Israel’s “Second-Class” Jewish Citizens, The Southern Front – Rocketed, Fire-Bombed, & Blitzed For Decades, With No Relief In Sight. What’s Going On? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

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IN a rational universe, regardless of any and all political calculi, it would be unthinkable for self-proclaimed democratic (and civilized) leaders to allow a portion of their citizens to be continuously subjected to rocket fire, missile blitzes, and/or sundry incendiary firings. After all, one’s legitimacy to lead is wholly tied into one’s ability to keep (to a reasonable degree) the citizens safe  – even the less chichi, those who, for the most part, reside in the battered and beleaguered south. Agreed? Besides, within Israel’s “in the know” circles, it is an unspoken secret that they are not considered by the political and media elites, AKA the chattering classes, as “equals” to the branja pack; who happen to reside (and play) within the likes of upscale North Tel Aviv and its outer burbs. Trust, these ears are more than clued into this and that within certain cliques.

BACK to the irrefutable facts on the ground within rocket range of the terrorized south….

WITH a population of thousands upon thousands (depending upon various variables) in rocket range of Gazastan (a subsidiary of Iran and its proxy pawns, namely, Hezbollah), how can it be – and for decades on end – that every manner of terror is inflicted upon southern Israel, and with no relief in sight? Yes, it’s more than a fair assessment and question alike. Btw, as analyzed ad infinitum, this is a prima facie example of Sunni terrorists (Hamas, et al.) cooperating/collaborating with Shia terrorists (Iran/Hezbollah, et al.), in order to bring down a mutual foe.

AS reported in July 2016:

CONSEQUENTIALLYwhen it comes to bringing down the twin pillars of western civilization, America and Israel, Shia and Sunni jihadists cooperate and collaborate. Effectively, as is said, this is where the rubber meets the road. And it is into this vortex of anti-American (and anti-Israel) hell that Iran’s proxy arms co-join with Sunni monsters, their counterparts, wrapping around each other, despite their centuries-long bloodletting…..continue the bullet-proof trails here…..

WHICH begs the question: since this Orwellian situation dovetails with the reality at hand, how can it be that Hamas’s terror masters are allowed to breathe, even for one more day – with the bizarre excuse that Iran’s (northern) proxies are “more” dangerous, when, in fact, they are one and the same, at least, when it comes to killing Jews/Zionists, separately, or co-joined?

(May 30, 2019) Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Thursday thanked Iran for providing his terror group the rockets it used to strike deep into Israel and warned the Jewish state that Tel Aviv would be struck again in response to any offensive against the Gaza Strip.

“Iran provided us with rockets, and we surprised the world when our resistance targeted Beersheba,” Sinwar said in a live TV address, referring to the weekend of violence at the beginning of the month, during which Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired nearly 700 rockets at Israel.

The Hamas leader then went on to warn that if Israel “resumes its aggression,” his group would strike Tel Aviv and other cities with twice as many rockets.

Israel has long charged Iran with trying to arm Palestinian terror groups in Gaza and maintains a blockade of the Strip to try and stop the import of sophisticated weapons systems.

Iran has also supplied tens of thousands of rockets to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon…..continue reading the rest of the blasted report here.

BUT before we delve into (more of) the unvarnished truth, know this: year after year, Bibi and his mouthpieces have been jibber-jabbering via ready-made mantras – in an effort to create a smoke and mirrors show for their unconscionable inaction against Hamas & assorted terror arms operating in Gazastan! In reality, with the ever-present “ceasefire” in hand, the main balderdash, as mentioned, is that the northern front is the number one priority – never mind that it was the same lack of political will to crush Hezbollah in its infancy that has led to Iran’s cat’s paw becoming a strategic and mega menace in Lebanon and Syria! Credo quia absurdum.

NOT only that, the continuous and horrific terror inflicted upon Jewish communities in the south has been analyzed at this end for years – even prior to the crimes, yes, crimes against several thousand Jewish souls whose lives (even their loved ones were dug up from their resting places!) were uprooted and torn asunder in 2005 to execute the so-called “Disengagement” from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron! Know this too: promise after promise was made by the late PM Ariel Sharon and his back-benchers (AKA “the bulldozer”, ironically) to the majority Zionist public that the uprooting of their brothers and sisters would end the terror. And, if not, Hamas would be crushed. Stone-cold lies, 14 years onward.

