Time marches on, unless you live in one of Israel’s southern cities-or more aptly put, shooting galleries-where missiles/rockets rain down hither and yon. Its residents can be forgiven for believing they are stuck in a time warp, a nightmare with no end in sight, where June 2012 is no different than any other month of the past decade.
Consider:my op-ed ‘The Silent Jews’ (4/1/2008) could have been written today, for as is said, the more things change, the more they stay the same, see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/7877, chiefly because Israeli citizens are still ! sitting ducks four years later. Unfathomable. Unforgivable.
Par for their delusional/demented course our leaders prattle on (see this beauty from our so called nationalist PM –http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=274943, inexplicably stating, ‘if needed’ Israel will exert a harsher response, as if close to 200 missiles/rockets in a few days doesn’t require a massive response, and this pithy gem referencing, ‘quiet will be met with quiet’, as the citizens they are obligated to protect cower in terror –http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157161#.T-bxSRczZ3E) about the IDF’s ability and the leadership’s ‘right’ to protect us, leaving the impression that they require a consensus of world opinion to do their due diligence! Instead of dispatching the vaunted IDF to respond to another (round and round…..here we go again…)defensive measure, what about tasking the IDF to an offensive mission, rather than a tit for tat one? Does ‘cleaning (the terror) house’ resonate?
The above round up, detailing raining missiles from 2008, must be juxtaposed against today’s headlines, see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157082#.T-ZxVBczZ3E, one of many articles describing the unbearable situation in the south of Israel. It should be enough of an outrage, at least in a normal country(maybe the cottage cheese protesters have their plates full, leaving no time to protest on behalf of their truly traumatized brothers and sisters, fellow Jews who wish that their biggest problem was the price of dairy products ) for the democratic ousting of the leadership, an ‘Israeli Spring’ of sorts. The onus belongs on the leadership’s shoulders, it is their sworn obligation to protect us. Simple as that.
Furthermore, to glean a no nonsense, realistic perspective why well over a million Israeli citizens are being used for target practice (with many more to come, if our ship of state is not turned around), I refer my readers to the inestimable Dr Martin Sherman’s analysis, see http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=274775, as well as his weekly column at the Jerusalem Post ‘Into The Fray’. His strategic remedies can be found at his security policy center – http://www.martinsherman.net/
I rest my case.