web analytics
July 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

We’ve Been Here Before

Deja Vu. We will start this ceasefire by ignoring the rockets that continue to fall around us, until once again, we can't ignore them any longer.
Ceasefire

Photo Credit: Asher Schwartz

It was called Amud Anan, Pillar of Defense, a mobilization in November of 2012 that frightened Hamas into accepting a peace agreement brokered by Egyptian President Morsi. Once finalized, Hamas of course wasted no time crowing about their great victory.

Morsi was deposed in July of the following year in another spasm of Egyptian revolutionary roulette, which set the clock ticking until the deal would be obsoleted one way or another.

During that time, those of us with our heads screwed on straight said that they would only use the opportunity to regroup and rearm. We, the same fools on the lunatic fringe who said that Gaza would become a launch pad for rocket attacks into Israel after the Disengagement. We who are cursed with the terminal illnesses of common sense and historical perspective.

But Netanyahu had secured peacefulness – if not peace – for the Southern region, at least temporarily, and our children could play outside with only the specter of a threat looming on the barbed wire and concrete horizon, mere kilometers away. So it was worth it. While it lasted.

And rearm they did, with a fervor befitting their ideology, with new, longer range rockets. More tunnels. More smuggled weapons. All the while being fed millions of tons of goods and supplies, courtesy of Israel. Because noblese oblige after all.

Then, in June, three boys went missing. Fearing another scenario where our children would be at the mercy of their abductors, the IDF flew into action, searching house to house throughout Hevron, arresting scores of people who had been released under the terms of the previous cease fire. And this nation held its collective breath for nearly three weeks in hopeful anticipation of their safe return. Until searchers came across their defiled bodies in caves by the side of the road, dumped in shallow graves. We went from shock to grief to furious anger. We had all been pushed further than we’d ever been pushed before. And some of us simply snapped.

Which was smoothly co-opted into a just cause and provocation that led to days of violent rioting in Northern Jerusalem. And on July 8, 2014, Hamas launched a salvo of rockets into Israel with orgiastic delight. After all, it’s only a few rockets. Right guys? Guys? To their surprise, however, our response was quite different than they expected.

Fear, shock, horror, pain, grief, rage, dismay. It was too much for our national psyche to bear. The gloves came off. Brigades of troops were mobilized. The Iron Dome was set to defend our cities. And the IAF began sorties to weaken Hamas’ infrastructure. Again.

This time, Tel Aviv was targeted with dozens of rockets. Rockets reached Haifa and Jerusalem. Ashdod and Ashkelon were pummeled ceaselessly. Shaar Hanegev, Beit Shemesh… honestly, the list is depressingly long. And we conduct ourselves on the battlefield comically, as if it were still the eighteenth century, while we face an amoral enemy horde who chants and sings and howls for our nation’s utter and complete destruction. Because our every action is scrutinized through the lens of a maddening double standard. You are Jews, we are rebuked, and therefore must do as we say, not as we do.

It was gratifying to see the overwhelming uniformity of response by our nation. To be sure, extremists on the right would be satisfied with nothing less than total annihilation, just as the extremists on the left would be satisfied with nothing less than total capitulation. But in what can be described as a “disproportionate response” from almost everyone else, the message was clear: Hamas needed its reign of terror over Gaza and over Israel to be ended, quickly and violently. That was the government’s mandate. That was the will of the people.

About the Author: Marc Gottlieb is the webmaster for JewishPress.com. Marc has been crafting end-to-end online solutions for all sizes and types of businesses since 1995. You can see more samples of his work at http://www.marcgottlieb.com.   He made aliyah in 2006 with his wife and four children. They live in Gush Etzion with two cats and a hamster.   Marc's political comments are entirely his own and do not reflect the opinions of JewishPress.com.  


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.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

25 Comments (Click to Comment)

25 Responses to “We’ve Been Here Before”

  1. Lani Lowell says:

    Total bogus meddling, lying, Pal terrorist supporting bunk! How do we control these insane politicians from ruining America and ruining Israel . NO

  2. GOD BLESS YOU ISRAEL
    GOD LOVES YOU ISRAEL.
    WE LOVE YOU TO ISRAEL.
    PROTECT YOUR GODS CHOOSEN PEOPEL..

  3. Pam Mullis says:

    Don’t cease until they do

  4. and maybe we will give them their “innocent” terrorists back in the deal – and turn their electricity back on – even though they haven’t paid the bill in years…WHAT IS GOING THROUGH BIBI’s head right now???? Is he NUTS?

  5. Paul W. Howe says:

    The oliticians live in security but the civilians will take chances of missile on their head everyday..

  6. Marcus Dean says:

    A ceasefire is just a means for them to be able to regroup

  7. Marcus Dean says:

    A ceasefire is just a means for them to be able to regroup

  8. Marcus Dean says:

    A ceasefire is just a means for them to be able to regroup

  9. Marcus Dean says:

    A ceasefire is just a means for them to be able to regroup

  10. Don’t due it, until they have no more weapons.

  11. Ceasefire if Palestinians itself, started killing Hamas People. that will be good.

  12. Ceasefire if Palestinians itself, started killing Hamas People. that will be good.

  13. Patrick Obi says:

    Kill them all before cease fire.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
The new peace partners; Hams leader Khaleed Meshaal (L) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas
Khaled Mashaal Rejects Ceasefire and Says Israel Must Disarm for Peace
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi Meir Kahane at the National Press Club ~ 1985

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza have been using human shields to protect them from the IDF as they launch rocket attacks against Israel.

There is much I can write you about what is going here, but I am wondering what I should not write. I will start by imagining that I am you, sitting at home in the Los Angeles area and flipping back and forth between the weather, traffic reports, the Ukraine, Mexican illegals and Gaza. No […]

Jews inside Paris synagogue surrounded by protesters throwing rocks, holding bats and chairs.

Should Jews in Europe take more responsibility in self-defense of community and property?

Map_of_the_Continent_of_Europe

Germany’s The Jewish Faith newspaper ominously noted, “We Jews are in for a war after the war.”

The truth is we seldom explore with kids what prayer is supposed to be about.

Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.

So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.

King Solomon said it long ago: “Cast your bread upon the waters” because you don’t know when you’ll hit something. Our job is to do.

The anti-Israel camp does not need to win America fully to its side. Merely to neutralize it would radically alter the balance of power and put Israel in great jeopardy.

We mourn the dead, wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, and pray that God guides the government.

Charges from the court of world public opinion and their refutations.

It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.

Supporting Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has become dangerous in Malmo.

Proportionality Doctrine:The greater the military gain the greater the justifiable collateral damage

More Articles from Marc Gottlieb

It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.

Ceasefire

Deja Vu. We will start this ceasefire by ignoring the rockets that continue to fall around us, until once again, we can’t ignore them any longer.

If you look like someone they wouldn’t invite into their home, they won’t invite you into their car.

In the online world of split-second decision making, having the right theme for your website may mean the difference between engaging a customer or losing the sale.

Make your website festive for the holidays with some simple graphic enhancements.

    Latest Poll

    Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System:





    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/weve-been-here-before/2014/07/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: