For several years, Israel has maintained a blockade of the Gaza Strip, to prevent weapons from being delivered to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas runs the Gaza Strip, having seized power from the marginally less awful Fatah through violent means in 2007.
Sanctimonious international organizations are constantly challenging the Israeli blockade on humanitarian grounds. Sometimes they try to force their way past the Israeli military, eager to generate YouTube-friendly scenes of their righteous selves being brutalized.
Hamas, like every terror organization, greatly appreciates the help from dupes, useful idiots, and malevolent fifth columns hiding behind high-minded declarations of principle. They’ve been working to replenish their supply of munitions since their last large-scale confrontation with the Israeli military, back in 2008. They’ve apparently got enough ammo to resume murdering civilians with gusto, because Reuters reports they’ve launched 56 rocket and mortar attacks into Israeli territory since Saturday.
This is not to say the guns of Hamas ever fall silent. There had been 70 attacks already during 2011. Hamas has also become more outspoken in openly taking credit for the strikes, claiming they are a response to “Israeli aggression.” It’s an outrage when belligerent governments get all aggressive on the peace-loving partners in peace who are peacefully firing artillery into civilian populations.
Israel really has become aggressive after the latest round of attacks, sending its warplanes to strike six targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday. These strikes are said to have wounded at least 19 people. Among the targets were tunnels used to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip. Israel has also filed a formal complaint with the United Nations. Hopefully they’re not wasting their time by standing around and waiting for a response.
Apparently upset by the coverage they’re receiving in the international press, Hamas gunmen also raided the offices of Reuters, CNN, and a Japanese television station on Saturday. This is not exactly convincing evidence that they’re ready for the spirited debates of a vibrant democracy.
It is widely thought that the catalyst for this escalation of violence is the possible reconciliation of Hamas with Fatah. Hamas doesn’t want to dilute its power, and Israel doesn’t want Hamas to swell its ranks with Fatah troops after a successful merger. Hamas therefore ramped up its attacks to boost its influence with the Palestinian people, who are very impressed by such belligerence. Israel wants to beat Hamas down, making it less likely they’ll absorb Fatah.
Incredibly, the useful idiots still blame all this on Israel. Serenely ignoring the hail of rockets and artillery shells flying out of Gaza even during the slow months, Akiva Eldar of Haaretz condemns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to make sufficiently breathtaking “compromises” with the rocket rangers of Hamas… even after conceding in the same essay that Hamas “is a religious organization that does not recognize the right of the Jews to a state of their own.” What “compromise” can you make with that? Those murderous artillery barrages are tangible proof that Hamas takes its constitution much more seriously than, say, the government of the United States.
Why would Israel want to strengthen people who attack it on a more-or-less constant basis? If future Israeli responses to those artillery barrages cross a national boundary and become an act of war, it would hinder their ability to respond. Does anyone really think that will make Hamas less likely to attack them, given the stated objectives of that organization, and their demonstrated willingness to use violence in pursuit of those objectives?
The fantasy that some sort of enlightened silent majority lurks within the Palestinian populace, ready to flower into a glorious democracy if Israel just throws away another few chunks of its sovereignty, is a delusion that gets innocent people killed. It is easily dispelled by observing what Hamas thinks it needs to do, in order to consolidate power before dealing with Fatah. I’m inclined to put more stock in the bloody calculations of Hamas than the lovely daydreams of Akiva Eldar.
Napoleon once said, “With artillery, war is made.” War is being made from the Gaza Strip once again. Only one side in the conflict has accepted the other’s right to exist. Israel has the means to end the Palestinian presence, but it does not. The Palestinian government remains firmly committed to ending the Israeli presence, but lacks the means. “Enlightened” apologists for Hamas continue their elaborate efforts to convince us to ignore the evidence of our own eyes, and believe the people on the receiving end of the artillery barrages are the ones making war.