The State of Israel is in a constant state of war with its Hamas governed neighbors in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has demonstrated the use of a Vietcong type tunnel system and further guerrilla tactics to inflict nearly two dozen casualties on the IDF.
On Friday, my family in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv awoke to shrapnel from a Hamas rocket in their front yard. Per proper procedure, despite it being a chunk of metal, the bomb squad still had to remove it. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
This is the reality people live with in Israel. Those who condone Hamas’ guerrilla tactics are nothing short of rabid dogs with no perspective or respect of life. To quote Netanyahu, “We protect our civilians from rockets. Hamas protects its rockets with civilians.” Imagine if you had rockets from a border country landing in your yard; I firmly believe you would demand military action against the aggressor.
Anti-Semitism Rising in Media, Globe
Another disturbing trend as a result of the July (maybe summer) War is a rise of Anti Jewish media coverage by the MSM and comedy personalities. Jon Stewart was a recent comedic example, but the worst offenders are CNN and MSNBC interviewing people like Barghouti and promoting their Hamas propaganda.
In Boston, pro-Palestinian counter protestors disrupted a pro Israel March requiring the police to intervene on behalf of the Israel side. The protestors, many Jewish, reported racial slurs, spit in their eyes, and rock throwing from the terrorist side.
Celebrities are also taking the terrorist side, with Rhianna feverishly tweeting “Free Palestine!” Celebrities tend to always side with Hamas, with a few exceptions.
In Summary: Conduct of War, Gaza Solution, Palestine is Jordan
The IDF must conduct the war by whatever means necessary to end the rocket fire and tunneling by Hamas. The 2005 unilateral withdrawal, an olive branch from the Ariel Sharon Administration, is a failure. Israel must implement a different solution for Gaza after winning back the peace.
Gaza should be turned into the Playa del Carmen of the Arab World. Doing so is not far fetched, putting Hamas out of the picture. With a little cooperation from residents and the Palestinian Authority (in lieu of a constant occupation force), Egyptian contracting firms can come in, hire Palestinian workers, and build hotels and other tourist attractions while the government strengthens the infrastructure. All of this under the premise of demilitarized self rule with defense guaranteed by Israel and possibly later on, Egypt.
Unlike the West Bank, who’s Arab residents that refuse Israeli citizenship are de facto Jordanians, Gaza is formerly Egyptian territory. Gaza in the future could be stabilized and returned to Egypt by referendum, or join Israel under Israeli Arab citizenship.
The West Bank, the only viable place to create another state, has been Israeli territory since taking it from Jordan in 1967. Its citizens were Jordanian then and are Jordanian now. The mandate to create Israel and Palestine is therefore a success as there are two states divided by the river.
Jordan is the Palestinian State, a position I have always advocated as 87% of them are ethnic Palestinians including the Queen, and anyone who wishes to live in Arab-Palestine should thus move to Jordan. Israel can easily subsidize the cost if needed, and there is no price too expensive for a guaranteed peace.