NOT unlike stepping into a minefield, those who are unfamiliar with Mid East dynamics in general, and Israeli politics in specific, receive incessant frontal whip-lashing, if they attempt to make heads or tales out of Israeli leadership’s seemingly inexplicable “strategic” decision-making.
The following will clear through some of the muck…smoke and mirrors…
Commentary by Adina Kutnicki
READING the news coming out of Israel, one can be forgiven for thinking that they landed in an Alice-in-Wonderland, rabbit hole-worthy, topsy-turvy universe. More specifically, readers could rightfully posit: what level of crazy is Israel’s top leadership operating from? And, as an Israeli (American ex pat), this inquiring mind demands to know!
MOST significantly, this site incessantly warned: yes, PM Netanyahu’s spinelessness, his gravitational pull towards “cease-fires” (unable to say NO to the Islamist-in-Chief & others), will be the death of many Zionists.
Israel and a Palestinian delegation to talks in Cairo, including Hamas, were due to start observing a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip starting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m., to be followed by negotiations under Egyptian aegis for a long-term cessation of hostilities.
This decision flies in the face of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s solemn pledge 48 hours earlier to continue Operation Defensive Edge until Hamas and its terrorist allies stopped firing rockets (a massive barrage was fired up to five minutes to eight).
He stated that Israel was turning away from ceasefire accords, which Hamas had violated six times causing IDF fatalities, and reserving its military and diplomatic freedom of action to act solely in its own security interests. “No accommodation, only deterrence” was the motto of the moment Saturday night, Aug. 2.
Even as he spoke, the bulk of Israel’s ground troops were on their way out of the Gaza Strip. But he assured the public that they were regrouping and refreshing ranks for a new, offensive formation that would stand ready to cross back in a trice if necessary.
But already then, the prime minister had quietly conceded to the demands of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and US Foreign Secretary John Kerry to withdraw IDF contingents from the Gaza Strip. This was in obedience to Hamas’ precondition for talks, following which Israeli envoys would present themselves in Cairo for indirect negotiations on a long-term accommodation with Hamas through Egyptian intermediaries.
By Monday, when the ceasefire deal was already in the bag, the prime minister, defense minister Moshe Ya’alon and a group of senior officers led by Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, met the community leaders of the 250,000 Israelis whose homes and lands abut the Gaza Strip. They promised the communities that, for the first time in 13 years, they would be safe from Palestinian rocket fire.
The IDF would build a new security fence enclosing Gaza like the barrier along the Egyptian border and instal a home guard system backed by electronic sensors and other gadgets in all their communities.
Doubters, who wondered how a fence would stop rockets and the underground terror tunnels burrowed surreptitiously under their homes, were not heeded. By then, tens of thousands of reservists called up for the Gaza war were being released and columns of tanks and heavy equipment were heading north.
The military traffic rolling away from the Gaza Strip was so heavy Monday night that the police issued a notice to civilian drivers using those roads.
When the 72-hour ceasefire was announced after midnight Monday, a “high-ranking Israel official” noted that if the ceasefire holds, an Israeli military presence in Gaza will not be necessary. He said Israel had upheld its commitment not to accept ceasefire deal with Hamas, so long as it was accompanied by preconditions and until the terror tunnels were dismantled. The 32nd tunnel was destroyed Monday night, he announced, and the work would continue henceforth on the Israeli side of the border.
A former National Security Adviser Gen (res) Giora Eiland, summed up the month-long Israeli military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a draw between the two adversaries, with neither side the winner. This judgment, shared by many military experts contradicted the way the operation’s outcome is presented by the prime minister and defense minister who directed it. They describe Hamas as reeling from the heavy damage the IDF wrought to its military machine and weakened enough to be finished off at the negotiating table in Cairo.
Israel reckons that around 50 percent of the 1,867 Gazans estimated killed and 9,500 injured in the operation were Hamas or Islamic Jihad fighters.
The damage was undoubtedly heavy, but still Hamas has come out of the Israeli offensive standing on its feet, an outcome that will have profound political and security ramifications upon and beyond the forthcoming Cairo negotiations.
The reality facing Israel’s war planners at home is also grim: For the first time, the country comes out of a major conflict with a domestic refugee problem. Longtime inhabitants of the region around the Gazan border who have lost homes, property or livelihood have nothing to return to after the ceasefire.
There are no official figures for Israel’s internal refugee problem, but it is believed that up to half of the quarter of a million people inhabiting 57 communities, many of them kibbutzim and private farms, who fled during the hostilities, may refuse to return.
While many endured 13 years of on-and-off rocket fire, they are consumed by the dread of Hamas terrorists jumping out of tunnels in their fields, classrooms or kitchens.
They point to negative side of the IDF official statement: “We have destroyed all the tunnels we know about” as being far from an ironclad guarantee to have obliterated that menace. And the rockets never let up for a single day in the month-long IDF operation – 3,300 in all.
