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Architect of defeat.

Today, the IDF announced that it had “accomplished its pre-determined objectives for Operation Pillar of Defense, and has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.”

It is embarrassing to read this statement, which includes the fact that 130 rockets slammed into Israeli towns on the last day until the ceasefire came into effect at 9 PM. It does not even mention that 20 more struck between 9 PM and midnight.

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While many Hamas rockets and launchers were destroyed, clearly many were not. Hamas has been building fortifications since 2009, and much of this infrastructure escaped the air bombardment. Hamas was certainly dealt a serious blow, but not a knockout punch. Its Iranian weapons suppliers will soon re-equip it, and it will probably get millions in ‘humanitarian’ aid from its friends in Europe.

Israel’s operation is estimated to have cost 3 billion Israeli Shekels (about $770 million). Each Tamir interceptor fired by Iron Dome cost $40,000. Now there is a ceasefire, and 30,000 reservists (cost: $60 million) will likely be sent home.

Hamas established that it can hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with missiles that can only improve in the future. It established that — by launching a large number of rockets at once, as it did in an attack on Beer Sheva today — it can overwhelm the Iron Dome system. It established that it can withstand a concentrated air attack and still fire rockets.

Palestinians understand quite well what happened, both the people in the street and their leaders.

As always, Israel’s overwhelming military might can’t stand up against the ‘persuasive’ powers of the White House, and yet again defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory. There will be another round, and another, and another.

But what do you expect? Israel is addicted to US weapons systems and spare parts — and now, to the Iron Dome system, developed in Israel but funded by the US. Saying no is unthinkable.

One question that Israelis are asking is this: why didn’t Barak and Netanyahu expect this? Did they have assurances from the Obama administration that they could go into Gaza, assurances which were later withdrawn? It doesn’t make sense to call up 30,000 reservists just to scare the other side.

We’ll probably never know exactly what happened. But no matter how hard I try, I can’t interpret this as a positive outcome for Israel.

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Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Ezekiel 35 and 36: Let Israel accept this, and not work to destroy those who are bent on destroying them. But understand that if that does apply, then the time of iniquity is at an end. And if the time of inquity is at an end, then Rabbi Itzhak Keduri was right about Yehoshua the Messiach coming to affirm that His law still stands. Above all, let not Israel make the same mistake as before the great revolt, with jews having hatred one for another, such that the Lord blasted the land. The Peace of Christ the Messiach be to Israel, Now and evermore!

  2. It's typical of the ARAB liar, OBAMA, to say one thing and then change his mind. The US has never been interested in PEACE, and always CAUSED WAR all over the middle east and everywhere else on the globe. That's in THEIR interests, not ISRAELS'. The US has a game plan, and it apparently doesn't include ISRAEL knocking out terrorist organizations or defending its' people according to their own needs and their governments' political decisions.

  3. What cease-fire? One hour after the supposed cease-fire; rockets from gAza were flying into Sderot! Once a lying, stinking, terroristic, bullying people, always a lying, stinking terroristic, bullying people!

  4. ISRAEL should not accept a foreign power ( USA) dictating to her what she should do in any situation, especially when it comes to dealing with HAMAS or other terrorists. Jesus' advice to "turn the other cheek" was very poor judgement, and plainly unbalanced thought. If someone comes into your house, and violently wants to kill you and rape your daughter, sister or wife, are you going to "accept it"?? gimme a break…..

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