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Israel Is The Aggressor?

Because I focus so much of this blog’s attention on what is going on in America, I seldom write about the affairs of other countries. We have enough of our own affairs to write about, much less following what is happening around the world. That said, the conflict in the Middle East does seem to be escalating and as is usually the case, Israel is getting the blame for being the aggressor. The hypocrisy that lies in that region never ceases to amaze me.

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IsraelHere’s the situation and the issue at hand. After several days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza, Israel finally decided they had had enough. On November 14, the Israeli Defense Force instigated a series of air strikes into Gaza, trying to stop the rocket fire. In my book, that’s called self-defense. If you have issues with that stance, stop and think what the reaction would be from our government, should Canada or Mexico suddenly decide to fire rockets into our territory. Yes, I understand that is an extreme example and that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has a life of its own, but you should get the picture. The United States would defend itself, as would any other country in the same situation. For some reason, much of the world is reluctant to give Israel the same freedom of self-defense.

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I also understand that Israel has a problem with civilian casualties, but that has a lot to do with where Hamas places its rocket launchers. It is plain to see, they care little for their own people. Otherwise, they wouldn’t place them in the middle of civilian areas. But somehow, that’s Israel’s fault? That just doesn’t work for me.

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So, now we have the leaders of the world calling for an end to the violence. They are doing what world leaders do best, pontificating. Some of them are more obvious than others. For example, let’s look at the rhetoric being used by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Hat tip to Bunkerville and Weasel Zippers.

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(Egypt Independent) Egypt will continue to support Gaza against continued attacks rom Israeli armed forces, President Mohamed Morsi reiterated on Friday.

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“The price will be high if the aggression continues,” Morsi said after he performed Friday prayers in Fatma Al-Sharbatly Mosque in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement.

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“Egypt is different from yesterday,” he added, referring to his predecessor ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s soft stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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“We assure them [Israel] that the price will be high for continued aggression, and [we tell them] you have to bear the responsibility,” Morsi continued.

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During Morsi’s speech, worshipers chanted: “Khaybar, Khaybar, Oh Jews, the army of Mohamed will return,” in reference to a historical battle fought between Muslims and Jews in Saudi Arabia.

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“I say to those on behalf of all the Egyptian people that Egypt today is different from yesterday, and Arabs today are different from yesterday. I say confidently that Egypt will not leave Gaza alone,” Morsi said.

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If that isn’t enough hypocrisy for you, try this on for size. Hamas says they will not accept a truce with Israel, unless Israel gives them assurances that there will be no more attacks on Gaza.

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(HARRETZ)Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, told Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi over the weekend that he supported the efforts to mediate a temporary cease-fire with Israel.

The cease-fire must comprise a clear guarantee from Israel that it would not resume its attacks on Gaza, Haniyeh told Morsi in a telephone conversation.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Hamas started this fight by attacking Israel, yet they will not accept a ceasefire unless they know Israel will not return the favor. No wonder the Middle East is so volatile.

Make no mistake, Israel will defend itself. They have proven that over and over again. They will do whatever is necessary to ensure their survival and Hamas, Mohammed Morsi, and the rest of Israel’s enemies should understand that. If they cared about the security and stability of the region, they would take it into account, but they have different priorities. Namely, the destruction of Israel.

I’m not saying Israel is perfect. They have made mistakes in the past and their responses to perceived threats against their nation are sometimes heavy-handed. They have been known to overreact, but looking at their history, can you blame them? Even before Hitler, they were persecuted. They didn’t even have their own state until 1948 and ever since, they have fought for their very existence. It defies logic that so much of the world would take that right away.

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  • I think it escaped a lot of attention a few days ago when the United Nations said Israel should use “maximum restraint.” And I’ve seen multiple reports of Gaza residents faking injuries or trying to use pictures of dead children that were actually from the fighting in Syria. And the BBC and CNN have used some of those fake reports, either on purpose or just because they were ignorant. Either way, it goes right along with everything you said – Israel is the bad guy. Hamas and other terrorist groups know they have the media and others on their side as long as their opponent is Israel. The 12,000 rockets they’ve fired at Israel were only a blip on the radar until Israel fought back. Then the news was the civilian deaths that Israel caused (if they really did). Is it any wonder I and a lot of others hate the media.

