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Hamas’ ‘Operation Death Wish’ vs. Israel’s Protective Edge

Hamas, like the Palestinian Authority, is destroying itself.

An Islamic Jihadist in Gaza, eliminated by a rocket from an Israeli aircraft.

An Islamic Jihadist in Gaza, eliminated by a rocket from an Israeli aircraft.
Photo Credit: Illustration image by Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

Thousands of Israeli combat soldiers are waiting for a green light from the Netanyahu government to cross into the Hamas hornet’s nest in Gaza nest to deliver a follow-up wallop to the aerial strikes to defend Israel from what could rightly be called Hamas’ “Operation Death Wish.”

Israel’s “Protective Edge” counter-terrorist campaign has followed the Pillar of Cloud and Operation Cast Lead battles five and two years ago, respectively.

As usual, Hamas is begging for international pressure and has been caught by the BBC posting pictures of dead children, victims of terror – except that many of the pictures are of victims of wars in Iraq and Syria or from Israeli maneuvers several years ago.

The Israel Air Force’s pinpoint bombings have destroyed hundreds if not thousands of rockets, and Hamas has wasted hundreds of missiles and rockets in its stockpile that is estimated at approximately 10,000.

“Gaza is slowly sinking to its doom,” IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Friday, Hamas leaders “in Gaza are understanding that they’ve made a big mistake. In four days we’ve been intelligently using our offensive means while remembering that there are civilians there that Hamas has turned into hostages.”

Hamas insistence on wildly continuing to attack Israel, as far north as Haifa, with more than 100 rockets and missiles a day, in the hopes of striking “luck” with an explosion in a crowded mall, school or residential area shows how desperate it is for a “success.’

The terrorist organization announced on Friday that a missile intercepted in central Israel was aimed at Ben Gurion Airport, where at least one incoming plane from Poland turned back after air controllers told the pilot to remain in the air for an undetermined amount of time because of the danger of flying missiles.

The international condemnation of Israel for defending its citizens, Arab and Israeli, by killing terrorists and civilians who intentionally shield them, is beginning to mount just when Hamas need it most. The United Nations on Friday suggested that the IDF’s bombings homes of senior Hamas terrorist commanders might even be a war crime since “civilians” also are hit, even though the Israeli military gave them plenty of warning to evacuate.

“In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets,” said U.N. Ravina Shamdasani. “Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken to protect civilians.”

It is not clear what she meant by “proportionate.” Does Israel have to make sure its aerial attacks land in open area when Hamas missiles explode in non-populated areas? Does the IDF have to bomb a gas station and make sure that only one person is seriously wounded to be “proportionate” to the Hamas missile that exploded at a gas station in Ashdod on Friday?

Or perhaps the Air Force should attack a parking lot that is smack in between apartment building such as in Ashdod, where mass casualties would have resulted had a Hamas Grad missile landed a few feet farther in either direction.

International pressure against Israel is far from what it was several days after Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud, but it is slowly on the way although Hamas is suffering from the long belated understanding by most of the Western world at large that it does not have moral leg to stand on.

Hamas has suffered serious losses – a depleted missile stockpile, bombed terrorist infrastructure and the elimination of dozens of senior terrorist commanders. It also has cost Mahmoud Abbas’ some legitimacy as Palestinian Authority chairman because of his initial inability to stop Hamas attacks and his subsequent enthusiasm for terror, having stated this week, “One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal” and that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists are “brothers in arms.”

He predicted on Friday that an Israeli ground incursion is only hours away.

So long as the IAF can do the job, Israel has found no reason to endanger the lives of soldiers be sending them into Gaza, where Hamas has copied Hezbollah tactics and has prepared hundreds of tunnel, many of them underneath homes, to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

Chief of Staff Gantz said Friday, “Nothing is stopping us from moving forward. The IDF is not waiting for the last straw to go on a ground offensive; it’s waiting on political instruction.” That means he thinks Israel has enough intelligence, and has bombed out enough of the terrorist infrastructure, to keep casualties to a minimum it enters Gaza,

If combat troops enter, they will not leave unless Hamas raises the white flag or is decimated.

Hamas attacked Israel out of weakness. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, wrote on the Council on Foreign Relations website that lack of Iranian support for Hamas and the new Egyptian government’s disdain for the terrorist regime have left Gaza residents victims on a corrupt regime that has brought them nothing but misery.

Before the latest attacks in Operation Death Wish, Hamas faced challenges from other terrorists who did not like the idea of standing by with weapons and not including them, Abrams noted.

The missile strikes have brought Hamas a bit more attention from the Arab world but far less than it expected.

“Hamas may have reached the conclusion that it must soon…agree to a truce, but be unwilling to stop until it can point to some ‘achievement’ like hitting a major tower in downtown Tel Aviv or killing a large group of Israelis,” Abrams wrote.

So far, Hamas’s rekindling of the war with Israel can clearly be called “Operation Death Wish.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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87 Responses to “Hamas’ ‘Operation Death Wish’ vs. Israel’s Protective Edge”

  1. “Hamas” you’re ASS it’s grass

  2. “Hamas” you’re ASS it’s grass

  3. Remember the Torah of total Holy War, Gaza needs to be put under the ban, kherem. Let them know what a real death wish is.

  4. No truce! No ceasefire! Now it is time to reap what the Arab terrorists have sown! The invasion, conquest and return to Israel of Gaza! G-D watch over the soldiers of Israel!

  5. Go in BIG, hit them Hard…..Go IDF

  6. Go get those terrorists!

  7. Janice Wolfe says:

    I worry that there is something not seen. Why would Hamas commit suicide? I wonder if they are not goading Israel’s invasion because they have big “surprises” for them and there will be many Israeli deaths. I pray for peace and no more deaths.

  8. Tom Harmon says:

    Wish I was younger and healthy so that I could help. Praying for your safety! You have the ultamate weapon G-d on your side! Don’t listen to other goverments DESTROY the terrorists!

  9. hamas has a death wish? ACCOMODATE THEM ALL!!

  10. They have a death wish; then oblige them. But that can be done with napalm. No need for boots on the ground & the risk to Israeli lives.

  11. They have a death wish; then oblige them. But that can be done with napalm. No need for boots on the ground & the risk to Israeli lives.

  12. Please like this page so there can be a rally in NYC in support of Israel. Jewish Organizations need to see people want this to happen!

    https://www.facebook.com/wearewithisrael

  13. Albert Levy says:

    Easier said then done!! We care about our children! We dont want any casualities on our side!!!

  14. Ben Sismai says:

    - Look no further than the political protrusion of world powers (in particular the US) to explain any military ineptness within Israel. While acknowledging Israel’s right to exist, American interests insist on tying Israel’s hands (or at least one behind the back) in her need for expansion and defense, and the highly pressurized ‘peace’ initiative is the primary vehicle by which that intrusion is asserted.

    Biblical prophecy reveals that there is coming a leader that will put forth a miraculous plan for world peace, and it is clear to see that even now the world is readying itself to receive him. He is the beast, the anti-christ, who once he has completely deceived the world into following him, will turn and reek destruction on all who will not bow down to him as god. And Israel, even now you are coming under his spirit, and falling head long into his plan.

    Wake up, you who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Adonai is not sparing the land and people of Israel for their sake, but for His holy name’s sake, and for a chosen remnant to go into his millennial kingdom at his return.

    Wake up, O remnant of Israel, and know that your time is close at hand.

    JOEL 2

  15. Paul W. Howe says:

    Dont take any prisoners. Like the nazis, they will empty their bullets at u then surrender to fight another day…

  16. Paul W. Howe says:

    Dont take any prisoners. Like the nazis, they will empty their bullets at u then surrender to fight another day…

  17. Israel is diplomatic and endeavouring to appease the world by not securing Palestine. If you go back to the year 2000, Israel offered to let Palestine become a nation, and all Palestine had to do was recognize Israel as a nation. Palestine rejected the offer of free land and independence.

  18. Statistically speaking 15-25% Muslims are terrorists * that’s a lot of people on a barbaric hate mission. The 75% peaceful Muslims offer no resistance to their radical brothers.

  19. Hamas has wanted to kill.They have not hopeing live again.

  20. Hamas watch out. I would not suggest you screw with Israeli forces. They are AWESOME FIERCE

  21. Sarath Sivan says:

    all Muslims may be not but 99% terrorists are Muslim

  22. the IDIOT IT’S YOU AND THE ONLY OVEN IS THE ONE FOR YOU UGLY SON OF A PIG.

  23. Hari you are dumb pig go wait in Gaza they will find you soon

  24. Beth S Brock says:

    To support Obama ? I think not. You elected him , and he hates us. This is on you

  25. If the moderate Muslims spoke out against the terrorist the might be less of them

  26. Beth S Brock says:

    There is no anti-Christ. There is Obama.

  27. Go in hard show no mercy. Cut off the electricity and water to start with

  28. The Muslims are the cowards they fire rockets into Israel and expect Israel just to do nothing. They are so cowardly they hide their faces behind masks and use women and children as shields. They forget it is Israel who privides food water and electricity to them and even heals their people in their hospitals the Muslims are an ungrateful pack of pigs

  29. I am a human being and I stand strong for Israel they are Gods children it is the land God gave them through Moses it is the Palestinians who are the intruders it is not their land they should go back to which ever Arab country they came from and leave Israel in peace.

  30. Adou Abel says:

    We ought to tear down hamas…!!!

  31. Everytime I fart I think of Palestine a bunch of hot air that smells bad

  32. Essara Mario says:

    Even Turkey and Iran cannot defeat Israel of G-d. Itz time to flush all Palestine into the sea.

  33. Essara Mario says:

    Majority of muslems are terrorist in their hearts, only few do the pratical.

  34. Praying for Israel.

  35. James Jacobs says:

    Ugur barcin must be brain dead.
    it’s the Palestinians who kill the children. They train children at early age to kill, there is no honor in them,and they kill children atearly age. repent saith the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.

  36. Gene Strong says:

    First Israel should totally flatten Gaza from the air.

  37. Iqbal Dinho says:

    All this protective edge and death wish bull**** is costing inncent lives

  38. Iqbal Dinho says:

    All this protective edge and death wish bull**** is costing inncent lives

  39. Iqbal Dinho says:

    Seriously the world is just eating popcorn and watching another nazi deathcamp massacre of palestinians by the israeli murderers

  40. Iqbal Dinho says:

    Seriously the world is just eating popcorn and watching another nazi deathcamp massacre of palestinians by the israeli murderers

  41. America is the terrorist and all you other idiots that think Muslims are terrorist. You brain washed Zionist lovers.

  42. What a joke ? Turkey, Iran, Iraq, my ass. The world put together cannot defeat Israel, learn from history.

  43. Felix Lim says:

    Just go ahead, why wait longer!? They deserved it

  44. Felix Lim says:

    Just go ahead, why wait longer!? They deserved it

  45. I see all these Anti-Semitic remarks. You know what, we will crush Hamas.
    The Israelis are very bright and we outsmart Hamas once again.
    You uneducated Anti-Semitic people, go crawl back under a crack or in a cave.
    The world does not need stupid remarks like yours.
    It would take too much work on your part to educate your children, built roads and make peace.
    We will as Jews continue to strive and thrive.
    You will rot in hell.

  46. I see all these Anti-Semitic remarks. You know what, we will crush Hamas.
    The Israelis are very bright and we outsmart Hamas once again.
    You uneducated Anti-Semitic people, go crawl back under a crack or in a cave.
    The world does not need stupid remarks like yours.
    It would take too much work on your part to educate your children, built roads and make peace.
    We will as Jews continue to strive and thrive.
    You will rot in hell.

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