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How Does Israel End Up the Bad Guy?
Jewish Policy Center ^ | Shoshana Bryen

Posted on 07/10/2014 7:43:01 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah

It is a terrible irony that Israel, revolted first by the murder of three of its teenage citizens and then by the revenge attack on a Palestinian teen, is the object of riots, bombs, and demands.

Following the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers, six Israelis were arrested for the heinous murder of a teenage Palestinian. That murder did nothing so much as unify the people and the government of Israel in their revulsion for six of their own. One prominent Religious Zionist rabbi called for the death penalty for the killers of Mohammed Abu Khder. (Israel has no death penalty, but Judaism does.) There was unanimity from the prime minister to the defense minister to the leader of the nationalist Bayit Hayehudi Party, to the mother of one of the murdered teens who denounced the revenge killing, to his uncle who paid a condolence call on Abu Khder's family.

And yet, it is Israel that is under major waves of Hamas rocket fire -- 200 rockets of increasing size and precision in the past month, 50 one night this week -- and major waves of international disapproval, including from President Obama who demanded that "all sides show restraint" as if Israel hadn't, and that Israel get on with dispensing justice as if it wouldn't. It helps little that the State Department finally and grudgingly agreed, "We condemn the firing of missiles at Israel and support Israel's right to defend itself," while at the same time, Secretary of State Kerry again asked PM Netanyahu to "act with restraint" in Israel's response.

How did Israel get there?

June 12th was a normal day, but "normal" requires definition: Hamas was running its infamous summer camps teaching children as young as nine and ten to shoot guns and make bombs, and filling their minds with the glory of appearing before God in bloody tatters. It was faced with rising disapproval from its own people (63% negative in Gaza and 47% negative in the West Bank) and increasing penury from Egypt's closures of Gaza smuggling tunnels.

The Palestinian Authority similarly was facing ongoing rumbling from Palestinians in the West Bank about government corruption and increasingly less tolerance for dissent. Hamas and Fatah were inching toward a "unity government" that would give Hamas more freedom to operate in the West Bank, while the U.S. announced that a listed terrorist organization in the halls of Palestinian government wouldn't be sufficient reason to cut off the $400+ million American subsidy or its military training for PA forces.

By the end of June 12th, Naftali Fraenkel (an American citizen), Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach, trying to get home from school in time for the Sabbath, were kidnapped and -- we now know -- killed during the course of the emergency phone call they placed to Israeli authorities. Their murderers sang after the shots were fired (there was a reason the Israeli government didn't let that tape out right away). The boys' bodies were not found for almost three weeks.

During those weeks, Hamas began launching rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot to distract the IDF -- leaving 15 seconds for the residents to grab their children, or their elderly parents, and hit the safe room. During that time, Palestinians walked near Jews waving three fingers, signifying the three kidnapped students; staged "reenactments" of the kidnapping with the boys portrayed as soldiers; and gave candy to their children to celebrate. Children from a Hamas summer camp were used as the vanguard of a mob that attacked a group of Jews on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. During that time, Palestinians were told to place multiple calls to the Israeli Police emergency number to stymie any real calls that might come in. When the Israeli government announced it had suspects, one suspect's mother said, "I will be proud of him until Judgment Day. If... it is true… My boys are all righteous, pious and pure. The goal of my children is the triumph of Islam." Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eishe are still being harbored in the West Bank, somewhere among the Palestinian people.

Israeli Arab Parliamentarian Ahmed Tibi declined to call the murderers "terrorists."

The UN was no help, urging restraint on Israel. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon first said he "had no concrete evidence" that there even had been a kidnapping. He changed his tune, but the UNHCR gave only a tepid hearing to the three Israeli mothers who came to appeal for international help to get their children back.

This was all before the bodies of Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal were found and before the death of Mohammed Abu Khder.

Since then, Shelly Dadon, a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish girl on her way to a job interview, has been murdered by an Israeli Arab taxi driver who told police his motives were "nationalistic."

Since them, Abu Mazen has called the death of Abu Khder a deliberate act by the Netanyahu government. Fatah has posted on its Facebook page, "Israel: Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts… We wish for the blood to become rivers."

Since then, Hamas has increased the range of rocket fire to encompass large parts of Israel, and now calls "all of Israel" a target. Israeli Arabs have rampaged outside of Haifa and in the Galilee, and West Bank Palestinians have rioted in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. The new light rail line connecting the Palestinian town of Shuafat to the center of Jerusalem (part of the larger system, giving Palestinians easier access to the city) has been bombed by Palestinians.

