Protecting Israel from terror

Responding to the recent escalation of rocket fire stemming from the Gaza strip, IDF Chief Benny Gantz addressed the Israeli Knesset’s Defense Committee and stated that the Israeli army will eventually have to “launch a major offensive in Gaza,” in order to restore security to the southern Israeli cities that are under constant attack.

If and when the IDF launches a military offensive in the Gaza strip it would be the second of such operations since Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in 2006, which ended all military presence in Gaza and uprooted thousands of Israeli residents from the Gush Katif settlements.

While many in Israel thought that quiet would prevail as a result of the disengagement, the exact opposite has been true.

Since Israel’s evacuation of Gaza, Hamas has violently taken control of the strip and has launched a campaign of terror against the Jewish state. Islamic Jihad – which like Hamas receives support from Iran – has flourished in the Hamas ruled Gaza and is now responsible for many of the rocket attacks against Israel. 

Israelis understand the necessity of launching a military offensive in Gaza to diminish the power of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and to deter terrorists from continuing to fire rockets into southern Israel. However, there is a great concern that anything short of retaking control of the strip and establishing the IDF as the sole power in Gaza will not lead to long term security in southern Israel.

Therefore, the more hawkish Israeli citizens believe that the army should reassert its power in Gaza to permanently root out Hamas and Islamic Jihad. However, realistically speaking Israel is not going to retake control of the Gaza strip in light of the political and diplomatic consequences that would ensue. Hence, any future operation in Gaza will be limited to destroying smuggling tunnels and terrorist training bases, confiscating or obliterating all weapons that are found, as well as capturing or killing Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Unfortunately, a limited operation will only lead to temporary security for southern Israel. Even a highly successful military campaign will only deter Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a few months to a year, before the rockets start flying again.

Do we honestly expect the Israeli citizens of the south to live under such intolerable circumstances indefinitely?


Author: Stand For Israel | November 16, 2011
Posted in:  Uncategorized


 

What do you think?

  • Allen
    July 30, 2012
    5:02 pm
     

    Could Israel dig a deep canal in Gaza to stop the tunneling? This would keep the rocket launchers further away and it’s harder to transport a rocket launcher and tread water at the same time! A nice wide and deep channel!

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  • Robert
    November 20, 2011
    9:20 am
     

    Israel must protect her citizens, no matter what the rest of the world says. Nobody will do it for you, and nobody will care. We know the world is against you, no matter what the color or faith. It is just “you” who cares about the Jewish people. This is your land, and only yours. Fight for it and defend it, otherwise, you will loose it. There is not other nation in this world as humane and brave as you are. I care about you, and I am behind you 100%. Protect your love ones, and protect the jewel of this world: The Promised Land. We, Christians, know that in the end you will prevail, and your enemies will be destroyed. Nevertheles, be strong and destroy the “strongholds” of hatred, meaning Hamas, Slamic Jihad, Hezbolla, and Iran. Jerusalen must remain one City under Israel control. It is written, and the world cannot change that. I wish I was a Jew so that I could fight along side with you, because there is no other Nation in this world better than yours. Love Israel. Love the Jewish people. God Bless you all. Be strong

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  • Jack
    November 19, 2011
    4:58 pm
     

    Historically the area now known as Judea and Samaria had very few Arabs until those of the Ottoman Empire moved them in. As the Empire shrank they left pockets of Arabs in southern Russia, Albania and Bosnia. Now we have a Mulim Lover sitting on our “American Throne.”As we have seen this does not bode well for Israel even though the vast majority of Americans, the Congress and the Defense Department are on the side of our brothers and sisters in Israel. Why? America was the pinnacle of International principal until the 2008 election and we are now on a very slippery slope. Diverting attention into other channels such as the divesting Israel of the pride they have earned, takes minds off of the damage tthat is being done to our America.

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  • Aliza
    November 19, 2011
    3:33 pm
     

    Israel has the right to defent itself and have the obligation to go after anyone who try to hurt us.

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  • Aliza
    November 19, 2011
    3:20 pm
     

    Israel have the right and obligation to defend itself, and the right to exist.

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  • chayahn
    November 19, 2011
    4:21 am
     

    We, born-againg Christians, love the Jews and stand by them 100%. We pray God brings them the peace He promised. God listens prayers IN THE NAME OF JESUS, we must pray and ask for wisdom and guidance to get rid once and for all of the wild beasts!

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  • Randall
    November 18, 2011
    9:47 pm
     

    Israel has every right to defend herself. I have no problem with this at all. We all know, of course, that Israel will be considered the bully by numerous peoples. However, Israel stands like a rock in the Middle East. The Rock of Israel stands only by the Grace of God. For His love endures forever.
    That said, my thoughts and opinions may not count as much as seeing America’s beloved ally standing up for her infinite rights to be the Nation of Israel in a deeply troubled region. We love and pray for the peace of Israel each day. Indeed, we also pray for the peace of Jerusalem…and may it be so.