    • Dragonconservative

      And this is the result of maximum restraint.

    • That’s the reason I wrote this post. I know Israel isn’t perfect, but it irks me that they are getting the blame for the shooting that is going on now, just because they responded in self-defense. It’s ridiculous for that to be taking place.

  • Jum

    I seriously doubt there will ever be a solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. If I understand the history correctly, a large part of the problem that Palestinians and many others refuse to accept, is that there was never in history a nation recognized that was called Palestine. There was an area called Palestine that was governed for many years by the British. This area called Palestine has a very long history in which many tribes lived, including Jews, but, there was never a nation recognized by other nation in that area known as Palestine. So, in 1948 the UN resolved to provide the Jews with a small part of the area known as Palestine where the Jewish tribe had much history, the Jews accepted this offer and Israel was born. At the same time, the tribe known as the Palestinians were offered part of the historical area where that tribe had lived to become the nation of Palestine. The offer was refused in part because the Palestinian people claimed all of the area that had been known as Palestine as rightfully theirs. So, from the point of view of the Palestinian people and many others, they have a moral right to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel because they believe they are fighting for what is rightfully their land.

    I’m sorry for running on,Larry, but that is why some people can call Israel the aggressor; because the Jews have occupied lands that the Palestinians believe is their land.
    After several wars fighting for their survival, Israel said enough already and occupied lands outside of their UN defined borders to better defend themselves. Obama and others demanding as a minimum that Israel return to their pre-1967 borders is pure hypocrisy. This planet did not come with marked borders that defined nations. Border are the results of wars or the use of force to protect what a group of people decide they wanted as their nation. Would the United States give back lands we won in war with Mexico? So, that is why I believe there will never be a solution to this conflict.

    • I am fully aware of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides have claims to the area, but Israel seems to be the only side that is willing to try to make things work. They haven’t called for the destruction of the Palestinian people, but the favor hasn’t been returned in kind. The one factor that seems to tie everyone together is the fact that so many of them want to destroy Israel.

    • Dragonconservative

      Well, to me, the history is only important in that it addresses why the problem is there. We need to look to the future. The US must back Israel if any sort of stability will occur in the region.

      • I agree. The only country that is capable of stabilizing the region is Israel, but the rest of the Middle East would just as soon they be destroyed.

  • Billiam

    The World in general has always hated Israel. Anti-semitism is on the rise in both Europe and the U.S. The media will never report that the so-called Palestinians were mainly Jordanian arabs, as that area was part of Trans-Jordan when it was carved up after WWII. The Arabs and Persians of the region will never settle for peace. Oh, they’ll mouth their platitudes to the idiots in the media, then run off to their Mosques and preach death to Israel. Nothing less than the eradication of Israel will satisfy them. Yet, Israel, little Israel, is always to blame. The curse of Ishmael will never end until the return of Christ.

  • Guest

    At this point, the United States needs to back Israel as much as possible. We need a semblance of order in the region, and Israel can provide that order.

  • Dragonconservative

    Our relations with Israel need to be solidified, and we need to support Israel against the terrorists in the Gaza Strip

  • Guest


  • What really bothers me is the way the US media also makes it sound as if Israel is the aggressor. The media never seems to report the fact that Hammas puts its weapons near schoolyards and hospitals hoping that Israel will fire at them and kill their own people so they can win the propaganda war. The media also fails to mention that Obama’s policies have helped to lead to this unrest.These are dangerous times and Obama shares part of the blame and yet he is allowed to claim he stabilized the Middle East.

    • I second everything you have written. The region is more volatile than it has ever been and unless a miracle occurs, I don’t see that changing.

  • Hamas is a terrorist organization. They are also in the Government. They are friendly with Iran and other countries like Egypt. They use their people as pawns and the more civilians who die the better because they get more press.

    A recent baby shown as having been killed by Israel actually was killed by Hamas:

    They do not care who dies… they want Israel and the Jews gone. Every ceasefire they get is an opportunity to re-build. Thus when Israel does attack they have to be ultra harsh because they don’t have much time until a “ceasefire” is brokered which only pauses the conflict.