From Times Online:
ISRAEL’s new defence minister Ehud Barak is planning an attack on Gaza within weeks to crush the Hamas militants who have seized power there. According to senior Israeli military sources, the plan calls for 20,000 troops to destroy much of Hamas’s military capability in days.
The raid would be triggered by Hamas rocket attacks against Israel or a resumption of suicide bombings.
Barak, who is expected to become defence minister tomorrow, has already demanded detailed plans to deploy two armoured divisions and an infantry division, accompanied by assault drones and F-16 jets, against Hamas.
A source close to Barak said that Israel could not tolerate an aggressive “Hamastan” on its border and an attack seemed unavoidable.
“The question is not if but how and when,” he said.
Barak, if he continues to follow the same strategy that Israel has always followed, will accomplish nothing. Israel will invade Gaza and destroy some terrorist bases and bomb-making facilities. Israel will send its soldiers to fight door-to-door like in did during Operation Defensive Shield, so that "innocent" Palestinian civilians will not get hurt and, G-d forbid, Israeli soldiers will be killed. After a little while in Gaza, Israel will leave and the destructive cycle will start again.
It is absolutely useless for Israel to go into Gaza if it does not expel the hostile Arabs and resettle Gush Katif. Unfortunately, the Israeli army is ruled by the dangreous Western belief of "turn the other cheek" and will do all in its power to protect hostile civilians at the risk of Jewish soldiers. Before Israel does anything, it has to rid itself of the perverted Western Christian ideology that guides its foreign policy and adopt Jewish values. A true Jewish value is the Talmudic dictum that one who is merciful to the cruel will end up being cruel to the merciful.
From our Sages (Tanchuma, Shoftim 15): "When you go forth against your enemies" (Deut. 20:1) What do the words 'against your enemies' add? G-d said, "Go forth against them as enemies. Show them no mercy, just as they show you none."
There is only one solution to the Gaza conflict and it does not involve repeatedly invading, pinpointing and killing only terrorist leaders and then simply leaving. During WWII, the West didn't content itself to simply finding Hitler and his henchmen. The US and Britain bombed and wiped out entire cities. Well, during WWII, the US was a continent away from the enemy. Israel's enemy is right next door, a rocket's distance away from its national airport. The only solution is to drive out our enemies, through expulsion and carpet bombings, and to settle the entire Land. This is a Milchemet Mitzvah- Commanded War. For the sake of our future in Israel, we must not show mercy to out enemies.
Chazak Ve'Ematz Ki Ata Tanchil- Be strong and courageoues because you will win!
Monday, June 18, 2007
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