MORE specifically, how many times have the citizens heard: Israel will not negotiate under fire! O RLY? Are we sensing a pattern, yet?

ALL of which circles back to PM Netanyahu’s faux persona as a right-wing, nationalist leader, juxtaposed against what the real situation, AKA matzav / מצב, is on the ground – even as he bloviates that he is the only one capable of keeping Israel’s encircling enemies at bay! Claptrap. Moreover, for added heft and facts at large – as to what really has transpired under his decade-long governance – see here, hereherehereherehere, and so on. Trust, “Mr. Security”, he is not.

IN this regard, the fact that a rocket from Gazastan struck a synagogue and a school (by the grace of G-d, no one was killed or maimed) on June 13, 2019, and  Hamas’ terror chiefs are still standing, well, that onus stands atop Bibi’s head. Indubitably.

Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from Gaza into southern Israel late Thursday, striking a Chabad building housing a synagogue and school but causing no injuries, Israeli authorities said.

The rockets – fired from the town of Beit Hanoun, according to Channel 13 – set the stage for a likely Israeli reprisal and raised the possibility of a new round of fighting, weeks after a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Israeli police said the rocket struck a building in the Israeli border town of Sderot, a frequent target of rocket fire.

The ceasefire, reached in early May, has begun to unravel in recent days. Overnight on Wednesday, Israeli fighter jets struck an underground terrorist infrastructure belonging to Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack was in response to rocket fire from Gaza earlier that night, the IDF reported.

“The IDF will continue to act against attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for everything that is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the Army spokesperson’s office said in a statement.

“Netanyahu is only strong with words,” Benny Gantz, former IDF Chief of Staff head of Blue and White, the main opposition party, said in a statement Thursday morning, the Hebrew-language daily Hamodia reported. “The continued rocket fire by Hamas is evidence that we have lost our deterrence.”

“Only exacting an immediate heavy price from Hamas will clarify that Israel doesn’t only talk, but also uses force,” Gantz said.

‘This situation cannot continue. As I have said in the past, only a military operation will bring quiet to our area,” Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi stated in response to the rocket attack, TPS reported.

“[Hamas leaders Ismail] Haniyeh and [Yahya] Sinwar are ‘sons of death’ and we should hit them first,” he continued. “The dear residents of Sderot and the Gaza perimeter deserve to raise their children in peace and quiet, as are all residents of the country……

DEAR reader, take note: the mighty IDF is one of the strongest armies in the world, but it has been reduced to a reactive/defensive force, instead of an offensive one – and therein underlies the thrust.
NOT only that, Bibi can be considered a “legal outlaw!” How so? As this writer analyzed in an op-ed at Israel National News, many moons ago (July 26, 2007) via “No Crime Without Punishment: Nullum Crimen Sine Poena” : 

…….In essence, Israel’s leadership has become legal outlaws. World-recognized, international criminal law expert Professor Louis Beres states, “Terrorism is a crime under international law, and incontestably one of the most serious. The precise offenses that comprise this crime can be found at the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism…. [Every] state has an obligation under international law to prosecute and punish terrorists…. [Any] person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible and liable to punishment….”….continue reading the truth-telling here…..

SO, you decide if a 2015 global interview was on target – or not.

STILL yet, if more intellectual and strategic heft is required, so be it. To wit, pay special heed to the following analysis by Dr. Martin Sherman, unarguably Israel’s foremost strategic analyst. (Full Disclosure: he was acknowledged in this author’s book, “BANNED: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad”, and it was not for nothing).

…….Readers will doubtless recall that I have warned incessantly that Israel’s current policy:

(a) will eventually result in the erosion of the Jewish population in the Negev;

(b) will allow the Gazan terror groups to devise methods to neutralize the efficacy of the billion dollar anti-tunnel barrier encircling the Gaza Strip—particularly the use of drones; and

(c) because of its innate reticence to engage in a large-scale decisive offensive against the Gazan terrorist entity, is causing Israel to continually back away from conflicts that it can win, risking backing itself into a conflict that it cannot win—or win only at ruinous cost……the entire analysis is jaw-droppingly on target!