Hamas has committed at least two war crimes: firing on Israeli civilians and locating its military infrastructure within its own population, ensuring higher Palestinian casualties that can be blamed on Israel.

In order to accept a ceasefire, it demands from Israel the release of the Hamas operatives arrested in the search for the three teens and the lifting of security restrictions on imports to Gaza. From the PA, it demands a transfer of tens of thousands of dollars to pay salaries for Hamas officials in Gaza. From Egypt, it demands the opening of Gaza's borders to imports.

There have been suggestions that the Hamas war was deliberately started to draw Israel (and the U.S.) into the broader religious and civil wars of the region. More likely, Hamas saw a target of opportunity. But it should be clear that Israel's determination to find justice for Gilad, Naftali, Eyal, and Mohammad is the behavior of a country governed by rule of law, which should be supported by the United States as Israel deals with Hamas as required to protect its citizens and its territory.

TOPICS: Editorial; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hamas; israel; palestinians

1 posted on 07/10/2014 7:43:01 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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2 posted on 07/10/2014 7:47:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Well the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
His enemies say he’s on their land
They got him outnumbered about a million to one
He got no place to escape to, no place to run
He’s the neighborhood bully

Neighborhood bully, he just lives to survive
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive
Not supposed to fight back and have thick skin
Supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in
He’s the neighborhood bully

Neighborhood bully been driven out of every land
He’s wandered the earth, an exiled man
Seen his family scattered, people hounded and torn
He’s always on trial for just being born
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized
Old women condemned him, said, “He should apologize”
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, ain’t nobody was glad
The bombs were meant for him, he was supposed to feel bad
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him
There’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him given out to every maniac
He’s the neighborhood bully

But he got no allies to really speak of
But he gets, he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love
He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease
Now they wouldn’t hurt a fly, to hurt one they would weep
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep
He’s the neighborhood bully

Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon
He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand
In bed with nobody, under no ones command
He’s the neighborhood bully

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health
He’s the neighborhood bully

What’s anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin’, they say, he just likes to cause war
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed
Neighborhood bully

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
Running out the clock, time standing still, neighborhood bully

Bob Dylan

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3 posted on 07/10/2014 7:47:47 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Israel probably wishes now, that it had not supported Hamas initially as an offset to the PLO and Arafat, just as the USA found its support of the Mujahideen against the Soviets to be problematic in the long run.

But hindsight is always better than predicting the future ...

4 posted on 07/10/2014 7:48:35 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Ooh-Ah

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend...”

While the situation is convenient.

5 posted on 07/10/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Probably because of their suppression and persecution of these people for thousands of years ever since they left egypt. Oh, wait. Wrong bunch.

6 posted on 07/10/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Ooh-Ah

I still can’t understand why muslims get any sympathy or support from infidels.

7 posted on 07/10/2014 8:01:06 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Hamas knows that the majority of the American media is Anti Israel, so they know how to play them..Israel tells people in the area to leave, Hamas tells those same people to be human shields, to die for Allah, to be a martyr..their corpses get shown on American televisions nationwide, and people think that Israel is the bully..that simple. My Mom was watching CBS Evening News tonight and they just showed the Palestinian side, showing the bodies..oh and had to mention how the Iron Dome is mostly paid for by America..that was said to shove the knife in a little more

8 posted on 07/10/2014 8:02:00 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Ooh-Ah

Israel is always the underdog. Go read your Bible. But Israel is always victorious. Go read your Bible.

Funny how that works out, huh? Youdda think folks would have figured this out hundreds of years ago. But, nope, they gotta keep trying to prove that God is wrong.

Good luck with that.

9 posted on 07/10/2014 8:43:38 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: Ooh-Ah

In the new beginning, Israel will be the good guy and much, much more. Then, all of the remaining nations will be good guys. Rather fearful, rough and unusually interesting times ahead, maybe, with a great, new world after.

10 posted on 07/10/2014 9:00:05 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Cry Haddock and let slip the Cats of War!!

or something like that..

11 posted on 07/10/2014 11:33:38 PM PDT by DaBeerfreak (As long as the politicians believe they're not the problem; we have a big problem.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

It’s spiritual. Israel will always be the bad guy. This is why they need to let rip, regardless of what the world thinks.

12 posted on 07/10/2014 11:37:17 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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13 posted on 07/11/2014 7:20:28 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: SJackson; justiceseeker93; Nachum


14 posted on 07/11/2014 10:29:05 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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