“At least 422 rockets from Gaza have been fired into Israel since “Operation Pillar of Defense” began Wednesday, the Israeli military said.” (CNN, November 16th, 2012)
By most non-Israeli accounts around the world the cause of these attacks was Israel’s recent targeted assassination of long time Hamas leader, Ahmed Al-Jabari. As always, the press and pundits leave everyone…
dazed and confused.
The assassination of Jabari is being portrayed as political, but this does not quite comport with the conventional Western idea of political assassination. Gershon Baskin, in an editorial in the NYT, explains Jabari this way:
“Mr. Jabari was not a man of peace; he didn’t believe in peace with Israel and refused to have any direct contact with Israeli leaders and even non-officials…”
Jabari was not a politician. He was a gun-toting, terrorizing, militant Islamist leader wholly devoted to the destruction of Israel. Peace with Israel was not on his agenda.
Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987, and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988, that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel.
But what about last week’s 422 Gaza-based rocket attacks reported have been in retaliation for the Jabari assassination?
It’s true that 422 in a week is quite a few — much more than the 360 rockets lobbed from Gaza into Israel between January and April of 2012. Its even even more than the 65+ fired into Israel on October 24th, 2012 alone, well before the assassination of Jabari.
In fact, following Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza rocket and mortar attacks from that region have been a regular feature of life in Israel: 680 in 2011, almost 1000 in 2010, 900 in 2009, at so on….
So the 422 unguided rockets fired into civilian areas of Israel represent an escalation of rocket attacks that have been ongoing for years.
Do you think it is possible that the assassination of Jabari had something to do with Israel’s ongoing effort to curb the constant rain of unguided rockets that have been falling on Israeli civilians year in and year out?
How many rockets attacks do you think the people of Israel should regard as acceptable? How many would you regard as acceptable if you were on the receiving end? 300, 100, 50, 10, 1? How many would it take to transform your life into one of continuous terror?
But if Israel really is in the drivers seat — the aggressor who is causing all the problems — what exactly do you think she should do?
What would happen if Israel eased border restrictions on Gaza trade? (She tried this and the rocket attacks increased.)
What would happen if Israel decided to live within the pre-1967 borders? (They tried that and they were attacked by every Arab nation in the region.)
What would happen if Israel unilaterally declared Gaza, the West Bank and all occupied lands, a Palestinian State? What if she withdrew from all occupied lands and washed her hands of Palestinian and Arab affairs. (Oh yeah, she tried that in Gaza in 2005)
What if Israel decided to make love not war with her neighbors? Do you really believe that peace would break out across the Middle East and that Arabs and Israelis would live next door to each other happily ever after?
What if, what if? What do you really believe would happen if Israel stood down?