web analytics
April 1, 2015 / 12 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Gaza War A Cold Dose Of Reality


The ongoing war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization brings front and center the nature of this conflict: Palestinian unwillingness to accept the permanent presence of a Jewish state in the Middle East.

Israel finds itself fighting terrorist entities that have no respect for human rights or international law. The Middle East will never enjoy a day of true peace until terrorist entities such as Hamas and Hizbullah – and their sponsors – are held to account for their actions.

Since 1948, Israel has attempted to find an accommodation with its Arab neighbors that allows for the viability of a sovereign Jewish state. Offers of partition and compromise were met with rejection and violence.

The Oslo Accords under the late Yitzhak Rabin and the Camp David scenario agreed to by Ehud Barak both were premised on a complete sea change in Palestinian attitudes toward Jews and Israel. But Palestinian promises deserve to be scrutinized with the greatest degree of skepticism, for the Palestinians have spent decades expressing their collective desire to destroy Israel and terrorize Israelis and other Jews wherever and however they could accomplish such ends.

When Yasir Arafat was confronted at Camp David in 2000 with the historic choice of peace with Israel, including the necessary political compromise that would entail, he opted for a terror war that saw the resumption of suicide bombings and indiscriminate attacks on Israel’s civilian population.

Israeli leaders attempted to convince the skeptics that there were verifiable safety nets in these agreements and that any return to violence by the Palestinians would result in the abrogation of any understandings or concessions made by Israel.

The sad truth is that the Palestinians were never held to account for their failure to abide by these agreements. Rather, they have been rewarded with more concessions and further accommodation, as Israel has sent the message that terrorism pays handsome dividends if utilized with sufficient brutality.

One of the most recent attempts at peacemaking was former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to disengage Israel from the Gaza Strip, a move requiring Israel to remove every vestige of Jewish existence there so that the Palestinians could enjoy a Jewish-free environment.

Instead of dedicating themselves to peaceful co-existence, however, the Arabs of Gaza opted for a different path: the election of Hamas, in the first open expression of political will by the residents there. The delusion of Oslo, Camp David and the Gaza Disengagement ultimately brought Israel a terror state on its Southern border, armed to the teeth with lethal rockets, bombs and other weapons.

Furthermore, continued terror from the West Bank was curtailed only by the erection of a security fence that severely limited the ability of suicide bombers to enter Israel proper.

For years Israel allowed an army to grow in Gaza, an act of negligence that resulted in nearly a million Israelis living in range of Hamas missiles and rockets. The response, until now, had been one of seeming neglect, as the old adage “restraint is our strength” continued to carry the day. Finally, after thousands of rockets had landed in Israel, the Israeli government decided to meet its obligations to defend the lives of its citizens.

The election of Hamas by the Palestinian people demonstrated a complete disinterest in a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the conflict. The goals are unchanged and the methods are clear. The elected leadership of the Palestinians seeks the destruction of Israel in any way possible, and its willingness to use its own citizens as human shields or to purposefully place rockets and weapons in hospitals, mosques and schools speaks volumes about the cruelty of the enemy Israel faces.

Israel should ignore international calls for restraint and reject the false claims that it has reacted disproportionately. Israel is a sovereign member state of the United Nations fighting a war against a recognized terrorist entity. Hamas has purposefully chosen as its battlefield cities and towns where Hamas members don’t wear the uniforms of an armed force or even attempt to conform themselves to the accepted norms of armed conflict.

Israel’s actions, to this point, have not accomplished the military objective of stopping the rocket attacks. Under Article 51 of the UN Charter, Israel is entitled to take measures necessary for self-defense. Hamas’s use of civilians as human shields and for propaganda purposes ultimately leaves the group responsible for the inevitable civilian harm that comes from Israeli defensive measures.

About the Author: Charlie Miller is a criminal defense attorney in New York. He served on active duty for six years in the United States Navy from 1994-2000 as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including a year in the White House as a military aide to the president. He is a national board member of the National Council of Young Israel.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Gaza War A Cold Dose Of Reality”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Obama Stops Punishing Egypt for Dumping Muslim Brotherhood Prez
Latest Indepth Stories
hurva

The rededication of the Hurva caused international hysteria.Arabs called the action a “provocation”

Photo from President Barack Obama's past visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

{Originally posted to author’s website, FirstOne Through} TRUST Trust is the bedrock of a functional relationship. It enables one party to rely on the other. A trust that includes both intention and capability permits a sharing of responsibility and workload. The relationship between US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu started off badly and further […]

jabotinsky with sword

Jabotinsky said “Go To Hell” was a good retort to opponents of the Jewish people; fitting for Obama.

Obama Racine

Obama pulled off one of US history’s greatest cons,twice fooling a gullible electorate and most Jews

While in Auschwitz I felt a tangible intensity. I could sense that I was in a place of sheer evil.

Obama needs to wake up. The real enemy is not Netanyahu but Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad,IS

My beliefs & actions have led to numerous death threats against me; my excommunication by my church

In November 2014, Islamic Relief Worldwide was classified as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

Too rarely appreciated for its symbolic weight; it can represent freedom and independence.

Erica Pelman is a spiritually-driven woman. She is founder and director of “In Shifra’s Arms” (ISA), an organization that offers aid to pregnant Jewish women of all religious backgrounds practically, financially and emotionally. Its arms are open to any pregnant woman in need whether single, divorced, separated, or from a financially-strapped family. “Presently, we are […]

Many so-called “humanitarian NGOs” frequently abuse Israel by applying false moral equivalencies

Israeli history now has its version of “Dewey Defeats Truman” with headlines from 2 anti-Bibi papers

In God’s plan why was it necessary that Moses be raised by Pharaoh, away from his own family&people?

In their zechus may we all come to appreciate that life is a fleeting gift and resolve to spend every precious moment of it as if it were the last.

More Articles from Charlie Miller
Netanyahu and Obama at the White House, July 2010. The Israeli PM is trying to do damage control following the, apparently successful, Rouhani charm offensive this week.

What is it about Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu that so irks this president?

Front-Page-061413

In every society there is always an internal struggle between individual liberty and collective responsibility. It exists here in the United States, in the form of mandated jury service, for example, and it is at the forefront in Israel where the raging debate regarding mandatory conscription for military service touches on all aspects of societal existence, including religion, economics, and notions of equality.

The ongoing war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization brings front and center the nature of this conflict: Palestinian unwillingness to accept the permanent presence of a Jewish state in the Middle East.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/gaza-war-a-cold-dose-of-reality/2009/01/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: