As I sit here and watch the news coming in about the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza I am both worried for friends and relatives who may be serving in units of the IDF in this campaign as well as hopeful that this will result in a meaningful change in the situation. Normally I don’t agree with Benjamin Netanyahu on alot of his politics but a friend of mine recently posted this YouTube video to his wall. I have to say, I agree with Netanyahu wholeheartedly on what he says in this context.

What country would tolerate the constant rain of missles (we’re no talking about suicide bombers now…we’re talking about missles) on it’s cities and communities? Israelis live in constant fear of the possibility that some random individual will walk into a restaraunt, a night club, a shopping center, a synagogue, or anywhere else and blow himself (or herself as the case may be) up with a bomb that is packed to the gills with nails, metal fragments and other shrapnel. For the past 6 years the southern cities and communities of Sderot, Ashdod, Netivot and others have seen the constant rain of rockets coming from Gaza. Even the Qassam rocket which Hamas fired initially was crude, it could still cause casualties among civilians.

I found this blog which provides a great synopsis of a fictional verbal exchange between Israel and Hamas. Folks, it’s not like Israel wanted to go back into Gaza…but when the kid on the other side of the fence keeps throwing stones at you and your family…at some point you’ve got to go over to their house and take away their stones…especially when there are no parents around to punish their own child!

Of course, over in Europe, the protests are for the end to “Israeli aggression” and “disproportionate use of force.” As a quick aside, Alan Dershowitz wrote an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal on on the concept of proportionality that utterly blows away the “disproportionate use of force” argument but I digress. When will the Europeans and the EU get it? This, like the second Lebanon War, was not what Israel sought. Israel has sought to live in peace with its neighbors but its neighbors have only sought Israel’s destruction. It’s like Golda Meir’s famous quote

We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. … We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.

Israel has the right to defend its citizens…just like any other country; it has the right to defend itself when attacked…just like any other country. And yet the world seems determined to claim that when Israel retaliates in response to being attacked, it is the aggressor and Isreal needs to show restraint. The world seems to have forgotten the lessons of 2001, 2006, and 2008.

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