Skip to comments.We deserve the Qassams and the Katyushas...
Posted on 07/16/2006 11:43:19 AM PDT by Challenge
We deserve the Qassams and the Katyushas
GAMLA: News and Views from Israel
By Nadav Shragai (Haaretz)
The hundreds of Qassams and Katyushas that have landed in the south and north are a natural response coming from those who, over the years, have grown used to believing that Israel regards the thousands of mortars and Qassams on the inhabitants of Gush Katif as nothing more than rain.
The kidnapping of the soldiers was practically obligatory from someone who understands that "deterrence," a much-favored term used by many Israelis, was a kind of self-delusion, largely virtual, and that Israeli prisoners, for those who swore they would "not get down on the knees," are worth a few hundred terrorists.
Hezbollah and its Palestinian pupils internalized this and made note of it. After the wars against terror, like the one going on now, come the retreats, and then more wars, which lead to more retreats. Terror sows and then reaps. Fact: The blood of the dead and wounded had yet to dry and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was already making clear that in addition to the two fronts where unilateral steps were taken - with great success, as everyone knows - he will undertake another unilateral move. The "convergence," right next to the main mass of Israel's population, will take place, he insists.
The truth? We earned it honestly as a nation of gullible fools, who over and over followed the illusions of quiet, peace and demography sold buy its leaders. We deserve it. However, the influence of the recent events has moved something, maybe temporarily, but something has moved. Suddenly, there's not enough room on board for all those who are disengagement opponents.
Click here for the full article
Click here to sign up for the FREE GAMLA Intelligence Newsletter!
The writer makes a very good point. The ultimate wages of appeasement are bloody war.
Considering it was the Israelis who learned the hard way, back in the early seventies, not to make deals with hostage takers, who embraced prisoner exchanges, makes the situation doubly ironic. Trade one soldier for several hundred imprisoned terrorists? These recent kidnappings were inevitable.
Oh, they understand it all too well. The problem is that they sympathize with that sentiment.
And your analysis hits the nail on the head.
Haaretz is a left of center publication, so this is full of euphemisms, but it still makes the point. This is a left wing Israeli government that ran the settlers out of Gush Katif and Amona at gunpoint. Now they have suddenly decided to fight.
This government failed to listen to those who said that abandoning Gaza would make it into a Palestinian outpost to attack Israel. Instead, Olmert went ahead with his despicable "disengagement" plans to give the Arabs Judea and Samarea.
Some of the best Israeli humor of the last week has occurred on Israel National Radio, with people asking, "Why is it that left wing governments always fight our wars and right wingers sign all these traitorous international agreements?"
Olmert is a weakling and won't finish the job.
He will NOT attack Syria or Iran.
He doesn't have the balls.
Left wing? Left half of the center-Right coalition, maybe. I thought these guys were ex-Likud.
(Go Israel Go! Slap 'em down Hezbullies.)
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.