The United Nations is in the middle of pleading with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring this latest round of shelling to an end, but it seems clear that this is a fight Netanyahu is committed to resolving. Of course, it almost goes without saying that Israel is going to shoulder the lion’s share of the blame for the latest attacks, even as Palestinian terrorists upgrade their hardware with missiles able to reach far into the state.
The problem is as it always has been. Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups are gently chided for their deadly attacks while Israel is condemned on a worldwide platform for meeting violence with violence. “Lay down and take it” seems to be the predominant message coming from the UN and the left-wing loonies. Even though Hamas has launched nearly 10,000 rockets since 2005, any retaliation on the part of Israel is regarded as disproportionate and evil.
The problem – one which many critics of Israel steadfastly refuse to acknowledge – is that occupation is not at the root of the violence. In fact, Israel has not occupied the Gaza strip since the middle of the last decade. In their place, Hamas has taken over the government (by, tellingly enough, a perfectly democratic vote), and has continued to blast their Western neighbors with every piece of artillery they can get their hands on. Until Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians are able to recognize that Israel belongs there…that they have every right in the world to exist as a state…the violence will never be done.
Their failure to appreciate Israel’s right to exist is exactly why pulling out of the West Bank is not going to do anything to bring the conflict to an end. This flies in the face of Obama and Kerry’s repeated attempts to start peace talks between the two entities. What Palestinian supporters don’t want to admit is that Hamas and groups like them are terrorist organizations and little more. They don’t want peace. They don’t want civility. They want the destruction of Israel, full stop. To blame Netanyahu for “disproportionate responses” is like blaming a homeowner for shooting a burglar in the chest.
Don’t believe it? Let’s imagine what America’s response would be if Mexican terrorists began launching rockets into Texas. Is there any doubt that we would respond with the full force of the United States military? Is it possible we would show even less restraint than the Israelis when it came to protecting our citizens? Well, anything is possible under the Obama administration, of course, but I still believe that we would leave a smoking hole the size of a meteor in Mexico if facing such attacks.
Why do we insist that Israel do anything less?