- About Israel
- News & Blog
- World Opinion
- Take Action Now
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, says that yesterday’s barrage of missiles fired at southern Israel represents the clearest possible expression of the threat posed by a possible — or eventual — Palestinian state against its neighbors (especially Israel). What would stop a Palestinian state from turning in to what the Gaza Strip already is — a launching pad for terrorists and Islamists?
Comments (0) »
The theoretical arguments about a Palestinian state tend to ignore the fact that one currently exists in all but name in Gaza. There, a Hamas government continues its tyrannical Islamist rule over more than a million people with no interference from Israel other than the imposition of a loose blockade on the strip (food, medicine, and other essential items enter it daily from Israel).
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 3:01 PM | Stand For Israel
Friends of Israel are wondering what precipitated the latest round of terrorist rocket fire on southern Israel. Israeli sources say that anywhere between 30-55 rockets and mortars were fired yesterday. Islamic Jihad claims it was more like 90. Without access to the latest intelligence on the ground in Gaza, there’s no way to be sure, but the fact that we know that it was the terrorist group Islamic Jihad — and not the terrorist group Hamas — that was responsible leads us to believe this was a case of internal Gaza politics.
First, it’s important to understand that Gaza is controlled by Hamas, but only because they are the strongest and best-financed of a number of terrorist organizations. As is the case in any gang war, there are neighborhoods of Gaza that are controlled by different organizations, and those organizations often have factions within them that are in conflict with one another. These groups all have their own constituencies, egos, rivalries, and internal politics to deal with.
Another important thing to recall is that, in the backward world of Palestinian political culture, the best way to rally your base and make a “positive” impression on the public is to attack Israel. It doesn’t matter how meaningless a gesture your attack is, how pointless and quixotic, or how many Gazans are harmed by the Israeli reaction. If you want people to stand up and cheer your name, attacking Israel is the quickest path to glory.
It’s also important to remember that these groups don’t operate like a real military. Weapons are not centrally located and used on the orders of a commanding officer under specific rules of engagement. Most rockets are parsed out to thousands of teams led by low-level commanders with relatively little coordination between teams. Sometimes, rockets are fired without approval from the teams’ commanding officers. Sometimes those commanding officers give the order without approval from their commanding officers. If you’ve seen a Godfather movie, you understand how this kind of thing can be…Read More » Comments (29) »
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 8:16 AM | Stand For Israel
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck 29 targets in Gaza on Wednesday night, retaliating against a terrorist rocket barrage earlier in the day, the largest since 2012. The U.S. denounced the terrorist attacks, The Times of Israel reports, while defending Israel’s right to defend itself with the air strikes:
Among the targets were bases of the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, which had claimed the rocket attacks, throughout the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses said. No Palestinian casualties were initially reported. Earlier, IDF tanks fired shells at targets in the Strip.
“All of our planes safely returned to their bases,” the IDF said in a statement. “The attack was carried out in retaliation for the massive ballistic bombardment of Israeli territory this evening. The IDF will not abide any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will continue to act decisively against anyone who employs terrorism against the State of Israel.”
Let us join in prayer for the safety of innocent civilians who might be in harm’s way, as well as the brave men and women defending the Holy Land.Comments (7) »
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 4:28 PM | Stand For Israel
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that a terrorist rocket fired from Gaza just landed in Israel. Luckily, it is reported that no one was hurt:
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council on Tuesday night.
The projectile triggered a Color Red rocket alert across the area, before falling in an uninhabited area. It failed to cause injuries or damages.
Let us keep all of those facing violence and terror — in Israel, in Ukraine, and elsewhere around the world — in our prayers. May God’s hand protect them.Comments (12) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 4:23 PM | Stand For Israel
The Israeli Air Force delivered an air strike against a terror cell in the Gaza Strip today. The Jerusalem Post reports that the target was about to fire rockets at Israel:
The air strike targeted a rocket launching cell in the final preparations stage before firing at Israel.
According to Palestinian sources, one person was killed and two others were injured in in the strike in the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip.
