(“He who comes to kill you, kill him first.” (Bamidbar Rabba 21:4; Tankhuma Pinkhas c. 3).
THERE are many outright misconceptions within the pro-Israel community (for this discussion, let’s leave aside all the anti-Israel haters), most of which pertain to what is really transpiring within Israel. Ground-based.
ON the one hand, countless (particularly, among non-Jewish supporters of Israel within the Christian American community, along with die-hard “Bibi”/Likud supporters, his Jewish sycophants) believe that PM Netanyahu is a “messiah”, of sorts, and the only one capable of bringing militant jihad within Israel, as well as outside its borders, to heel. Dangerous hogwash.
THE fantastical fairy tale spins along this trajectory: Yes, he is tough-talking, macho-swaggering, highly educated, and a former Sayeret Matkal special forces commando, thus, who better to protect Israel than PM Netanyahu? Not only that, add in his inestimable gift for oratory, and the (smoke and mirrors) deal is sealed.
NOT so fast.
TRAGICALLY, when it comes to Israel’s legendary warriors, it is almost always the case that they turn into pus-y-whipped political leaders! The proofs are manifest, the reasons are mind-boggling, and the end results are catastrophic. Blood-soaked.
AND as one prima facie example out of enumerable, the following attests to the same:
HOW many recall the nickname of deceased (January 11, 2014) PM Sharon? Well, does “The Bulldozer” ring a bell, affectionately attributed to his bulldozing tactics when leading his troops? If not, no matter. The point being, this legendary war hero (and so-called “settlement” builder) turned around and was responsible for the expulsion (in Aug. 2005) of thousands of loyal Jewish citizens; the TOTAL destruction of their communities; the uprooting of their dead from their resting places, all in order to hand over Gush Katif and parts of the northern Shomron to Hamas terrorists!
NOW, the reasons were multi-pronged (hints: financial deals were on his table and corruption charges were kept at bay), but the fact remains that if NOT for his Orwellian and dastardly betrayal, well, Hamastan would hardly be the menace that it is. Not only that, the 2014 summer-long missile war would never have gotten off the ground sans his bulldozing! Yes, thousands of expelled (highly nationalist) Jews were the bulwark against Hamas’s onslaught. Incontrovertibly.
ALAS, what exactly are PM Netanyahu’s latest “strategic” measures, as Jewish bodies continuously pile up, and from one end of Israel to another?
The Israeli Security Cabinet held a meeting on Thursday night (March 10, 2016) on the Arab terror wave that has raged since last September, and decided to begin work on fences around Jerusalem and near Hevron – but did not decide on any additional steps.
The Cabinet decided to start work closing the breaches in the security barrier around Jerusalem, and to construct an additional fence near Tarqumiyah, a Palestinian Arab town located near Hevron in Judea.
During the Cabinet meeting the prime minister and governmental ministers received a report regarding the implementation of additional steps, but at the end of the meeting no significant decision was made to crush the Arab terror wave plaguing Israel.
Regarding the decision to patch up holes in the Jerusalem fence, video evidence has shown that Arabs freely scale over the expensive barrier, effectively rendering it useless. Activists have said thousands of Arabs have been caught on security cameras climbing over, but by the time security forces reach the location they have already disappeared in Arab neighborhoods on the other side of the fence.
Aside from the fence initiatives, the Cabinet was also updated regarding several other moves, such as promoting new legal measures against employers of illegal Palestinian Arab workers, shutting down inciting Palestinian Arab media outlets, denying work permits to the families and associates of terrorists, and shortening the time before demolishing terrorists’ homes.
Earlier on Thursday former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) blasted the government for not taking decisive action to quash the ongoing terror wave. He called to expel Arabs who illegally sneaked over the 1949 Armistice lines, and to expel those inciting to terror.
OKEY dokey…scale-able fences and (less than) band-aid “measures”….
STILL yet, for those who remain unconvinced as to the “harsh” assessment within, it is not as if this investigative journalist (living in Israel) is alone in her analysis.
LO and behold, in the run-up to Israel’s last election in March 2015 – via another requested interview – the question became: Can Israel Survive As The Jewish State? Not for nothing.
IN this regard, review the following from military intelligence analysts:
Israel’s city centers will very soon see knots of soldiers armed with special rapid response weapons and gear for scotching Palestinian terrorist attacks before they deteriorate into rampages. Some of them will hide behind sandbag walls. Their deployment reflects the decision to persist in Israel’s defensive strategy as articulated in a special security forum summoned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8-9, in the face of surging Palestinian terror.
Other members of the forum are Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Gilead Erdan, Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen, Police Commissioner Ronnie Alsheikh and assorted security experts and evaluators.
Dubbing its strategy “containment of terror,” the forum rejected the more proactive measures suggested by members of the opposition, as well as government members, for cracking down on Palestinians resorting to terror and their supportive environments, by such deterrents as long-term lockdowns of their neighborhoods (in Jerusalem too) and villages, the blockage of internet and cell phone services in Palestinian areas and the deportation of families of terrorists to the Gaza Strip.
One suggestion was to “relocate” to other parts of Palestinian Authority-ruled territory the kinsmen who are complicit in, or have knowledge of, a terrorist’s crimes.
All in all, after three Israeli cities were struck by terrorists in a single day, the top decision-making forum on security precluded offensive military action, including the takeover of the Palestinian towns, villages or districts producing terrorists.
The only change discernible Thursday, March 10, was an intensified police sweep for illegal Palestinian workers employed in Israel.