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  • max
    November 18, 2011
    11:27 am
     

    Advice to IDF-Shoot first and ask questions later.Don’t pretend it isn’t WAR! Being politically correct is a fools game.

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    • Michael
      November 21, 2011
      7:34 am
       

      I agree, Joshua was instructed to uttery destroy ALL inhabitants in Palestine,it seems Israel needs to follow suit to live in safety.

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      • SYLVIA
        February 23, 2012
        3:42 pm
         

        God told Israel that if they did not destroy their enemies that they would be a thorn in their side. Looks like forever. If only they had obeyed way back when.

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  • Elsbeth
    November 18, 2011
    9:38 am
     

    Lets pray that the Israeli government will consider the option to turn back to the God of their forefathers, HE PROMISED TO HEAR THEIR CRY and will stand by them. The whole nation needs to do that.

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  • David
    November 17, 2011
    7:23 pm
     

    I think it is time we stop living in fear. Fear is disease it will consume you, paralyze you. We live in fear we will be political incorrect. Men have let themselves be betrayed as stouges and the butt of TV jokes and weakness. There is nothing wrong with being a provider and protector of your family. Woman that manage there house and teach there children to behave and to make act responsible and work hard in school live in fear of how others will view them. As Christians we a afraid to indentify our self’s in mixes crowds. We are fearful of saying we believe in GOD and the Jesus died for us. We live in fear of say we need to be armed. Gun is not a duty word; it is how this nation was formed. The police can not protect you they can only help after you are hurt. Families need to be armed and trained to protect themselves. I live in a rural area were ever house is armed and most have a firearm with them in there car or truck and many carry firearm on them. There is little violet crime here. No home invasion. It time we make sure predators of this world do not have more rights then we do. Hunting and fishing to feed your family is a good thing. It is time to reclaimed GOD, guns and guts. We need to live moral lives and stand against those that try to tear down what we believe in. In the end we all die and return to our father in heaven. There is only one real question to ask yourself. Do you want to go out on your feet or your knees?

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  • louis
    November 17, 2011
    6:22 pm
     

    The I.D.F. would be totally justified in wiping out everything in gaza,and taking it back,enough is enough,they do not need any more excuses!

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  • Doreen
    November 17, 2011
    5:42 pm
     

    Israel must take whatever action is needed to protect its citizens. Any other country would do the same! Sadly these attacks are not going to stop, but Israel must not stop fighting either!

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    • Mary Beth
      November 18, 2011
      10:17 am
       

      Yes. Israel has a duty to defend her innocents from the rabidly murderous terrorists. Philistines have been bred, born & trained attackers by Nazi idealogical heirs. Prov.29:10, Psalms 37:11

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      • Mary Beth
        November 18, 2011
        12:37 pm
         

        I’m sorry. I’m too strident at times. I said ‘bred’ because the likes of Arafat & PLO types have reigned with terror over the Palestinians for generations, eliminating those expressing peaceful hopes.

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  • debbie
    November 17, 2011
    5:03 pm
     

    I stand with Israel and they have every right to defend themselves. I hope and pray that the UNITED STATES will stand for them as well……i love the jewish people…they are the apple of GODS eye.

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  • Maxine
    November 17, 2011
    3:26 pm
     

    I stand with Israel in what they must do to stop this attack on their borders.

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    • Nina
      November 17, 2011
      6:36 pm
       

      I totally agree with you, Maxine. Whatever Israel has to do to defend herself, I say do it!

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  • Darryl
    November 17, 2011
    3:25 pm
     

    Anyone stupid enough to actually believe that peace will ever come for Israel, as the result of giving up anything in the way of more property or to the demands of the terrorists or the “politiclly correct” idiots of this world, should immediately be moved into the areas in question, and forced to live there until the peace finaly does come. Bet there would be quite a few who would quickly change their thinking. Peace will come, but not until the “Corrector” arrives on the scene and ceans up the mess mankind has made of this once perfect planet. Tomorrow wouldn’t be soon enough to suit me.The majority of those who call themseles Palestinians are actually the riff raff of a the musim worldf, who were moved into the areas in the late forties, for the sole purpose of causing trouble/problems for the Jews. When will people ever wake up to the fact that this isthe only reason they’ve everr been there, other than those seeking employment because there’s no work at home. Round up the entire bunch of hudloms and send them back to wherever they choose to go. At least that would help make things a bit more peaceful for the Jews in those areas.

