In todays NYT Op Ed, “Hamas Left Israel No Choice but to Strike“, Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, offers a clear and concise memory jogger for those unable or unwilling to wrap their minds around what’s really going on.
[T]he origin of the campaign that we Israelis now call Operation Pillar of Defense… did not begin last week, after Hamas fired more than 700 rockets at southern Israel this year; nor did it start four years ago, as Israel acted to stop thousands of terrorist rockets striking its south. It did not even begin in 2005, when Israel uprooted 21 of its Gaza settlements, together with their 9,000 Israeli residents, to advance peace, and received only Hamas terrorism in return. Rather, the operation began on May 14, 1948, the day Arab forces moved to destroy the newly declared state of Israel.
Take a moment to the read the whole thing and refresh your memory.