Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
It strikes us as rather incongruous that Secretary of State Kerry has repeatedly given full-throated endorsements of Israel’s right to respond to Hamas’s aggression but all the while indicating that others beside Israel should determine when Israel should call a halt to its efforts.
In fact, despite the unequivocal U.S. support for Israel during Operation Protective Edge, Mr. Kerry, with his frenzied determination to implement a cease-fire and his declarations that Hamas will have a seat at the negotiating table once the fighting is over, threatens to undermine Israel’s efforts at striking a decisive blow against Hamas’s warmaking capabilities.
On Sunday, Mr. Kerry told CNN’s Candy Crowley:
Israel is under siege by a terrorist organization that has seen fit to dig tunnels and come through those tunnels with handcuffs and tranquilizer drugs, prepared to try to capture Israeli citizens and take them back to hold them hostage. No country could sit by and not take steps to try to deal with people who are sending thousands of rockets your way…. People can’t live that way. And Hamas needs to understand. We are supporting the Egyptian initiative for a cease-fire. We will work for a fair cease-fire, and we will work afterward, as we have shown our willingness to try to deal with the underlying issues. But they must step up and show a level of reasonableness, and they need to accept the offer of a cease-fire, and then we will certainly discuss all of the issues relevant to the underlying crisis….
[N]o human being is comfortable with children being killed, with people being killed. But we’re not comfortable with Israeli soldiers being killed either, or with people being rocketed in Israel…. The fact is that we’ve asked Israel, and Israel has said we will try to reduce whatever we can with respect to civilian involvement, and civilians have been warned to move well ahead of time. The fact is that Hamas uses civilians as shields, and they fire from a home and draw the fire into the home….
We need to have a cease-fire, and then we need to have a reasonableness to once and for all address the underlying issue so that hopefully, people could find a way to live that is different from the way Gaza has had to live and Israel has had to live and the West Bank has had to live for far too many years…. Hamas, you know, began rocketing…in response to Israel’s legitimate efforts to try to find people who killed and kidnapped three young Israeli boys…. [W]e want to see a cease-fire, but it’s got to be a cease-fire without a lot of rewards for terrorist behavior…. and then we can sit down, and the United States will fully guarantee to all parties that we’re prepared to talk about all the issues.
So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas. Yet his insistence on a U.S. interest in discussing “all of the issues relevant to the underlying crisis” plays into Hamas hands.
Hamas insists it will not agree to a cease-fire until Israel ends the blockade of Gaza and frees Hamas terrorists it is holding, and Egypt opens up its border with Gaza. Yet the aforementioned grievances stem from efforts by Israel and Egypt to thwart continued Hamas terrorism. What redeeming value does Mr. Kerry think lies in Hamas’s position? And if he really feels Hamas is a party with which the U.S. can “talk about all the issues,” how seriously should anyone take his indictment of Hamas’s conduct?
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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