To quote from one whom I consider to be one of the foremost English-language authors of the latter 20th century: ???The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows. The mountains clench their hands full of hidden fire. There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men???s eyes. And where men worship these things and abase themselves before them, there evil breeds; there places are made in the world where darkness gathers, ?????? – Ursula K. LeGuin; ???The Tombs of Atuan???; September 1971.
Every person is given the choice to decide to be on the side of good or the side of evil. Most persons equivocate and fall somewhere in the middle; mostly from a lack of making the choice, but many knowledgeable persons choose, and many of them actually choose evil.
Most people have heard the story of how 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin was kidnapped, and two soldiers killed, 90 minutes after the beginning of another ???cease-fire???. Unfortunately, most people are not aware that he has been found ??? or rather a few body parts have been found. The funeral is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. An unconfirmed rumour is circulating that he was eaten. This would not be the first instance of Palestinian cannibalism. We saw this with the two reservists in Ramallah that were murdered by the police, at the police station, then dismembered and eaten. We see this repeatedly in Syria ??? and other places.
The US and UN flamed Hamas for shattering a 72-hour ceasefire. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest condemned the pre-planned abduction plot, involving use of civilians and a suicide bomber for diversions; calling it a “barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement.” That now makes four-for-four ???cease-fire??? agreements that Hamas signed and violated within moments of them beginning. John Kerry subsequently issued an official statement “condemn[ing] in the strongest possible terms… [the] outrageous violation of the cease-fire.” UN???s Ban Ki-moon issued similarly worded remarks, “condemn[ing] in the strongest terms the reported violation by Hamas.” This cascaded consequences: the most immediate is renewal of Israeli action against Hamas infrastructure.
Egypt was the ostensible ceasefire broker. Some believe they are searching for means of diplomatic retribution. President El Sisi is NOT to be taken lightly ??? he is strong and he is smart. The border between Gaza and Egypt is 14 kilometres in length; it contained some 1,200-1,600 tunnels! Cairo has kept its border with the Gaza Strip closed.
Even Gershon Baskin, one of the most extreme leftists, tweeted almost immediately that the Hamas fighters behind the attack had “just signed the death sentenced of many Hamas leaders. There will not be another Schalit deal.”
The British journal Economist produced an article on 26 July entitled, ???Stop the rockets, but lift the siege???. Nearly every statement in the article is factually inaccurate, the article is rife with anti-Israel allusion, opinion disregarding reality and recurrently proven-inapplicable ???proposals???. Woe is to all of us and to democracy when ill advised journalists waste effort on pressing for their own brands of ignorance rather then reporting facts.
In a second article on 2 August, they repeat the usual canards such as ???a two-state solution, which remains the only one that will work??? ??? this has been tried for decades and fails continually. Is there no one at Economist that can learn? And then the equally ignorant statement, ???Palestinians may already outnumber Israelis in the lands they share.??? There is NOT, and there never has been a ???demographic demon??? in favour of Arabs between the river and the sea. Is there no one at Economist that is numerate?
Economist articles do not show an author name, apparently for good reason. Let me state it clearly: deceit and lies under ???cover??? of journalism is evil. Economist does so continually, in ALL its coverage of everything dealing with Israel. Am I alluding that they are antisemitic? No, I am stating it in no uncertain terms. Just stating that they are not is irrelevant.
On 1 August, the Washington Times ran an amazing article, authored by Cheryl K. Chumley, ???U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas???.
The 200-word article describes how Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called a meeting of the so-called ???U.N. Human Rights Council??? and stated, ???There is a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.???
The article then gave the reason for her “logic”:
???The U.N. group listed among its reasons for making that claim that Israel outright refused to share its Iron Dome with the ???governing authority??? of Gaza ??? which is Hamas.???
This would be moronic if the stupidity were not eclipsed by its evil.
Navi Pillay is, and has always shown herself, a vicious racist. No sane person can take this statement seriously. (By the way, the US & UK did not share radar technology with Germany and Japan, either. Did ANY sane person expect them to?)
Listen carefully, the ???two-state solution??? advocated by the Oslo Debacle is dead; it cannot and should not be revived. Israel learns. The Dream Merchants that thought the PLO would ???reform??? and ???take care of Hamas for us??? are now known to have been simply ignorant (at least).
We all must choose between good or evil. Some choose and eat their words. Some eat people.
Israel and Israelis prefer good and are condemned by those that chose evil.
Let no one expect us, in Israel, to be less caring because they are evil!
There is a sea-change throughout all aspects of Israeli society. There will not be a ???fully sovereign??? Palestinian State in Judea and Samaria. Nobody today trusts written or spoken word of any Palestinian group, organ or polity. Israel will never, ever ???create another 20 Gazas in the West Bank???.