INEXORABLY, the adherence to “Nullum Crimen Sine Poena” separates true statesmen from those who are merely facsimiles thereof – to the detriment of the majority of the citizens and the rule of law.

MOST significantly, since the above is the stone-cold truth, it follows that thousands upon thousands of Jews living in the cross-hairs of the southern “Gaza-Belt” are, sans a scintilla of a doubt, treated as “second-class” citizens. Truth dare be told, why they haven’t stormed the Knesset, until “equal” human rights and treatment is afforded them and their families, well, that remains a mystery at this end.

(Note: This horror was inflicted in 2012, as has been the case for many, many years…..and it is still ongoing…..with no end in sight!)

CONCLUSIVELY, with another ! round of elections slated for September 17, 2019, the pickings are slim. On the one hand, if the top-heavy slate of blowhard Generals (in the main, they are ideological/political leftists) from the Blue and White party take over the premiership, the security situation will go from very bad to much worse. Count on it. On the other, if “Mr. Security” would, finally, release his iron grip on the Likud (the only party capable of saving Israel from its foes), the facts on the ground will change in Israel’s favor.
INDEED, Israel’s saving grace lies between Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett from the New Right Party (Hayemin Hehadash), that is, if they manage to take over the helm. Guaranteed, they will steer the ship of state rightward – with all that that entails. They are the true “Lions of Zion!”
AS an aside, even Bibi’s brother-in-law agrees, albeit, more delicately – take a peek.
THIS is the G-d’s honest truth.
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PM Netanyahu’s GRAVE Dereliction of Duty – Failure To Protect. An Actual Crime! Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Back in July 2007, eleven years to date, it was imperative to write “No Crime Without Punishment ” on behalf of Israel National News. Tragically, as then, its essence resonates as if written today. An excerpt reads as follows:

 …..Intrinsically, every time the IDF gets close to vanquishing our enemies, they are rolled back. Instead of operating as an offensive force, they have been mandated to wage a defensive war, whose core goal is “containment,” certainly not victory. Why?

Even if one tries to convince oneself that Washington and others prevent the IDF from achieving victory (through various measures), it still doesn’t take the absolute onus off the leadership. First and foremost, it is their sworn duty to protect their citizens.

In essence, Israel’s leadership has become “legal outlaws.” World-recognized, international criminal law expert Professor Louis Beres states,  “Terrorism is a crime under international law, and incontestably one of the most serious. The precise offenses that comprise this crime can be found at the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism…. [Every] state has an obligation under international law to prosecute and punish terrorists…. [Any] person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible and liable to punishment….” 

In addition, Israel’s Basic Law is very clear. Israeli leadership is obligated to protect the enshrined civil and human rights of its citizens – Zionists included. Doesn’t all the above violate this sacred law?…..
Nullum Crimen Sine Poena. No Crime Without Punishment.
Indeed, in 2007, Israel’s southern belt was continuously fired upon, even after the late PM Sharon, in 2005, executed the wholesale destruction of Gush Katif and parts of the northern Shomron to appease Hamas! Incontestably, from a strategic calculus, what is taking place today must be viewed as the knock-on effects from the appeasement of Gush Katif, a/k/a Gaza, as detailed within “The Bitter Fruits of Disengagement.” Inextricably, those who appease terror ensure more of the same – and exponentially worse! So much so, in August 2011, at the behest of HONENU, Israel’s National Legal Defense Organization – and with first-hand testimony and evidence in hand – the aforementioned expose’ was meant to memorialize the sixth year of the region’s wholesale expulsion and destruction, and to set the record straight for the Jewish people’s collective memory. The following are some searing excerpts, which, as an aside, cause this investigative journalist as much pain today as when the report’s findings were compiled:

 

Few events in Israel’s recent history sear the Jewish soul as did the destruction of 25 thriving Jewish communities in Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, as ordered by the Sharon-Olmert government. The sixth anniversary of what is referred to as the ‘disengagement’ of August 2005 now looms over Israel’s collective conscience.

