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What Came Out of Operation Pillar of Defense

Few believe we won't be going back in to Gaza in the future to stop the missiles at our cities, the Fajir 5 and its next generations.
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There are so many ways to show the difference between what is important in Gaza vs. what is important in Israel. Perhaps, to be fair, I should say the difference between the leaderships in both places but since we Israelis and those in Gaza voted in our governments, it really does amount to the same thing.

What came out of Gaza is the knowledge that they can indeed hit Tel Aviv and though they didn’t manage to hit Jerusalem, they took aim and got close. The Fajir 5 is a missile they created to kill our people. At least one couple in Gaza named their new born baby “Fajir5″.

What came out of Israel is a new defense missile called “Magic Wand” that will protect Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from these missiles that can fly 75 kilometers to kill and maim.

This morning, an Arab crossed into Israel from Gaza and broke into a Jewish home very close to the border. Inside the house, the Arab stabbed a Jewish girl before soldiers caught him and killed him.

In Syria today and yesterday, the government opened fire on its people, murdering dozens and destroying buildings, property and lives.

In the United Nations, they are likely soon to discuss and condemn Israel for this aggression or another. The Fajir5 will not be discussed. The deaths of 5 innocent Israels are nothing to the world, though they are everything to their families.

What came out of Operation Pillar of Defense is almost exactly what went in – one culture determined to injure, murder and destroy another; one culture determined to defend its people at all costs; and one world, silent, oblivious, fooled.

And lest you think I am silent, oblivious and fooled, what also came out of Operation Pillar of Defense is knowledge spread among a few, shared with friends – who love Israel and support her. They were not silent in giving us their support; they were never oblivious and I am so grateful that they are not fooled by endless claims of massacres that never were; destruction that was on a huge scale completely justified by the offense weapons that were destroyed within their walls.

I am grateful, again, for the swift and tireless efforts of the Israel Defense Forces – but also of the IDF Spokesperson’s Office and tireless bloggers who didn’t let them get away with re-using pictures from Syria (and even Israel, if you can believe that) and say it was Gaza.

What came out of Operation Pillar of Defense is a few days of quiet for our children in the south; no sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Last evening, Aliza called as she walked home. She said we didn’t have to keep talking, she wasn’t afraid of a siren. She just wanted me to know she would be home soon. What came home, for so many of us, were our sons. We know that had there been a ground invasion, more mothers would not be saying that today. We know the future, but it won’t be today. We believe today will be quiet, another day to heal our children, our hearts.

It’s too early to know whether Netanyahu’s folding before Washington’s pressure was a good thing or a bad thing in the long term. Few believe we won’t be going back in to Gaza in the future to stop the missiles at our cities, the Fajir 5 and its next generations. But we are a people that look to today and the sun is shining, it is a beautiful, clear, pleasant day here in this most holy land. There were no missiles this morning as our children went to school and we need to believe there won’t be any as they return in several hours. The early morning threat to one Jewish home ended in their loss – the child is in fair condition and though she will be traumatized, we’ll take care of her with love and she will be fine.

So, today is good – and yes, part of that is a result of Operation Pillar of Defense.

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One Response to “What Came Out of Operation Pillar of Defense”

  1. As an American, we take a lot of things for granted. If we live in a decent area, we are not in fear when we send our kids to school. Nor do we worry if a terrorist is in the house trying to murder a family. This is not to say we don't have violent crime, we do, for sure. But, the average middle class American family does not have nearly the same worries and fears as our Israeli counterpart. Perhaps, this may be why some in America cannot understand how Israelis are forced to live and these events are largely unreported or discussed. When I found out Netanyahu called for a cease fire last week, I was furious, not because I like violence, war or loss of Israeli life. But because even someone like me who lives a world away knows that once you start an operation against Hamas or any other terrorist group, you must not stop until the mission is successfully completed. Why, because if you quit the adversaries of Israel will interpret it as a sign of weakness, become emboldened, and aggression will intensify. As someone who is not Israeli but a strong supporter and defender of Israel. I want to see a day where Israelis can live normal lives without the constant fear of violence and reprisal, in order to do that, it will require taking actions that are dangerous, like completely rooting out Hamas, Israel has the military power and intelligence to do this and I believe until there is the complete collapse of Hamas, Israelis will continue to live in fear. Granted, most likely another terrorist group would take their place but you can deal with that when it happens. While I am at it, I would also like Israel to be stronger in the international community and stand up more for themselves. A case in point, when Hillary Clinton came to Israel in order to pressure Netanyahu, he should have said, thank you for stopping by, we appreciate your concern, but we will decide for ourselves what to do. If organizations like the U.N. continue their campaign of corruption and bigotry, ignore them, their not worth consideration, the same holds true in relations to other countries if they are biased and condemn Israel, tell them to go themselves, who are they, nobody. In other words, I want Israel to stop eating from others. I don't care what country is doing it, the U.S. or anyone else, it doesn't matter. What you must realize, is Israel is the best country in the world, you conduct yourself with honor and decency, and are an ethical and moral centered nation, who stands head and shoulders above the rest. There is no reason to be subservient to any other country including the U.S. Also, I am sure you may feel the world is against you and your out there alone. I can tell you with one hundred percent certainty, your not. I will and have defend Israel regularly. I am not intimidated by a bunch of hate monger Arabs or Arab sympathizers. I have written to the U.N. several times and really gave it to them. The same holds true with the European Union. I can't tell you how many times I have counterattacked anti semitic, pro Arab internet sites and media outlets. I have even done this when I hear and read governments who are bigots like Norway and others. At the same time, I also let those who support Israel my gratitude. I am not writing this to toot my own horn. My purpose is to just express my observations and my remarks are based off of my observations about Israel and how others treat you, and how you relate to the world. Speaking about what I believe Israel needs to do to secure rights, I just thought of another one. When Israel is involved in negotiations or "peace talks," Israel must stop making concessions that are harmful. The best example of this is giving up land and leaving areas that are strategically vital for Israel's security. This approach simply does not work and in reality actually hurts Israel. You should say that it's always Israel that is asked to make concessions, this needs to stop as well. Let the Arabs start making concessions for a change. The land Israel acquired after defeating the Arabs should remain with Israel, don't give it back. This is also another bad policy that doesn't work. There is an old saying, to the victor goes the spoils. Besides, if the Arabs were so concerned about losing land, then don't initiate war and lose. There is no guaranty, but I believe if Israel was more proactive in securing their rights with these measures, it will get you closer to what you deserve, the ability to live like normal human beings without being in a constant war zone. Israel deserves this and so much more.

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