One of the forum’s members commented to DEBKAfile: The forum’s decision amounts to carrying on as before, except that IDF soldiers will boost the security and police forces in their counter-terror functions.
Other sources maintained that the policymakers are not about to change much, despite the spike in attacks to two or three a day on average, and the increasing use of firearms by the assailants.
It is estimated that a hard-core of 200-300 young Palestinian hotheads is orchestrating the violence, whether street disturbances, rocks, firebombs, knifings, car-ramming or drive-by shooting. They use social media for internal communication and for stoking the angry fire that sends Palestinian youths out to seek glory as martyrs by killing Jews.
DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counterterrorism experts note that the Netanyahu government has followed a policy of “terror containment” for nearly two years, ever since Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israel teens at the Gush Etzion intersection on June 12 2014.
While Israelis argue back and forth on methods for putting a stop to the Palestinian violence, its level keeps on rising. On Wednesday, a Palestinian car with guns poking out of its windows rampaged in the middle of the day through the streets of Jerusalem in search of victims.
“Containment” is no deterrent for terror. After the guns, bombs may be next.
THEREFORE, is it any wonder that this too was assessed, in relation to the GROWING Iranian/Hezbollah forward-arm parked on Israel’s northern Golan and Syrian border:
is clear that the prime minister and defense minister Moshe Ya’alon were too slow to pick up on the new terrorist menace Iran had parked on Israel’s border. Now their hands are tied, say DEBKAfile’s sources. An IDF operation to evict the pro-Iranian Palestinian Al-Sabirin network from the Syrian Golan, before it digs in,…continue reading…
EFFECTIVELY, despite his past in the IDF’s storied Sayeret Matkal (aka “The Unit” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7dpd0shjdI), in tandem with DM “Boogie” Ya’alon (a high-level IDF Major General and former Chief of Staff), they have yet to decide (emphasis placed) on leading Israel to any conclusive victory.
ALONG this derelict terrain, for many months via the domestic front, Israel’s internal fifth column – which encompasses an increasing portion of its minority Arab/Muslim population – continue to slaughter Jews at will and with NO end in sight! The question becomes: How could this be, despite the lying leadership’s balderdash that it is impossible to stop “lone wolves”, even when it is clear that much of it is being orchestrated behind the scenes, and that there ARE prescriptive measures to deal the internal enemy a knock-out blow!
MORE specifically, hot on the heels of the 2014 “ceasefire” (one of several, during his long tenure as PM) with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gazan arm, the following strategic assessment interview was given:
Alas, with said backgrounder in mind, regarding the overall underpinnings of Israel’s leaders – both elected and non-elected – the prism of Israel’s latest “operation” comes into sharper relief. In fact, it was purposefully waged as a pinpointed “operation” and not as a war, and therein lies the end result. Indeed, PM Netanyahu’s personal (and national) onus.
In the main, wars are fought with victory in mind, at least that’s what citizens have a right to expect. On the other side of the spectrum, an “operation”, by definition, is limited in scope. For heavens sake, even the wimpy name “Operation Protective Edge” bespeaks of its narrow and tepid focus. Truth be told, I would have coined it ” Mission Pulverizer” or some such variant thereof. Pray tell, when a regional foe has been rocketing your citizens for years, wouldn’t a more robust name have been appropriate? Some might query: what’s in a name? However, those of us who understand the peculiar jungle-like language of the Middle East – “strong horses rule” – realized what the name was meant to convey, even though it seemed bizarre to signal such (losing) intent to ones enemies. But never mind, Israel’s leaders are not “strategizing” under rational parameters.
Moreover, as an investigative journalist and blogger, my pulse on the situation/mood (coined in Hebrew, the “matzav”) among the majority Zionist public is gleaned from much more than open-source material. Granted, one can also feel the boiling rage, merely by skimming many Israel-focused social media sites as well as Israeli news sources. Simply put, the natives (Zionists) are more than restless. In fact, some very patriotic citizens (and I am hardly just referring to the oft-maligned “right-wing settlers”) are talking about “open rebellion”, if elections are not forthcoming and a Commission of Inquiry is not set up to examine what went wrong and why. Who can blame them?
Significantly, I am able to access some professionals who are just a notch below the actual decision-making level and their rage is duly palpable. It is these intimate “off the record” conversations (through face-to-face meetings, among other avenues) which are particularly scary and worth noting. They are well aware of the acute dangers facing Israel, most of which became greatly exacerbated through too many smoke and mirrors shows (most recently, under PM Netanyahu’s two-term tenure), and “Operation Protective Edge” was more than emblematic of this unflattering descriptor. Besides, it is the most accurate and honest way to define the “operation.”
In other words, without naming names, the following points (via a multiplicity of meetings) became duly resonant….continue reading…
MOST significantly, past military warriors are incapable of standing up to Israel’s domestic left – those who really rule the country through their non-elected perches via media, legal, academic, cultural and assorted foreign-funded NGO’s. Aside from their unwillingness to counter leftist thrusts, the leadership is TERRIFIED of going against foreign leaders and their demands to appease Arab terror!
SO it is under this twisted and fateful prism that those who truly care about Israel’s security should view the serial dereliction of duty attributed to PM Netanyahu and his top lieutenants. Lesson learned: Stop propping them up!
TO wit, if not for the likes of the cowed and bowed duo currently leading Israel, there would be scores more Jews among the living, and many more Arabs/Muslims, who plot militant jihad, buried six feet under.
MORE than indefensible….dereliction of duty of the highest magnitude!