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A Brief Review of the Israel-Hamas War

Posted by Atilla89 on January 19, 2009

As you can see I haven’t been blogging in the last few months, just put it down to laziness. The latest round of fighting in the Middle-East is of course nothing new, in fact, I expected it to happen much sooner then it did. The IDF did a great job that wasn’t helped by the illegal use of human shields (both willing and unwilling) by Hamas. However, the Israeli political leadership has left much to be desired. Now that the ceasefire is in place, Israeli finds itself in a similar situation as it was at the end of the Hezbollah war. Not only did they fail to stop the rockets from falling on the South, Hamas itself still exists as the main player in Gaza.

Indeed, many in the IDF feel that the political leadership was far too hasty in implementing the unilateral cease-fire:

Among many soldiers in the field, many of whom have been pulled out in the past several hours, Israel’s declared truce appears to constitute a missed opportunity to crush Hamas’ will to fire at Israeli civilians. Some reservists reported, though, that Hamas appeared weak.

“We could have done a lot more. There’s a feeling the operation ended too early,” one soldier told Ynet. He and his colleagues are staying alert in an attempt to block ceasefire violations – rocket fire – by Hamas or other Palestinian organizations.

These soldiers maintain that an operation such as Cast Lead should leave Hamas “devoid of desire” to continue aiming rockets at Israel. “We can continue without a problem, in urban Palestinian areas, in Gaza City or anywhere else. All they need to do is tell us to,” soldiers said.

However, for me, the issue that angers me most is the fact that Olmert should have foreseen such problems. Already we have Ismail Haniyeh declaring victory‘ over Israel.

“The enemy has failed to achieve its goals,” Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the territory, said in a speech broadcast on Hamas television.

Though he called the war, in which more than 1,300 Gazans and 13 Israelis died, a “popular victory” for Palestinians, Haniyeh said Hamas’ decision to declare a truce on Sunday was “wise and responsible”.

It is irrelevant whether he is right or not, the military causalities speak for themselves, the point is, he has just won a propaganda victory over Israel through ‘resistance’. Thus he will be able to ensure Hamas’s continued popularity in the Strip through his policy of ‘resistance’ for what may be a very long time judging by the current Israeli political leadership. I can only hope that Likud will be elected on Febuary 10 and take a much harder line with Hamas and indeed Iran.

Soldiers leaving Gaza (Photo: AP)

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Myths of the Cycle of Violence

Posted by Atilla89 on November 3, 2008

One of the most prevailing views of the Israeli-Arab conflict and specifically between Israel and the Palestinians has been that of a cycle of violence. Basically this view opinions that one side launches an attack on the other forcing the other to attack and so on. Thus both parities are guilty of the violence. This has led to the naive opinion that if only they could just sit down with each other and work out their differences everything would be alright. At first glance this may seem to fit but after further analysis in this CAMERA article, things become a little more clearer.

‘The authors found “there is little evidence to suggest that both sides of the conflict react in a regular and predictable way to violence against them. Rather we find that the direction of causality…runs only from violence committed by Palestinians to violence committed by Israelis, and not vice versa.” They conclude “Overall we find strong evidence that the Israelis react in a significant and predictable way to Palestinian violence against them, but no evidence that the Palestinians react to Israeli violence. This stands in contrast to the popular notion that Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in a ‘tit-for-tat’ cycle of violence.”‘

Basically what this excerpt is trying to say that when the Palestinians commits acts of violence, it is almost certain that Israel will react in some sort of way. Whether it fits some people’s definition of proportionate is up for debate. However, like it says above, it is almost certain that Palestinians will not directly react to violence committed by Israel. This is a very important point because usually violence committed by Palestinians will be random. Examples of this include the recent set of attacks in Jerusalem. Most the reasons given were generic for example being against the ‘occupation’, there was nothing specific.

The reason that this article gives for the randomness of these attacks, one that I happen to agree with, is that:

‘…the authors “suggest that the Palestinians may deliberately choose to randomize the timing of their response to Israeli violence…The effectiveness of terror attacks in disrupting day-to-day Israeli life is, almost by definition, greater if these attacks are unpredictable.”‘

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On Georgia And Hezbullah

Posted by Atilla89 on September 8, 2008

Hey everyone, sorry for not posting in a while, I have been quite swamped with work. There still won’t be regular posting for a time as I have a few deadline coming up, however here’s a few links to whet your appetite.

