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Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on a new poll that showed 80% of Palestinians support resumed rocket attacks against Israel. Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin explains why these people – used by Hamas as human shields – still support the terror group:
In the aftermath of its disastrous 50-day war against Israel this past summer Hamas saw its popularity skyrocket with huge majorities in both Gaza and the West Bank telling pollsters that the Islamists “won” and that they supported their conduct. A month later, Palestinians have sobered up a bit. But the latest numbers paint a picture of a population that is still not ready for peace or anything that looks like it …
Palestinians continue to support Hamas firing more rockets at Israel if the blockade of Gaza is not lifted with 80 percent overall endorsing this position and 72 percent of Gazans also backing the proposition. Given that the only reason the blockade was imposed on Gaza to begin with was the Hamas coup with which the group seized power in 2007, this position sets up a circular argument. But far more shocking than that is the response to the question posed about whether they support Hamas firing rockets from populated areas.
While Hamas generally denies doing this, it is not exactly a secret that it does it so as to use civilians as human shields against possible Israeli counter-attacks aimed at silencing the rocket launchers. Nor are Palestinians unaware of the fact that this practice deliberately exposes them to death and destruction, a cynical tactic whose purpose is to get as many civilians killed as possible.
Yet the survey showed that a solid majority of Palestinians—57 percent—supported this slaughter …
Though enthusiasm for Hamas is not unanimous, it remains more popular than its Fatah rivals. Why? Because the unchanging dynamic of Palestinian politics is that whichever party spills the most Jewish blood will always have the upper hand. Since its inception a century ago, Palestinian Arab…Read More » Comments (6) »
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:49 AM | Stand for Israel
After Operation Protective Edge, one would imagine Palestinians might think twice about launching rockets into Israel. However, The Algemeiner reports that a new report published this week instead shows that 80% of the Palestinians polled support resuming terrorist attacks against the Jewish state:
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The poll, conducted in recent days among 1,200 respondents aged 18 and over, at 120 locations throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, presents a different picture than that obtained from a similar survey conducted immediately after Operation Protective Edge about a month ago …
Eighty percent of respondents made it clear they would support firing rockets and mortars at Israeli communities if Israel does not allow unfettered access to the coastal enclave. 57 percent of respondents also claimed that they supported launching rockets from populated areas in the Gaza Strip. However, the breakdown of this figure shows that most Gaza residents – 52 percent – oppose such a course of action, while in the West Bank that step has a clear majority: 62 percent …
Meanwhile, Hamas may be returning to self-production of rockets in Gaza, and has been testing out new models, by firing them out to sea, according to Israel Defense News.
A rocket was recently fired from the ruins of the former Jewish community of Netzerim, according to Monday’s report, the fifth such test since the end of Protective Edge on Aug. 26th.
As well, Hamas is seeking to restore hundreds of lathes used to construct rockets, according to the IDF; some 50 percent of them were destroyed during the fight, the army believes.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:58 AM | Stand For Israel
Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel reported on Hamas’ use of human shields. Taking a closer look at this inhumane tactic now that the war is over, Calev Myers wonders if the terrorists’ strategy isn’t one of human shields, but of human sacrifice:
So what is really happening here? Why do they continue to fire so many rockets at us? What do they hope to achieve? Either this is the least successful military campaign in the history of mankind, or the human casualty count on the Israeli side is not the primary goal of Hamas’ rocket strategy.
Today it is clear to the world that Hamas fires rockets from densely populated civilian areas in order to draw Israeli fire upon Palestinian elderly, women and children. Hamas has learned that systematically feeding disturbing photographs of bloody babies to the international press is the most effective weapon in the pursuit of its goals.
Hamas sees Israel as a strong enemy. It is trying to delegitimize us in order to arouse the fury of entities larger and stronger than us, even if they have to pay a very heavy price in human suffering to do so. Although the comparison is far from perfect, chapter 19 in the book of Judges tells us about a man from the tribe of Levi, whose concubine was raped and murdered by men from the tribe of Benjamin in the city of Gibeah. He cut her body into 12 pieces, sent them throughout all the land of Israel, and the rest is history. The response of all of the other tribes nearly blotted out the tribe of Benjamin from the annals of history.
