War on Israel's Gaza Front - Repeating The Past
Ma'aleh Levona, Israel
It appears that once again open hostilities have broken out between Israel's military forces and the reinforced Hamas terrorists based in the Gaza Strip in southwestern Israel. It is not as if Hamas had ever ceased attacking the country. Almost as soon as Israeli military forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip in September, 2005, Qassam rockets no longer fell on the villages of the abandoned Gush Qatif, the sacrificial offering made for the sake of peace; they fell instead on S'derot, with missiles also aimed at Ashkelon, where about one third of the country's electricity is produced.
There have been a number of Arab casualties of this conflict over the few days or so that raids have taken place from Israel, and one woman, Shirel Feldman, z"l, of S'derot, was killed last night when a rocket found her car and blew it up with her in it.
It is relatively clear to this writer that the IDF is not at all prepared for this conflict. Many of the reasons for this were given me in confidence, and they are structural in nature. Beyond that I'm not at liberty to go into specifics. But the Egyptian army facing us in 1948 was in similar condition, and describing it will not breach security. In a sentence, it's officers were over-funded while the soldiers on the field were under-supplied.
These conclusions were confirmed in whispered discussions near Government Hill Sunday with a man whose son had been sent to the Gaza front. He said, "My son is near Gaza. You know when he got to his base, there were no supplies; no bullets, no artillery shells, barely any rifles, no underwear, no food, no water – nothing.” When standing guard at the village gate a couple of months ago, a young kid was telling me of his experiences in Lebanon last year; what the man talking to me about on Sunday was describing was the exact same logistical nightmare we faced in last year’s war with (it really hurts to type this) HizbAllah.
Hamas, by contrast, has learned from the conflict in 2006. When HizbAllah blanketed northern Israel with Katyusha rockets, the government ran away and the residents, deserted by its corrupt timeservers, fled themselves. They fled to Tel Aviv, then to Jerusalem, Eilat, Modi'in, and to the interior of the country, to places like Efrat, Ariel, Ofra, and this village that I write from.
Given that the goal of Hamas is to eradicate Israel from the map, one of the points they need to cover is depriving Jews of a refuge from their attacks. So, they have decided to extend rocket attacks to Judea and Samaria. This will effectively cut off Judea and Samaria as a refuge, as well as to deprive the country of the strategic depth it needs to defend itself.
At this point, it appears that Israel's government will restrict itself to pin-point attacks, tank incursions and targetted killings. Needless to say, this will not stop the Qassams flying over our country. What is not mentioned in the press is the possibilitry of HizbAllah deciding to join in the fray, attacking Israel much as a vulture picks the eyes out of a sick animal in the desert. We have the ability to end all this nonsense very quickly. We have nuclear missiles that we can use to destroy the main bases of our enemies, like Damascus, Teheran, and Riyadh, and the Aswan High Dam (to prevent Egypt from ever threatening this country again) but using these missiles will not solve the immediate problems of under-supply or give our soldiers the ability to destroy the Hamas bases in Gaza, or the HizbAllah bases in Lebanon. Using nukes there is just not wise policy. Ironically, the American demands on the criminal régime (calling it a government is a travesty in using English, and an insult to the actual functioning governments in the world) in Jerusalem to avoid infrastructure damage and civilian casualties may save its butt in the short run.
But only in the short run.
So the immediate threats will remain, potential knives in the back for Ehud Olmert and his crew of clowns, including the eminence grise behind it all, Shim'on Peres. And reservists, if again treated as they were last year, may arise and ditch the idiots and perhaps even wield those knives. One can be an incompetent restaurant manager and get away with it, or be an incompetent bureaucrat and get away with it, but being an incompetent military commander can bring swift justice at the hands of soldiers who will have felt stabbed in the back as though by a traitor.
When I stopped being the bagel and lox Jew I had been all my life and came to actually believe in G-d, I realized that the day would arrive when our military would not be enough to withstand the murderous onslaughts of our enemies, and that we would have to call on the help of the Almighty to succeed in battle.
That day appears to have arrived. But the situation may have to get a lot worse before leaders arise who will humble themselves before the L-rd. One can only pray.
War on Israel's Gaza Front - Repeating The Past
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