Firstly, on the Georgian issue, all I wish to say is that I fully support Georgian independence and what Russia did was not only wrong but also illegal. If you want to know the history behind that conflict then you should read this article called The Truth About Russia in Georgia by Michael Totten here. The territories that have been taken from Georgia include South Ossetia and Abkhazia, both of which have had their independence recognised by only one country, Russia. In the meantime, Georgia has decided to try and get the UN to protect them, for all the good that will do. The UN has barely any power as it is; I hope Georgia gets the ‘protection’ they deserve, but I doubt it would stop a Russian advance if they decide to go at it again.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will hear three days of argument in a Georgian application for interim protection against “ethnic cleansing” it accuses Russia of committing on Georgian territory.

Georgia instituted proceedings against Russia before the ICJ on August 12, accusing it of breaches of the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). As it can take months for the court to decide whether or not to entertain the case, Georgia brought another application two days later asking for interim protection measures.

The ICJ has no powers to enforce its judgments, which have on occasion been simply ignored by state parties. (Edit: bold text added)

Moving south now to the issue of Hezbollah, there has been some unsettling news regarding the leadership of Hezbullah. As most people know, Hezbullah is directly connected to Iran, however it was believed that the general-secretary of the terrorist group, Nasrallah did have some measure of independent control over the group. This is significant because if Israel were to ever go to war with Iran, most likely Nasrallah would be urged to attack Israel. He may have or he may not have, the point is now mute because Iran have decided to take full control over Hizbullah.

Iran is consolidating its grip on Hizbullah and has instituted a number of structural changes to the Lebanese group, under which Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah no longer enjoys exclusive command over its military wing, top Israeli defense officials have revealed.

“There is real Iranian command now over Hizbullah,” a top IDF officer said. “This doesn’t mean that Nasrallah is a puppet, but it does mean that whenever he pops his head out of his bunker he sees an Iranian official standing over him.”

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Nasrallah walks between crowds in south Beirut [file]. Photo: AP

Now we know that Hezbullah, acting as an extension of Iran will attack Israel in the event of a war with Iran, they may even be used as a spark to set off a much larger regional war with nearby countries such as Iran, Syria, Hamas and possibly even Fatah (who we, Israel, supplied weapons to).

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How Education Is The Key For Peace Between Israel And The Palestinians

Posted by Atilla89 on August 12, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered how to stop the cycle of violence that plagues Israel and the Gaza Strip & West Bank then I have the answer for you, education. This may seem a little bit strange but education has the most say in a child’s outlook on the world. When I say education I am not just referring to going to school and then coming home to do homework and study. I am talking about the education that children receive from their parents, their friends, their religion and the media both independent and state-sponsored.

When a child learns to hate a particular people or religion from an early age, that hatred stays with them for a long time. When the message is continually hammered into them from every source of education it is almost impossible to undo the effects of such an upbringing. Of course, I am talking about the education that is continually forced upon Palestinian children. In my opinion, it would take generations to undo the damage being done to the Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. However outlining a brief plan of such a solution is not the point of this post. My aim is to show one particular grotesque way in which such a hatred of Israel and Jews is being fostered upon Palestinian children.

For example, a recent article in Pajamas Media titled ‘How Gaza Kids Are Spending Their Summer Vacation‘ is a great example of this ‘education’. When most people think of school holidays (especially summer) they think of going to the beach to relax, maybe going to a summer camp (known as a Sport and Recreation camp in Australia), you get the picture. However in the Gaza Strip, summer holidays means something completely different:

‘Hamas and Islamic Jihad, ever mindful of their responsibilities as pillars of the Palestinian community, are running their annual summer camps for thousands of youngsters…In addition to receiving healthy doses of religious and political indoctrination, they’ll be learning how to handle weapons and navigate assault courses.’

Hang on you say, did I read that last part right? They are letting children handle weapons? These sorts of descriptions sadly no longer surprise me (think Farfour, the Hamas version of Micky Mouse), indeed they are almost the norm now in Gaza. However to somebody else who has no idea about Palestinian society this would come as a shock and rightly so, this sort of treatment is disgusting.

