Skip to comments.Obama to the rescue – of Hamas
Posted on 07/23/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT by SJackson
Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in near future are small; government will likely be able to buy time needed to complete mission in whole or large part.
Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore.
We have known for years that tunnels were a central component of Hamass logistical infrastructure.
What began as the primary means of smuggling weapons, trainers and other war material from Hamass sponsors abroad developed rapidly into a strategic tool of offensive warfare against Israel.
As we have seen from the heavily armed Hamas commando squads that have infiltrated into Israel from tunnels since the start of the current round of warfare, the first goal of these offensive tunnels is to deploy terrorists into Israel to massacre Israelis.
But the tunnels facilitate other terror missions as well.
Israel has found tunnels with shafts rigged with bombs located directly under Israeli kindergartens.
If the bombs had gone off, the buildings above would have been destroyed, taking the children down with them.
Other exposed shafts showed Hamass continued intense interest in hostage taking. In 2006 the terrorists who kidnapped Cpl. Gilad Schalit entered Israel and returned to Gaza through such a tunnel.
Today the presence of sedatives and multiple sets of handcuffs for neutralizing hostages found in tunnel after tunnel indicate that Hamas intends to abduct several Israelis at once and spirit them back to Gaza.
In an interview with Channel 2 Monday evening, Minister Naftali Bennett spoke of a mother at Kibbutz Netiv Haasara who told him that her children wake her in the middle of the night and tell her that they hear digging beneath their beds.
As Bennett said, this state of affairs simply cannot continue. People cannot live in fear that there are terrorists burrowing beneath their homes, digging tunnels to murder or kidnap them.
These tunnels must be found and destroyed not merely because they constitute a physical danger to thousands of Israelis. They must be located and destroyed, and Hamass capacity to rebuild them must be eliminated because the very idea that they exist makes a normal life impossible for those immediately threatened.
Hamass tunnels are also the key component of their command and control infrastructure inside Gaza.
Hamass political and military commanders are hiding in them. The reinforced bunkers and tunnel complexes enable Hamass senior leadership to move with relative freedom and continue planning and ordering attacks.
The sophistication of the tunnels and the malign intentions of Hamas are not in the least surprising.
But Hamass rapid advances in both tunnel and missile technology are deeply worrisome. At a minimum, they indicate that if it is allowed to end the current round of fighting as a coherent, relatively well-armed terrorist army, Hamas will be able to rapidly rebuild and expand its capabilities.
As a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is not a stand-alone terror group. It is part of a much larger web of Islamic jihadist terror groups including al-Qaida and its affiliates as well as the Shiite Hezbollah. Like Hamas, all of these threaten several major Sunni Arab states.
Due to their recognition of the threat Hamas and its allies pose to the survivability of their regimes, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have taken the unprecedented step of supporting Israels efforts to defeat Hamas.
They understand that a decisive Israeli blow against Hamas in Gaza will directly benefit them. Not only will Hamas be weakened, but its state sponsors and terrorist comrades will be weakened as well.
Presently, Hamass most outspoken state sponsors are Qatar and Turkey.
As Israels Calcalist newspaper reported earlier this week, Qatar is Hamass biggest and most important financier, a role it plays as well for ISIS, al Nusra, the Muslim Brotherhood and various jihadist groups in Libya.
Turkey for its part is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Like Qatar, Turkey has also been a major supporter of ISIS and al Nusra, as well as Hamas. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogans slander against Israel has grown so hysterical in recent weeks that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been trying to downplay Turkeys animosity, called him out on his open anti-Semitism.
By Tuesday morning, IDF forces in Gaza had destroyed 23 tunnels. The number of additional tunnels is still unknown.
While Israel had killed 183 terrorists, it appeared that most of the terrorists killed were in the low to middle ranks of Hamass leadership hierarchy.
Hamass senior commanders, as well as its political leadership have hunkered down in hidden tunnel complexes.
In other words, Israel is making good progress.
But it hasnt completed its missions. It needs several more days of hard fighting.
Recognizing this, Israels newfound Muslim allies have not been pushing for a cease-fire.
In contrast, the Obama administration is insisting on concluding a cease-fire immediately.
As Israel has uncovered the scope of Hamass infrastructure of murder and terror, the US has acted with the UN, Turkey and Qatar to pressure Israel (and Egypt) to agree to a cease-fire and so end IDF operations against Hamas before the mission is completed.
To advance this goal, US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday night with an aggressive plan to force on Israel a cease-fire Hamas and its state sponsors will accept.
As former ambassador to the US Michael Oren told the media, it is clear that neither Israel nor Egypt invited Kerry to come over. Their avoidance of Kerry signals clearly that the USs two most important allies in the Middle East do not trust US President Barack Obamas intentions.
And their distrust is entirely reasonable.
The State Department has openly applauded Turkey and Qatar for their involvement in attempts to achieve a cease-fire. Last week Israeli officials alleged that the US was responsible for Hamass rejection of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal. By attempting to coerce Egypt to accept Qatar and Turkey as its partners in mediation, Obama signaled to Hamass leaders that they should hold out for a better deal.
Due to Turkeys membership in NATO and the glamour of the Qatari royal family, many Westerners find it hard to believe that they are major sponsors of terrorism. But it is true. Turkey and Qatar are playing a double game.
While sending his ambassador to Brussels for NATO meetings, Erdogan has been transforming Turkey from an open, pro-Western society allied with Israel into a closed, anti-Semitic and anti-American society that sponsors Hamas, ISIL, al Nusra and other terrorists groups.
As for Qatar, the tiny natural gas superpower presents itself to Americans as their greatest ally in the Muslim world. The emirate gives hundreds of millions of dollars to US universities to open campuses in Doha and pretends it is a progressive, open society, replete with debating societies.
Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US.
At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaals personal bank account, and $350m. in military aid to Hamas, transferred after the Egyptian military forced the Muslim Brotherhood government from power last July.
Add to that the $100m. per year that Qatar pours into Al Jazeeras satellite network which has dedicated itself to undermining pro-Western Arab regimes while popularizing the likes of al-Qaida and Hamas, and Qatar is the largest financier of international jihad in the world.
Rather than notice that Qatar and Turkey are playing a double game, and treat them with suspicion, the Obama administration has embraced them.
Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in the near future are small. In all likelihood, the government will be able to buy the time necessary to complete the mission in whole or large part. But the fact that the US has chosen at this juncture in the operation with Israel enjoying unprecedented support from the most important Sunni states in the region to side with Hamas and its state sponsors in their demand for an immediate cease-fire speaks volumes about the transformation of US foreign policy under Obamas leadership.
moozlums stick together...when they aren’t killing each other, that is.
The President pretty much insulted Muslims at the White House iftar with the nonsense of “Isreal has the right to defend itself” canard and had the Israeli ambassador of all people make a speech to the audience that night.
Obama has proven to be a stooge of Bibi, as there is still no end in sight to the carnage
There needs to be an Israeli occupation of GAZA for a long time to come.
All of the carnage is a direct result of the actions of Hamas, not Israel. And why is it nonsense to say that Israel has a right to defend itself?
The end will be in sight when the hamas and supporters are killed and/or defeated soundly.
Security presence maybe, certainly on the borders. I doubt Israel wants to run the place.
The carnage will be over when the rockets and tunnels are neutralized. Other than Jewhater Muslims, I don’t know why they’d be troubled by the President stating Israel has a right to self defense. And the Jewhater Muslims wouldn’t be in the White House to begin with. Not a problem.
Meanwhile, back on planet earth...
a) Weakens America/AmericansI have yet to have anyone raise a single substantive counter example in several years of posting this.
b) Distances America's allies
c) Strengthens America's enemies
d) Serves Islam
e) Harms Israel
Or some combination of the above.
Israel needs to depopulate Gaza, in the direction of the sea, to solve its immediate problem.
The U.S. needs to depopulate Qatarpour encourager les autres.
The new President needs to purge our State Department of Communists, sodomites, and anti-Semites. (Probably a lot of three-fers in there.) The remaining 5 percent should be sufficient to advance the U.S. national interest.
It’s our so-called “Friends” in the Middle East that fund these terrorists groups, They are the real enemy, not Iran.
That’s my take also
Israel has a history of targeting and persecuting children.. They detain them, they brutalize them, at one point grown IDF soldiers were chasing down Palestinian kids and breaking their arms for throwing rocks at them... 10-11 year olds.. IDF veterans have documented it’s “systemic” mistreatment of Children
In 2012, Breaking the Silence, an organization founded by former Israeli soldiers whose purpose is to expose alleged abuses committed by the Israeli Defense Forces released a booklet of witness reports written by more than 30 former Israeli soldiers. These reports document of Palestinian children being beaten, intimidated, humiliated, verbally abused and injured by Israeli soldiers.
“Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized,” and that, “In no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts.”[
In the decade to 2013, according to a March 2013 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (”UNICEF”), Israel has arrested some 7,000 Palestinian children; 18 of 27 arrested in Hebron in March 2013 were below the age of 12.%5B40%5D%5B53%5D The report was based on 400 cases documented since 2009. It stated that the Palestinian children who are detained by the Israeli military are subjected to “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” ill treatment in violation of international law. UNICEF estimated that in the West Bank IDF and Israeli security services annually arrest around 700 youths between 12 and 17 years old, often from their homes at night. They are blindfolded, painfully restrained, and subjected to physical and verbal abuse while being transferred to interrogation, where they are coerced into confession without immediate access to a lawyer or family.%5B54%5D Signed confessions are typically typed in Hebrew, which few Palestinian minors can read. As of January 2013 Israeli military prisons held 233 males under 18, 31 under the age of 16.%5B55%5D Additionally children are shackled during court appearances and made to serve sentences in Israel. UNICEF stated these findings “amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture[/sup]
raelis (IDF) Kill Palestinian Boy(12) at Protest, Witnesses Say
IDF shot him in the head.
We even have video of it occuring live on Israeli TV... Brings a freaking tear to your eye.
They’ve been doing it for quite a while...
IDF Kills Two Children Protesting Separation Wall
Israel doesn’t hold back when it comes to dealing with Kids... They’ve always been ****s about dealing with Kids...
Former PM Arial Sharon’s two war crimes, which he was found guilty of in Israeli courts dealt with massacring Innocent Children. Qibya massacre (1953)
Sabra and Shatila (1982).
Shalom to you brother
Well said. Thank you.
As to Former PM Arial Sharons two war crimes, which he was found guilty of in Israeli courts dealt with massacring Innocent Children. Qibya massacre (1953) Sabra and Shatila (1982)., you are not telling the truth. Whether you're lying or just pig ignorant I don't know.
The Qibya massacre was condemned by the Israeli government, but no one was charged. I'm sure you know that.
Sabra and Shatila, also a terrible incident, condemned and investigated by the Israeli government. And yes, Sharon was found by a commission to bear personal responsibility, though nothing criminal.
Responsible for what one might ask. After all, it was a massacre of Arab Muslims carried out by Arab Christians. Sharon's troops were outside the camp, heard gunfire from within, but didn't enter. Arabs being a barbarous bunch, the commission found that just because the Christian Arabs were pro Israel, and Christians, they were also Arabs and he should have recognized atrocities were a possibility.
The fact of the matter is if Israelis and Jews were the bloodthirsty savages you portray them as, there wouldn't be any Palestinians. They'd all be dead.
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