Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Real Issue: Gaza is Jewish

Israel has the world's 4th strongest army, superior weapons, arms and technology. Hamas, while armed with deadly weapons smuggled in from Egypt and supplied by Iran, is nothing compared to Israeli firepower. If Israel wanted, the Hamastan stronghold in Gaza could be wiped out in an aerial assault in a number of hours. Yet Hamas possesses something which the current Israeli leadership does not possess: confidence in the justness of its cause.

Watching the news, Israel's claim in defense of its actions has been that Israel the right to defend itself. Faced with a genocidal group of terrorists committed to murdering and maiming as many Jews as possible, all Israel has to say is that it has the right to defend itself. Lost amidst all of the rhetoric and slogans is the fact that Hamas has repeatedly and consistently violated Israel's sovereignty and contests its right to exist as a nation. Sadly, the war being fought in Gaza is not a war to conquer Gaza, but rather a war to get rid of Gaza. In summer of 2005, Israel unilaterally disengaged from Gaza, expelling close to 10 000 Jewish residents and dismantling their towns and villages, in an attempt to allow Gazans to build their own state. The discussion over the Disengagement consisted of mainly security, whether or not it would lead to peace or to rockets. Those who argued the latter were vindicated. Absent from the debate was Israel's entitlement to Gaza.

Israel's military failed miserably during the Second Lebanon War because its leadership lacked defined goals and objectives. While, thank G-d, Israel has been succeeding militarily in Gaza, it still lacks the same basic purpose. Israel's leaders have repeatedly emphasized that they do not intend to re-occupy Gaza and that should Hamas be destroyed, Gaza will be given over to Fatah. The powers that be see the current war as simply another means to further the two state (final) solution, the so-called "Road Map to Peace". In the minds of many Israelis, Gaza is simply not our land. The war is being fought to make the Disengagement final, to stop the rockets and finally be done with Gaza. Instead of realizing the errors of the Gaza Disengagement, Israel's leaders are determined to repeat the same mistakes in Judea and Samaria. Anyone with a limited amount of intelligence can see that the Hamas rockets in Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod are the fruits of the Disengagement.

Israel is in a stalemate with Hamas. It has surrounded Gaza City but hesitates to go in. The political leadership want to leave Gaza as soon as possible, and preferably hand it over to the more "moderate" Fatah murderers. The same mentality remains that Gaza is foreign turf. Because of this basic assumption, Israel cannot succeed in vanquishing Hamas. It must be repeated and repeated again, incessantly, to counter the Big Lie of Arab propaganda: The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. There is no such thing as a Palestinian nation. Never in the annals of history has there been a sovereign Palestinian country, or a distinct Palestinian people, culture or language. The only three independent nations in the Land of Israel have been Jewish: the Davidic kingdom, the Hasmonean dynasty and the modern state of Israel. The term 'Palestine' was invented by the Roman emperor Hadrian after he crushed the Jewish revolt in 70 CE. Destroying the Temple in Jerusalem and scattering the Jews to across the world, he renamed Judea 'Palestinae', in the name of an ancient extinct people, the Philistines, in an attempt to erase the Jewish connection to Israel. Many successive empire conquered the Land of Israel yet none ever bothered to build their own nation. When Islam spread through the Middle-East in the 7th century, the Arabs moved into and occupied the geographical entity known as Palestine, yet never once did they consider themselves Palestinian. British document from the Mandatory period consistently refer to "the Jews and Arabs of Palestine", not the Jews and Palestinians. Only in 1967, once the Arabs had lost 6 wars against Israel did they decide on a new tactic and spun the tale of the "Palestine", stolen and occupied by the Jews.

This is not a conflict about territory, or about rockets and settlements. It is about moral rights, whether or not the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people or to the Arabs. In a betrayal of history, Israel's leaders do not have the strength and moral convictions to assert Jewish rights from river to sea. Precisely for this reason does Israel find itself incapable of dispatching a ragtag band of murderers and terrorists. The Arabs speak about "dying for Palestine", martyrdom, and will not compromise on an inch of what they consider holy soil. Israel speaks about self-defense, tactical victories, cease-fires, truces and the "peace process". It is no surprise that Hamas shows not signs of surrender despite an intense 11-day barrage while Israel's leadership (but not people) are demonstrating war weariness. The corrupt Kadima government is determine to surrender as much Jewish land as possible. A post-Zionist government does not have the capacity to implement the necessary solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Gaza is firmly Jewish. It was a part of the tribal inheritance of Judah, was the site of Samson's campaigns against the Philistines and where David slew Goliath. During Greek times, it fell to Alexander the Great and was eventually recaptured by the Hasmoneans. It was home to a thriving and flourishing Jewish community. In 1967, A. Ovadiah excavated the area and discovered a synagogue from the sixth century C.E. Archaeology evidence supports the biblical premise of a continuous Jewish presence from the Late bronze period until the Byzantine period (ca. 1500 B.C.E. through 632 C.E.) It must be recalled that most of the Arabs living in Israel only came in the middle to late 1920’s to escape economic hardship and political persecution by their own people for better opportunity. Gaza, as well as Judea and Samaria, remain under illegal Arab occupation and must be returned to their rightful owners. International law, enshrined in the League of Nations mandate for Palestine and recognized by the UN, gives the Jewish people sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel, and both sides of the Jordan. Various British policies further limited and reduced the area to be given towards a Jewish homeland. However, the world body has never repealed the Jewish right to the Land of Israel under the International law.