‘An Islamic Jihad operative was at pains to point out to Ynet that children would only be handling dummy rockets, not real ones. Allah forbid that they should play with real Qassams or Katyushas — someone could lose an eye.’

Because that is any better…

Of course, this not anything new. During March I wrote a post very similar to this one in which I showed a video of children giving out flowers and lollies to passing Palestinians celebrating the recent (then) terrorist attackat Dimona. These sorts of actions just illustrate my point of how education is the key to stopping this conflict. Golda Meir, a former Prime Minister of Israel got it right when she said that peace would only be possible “when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”.

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Second “Copycat” Terrorist Attack In Jerusalem

Posted by Atilla89 on July 23, 2008

In just two weeks Jerusalem has faced two terrorist attacks each following an identical style of attack from men who are both citizens of Jerusalem (specifically the largely Arab eastern section).

For the second time in three weeks, an Arab bulldozer driver from east Jerusalem rammed his construction vehicle into a city bus and several cars on a central thoroughfare in the capital on Tuesday, wounding 16 people before being shot dead by a Druse border police officer and a civilian passerby.

Firstly a congratulations is in order for police officer Amal Janam and Yaki Asa-El who was the one that actually shot the terrorist, Ghassan Abu Tir dead.

The border policeman who shot...

The border policeman who shot the terrorist in Tuesday’s bulldozer attack, Amal Ghanem, speaks to the press. Photo: Channel 2

In a previous article, I mentioned that:

Hopefully, next time Israel will do a better job in not letting these people get citizenship. I really think that a citizenship test should be given to every Israeli citizen. Of course this begs another questions, why are we issuing Israeli ID cards to a possible fith element anyway?

In this particular attack, no one was killed but 16 people were wounded. However, this is not the point. The point is this, Israel has a very real fifth element which can actively organise itself into a new terrorist group which will be able to strike quite easily within Jerusalem. The official view is that these attacks were not coordinated with the bigger terrorist groups.

Like on July 2, security officials said Tuesday’s attacker apparently acted on his own, underscoring what police said could be a series of attacks by “lone attackers” in the short-term.

Some of the solutions to combat this fifth element include the destruction of the terrorist’s home and the expulsion of those who helped them from the city of Jerusalem. These are not new suggestions, and were in place during the second Intifada before eventually being dropped because of pressure from such groups as B’Tselem. As well as this,

He [Public Security Minister Avi Dichter] also proposed carrying out background checks on Arab employees who work with heavy construction equipment, but noted that Israel faced “not simple” legal obstacles to carrying out such moves.

I personally think that Israel should go further with that suggestion and do background checks on anyone from the West Bank who works in Jerusalem or even the rest of Israel for that matter. However, I will save the best for last.

The attack was condemned by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was meeting with President Shimon Peres at Beit Hanassi several blocks away. “I condemn the attack and as always I wholeheartedly oppose all acts of terror,” Abbas said.

Uh huh, yes, good work Abbas, you showed what a caring person you are. No really just ignore what you said and did one week ago.

Palestinian Presiden Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hizbullah. Abbas congratulated the family of released Lebanese murderer Samir Kuntar and sent his condolences to the Lebanese families receiving their loved ones’ bodies as part of the deal.

Such a moderate people, lets give them a state!

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Israel Then and Now: Hostages

Posted by Atilla89 on July 19, 2008

I found this aboslutely awesome article by Naomi Ragen about the Israel of 1976 and the Israel of today. The differences between the two would make you think that it is a completely different country, unbelievable!

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Thousands of people gathered at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on 4 July 1976 to welcome the hostages home from Entebbe.

I was a new oleh when the PFLP and two Germans hijacked a plane full of Israelis to Entebbe. I remember well those nail-biting days, the moral dilemma of freeing dangerous terrorists for live hostages; the idea that negotiations would just lead to more hijackings. But what other choice did we have? After all, they were in Uganda, so far away.
We found a way.

