Clearly, the reactions from various leaders around the world calling for an immediate cease-fire are exposing their true anti-Israel sentiments. They would never admit that their own country would do exactly as Israel is doing right now if it had a neighboring country lobbing thousands of missiles into it for the last several years, indiscriminately killing and maiming its own citizens. Most countries wouldn’t even tolerate a neighbor who had missile launchers aimed in its direction. The U.S. was willing to go to war with the U.S.S.R. back in 1961 over the mere presence of missiles in Cuba. Any sovereign country has the right to protect its citizens from an imminent threat. In this case, we’re talking about considerably more than just a threat. It’s a reality.
Hamas has been converting Gaza into a battlefield for the last ten years, constructing a network of tunnels between buildings, as well as to the Egyptian border in order to ensure a continual flow of arms, which have been supplied mostly by Iran. This organization has made it quite clear over the last 20 years that it is more interested in killing Israelis than in preserving the lives of the innocent people in Gaza. That’s why it positions its missile launchers and weapons caches in otherwise peaceful neighborhoods filled with children, hospitals and schools. They crave civilian casualties because they want the Arab world to rise up in outrage and come to their aid.
In simple terms, Hamas’ objective is to ignite a holy war against Israel. It couldn’t care less about Palestinians or the people of Gaza. All it cares about are more dead Israelis. For that reason, any reasonable person would understand that no compromise, concession, or unilateral withdrawal by Israel would bring the violence to an end. Hamas is and always will be a terrorist organization whose stated objective is to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. Would you agree to a cease-fire with a government that felt that way about yours? And that’s what Hamas is right now– a government. It was voted into power by the people of Gaza, who all knew Hamas’ agenda toward Israel. Any Gazan who can read or listen to their radio knows how Hamas feels about Israelis. So this operation should be a surprise to none of them.
This is what Nizar Rayan, the recently killed Hamas leader in Gaza, said publicly BEFORE the beginning of this recent conflict: “The only reason to have a hudna (cease-fire) is to prepare yourself for the final battle. We don’t need 50 years to prepare ourselves for the final battle with Israel. There is no chance that true Islam would ever allow a Jewish state to survive in the Muslim Middle East. Israel is an impossibility. It is an offense against God. … You (Jews) are murderers of the prophets and you have closed your ears to the Messenger of Allah. Jews tried to kill the Prophet, peace be unto him. All throughout history, you have stood in opposition to the word of God.”
How do you negotiate any kind of peace with an adversary like Rayan? It’s not possible.
Look at the feeds we’re getting from Gaza and Damascus, showing these slathering, maniacal Hamas leaders spewing murderous determination to continue their alleged holy war. Look at their faces and search for a speck of humanity or an ounce of despair over the deaths of their neighbors, which their own behavior has caused. Their words and tone are all you need to hear to understand what they desire in the black abyss of their hearts. The more death and destruction the better. These animals aren’t even allowing Gazans with treatable injuries to be transferred to nearby hospitals in Egypt until that country agrees to let them bring more arms across that border. If those innocent people die, the blood is on Hamas’ hands. In fact, every drop of blood spilled in this conflict is on Hamas’ and Tehran’s clawed fingers.
The bottom line is, if Israel stops this current offensive anywhere short of eliminating Hamas’ ability to conduct warfare in Gaza, we will all be witnessing this exact same scenario unfold in another year or so. It needs to stop, this time, for good. Sadly, good people are going to be hurt, but that is not Israel’s fault.