We thank the IAF for their perseverance and protection, and pray that those targeted by terrorists will be kept safe.Comments (35) »
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 PM | Stand For Israel
Yossi Melman, writing at The Jerusalem Post, says that the recent upsurge in violence along the Gaza border is a result of Hamas’ popularity problems, not of a desire by the terrorist group to engage in another all-out fight with Israel. Interestingly, Melman contends that starting a fight that forces Israel to really open fire would exacerbate a problem Hamas is already having:
One would be remiss not to mention that Hamas has been playing a dangerous game these past few months. While it has no interest in sparking a large conflagration similar in scale to Operation Cast Lead (five years ago) and Pillar of Defense (just over a year ago), the movement’s financial and political standing is at an all-time low. Perhaps this can explain why it is seeking to demonstrate its relevance, refusing to surrender, that it is alive and kicking.
Comments (15) »
Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel
IAF jets struck targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday after a civilian worker repairing the border fence was killed by sniper fire, The Times of Israel reports. The fence had collapsed in three places due to last week’s snowstorm, and as the man worked on repairs, he was shot in the chest and died from his wounds during evacuation. The IDF has deployed additional troops along the border, and has even warned nearby Israeli farmers to avoid tending fields adjacent to the border fence for the immediate future. Prime Minister Netanyahu, attending a ceremony nearby, responded to the situation by saying:
Comments (13) »
[H]e would not allow terror attacks to go unpunished … “Our policy has been to foil terror attempts ahead of time and respond forcefully, and that’s how we will act in this case as well,” he said.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 9:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Jeremiah 6:14 says it all – “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
Leaving aside the question of terrorism, how does one make peace with a group of people who teach their children the following things:
- Your country does not exist.
- The peace process that has dominated your politics for 20 years never happened.
- Your Scripture and sacred texts are “fabrications.”
- Your nationalist movement is “racist” and exists to drive out all Arabs from the Nile to the Euphrates.
- You are a foreign interloper in your ancient homeland.
These are all lessons taught to Gazan children in the new Hamas textbooks (finally, books that Hamas doesn’t want to burn!).
And that question – how does one make peace with such people? – is not rhetorical. Neither is it philosophical – the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was right when he famously noted that one makes peace with enemies, not with friends. The question must first be answered logistically. How can you ever trust someone who thinks this way? Terrorism is an act – if they promise it will stop and it stops, then you know it has stopped – but hatred exists in the heart where only the Lord knows its extent.
Secretary of State Kerry will be in Israel tomorrow pushing his latest round of negotiations – saying “peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Incidentally, the next verse in Jeremiah? “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all” (Jeremiah 6:15).
Amen.Comments (13) »
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, notes that – although the international community still frequently refers to the impending humanitarian disaster in Gaza – the recently discovered tunnel under the border with Israel indicates that Hamas still thinks that building supplies are more important to use in fighting Israel than in helping the people of Gaza:
Comments (6) »
But those who assumed that the concrete was being used to help the people of Gaza got a wakeup call today when the Israelis revealed the discovery of a tunnel they had discovered that Hamas [was] digging under the border with the Jewish state. The structure was 18 meters deep and 1,700 meters long (including 300 that were underneath Israeli territory. Built with 500 tons of cement that had been allowed into Gaza for civilian uses, the purpose of the tunnel was clear: provide easy access into Israeli territory for terrorists to kill and/or kidnap Israelis. So will everyone who opposed Israel’s blockade of Gaza now realize they were wrong? Don’t bet on it.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Avi Issacharoff, one of the best Israeli reporters when it comes to Gaza due to his mastery of the language and connections inside the Strip, breaks down the meaning of the state-of-the-art tunnel discovered over the weekend by Israeli forces leading from Gaza into Israel. His conclusion: although Hamas doesn’t want a clash now, there is one coming, and Hamas plans to be prepared:
Comments (6) »
The ability of Hamas to dig tunnels is impressive, and it is no secret that under Gaza City, the organization built a network of trenches and tunnels that its leaders used to hide from the Israeli bombs during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and even during Cast Lead in 2009. Hamas, it seems, has not stopped preparations for the next conflict with Israel for so much as a second, and the question about that next round is not one of “if” but of “when.”
Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Stand For Israel