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We Lost the War

Israel gained no strategic asset at all.

Three Tenors of the Apocalypse. These three men stood on Gaza's border in November, 2012, and blinked first. Now Liberman is urging another attack. Do we trust him?

Three Tenors of the Apocalypse. These three men stood on Gaza's border in November, 2012, and blinked first. Now Liberman is urging another attack. Do we trust him?
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The last “Color Red” siren was sounded in Regional Council Sha’ar HaNegev at precisely 10:58 PM, and since then—11 hours, give or take—it’s been quiet in the Jewish settlements around the Gaza Strip. Both the IDF and the terrorists have been sticking to their commitment. (Update: The Jewish Press just reported, at 10:15 AM Thursday, that a rocket fired at Regional Council Ashkelon Coast exploded over Arab territory).

Also, according to the IDF Spokesman’s office, out of the 13 rockets and mortar shells fired after the official ceasefire had begun, at 9 PM, 10 fell inside Gaza, two fell in open areas in Israel, causing no damage, and one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

I’ll deal in a minute with the deeper meaning of having reached a ceasefire through the good services of the U.S. and a Muslim Brother Egyptian president, and also what it means that Israel has now de facto recognized the Hamas government. But before we deal with that, and the rest of the moral, spiritual, and, of course, military and political aspects of this bizarre truce, let’s review what has been achieved over the past week or so of fighting.

Here are the IDF’s official figures: During Operation Pillar of Defense, aka Pillar of Cloud (the literal meaning of “Amud Anan”): The IDF attacked 1500 targets, including 19 major Hamas command centers, operational control centers and senior headquarters. 30 senior terrorists were attacked, wreaking havoc on Hamas’s short-term command and control issues. Hundreds of underground launchers were attacked and destroyed. 140 smuggling tunnels and 66 fighting tunnels were demolished. Dozens of Hamas war rooms and camps were attacked. 26 sites that manufactured and stored weapons were destroyed. Dozens of long-range launchers were destroyed.

These are the top Hamas operatives killed during the operation:

11.14: Ahmad Sa’id Khalil Jabari, head of the military wing of Hamas.

11. 15: Bahabseh Hassan Awadh Mesmeh, senior Hamas police commander.

11.16: Ahmad Abu Jalal, commander of the military wing Al-Mu’az and Khaled Sha’ar, a senior commander of Hamas’s anti-tank system.

11.17: Osama Kadi, a senior activist in southern Gaza smuggling operations and Muhammad Kalab, an activist in the air defense array.

In other words, Israel gained no strategic asset at all. As has been shown in the past with the assassination of every major, “irreplaceable,” terror genius, each time we kill one of those, soon enough he is replaced, and the terrorist system absorbs the damage skillfully, quickly returning to its former functionality if not better.

As the old adage says: the graveyards are full of irreplaceable people.

Yesterday I uploaded a bunch of pictures of the Hamas government district after the IAF had pounded it overnight. It looked like a junkyard, it reminded me of images of Stalingrad during the war. If, God forbid, they had been able to inflict this kind of damage on us, you’d see the lines of Israelis at Ben Gurion airport stretching all the way to Tel Aviv, with everybody holding tickets for safe havens in Warsaw, Berlin, and New York City.

But the Arabs in Gaza, at least the Hamasniks among them, are celebrating. Heck, they celebrate so hard, one got killed and three wounded just from the happy shooting in the air! They live like rats underground, they risk their lives every day, moving Iranian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian death technology through the Egyptian desert from the Sudan, from Libya, from wherever they can. Now and then the IAF rains death on their heads and they retreat, pause, and get started all over again.

The last time I saw that kind of dedication on our side was in 1973, when a tiny group of IDF armor soldiers held the entire Syrian army at bay, keeping it from pouring into northern Israel.

But during that 1973 war Israel was transformed. We were forced to take instructions from our masters in Washington, who had different designs for us. It’s true that, back in 1956, we were also ordered by a U.S. president to pull out of the Sinai and give up the territory we had gained in battle. But in 1973 we had an opportunity to finally and unequivocally stake our claim to our homeland, make a clear statement about the fact that we belong here, and will stay here forever, God willing.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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41 Responses to “We Lost the War”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Just imagine what you might do in Bibi's place if you were told by Clinton that two USA Navy ships loaded with Marines are heading toward Israel, will land and take over the IDF command center if you (Bibi) don't put a stop to strikes and sign a ceasefire RIGHT NOW and you might "accidentally" get killed in the process.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    Occupying Cairo would have been every bit the disaster as the occupation of Beirut turned out to be in 1982.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Charlie Hall: NOT occupy Cairo, but DEFEAT EGYPT, ENTER CAIRO, HUMILIATE THE DEFEATED ATTACKERS, SHOW WHO WON TO THE WHOLE ARAB WORLD, AND GET OUT.They would have never been able to say that they won and the Arabs would have thought twice before screwing with Israel again 'cause one thing is not to win in Israel, completely another to lose a CAPITAL. Same thing for Damascus! We were 35 KM away!!
    Beirut was NEVER occupied by Israel.

  4. Israel did its best under the circumstances. The cup is half full, not half empty. Few of us in life achieve any more than a fraction of what we desire, and the same is true here. Yes, it would have been better if Israel pounded Hamas into extinction, but as things will turn out, before too long, they will have another opportunity.

  5. Get ready Russian warships are to reach Gaza.

  6. Polls says:

    Concessions accomplish a lot for everyone else and nothing for us. In a prior round we gave the Philadelphi corridor away, a catastrophe that makes it impossible to control arms smuggling into Gaza. In this round , our concessions bolstered Morsi,’s stature, Abbas,’s bid for UN recognition,( which will most likely occur now ) Obama and Clinton’s stature and even Hamas’s popularity in the West Bank. Each time we give to enemies in exchange for promises that do not happen then do it again, we prove that manipulating, betraying, ridiculing, & passing resolutions against us works. In stark contrast Iran ignores all of this and builds nuclear capability. What if just once Israel took that attitude: To hell with all of the condemnations, with your diplomats, and human rights commissions. We’re busy fighting for our lives and have no time to hobnob at the moment.

    The irony, is that we, israel no longer need the favor of those we curry to. We can survive without US aid. Our technology, products, know how brought partnerships with eastern europe, & south america,. Russia and China are interested. and if we didn’t hang on the US’s apron strings, would be more interested. Aligning ourselves with the west, when the west is on the decline, and when we don’t have to would be a sad joke if it weren’t for lives the people in the South and elsewhere who suffer, because of the decisions of our fearful leaders.

  7. Roc Diaz says:

    we as jews, all need to come together as one people with one mindset and do teshuva and pray for meshiac to come. He will be the one to make the right descisions for our people.

  8. Roc Diaz says:

    i liked very much what you wrote, i do think that we should make them pay for their actions before implementing a cease fire. for example hammas wants to expand their waters for "fishing purposes" i think that we should cut their 3 mile range to 1.5 miles instead of increasing it. we should double or triple their energy costs and tax their citizens in every single way possible. causing extreme financial hardship on the arabs and depleating their resourses will stop them and eventually they will leave gaza. it wont happen over night, but it will happen. force is the only thing that they understand.

  9. Roc Diaz says:

    its a money thing. israelis are very tough, the only thing that will influence is the cash. once that flow stops from amercia we wont have to listen to clinton crap any longer and we will in fact do what is truley necessary to secure israel and protect her people.

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