Haim Yelin, head of the Eshkol District Council said Monday that 75 percent of the frontline population has moved north. He said he believes the assurances he received from Netanyahu and Ya’alon that the IDF has solved the tunnel threat and would provide the communities with protection against new tunnels. But he said, people are no longer willing to live under the threat of terrorist rocket fire, which they don’t believe has been finally curbed.
This credibility gap is part of the general unease over the outcome of this long-delayed counter-terror operation. It started out with 86 percent of the population canvassed holding high hopes of curing the festering terrorist woe emanating from the Gaza Strip. But now, Israel’s leaders, no less than Hamas, face a rehabilitation challenge – not just the reconstruction of damaged businesses, farms and buildings, but also of faith in government.
NOT only that, cease-fires with terror orgs are illegal! They are against international law and Israel’s own Basic Laws. Nevertheless, true to form, here he blows again. Mind you, regardless of his blatherings, he is capitulating behind the scenes. Yet, as the master of the high art of rhetoric, a full on orator, he will spin it otherwise. DON’T believe him – or his surrogates – for a nanosecond. This site’s considerably plugged in contacts are in full agreement with the above analysis.
SO, instead of standing tall, upright and proud, even as the blah, blah, reflexively anti-Israel world media gang bangs against the only western outpost within the barbaric, head chopping Mid East;
and as Obama’s minions, UN haters and Euro hypocrites join the fray, exhorting,“stop killing the Gazans”, the fact of the matter is, in reality, Israel’s political leadership has tasked the IDF to bend over – ass backwards – to protect the Gazan population and to hell with Israel’s majority population’s wishes to FINALLY lead Israel to victory! The proofs, attesting to his derelict leadership, are manifest and beyond dispute. Irrefutable.
FROM dropping leaflets in Arabic to warn civilians to get out of harm’s way, at the expense of tipping off enemy terror cells that the IDF is heading in their direction;
NOW, while most who support Israel seek to defer criticism of the leadership to a later date – at least until after the war is over – this American-Israeli stridently begs to differ. In fact, abject silence has allowed for the facts on the ground to continue to mushroom into a GRAVE threat, even as Israel’s foes plot their genocidal plans,secure in the knowledge that Israel’s derelict leaders will protect the enemy population, and to the detriment of IDF soldiers. Yes, when warnings are given to enemy civilians of an impending attack, the element of surprise attacks are lost…gone…poof! Therefore, where’s the upside to the silence, as Israel’s leaders can’t even stop themselves from spilling their war plans?
Ynet’s veteran defense analyst Ron Ben Yishai reported that one of the reasons that Hamas was prepared to face Israeli ground troops in the Shejaiya neighborhood, where IDF suffered 13 killed in one day of fighting, is that the residents were given ample advance notice of the IDF’s intent to enter the neighborhood.
to hamstringing IAF pilots, stopping them from giving ample air cover – if civilians are around – their collective “madness” becomes visible.
Reports in Israeli media cite IAF pilots who bitterly complain that due to the strictlimitations placed on their use of fire, they sometimes have to refrain from helping comrades facing terrorist fire on the ground.…
TOPPING off the leadership’s mental besiegement, how about the fact that they keep fueling Gaza’s electric requirements (even though Israel unilaterally “disengaged” from the Strip in Aug 2005), still knowing that much of it gets diverted to rocket/missile-making capabilities, not to mention the cement trucks that pour in, which Hamas uses to build terror tunnels! Is this not madness…שִׁגָּעוֺן?
The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to operate with high security. The IDF acceded to the request of hundreds of Palestinians who hold foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza also remains open to Palestinians pedestrians for humanitarian cases.
General Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, noted that terrorist organizations daily attack the crossing through which Israel allowed trucks carrying supplies to enter the Gaza Strip.
STILL, the urgent issue for this blogger (and a preponderance of fellow Zionist Israelis) remains: instead of feeding and fueling the enemy population, why aren’t all of Israel’s energies directed towards a single-minded mission: TAKING THIS MONSTER DOWN NOW!
Even as Hamas continues its terrorist actions and fires rockets towards Israel, the IDF continues to transfer goods to Gazans.
On Sunday, the IDF transferred 186 truckloads of food, medical supplies, fuel and other goods into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom border crossing.
Hamas has for years claimed that Israel is imposing a “siege” on Gaza, yet Israel consistently allows humanitarian aid and other materials into the coastal territory.
Israel has approved hundreds of internationally funded and monitored projects in Gaza, and Hamas has “returned the favor” by building dozens of terror tunnels which lead from Gaza into Israeli communities.
