anti-American regime in the region into greater aggressiveness. Now Obama is attempting to stuff the genie back into the bottle by issuing statements of support for Israel. But it’s too little too late.
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