In a move that set Jew against Jew, the IDF was used to engineer the expulsion of more than 8,600 people from their homes. Gush Katif residents watched in horror as the living were dragged from their homes and the burial places of the dead were desecrated. Later, 26 synagogues were burned by Arab mobs.

The destruction itself took place over 10 days, but the physical and mental preparations occupied many months beforehand. Three years later, in August 2008, a report entitled “The Mental Preparation for the Disengagement and its Aftermath in the IDF” would shed light on the intense preparations that took place.

The authors call the disengagement “a precise operation” performed with seven levels of security that took 18 months to plan.

“To execute robotic responses [by IDF soldiers] in a precision-like fashion, southern military commander Dan Harel appointed a team of psychologists to ‘transform’ the soldiers’ thought processes,” write authors Ruth Eisikowitch, Dr. Gadi Eshel, Dr Amira Dor, Boaz Haetzni, Attorney Aviad Visoli, Dr. Rachel Tassa and Dr. Moshe Leibler.

The report describes a series of psychological exercises “planned to ‘release’ the soldiers from their conscience by carrying out exercises in emotional disconnect.” The psychologists’ notes on those exercises are detailed in the journal Military Psychology(No. 5, December 2006)…..continue reading the dastardly truth here…..

All of which brings the reader to the here and now.

As regular readers are aware, July 1, 2018 urgently necessitated: “Why Are The IDF’s Hands Tied, As Iranian Agents Amass At The Golan? What Are IDF Military Correspondents/Censors Hiding From The Public? Similarly, a follow-on report, July 20, 2018, should have been an expected clarion call, of course, except for the comatose or willfully blind: “Israel’s Northern/Southern Fronts PRIMED To Explode: Will The IDF, Finally, Be Unleashed?

As such, under rational parameters, one can be forgiven for thinking that “Bibi” would, finally, instruct the IDF: maspik, enough, topple Hamas and kill them off for firing (within the past few weeks) upwards of 250 rockets/missiles; for “kite terror” which continues to destroy (for months on end) tens of thousands of dunams in Israel’s southern belt, and, for the nineteen civilians injured over the last two days!!

Well, one would be (deadly) wrong for believing that protecting the public is his highest priority. It is not.

As always, “Bibi”, Israel’s “serial accommodator” (the buck stops with him) has decided upon “tit for tat” as the IDF’s “strategic” response to continuous terror from the Brotherhood’s Hamas, thereby, deploying the same “knock on roof”  smoke and mirrors shows. Yes, by so doing, the leaders hope to quell a restive and highly-charged Zionist public through toothless and useless actions. Who do they think they are fooling??

After 250 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli locations, one a heavy Grad, Israel’s security cabinet meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, directed the IDF to continue to pursue “powerful action against terrorist forces.” This was tantamount to a decision against a major Israeli military campaign against Hamas at this time, while instead carrying on with tit-for-tat air strikes as before, and leaving the targeted communities to their despair. Some 19 people were injured in the last two days. Hamas is therefore still allowed to call the shots, exactly as it has done in the last four months, while inflicting in Israel diverse brands of terror. It is still up to Hamas to decide whether to stop shooting rockets at Israel or continue the barrage ongoing for two days, as well as determining the level of its retaliation for Israeli reprisals.

Therefore, after an Israel air strike demolished the five-story Hamas internal security building in the Gaza City’s Rimal district – in return for the first Grad fired on Beersheba, a major city in southern Israel, in four years, Hamas is expected to ratchet up its rocket fire on Israeli civilian locations in the coming hours and days. Israel forewarned residents of the Rimal district of the bombardment. The building was therefore empty of Hamas officials, a repeat of the “knock on roof” tactic the Israeli Air Force used in the past to avert collateral civilian casualties in counter-terror attacks.

This practice is an element in the IDF-Hamas duel which has its own strange rules. In the heat of Wednesday’s rocket barrage, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot stated that the IDF “is better prepared than it has been in the past decades.” Prepared for what? No answer was forthcoming from the cabinet the next day. In the general’s judgment, Hamas has still not broken those unwritten rules. He therefore persuaded the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to hold back from approving a full-scale campaign to halt Hamas’ nagging violence once and for all.

