As night fell, and we lit our Chanukah candles, we were filled with new hope as our government finally undertook its basic responsibility towards its citizens, and launched the long-delayed IDF strike against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
We were overjoyed that our planes had caught the Hamas murderers completely off guard and managed a magnificent coordinated attack on major Hamas military and police outposts that took minutes, and did major damage. This included a strike on the swearing-in ceremony at the end of a Hamas military training program, sending all the "graduates" to an early martyrdom before they could use their training to kill more Israeli children. It left us proud and joyful.
Our news program showed us the home of a couple in Southern Israel that had been completely destroyed by an unprovoked rocket attack this afternoon. The woman of the house, Aviva, was interviewed. She was asked if she agreed with the IDF strikes on Gaza that would provoke rocket attacks. With complete calm she said if this was the price the citizens of Israel had to pay for bringing peace and security back to Southern Israel, it was a price she was willing to pay. Later she and her husband, who miraculously escaped injury, lit Chanukah candles in their rubble filled living room. When they said the blessing: "He who did miracles in days of old and in our own time" it gave us all a sense of renewed faith.
The map showing which parts of Israel are now endangered, and which residents will have to spend the next few weeks in security rooms, is a startling fulfillment of the predictions of all those who begged that the disengagement not take place. No longer is it just the citizens of Sderot. With the homes of the brave residents of Gush Katif destroyed, and the Philadelphia corridor no longer patrolled by the IDF, unlimited sophisticated equipment has been pouring into Hamas hands for years. Now the rockets are falling in Netivot and Ashkelon, and threatening Kiryat Gat.
Just for some masochistic fun, I turned from the Israeli news to BBC. Of course, they were interviewing some Hamas spokeman talking about "Israeli atrocities, massacres, slaughter, etc. etc." But even Fox News had some blonde bimbo repeating similar things from her "Palestinian source." It's not Israel's bad PR. It's the desire of the media to listen to the terrorists and sympathize with them. They are the ones who decide who to interview.
Just shut off your televisions. Don't read the newspapers. Hopefully, Israel is going to finish them off this time. Even the leftists, like Amos Oz, who usually lives in the land of Oz when it comes to fighting against terror, seems to understand this, and has come out in favor of self-defense. Wow. Amazing. A Leftist who believes Israel shouldn't commit suicide. That didn't stop three hundred Leftists from marching in Tel Aviv to protest. I suggest we send them all to Sderot to live for the next few weeks. I also worry about our other fifth column, Israeli Arabs. There were Molotov cocktails thrown at police patrols in East Jerusalem, and Arabs marching in Nazareth and other places. We should send them all to Gaza to be with their "brethren."
Also tonight, memorial services were held for the Chabad rabbi and his wife killed in Mumbai. With the recent release of photographs of how Mumbai terrorists sexually mutilated their victims in the hotels, we cannot cry for dead terrorists. Evidence is mounting that the residents of Chabad house were tortured more than other hostages. In light of this, I say with no hesitation that the world would be a better place if every Muslim terrorist-- Hamas,PLO, Al Qaeda, Taliban (who are now threatening to kill anyPakistani girl who goes to school), and Janjaweed (who have slaughtered and raped their way through Darfur) were sent to their Allah and their 72 virigins immediately.
As for civilian casualties, the Hamas only target civilians. And their "civilians" elected them, after all. If their civilians get hurt because their elected government decided to end the ceasefire and put rocket launchers inside their neighborhoods, whose fault is that?
In the war that Hamas declared, it remains us or them. I prefer them. I have one wish: that every reporter, every pundit, every mediaoutlet broadcasting Israel's just and long-delayed war against terrorists inGaza as a brutal, unjustified "slaughter of innocents" find themselves personally involved with terrorists at some point in their lives. I will keep you posted.
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