I will never forget the morning of July 4, 1976, waking up to the news. Our soldiers had gone in, at great personal risk. They had saved almost everyone, and killed the terrorists. We were not helpless victims anymore, the Jews. No, we were clever, and resourceful and courageous. We showed the world how to behave. We led the way.
I wake up this morning of July 16, 2008 with quite another feeling. Our soldiers, kidnapped on our own land, not across any international border, are brought back to us in caskets after two years of sadistic playfulness with the hearts of their families by Hezbollah terrorists, who led us to believe they were alive. And in exchange for dead bodies, we turn over a despicable baby-killer, Sami Kuntar.

Oh, you will hear the boosters of the Israeli government sigh. What can we do? We are civilized and they are not. We care about our soldiers and their families.
No, I’m afraid you do not. If you cared, then you would have a death penalty for people like Kuntar, so that they too can be released in caskets. And if you cared, you would be intelligent enough, seeing our soldiers brought back to us dead, to have put a bullet through Kuntar and then turned him over to his friends.

Civilized is a euphemism for weak and helpless. Civilized is not a moral value, because we all know what Western civilization is capable of. Concentration camps. Civilian round-ups, the gassing of children. All this under the banner of laws and policemen and governments. On the other hand, the moral thing to do to a triedand convicted murderer like Kuntar is to spill his blood, because he has spilled the blood of others. That may not fit in with current civilized niceties, but let no one say it is immoral.

When it comes to immoral, to release Kuntar to a hero’s welcome and the opportunity to murder others is on the top of the scale.

My government, the Israeli government, arranged this. They let it happen. They oversaw it and implemented it.

I am deeply ashamed to be an Israeli today. And I’m not very proud of being a Jew either, if this is how a Jewish country behaves. To lead the world in ever more despicable acts of appeasement is nothing to be proud of. The torch we always carried, the “light unto the nations” has been blown out by the hot-air of our politicians.

If we cared about our soldiers, we would not be showing our enemies that kidnapping and terrorism pay. We would not be setting the stage for the next murderous terrorist raid and hostage standoff. We would be passing laws with a mandatory death penalty for convicted terrorists with blood on their hands, as well as their accomplices. We would be making these laws retroactive. Then, we would be cutting off all water and electricity to Gaza until Gilad Shalit is released. If that didn’t work, we’d begin executions within one week, increasing the number of convicted terrorists facing firing squads with each passing day until Gilad is returned to us safe and sound. And if that didn’t work, we would begin daily bombings of Gaza, with the same number and frequency of attacks that our own city Sderot has suffered over the past three years from the Gazans. Not civilized? Perhaps. But moral. Extremely moral.

My fantasy is that Israelis will rise up and overturn the political system which has left them with the dregs of their nation as leaders- a bunch of self-serving crooks and syncophants who will do anything to stay in office; an electoral system in which a party like Kadima, with its collection of felons and moral imbeciles, who got only 23% of the vote, is allowed to rule us into the ground. We have Mr. Olmert, and Ms. Livni, and Mr. Peres, and Mr. Ramon (a convicted sex offender, who is now in line to take over from Olmert) and many, many others to thank, for creating this day of infamy.

May G-d redeem us from them.

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Peres: “It would be very hard to reach an agreement”

Posted by Atilla89 on July 6, 2008

Yes this is your one-time burst of sanity from the Israeli government. Shimon Peres, the peacenik that everyone believes he is, actually said something that might be considered intelligent today. He decided that he agreed with ‘…a well-known “dovish” attorney, who said Israel had no chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership.’ How could this happen to the most famous of all Oslo participants? Maybe he is becoming a little more realistic in his political views?

Well you would be half-right if you believed that. Peres, however, ignores the elephant in the room once again and dismisses the Palestinian Authority National Charter, which believes that:

‘The Palestine National Council, in the name of God, and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, hereby proclaims the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian territory with its capital Jerusalem (Al-Quds Ash-Sharif).’

And instead of bringing this up, Peres said ‘…Abbas had no support among his people, no power to carry out security agreements and that any agreement Israel and the PA made crumbled a day later due to the PA’s weakness.’ These reasons that are suggested are all true, but it would not be correct to say that they are the main stumbling blocks in the many negotiations that happen between the PA and Israel. What Peres is missing is the fundamental reason why these negotiations will fail. It is not because the PA has no security forces they can deploy in the West Bank or any other similar problems, this can be fixed. It is because their fundamental beliefs and ideals are against it.

