Once again, Israel has been forced by daily rocket attacks on her citizens to attack Hamas in their Gaza stronghold. Once again, Israel has taken extraordinary measures– far beyond what any other country has done in similar circumstances – to strike -- in as surgical a fashion as possible -- terrorists, who deliberately launch rocket attacks from, and store munitions within, their civilian population, as surgically as possible.
And, once again, diplomatic hacks are rushing to Israel and urging the Egyptians to broker yet another ceasefire. As usual, any and every action Israel takes to defend her citizens immediately becomes a cause célèbre for the entire “international community.”
And the literally tens of thousands of innocent Syrians massacred by the murderous Assad regime? Eh… not so much.
How do we account for this glaringly obvious double-standard? Hat tip to a Twitter member with the handle, “JewishOdysseus,” for providing the obvious answer:
When World Leaders Fly to Mideast To Halt War ... YOU CAN BET ISRAEL IS WINNING!!
And I wonder if anyone, in the 60-plus years since the Jewish state’s re-founding, has noted a certain pattern: that whenever Israel successfully defends herself, turns the tables and finds itself on the verge of decisively defeating her enemies and dictating the terms of surrender, one or more countries (including, disappointingly, ours,) steps in to stop the fighting – and set the stage for another war.
Funny, I don’t remember Britain and France – and us – being so generously disposed to Germany or Japan.
Throw in the equally obvious -- and far from unrelated -- fact that the only nation the world sees fit to prevent from prevailing decisively over her enemies is also the only Jewish nation, and perhaps the time has come for the Israelis to call the “international community” to account.
Perhaps, the next time Israeli spokesman Mark Regev goes on the BBC or France 24, he should forthrightly charge Israel’s critics – those who urge the kind of “ceasefire” that would leave Hamas (or, for that matter, Hezbollah) in a position to replenish its materiel and attack Israel again at some future date -- with supporting the ceasefire precisely because more attacks are what they want.
And if – no, make that,when– the interviewer balks, perhaps that would be a good time for Mark Regev to ask why anyone should not want Israel to disarm Hamas and destroy their war-making capability? Perhaps he could ask why the “international community” would want to allow the potential for a future rocket barrage, inviting another, perhaps even more devastating, Israeli response and another round of suffering for the Gazan population – that is, if their concern for the people of Gaza (as opposed to, say, their hatred of the people of Israel) is truly genuine.
Perhaps the time has come for Israel to decide, and announce, that this time their objective in Gaza will be not to force Hamas to agree to a ceasefire, but to render Hamas utterly incapable of attacking Israel again.
Perhaps the time has come for Israel to declare, openly, that they understand that a significant number of European, Scandinavian and other gentiles have a problem with Jews who have the audacity not only to fight, but to win. But these people have to understand that problem is theirs, not Israel’s.
Perhaps the time has come for Israel to call the appropriate parties on their anti-Semitism and state, unequivocally, that Israel no longer cares.
Perhaps, finally, the time has come for Israel to pursue victory