A true and lasting peace will only come to the region once Gush Katif, Neve Dekalim and all of the destroyed Jewish towns are re-built on the ruins of Hamas. The Jews of Gaza were unjustly expelled from their rightful homes. The entire leadership responsible for the Expulsion must be tried for crimes against the Jewish people. Only once Israel has the strength to firmly declare that the entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, and only the Jewish people, will the conflict be resolved. Until then, rockets and suicide bombings will continually maim and kill Jews. Israel's leaders crave world attention and acceptance and therefore are hesitant to assert Jewish rights over the Land. The offensive in Gaza has been limited due to international pressure. What Israel's weak leaders don't realize is that the world body hates the Jewish people. Never will the UN and EU be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the map, G-d forbid. As a wise man once said: "It is better to have an Israel that the entire world hates than an Auschwitz that world loves". Jewish morality demands that Israel defend its citizens and re-conquer its land. Our enemies must be either completely destroyed or transfered from the Land.

History will judge harshly those who seek to separate the Jewish people from their inheritance. The nation that begged, three times a day that "our eyes should behold Your return to Zion in mercy", cannot be defeated. "And I will turn the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God." (Amos 9:14-15). May we see the day when the prophecy of Amos is fulfilled. Amen!

Cross-posted to Goat's Barnyard


Anonymous said...

Sorry I omitted some of your key statements. I just wanted to make it a little shorter. Apologies for not having asked for permission to link to your post.

I thought you were right on and considering that I didn't have anything better to say you can now include me on your "re-posted at" list.

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Jacob said...

Are you kidding me?
"Israel lacks confidence in the justice of it's cause"? Almost a thousands deaths in under two weeks is a hell of a lot of commitment to a cause that Israel has no confidence in.

The way you speak is so outrageously hateful that it brings tears to my eyes. Do you think that HaShem condones this violence? Do you think that g-d finds this just? The murder of children, children! for preservation of some illegitimate notion of national borders and sovereignty?
This is not a question of deaths on two sides- there is only one side, and that is the human side.
And it is not 800 Palestinian dead, and 11 Israeli dead, it is 811 humans dead, and they're dead for borders and colonialism and a war machine that is kept alive as an imperialist ploy for power in the region.

Evidently, for you, Gaza is Lebensraum.

You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Daven over the deaths of children, we are all human and no child deserves to die. We are all culpable.

Anonymous said...

Re Cabbage

Do you think Hashem would accept Israel to be used as a firing squad to be slaughtered by Hamass who seeks death to all yahoods. How many deaths of jews did you want hamss to kill before Israel responded Do not forget what hashem told bnie israel to destory all of amalek ie men woman cihldren and animals do you think g-d is racist for telling jes to kill them all off

Anonymous said...

yasher koach. the world and the jewish people need to hear the emes, the truth, over and over. the real history, the real story, over and over and over again. it's got to be that way. the light has to persistently illuminate the darkness.

the darkness cannot tolerate the light!!!

Anonymous said...

to red cabbage:
in ww2 when the west was fighting nazi germany did it stop and say: wait, let's go in carefully so to not kill any innocent germans. the germans elected the nazi leader, may he be erased. israel, on the other hand goes to great lengths to avoid civilian deaths. it is hamas who is responsible. they put their weapons in schools, hospitals etc. they use children as shields. they blew up that school!!!!
this is their m.o. to make naive people like you feel 'sorry' for the so called 'innocent' so called "fakestinians".
the hamas charter is committed to the destruction of the jewish people and the drinking of their blood.(read it for yourself).
these are the 21st century nazis with a religious zeal.
you must question what the lamestream media is telling you.
israel could just carpet bomb gaza, but it is trying to be as humane as possible. after 8 years and thousands of rockets moving further into israel what the heck do you expect them to do?
would any other country be expected to tolerate that for 2 minutes? much less 8 years. (not to mention all the homicide bombers etc).
you must understand this well from the talmud: those who are compassionate to the cruel end up being cruel to the compassionate.

this describes your mentality.

you must wake up and do your research. joan peters 'from time immemorial' , r' chaim kramer, 'this land is my land'.

or, you can continue on your self-righteous, ignorant road empowering those who admire and emulate the nazis.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

clarification: the anon. who posted the ugly video about gaza (pls don't bother looking) is not the same 'anon' prior to that. that would be me, real deal.

Jacob said...

That anyone can defend or justify the murder of hundreds of children is absolute insanity.
I have heard so many zionists paint the resistance of the oppressed Palestinians as illegitimate on one count or another- whether illegitimate because they aren't really even a group by which they can collectively resist, or that they are violent, religiously motivated zealots who have no capacity for rational thought.

What is happening here is an attempt to de-legitimize the resistance of the Palestinians. Because if they have no access to legitimate resistance towards systemic murder, genocide, they have no resistance.

Anonymous said...

The Israeli need to ally with the British National Party.

Progressive Pinhead said...

The BNP allied with Israel? How appropriate.

Yehudi said...

Cabbage, once you realize that Hamas has: 1) fired missles, mortars, and automatic weapons from behind children, 2) hidden weapon caches in buidlings where refuges seek shelter, 3) fire upon and blow up buildings while other arabs are seeking shelter then blaming will turn your anger towards those who are truly culpable. Israel goes to great lengths to protect innocents, often at the expense of their own lives. Please know that Hamas is trying desperately to manipulate the media to show themselves as the victims. Your anger is justified, albeit misdirected.

Avi said...

Heretic, Israel cannot ally with the BNP. We have no preference for anti-semites, whether they be of the skinhead or the Islamo-fascist variety.

Jacob said...

"Israel goes to great lengths to protect innocents, often at the expense of their own lives."

current count is what, 900 Palestinians, 11 Israelis?
275 children?

Anonymous said...

But, it's "ok" to bash, slaughter innocent men, women and children. uh huh The world does not tolerate that. You know what it is.