Realizing that this stance will offend the popular will, in the sight of the suffering of the targeted population of southwestern Israel, both have not been seen or heard in public for some days. Meanwhile, they are hoping against hope that something may come of the long term truce mediation effort conducted by the UN emissary and Egypt, although realistic chances of this are practically nil.

Bastard leadership.

Still yet, here’s the upshot: regardless of all domestic and foreign political pressures (surely, Trump’s Orwellian “peace plan” is atop the leadership’s calculation to “hold their fire”, of course, no one beholden to Washington would want to interfere with that, as well as their continuous trembling fear of world opinion), Israel’s PM, first and foremost, is duty bound to protect the citizens, without which he becomes a “legal outlaw”, that is, according to  international law. 

In this regard, in 2014, then, as now – after the summer-long blitzkrieg by Hamas which blanketed all of Israel, and Hamas was (purposefully) left standing to rebuild and regroup – the IDF’s smoke and mirrors shows targeted empty buildings, warning Gazans in advance of impending attacks! Mind you, in the meanwhile, Hamas’s terror chieftains remain safe in their underground bunkers, only to emerge after the dust settles, so to speak – stronger than ever!!

 And just as “Bibi” opined after the IDF’s “tit for tat” in 2014 – that Israel will not negotiate under fire, even as he turned around and did just that – so too he did at yesterday’s Security Cabinet meeting. Has he learned nothing from past “ceasefires?” Rhetorical.

Most significantly, it must be recorded: Hamas controls, yes, they do, when the mighty (but castrated) IDF fires, or ceases its fire; when Israel’s southern citizens cower in bomb shelters, or don’t; when Jewish/Zionist land burns down, or doesn’t, and, most significantly, when Jews can live securely in the Jewish homeland free of constant terror!

And for that, and for all the fiery aftermath, the onus lands on “Bibi’s” head via his absolute dereliction of duty and failure to protect – itself, a grave crime against the majority Zionist public!

Alas, it was not for nothing that in an interview given to Inquisitr.com (Sept. 2014), “ISIS, Islam And Obama: Understanding The threat To The Free World”, Netanyahu’s dereliction of duty became central to the wildfires at hand. As excerpted:

…..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:

As highly sought after experts operating mainly (but not exclusively) in areas of strategic affairs and counter-terror, they understand (from grounded experience) what it means for Israel not to win a decisive victory over Hamas, or for that matter over any regional foe. Inherently, we discussed both the strategic knock-on effects (to be explored below), as well as the psychological components of PM Netanyahu’s decision not to bring Hamas to its knees, effectively making them wave the white flag of surrender.

Not inconsequentially, they pointed to a particular internal danger which has been (purposefully) overlooked, but given a tail-wind due to PM Netanyahu’s failure to deliver a full-on, top-down, knockout blow to Hamas. Intrinsically, a growing segment of the Arab minority population has already chosen sides; they are rooting for Hamas’s victory over Israel. Without guile, they identify themselves as “Palestinians” and not as Israelis, even though they completely benefit from all of Israel’s largess. Ingrates. Traitors……

Consequentially, every triumphalist exhortation by Hamas’s leaders (even though a good portion of the Strip has been reduced to rubble…like water off a duck’s back) further sears into the Zionist public’s consciousness certain truths: that their mighty IDF – inarguably the strongest army in the Middle East – were never given orders to liquidate Hamas’s top leadership and their attendant underground command and control centers, a pre-requisite to victory. This is the case even though they had to endure missile blitzes, for weeks on end, blanketing the entire country!…..continue here….

Inextricably, a rational leadership would follow the once fearless Israeli leadership, as expressed thusly: Whack them and finish (זבנג וגמרנו) !! Understood? 

But not to restate the obvious, the same sentiments expressed by an Israeli General – upon learning about another ! “ceasefire” – are felt within, though he said it more eloquently: 

General: ‘I want to vomit from shame’

Former Southern Command head Brig. Gen. (res.) Zvika Fogel furious at ceasefire with Hamas. ‘We are getting weaker.’

Demonstrably and resolutely, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

{UPDATE, 8/19: (Minister) Bennett: Caving In To Hamas Will lead To War}

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