As part of the IDF’s commitment to minimizing civilian casualties, it has set up a field hospital capable of advanced medical treatment and which treats Gazans who are hurt during Operation Protective Edge as they are used as human shields by Hamas.
they voted them in,have to pay the price not unlike the Germansnazis they use them as shields why is israel treating them better than their own murderous leaders-use ehrenfeld email …israel’s haters will call her a murderous regime regardless of its merciful acts where self defense is not even afforded to her, so, there isn’t even a payoff on the diplo or court of public opinion level
THIS enraging topic was explored, somewhat, at an interview, in May 2013. Its efficacy is more than resonant, particularly as many are witnessing the unfathomable behavior coming out of Israel’s top political leadership. Mind you, they are proud of themselves! Atta boychiks…
Wolff Bachner: As I mentioned in my introduction, there is a terrible conflict between the majority of Jews who support Israel and a well-funded, highly organized minority of Jews who have worked over time to delegitimize the state of Israel.
Adina Kutnicki: First and foremost, the Post-Zionist movement in Israel is replete within every sector where civil society elitists permeate. They burrow deeply inside the political and military hierarchies and their tentacles reach within academia, media, legal, cultural and public diplomacy arenas. Many are leftist ideologues, but some are simply well paid whores, handsomely provided for by various foreign-funded NGO’s, all in order to ply their wares. The New Israel Fund (among others) is a major umbrella front for those who seek to delegitimize Israel as the Jewish national homeland. On the other hand, it is estimated that a very small fraction (approximately 3%) of the Jewish majority public veers to the left. Nevertheless, the majority’s wishes are continually marginalized, and herein lies much of the rancor and push back from nationalist Jews, of which I am immeasurably aligned with.
Adding to the morass, the fact that Israel has yet to adopt a Constitution (Professor Paul Eidelberg, a renowned American-Israeli political scientist cited above – a PhD from the University of Chicago – has drafted/shaped many of Israel’s future Constitutional components, and they are held within the Knesset as place markers) muddies the waters. In word and deed, this is a fatal flaw which allows many offenses – which would otherwise be deemed treasonous – to fly under the radar, despite Israel’s Basic Laws.
As to the mental aberration, why Jews (hailing chiefly from the left) side with sworn enemies, well, this is a question which Dr. Kenneth Levin, a Harvard psychiatrist, as well as a PhD historian from Princeton, answered in his masterpiece; a monumental, epoch feat of scholarship “The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege.” To make a long story short (and to save myself from a throbbing headache…this subject irks to no end), a chronically besieged people – and the Jewish people qualify like none other – often end up internalizing the hatred and delude themselves about the malevolent intent of their enemies. The visceral, non-quenching hatred is too onerous to bear, therefore, fantasy becomes blurred with reality. Feeling totally out of control, they invent a fairy tale, not unlike chronically abused children. But this is just its tip, the rest must be gleaned through the book itself. It is an eye opener and jaw dropper.
IN light of their demonstrative mental besiegement, the Jewish adage, “he who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate”,couldn’t be any more prescient. Pressing.
GUARANTEED, regardless of the leadership’s appeasement, rest assured, the following is emblematic of those they insist on being humane to in Gaza – Islamic barbarians!
TRENCHANTLY, the monsters that Israel’s leaders continue to feed, resupply and refuse to topple in toto – at the behest of the Islamist-in-Chief – can never be satiated. Never.
ESSENTIALLY, the capitulation – via a war of attrition – of Israel is more important to Obama Inc. and assorted henchpeople, than exposing Hamastan in its full ignominy. That’s a fact. But why is this acceptable to the Spineless-leader-in-Chief? Rhetorical.
EGREGIOUSLY, Bibi betrays all the soldiers – as he paradoxically heaps praise upon their service – begging to finish Hamas off, once and for all!
Upon learning that we would be released next week – a month after our emergency call-up to fight this war – my reserve unit drafted a petition expressing our willingness and desire to continue in this war effort and defeat those who have been murdering and terrorizing our nation.
UNFORGIVABLY, the leadership pisses on their heads and makes a mockery of their sacrifices; those who lived to tell the tales and those who died in vain (yes, they died for naught), believing that they were going to finish off the enemy, particularly after such a ferocious blitzkrieg on the nation!
MAY G-d, have mercy on their souls….
INTRINSICALLY, a recent commentary (in the midst of the latest “operation”) is the only plausible way forward, at least for the majority Zionist population: “Israeli Spring Cleaning” Can’t Come Soon Enough: Bibi Waffling – Once Again!
CONCOMITANTLY, why do Israel’s demented leaders still feel a responsibility to take care of the Gazans, when their own leadership uses them as human shields, and many of them voted in the terror apparatus to begin with?
THIS explosive finding too…..
TO wit, does this make them feel like good “humanitarians”, even as their irrational actions prolong the war against Israel, leaving victory at bay, terrified to “harm the Gazans” and to FINALLY end the madness?
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