The threat of Hamas’ blood-photo strategy should not be taken lightly. It has already caused an escalation of anti-Semitic incidents and attacks on Jewish communities around the world. The only way to fight this threat is by systematic and tactical advocacy, not merely in the defensive sense,…Read More » Comments (8) »
Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 8:29 AM | Stand for Israel
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues today, with some saying a long-term agreement is possible, while others say the sides are apart. Either way, it seems that despite the military defeat it has suffered at the hands of the IDF, Hamas hasn’t completely been beaten. At Commentary, Jonathan Tobin writes that Hamas’ grip on the people of Gaza isn’t slipping because of the Palestinian insistence on war on Israel and the terror organization’s control over both the press and possible political dissent:
Though no one in Gaza had to like the results of the fighting, Hamas’s political stock may actually have gone up due to the perverse culture of Palestinian life. Throughout the last century Palestinians have always given the bulk of their support to whichever faction proved to be the most violent. That dynamic kept Yasir Arafat at the top of the Palestinian pyramid and has inspired the ongoing competition between Hamas and Fatah in the last generation. Since Palestinian national identity has always been inextricably linked to their war on Zionism, peacemaking has always been political poison. Instead of concentrating on development or providing services for their backers, Hamas and Fatah have both concentrated on demonstrating their belligerence, with even moderates like Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas understanding that agreeing to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state is simply impossible. That’s why no matter what Hamas does it appears that Gazans will blame their suffering on Israel.
As for possible dissent, it should be noted that the one demonstration held in Gaza against Hamas was met with a stern response. Those involved were executed. That is where the iron rule comes in.
Throughout history, tyrannies have only fallen when they are ready to liberalize, not when they are still prepared to spill the blood of their people. The French revolution happened during the reign of the least tyrannical of the Bourbon kings, not under that of the most bloodthirsty. The Soviet Union fell after glasnost and perestroika, not…Read More » Comments (16) »
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 8:18 AM | Stand For Israel
The kidnapping and murder of an Arab teenager in Jerusalem this week is horrifying. It is disturbing to consider the possibility that one of my people could have committed such a heinous act. Though the international press and the Arab world have already condemned Israel for the murder of the Arab teen, the police are still investigating other possibilities. Families defending their honor and feuding between Arab clans often result in bloodshed, so it’s important to let Israeli authorities complete their investigation before rushing to conclusions.
If the investigation does find that the boy was killed by Jews, make no mistake, the perpetrators will be treated as terrorists. A massive public outcry from the media, politicians, and amateur pundits will be heard for months. But no such reaction over the murder of the three murdered Israeli teens – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – can be expected from the Palestinians.
This highlights the difference between the Israeli and Palestinian cultures. In general, Israelis do not want to harm the Palestinians, and would trade land for peace if the other side was willing. It’s true – we do have our radicals who would hurt Palestinians as revenge for decades of terrorism. However, this group of extremists is small, it is shunned by Israeli media and society, and when members of this group do act against Palestinians, Israel’s security forces and justice system punish them for their crimes.
On the other hand, Palestinians routinely rejoice at the news of a “successful” attack against Jews. Sure, there are decent Palestinians who condemn such actions, but unfortunately they are outnumbered by their counterparts.
Anti-Semitism and support for terrorism amongst Palestinians is the product of Palestinian culture and many years of propaganda in the Palestinian media. But to say that Jew-hatred is merely a reaction to the creation of the state of Israel is to deny over a thousand years of Jews living in fear and persecution in Arab lands.
Yes, we certainly condemn the murder of the Arab teen in Jerusalem, and…Read More » Comments (2) »
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 2:53 PM | Stand For Israel
It has now been two weeks since the three Israeli teens were kidnapped, and much of the world seems to care very little. Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin wonders if this is partly due to the fact that the boys’ yeshiva (religious school) is located in the West Bank, giving a lesson on the historical Jewish presence in the Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem:
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That this territory is the heart of the historic Jewish homeland to which Jews have legal, religious, and moral claims is something that is almost never discussed …
If the Palestinians wish to live in peace with Israelis, they must come to terms with the permanent nature of the Jewish return to the country and give up fantasies of Israel’s elimination. Even more to the point, if they wish Israelis to come to terms with the reality of Palestinian nationality, the abduction of the Etzion yeshiva students is a good occasion for them to stop ignoring or denying Jewish history.
Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 8:43 AM | Stand For Israel