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  • Dan C
    November 17, 2011
    1:52 pm
     

    It is truly sad that Israel must shed both the blood of her own children, as well as the inevitable loss of Palestinian noncombatants- and all for “limited operations” that “will only lead to temporary security.” The reason for this is that we, her allies, have lost the war of the will in our own countries. Apathy, fear of taking a stand, or just feeling there isn’t much one individual can do has left the door open to radicals who are not afraid to speak out against Israel- and worse to the simpering fools who bleat the media lies that “Muslims are just misunderstood” at every opportunity. So, Israel must temper her response to continual rocket attacks so we, her allies in the west, will not be offended.

    I propose a reality check. Israel is under constant assault by Islamist terrorists and by Muslim governments. Those same poor misunderstood Muslims have made it clear time and again in their rhetoric they intend to destroy by force both Israel and the west. They have demonstrated their resolve to do so by bombing our planes, ships, buses, malls, and even our tall buildings. You don’t need to be an expert on foreign diplomacy to counter the claims of radicals and fools. You need only point out the obvious: we are under attack by Islam. It doesn’t matter how many of them are peaceful, enough of them are bent on mass murder and are hiding within the “peaceful” communities. Their governments make murder a policy, both within their own borders and worldwide. Their religion encourages them to martyr themselves in their cause, and they often do so. The solution is simple. I’ll quote Gen. Colin Powell when some idiot reporter asked him how you fight a war with people that want to die; his reply, “You accommodate them.”

    It is time we stop accommodating their propaganda and start supporting our allies and our own politicians who want to accommodate the solution. We have to stand up and be counted whenever and wherever we hear the lie repeated. The fights to remove the authorities that bind us to chaos start with us as individuals, right where we are.

    Shalom!

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  • KATE
    November 17, 2011
    1:32 pm
     

    I FOLUKE love the people of ISRAEL SO MUCH WITHOUT ISRAEL NO CHRITIANITY THANK YOU I AND MY HOUSE WILL CONTIUNE PRAYING AND LOVEING THE ISRAELISE FOR EVER MAY BLESS HIS PEOPLE

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  • Todd
    November 16, 2011
    9:58 pm
     

    I will never understand this ongoing passive reasoning, that by giving just a little bit more here or there, we will have peace. And peace, for even a short while, is better than none at all. Assuming and maintaining a strong aggressive military policy is the only way towards a living peace. Do people actually think Israel will be hated any less for defending herself? As far as I know, history has proven that the only way to achieve a lasting peace is to break the back of the enemy…Destroy his will to fight…Make his people fear that they will be the next target…Only after Israel destroys those who would do her harm, can she use the force of goodness to rebuild and educate those who remain. Even then, she should never again let her guard down. This is how peace is won!

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    • Kenneth
      November 17, 2011
      3:21 pm
       

      Always trust God(Yawah) first. To know His will is easy, go to the Torah(old Testament) He ordered King David to DESTROY their enemies. He ordered Joshua to DESTROY ALL the residents in Israel when He promised all the land from the Euphrates to the nile to the decendents of Abraham. Those folks bargained with liars and wound up disobeying God. NOW is the time to obey! Attack and DESTROY all the residents in Gaza. NEVER GIVE UP YAWAH’S GIFT TO ANYBODY. God,YAWAH, will protect His chosen people

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    • milton
      November 18, 2011
      10:40 am
       

      I truly believe Israel has every right to protect the people of Israel <and that no one should have to live in fear all the time. Peace can some times only be obtained by removing the cause of the problem, And that can some times be done only by force, That makes the use of force acceptable.

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  • Jesse
    November 16, 2011
    1:34 pm
     

    It’s surely going to arrive at a point where Israel must decide how long will they allow Hamas and Iran to continue to terrorize their citizens and borders. The longer the wait, the higher the price.

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  • Betty
    November 16, 2011
    1:25 pm
     

    Israel needs to protect its borders no matter what. Keep what GOD gave them. The terriorists are Not giving up or giving in. People in the U.S. are behind Israel 100% regardless of what gov. officials

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  • Susan
    November 16, 2011
    1:16 pm
     

    I’m quite sure the U.S. would not put up with one rocket being fired on our country much less as many as Isreal has had to put up with.

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    • Kenneth
      November 17, 2011
      3:27 pm
       

      Susan, with the lowlife lying muslim president in the US, and the stupid citizens that quake at a shadow, don’t bet on it. There are not enough real patriots to take up arms and go after the so caled senators, representatives and crooked judges in this country to avoid a muslim/ communist takeover. I am very sure that the end is near.

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      • Mary Beth
        November 18, 2011
        12:44 pm
         

        The leftist media give those impressions. But I believe we need to find more ways to network-like this one. There are multitudes of noble patriots who would surprise and inspire you. Prayers of faith!

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