Rockets launched from Gaza are falling again. Nothing new. What I love is the
way the press reports this stuff: “The quiet was disturbed,” writes Ynet. It
reminds me of what my daughter Rachel used to say on fast days when she was
little: that she was weak from all the fasting she was doing between breakfast
Enough with the phony Egyptian-brokered “cease-fires” that
last only as long as it takes to reload. Enough with the warnings, the finger
shaking, the attempts to hit back without hurting anyone so that it won’t
I’d call a dead Israeli and a missile in the backyard of a
school an escalation.
What is it going to take for this government to act
in a responsible way which shows it is running a sovereign state, not
negotiating with the Czar’s police to prevent another pogrom?
And enough with
phony labels: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Palestinian Authority, etc. They all
want the same thing. They are all responsible.
I’m sick of it.
sick of getting phone calls like the one I got from my daughter who lives in
Rehovot. Rehovot! Nothing ever happens in Rehovot. All during the Yom Kippur
War, the intifada, Operation Cast Lead, you name it, nothing happens there.
Still, I got this phone call telling me about the siren that woke my
granddaughter up in the middle of the night, terrifying her.
the intifada the geniuses running the government and the journalists at Haaretz,
CNN and the BBC had an explanation for every bus bombing, every massacre at a
wedding or bar mitzva.
We’d been targeted, they’d tell us, because after
the last bus bombing, massacre, etc. we’d killed one or another of the
despicable mass murderers Palestinians effortlessly produce in such
abundance. We’d made them angry, they’d tell us.
Yes, it was true
that before we responded they’d also been angry, but now, because of our
response, they were really, really angry. And if we continued to respond they’d
be really, really, really angry.
And thus, it was concluded, it was
better not to respond, or, to use the new catchphrase, “to exercise
Our prime minister assured us this week that restraint is not
on his mind: “We are not engaging in rhetoric or looking for an escalation, but
will protect ourselves according to these principles,” the principles being: get
them before they get us, or failing that, after.
With the entire southern
half of the country in the line of fire, and schools closed for days all over
the south, how’s that working for you, Mr. Prime Minister?
And how, in heaven’s
name, did we get here?
We could start with bringing Arafat in from Tunis so that
Shimon Peres could get the Norwegians to cough up a much underserved prize. But
let’s take it from the disengagement, that strange plan thought up by a Tel Aviv
lawyer and his tired client, our then-prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
is what they sold us: By unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza, destroying
productive Jewish settlements that served as a buffer zone between terrorists
and the center of the country, throwing 10,000 people out into the streets,
American pressure would stop, Palestinians would be shown for what they were and
the peace process would be put in “formaldehyde.”
Or, as attorney Dov
Weisglass told Haaretz
’s Ari Shavit the day the plan was to be voted into law:
“If Sharon’s disengagement plan is torpedoed, politically it will be cause for
everlasting regret. Our achievements will be lost. The international community
will lose patience with us. It will take the same attitude toward us as it does
toward Arafat. We will very quickly find ourselves up against a Palestinian
state that uses terror against us and up against a world that is becoming
increasingly hostile. We will find ourselves in a tragedy.”
Oh, oh, the
excitement over this amazing plan. Knesset members were waving their hands and
frothing at the mouth.
Just look at the videos online.
of Meretz, one of Israel’s delusional Leftists, insisted on the floor of the
Knesset that “Disengagement is good for security.”
talking about Kassam rockets flying all over the place,” he said mockingly,
waving his hands and smiling with derision. “But if we don’t leave Gaza, in
three years the rockets will reach Ashkelon.”
Former IDF chief of staff
Shaul Mofaz of Kadima offered this: “I am convinced that the act is necessary
and right and it can grant greater security... by reducing the burden on IDF
forces, opening the door to a new reality.”
Ophir Paz-Pines of Labor said
this: “I’ve just brought my son to the army recruitment center. I want to thank
Ariel Sharon that my son will not have to serve the nation of Israel in the Gaza
And lest we make a mistake, as did a cabdriver with whom I had a
vociferous debate on the subject only recently, the Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu
also voted for it: “I will support the plan.” As did Yuval Steinitz: “This plan
will improve our geopolitical situation.” Silvan Shalom, Limor Livnat and
Yisrael Katz all supported it.
According to the IDF website: “Since
Israel’s 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, the Hamas terrorist
organization has turned Gaza into a central hub of terror
Undeterred by the facts, Weisglass said in 2008: “The fact
that 7,500 civilians and four battalions of soldiers are no longer in the center
of the Palestinian brimstone, is, in my eyes, the disengagement’s main
That’s true. Now it’s a million Israelis and the entire
Hamas minister Fathi Hamad also admitted last week to Lebanese
that it was Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip that had
enabled Hamas to hide kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit for so long,
forcing the Israeli government to its knees and facilitating the release of
hundreds of the worst terrorist scum in Israel’s jails.
With Saudi Prince
Khaled bin Talal generously adding to the amount offered by Muslim cleric Dr.
Awad al-Qarni for the kidnap of yet another Israeli soldier, bringing the sum to
a round million dollars, we are glad to hear Schalit’s jail cell will still be
available, thanks to our government’s policy.
Weisglass, who continues to
talk and listen to himself, was also quoted this week in Yediot Aharonot
that “Abbas must be saved because the help given to Hamas constitutes a terrible
blow to the Palestinian Authority.”
I suppose he means we should let out
any terrorist still left in our jails so that Abbas can also give his folks the
“V” sign. Why not save the Saudis some money?
Shimon Peres told Lily
Galili in Haaretz
on July 5, 2008: “I did not imagine that we would leave Gaza
and they would fire Kassams from there; I did not imagine that Hamas would show
so strongly in the elections.”
At the inauguration of the Safed Medical
School this week he said: “Why are they shooting?”
This past Sunday, a trip was
organized to visit the Gush Katif expellees. I signed up, curious as to how
these brave, much mistreated and maligned heroes were doing after six years. At
10 p.m. the night before, I got a phone call. Home Front Command had canceled
the trip. Apparently, it was too dangerous for us to visit where the Gush Katif
families are now living, sans bomb shelters with only IDF-supplied sewer pipes
to run to when a siren goes off. You read that right. Sewer
Anita Tucker, who was supposed to have been our tour guide, met
with me in Jerusalem instead. A former Gush Katif lettuce farmer from Netzer
Hazani, Anita is a bundle of energy and optimism despite the tragedy that turned
her home and business into rubble. The whole community of Netzer Hazani is
rebuilding in Yesodot, near Kibbutz Hulda. But she admits it’s been
“It’s hard to educate your children and grandchildren to be
proud citizens when they have to shelter in a sewer pipe,” she says. But anger
is not part of her vocabulary. “It’s not constructive,” she
As for the current troubles with Gaza, she
“Eventually, we’ll have no choice but to take it over again. It’s
like rot. It has to be removed before it spreads and destroys the entire
country.”The writer has authored numerous books, most recently