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Terrorist Attack In Jerusalem

Posted by Atilla89 on July 3, 2008

Sorry for the long time between posts. I’ll be honest, its because nothing really noteworthy has happened, until now. As I’m sure you’ve all been aware now, there has been another terrorist attack in Israel, specifically Jerusalem. As you can see from this awesome clip below, the terrorist gets absolutely destroyed, enjoy.

Unfortunately, the terrorist managed to kill three people and wounded 45 people.

The driver rammed at least two buses, overturning one, and crushed several cars in a five-minute spree just after midday (7pm AEST) in west Jerusalem.

However this brings up some important issues; how was this guy allled to get into Israel? Quite easily actually.

He was identified as an Arab resident of East Jerusalem, whoheld an Israeli identification card, with full access to all parts of the country.

As well as this the guy was known to the police for raping a former girlfriend, he served two years. Hopefully, next time Israel will do a better job in not letting these people get citizenship. I really think that a citizenship test should be given to every Israeli citizen. Of course this begs another questions, why are we issueing Israeli ID cards to a possible fith element anyway?

The attack came at a highly sensitive time in intra-Palestinian politics, with Hamas struggling to hold together the truce with Israel, which has seen limited supplies allowed into the Gaza Strip in return for a stop to rocket fire on Israeli settlements.

Egypt immediately locked the Rafah crossing into the Strip, which had been due to open around the time of the attack. Hundreds of Palestinians on either side rioted in response.

Israeli security forces were last night interrogating the terrorist’s family, amid calls by enraged members of parliament for them to be deported en masse to Gaza.

More on this event here.

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Gaza Truce Is At ‘Risk’

Posted by Atilla89 on June 25, 2008

This is was news yesterday but I thought I may as well add my 2 cents in just for fun. Yes, we nearly had a record. The truce only lasted 6, repeat 6 days! Guess who violated it? Was there even a hesitation when you said Hamas? Probably not. However that is strictly not correct, it came from Islamic Jihad which although:

did not agree to the truce but had vowed not to violate it.

However, it may as well be the same thing in my opinion. Now is the world starting to wake up about these people? They don’t keep their word, we knew that already. Hamas is the government in charge of the Gaza Strip, yet they can not even keep their allied terrorists (or as MSM says ‘militants’) under control. Never mind that Israel took down a terrorist (he was a senior in Islamic Jihad person which was the reason for the attack) in the West Bank, where there is no truce. Never mind Israel is completely in its right to target terrorists, Hamas replied that:

Hamas blamed Israel for yesterday’s violence, saying it had “provoked” Palestinian armed factions with the killing of the two men in Nablus.

Still what do you expect. I could now go into a rant about Olmert trying to save his political skin by destroying Israel’s chance to destroy Hamas, but if you’ve read the blog you already know my views on this.

On a lighter note, I am going to be seeing You Don’t Mess With the Zohan on Sunday. Review will follow. Oh and more good news, regular blogging will follow from this Friday as I will be on a break, so expect posts at least once every second day.

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The ‘Truce’ With Hamas

Posted by Atilla89 on June 20, 2008

I must be crazy. That’s the only reason why I would be posting during an exam period about to take an exam that I will most likely only scrape a bare pass! However, when I see the amount of stupidity in the world I can’t help myself. Why, oh why, does Olmert think it will be actually beneficial to have a temporary peace (Tahdiya) with Hamas? It doesn’t make sense, they aren’t interested in permanent negotiations. Here’s a few reasons why from Jonathan Dahoah Halevi.

  • Hamas regards the temporary cease-fire as a tahdiya and not a hudna. A tahdiya – “a period of calm” – is used by Hamas to describe a simple cease-fire. A hudna implies recognition of the other party’s actual existence, without acknowledging its legitimacy.
  • In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April 26, 2008), Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is “a tactic in conflict management.” He added that it “is not unusual for the resistance…to escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the tide does….The tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel…to remove the siege…and if it happens it will be a remarkable achievement.”
  • Official sources in Israel have explained that Hamas’ interest in a lull in the fighting is a result of its “distress.” But the organization did not experience “distress.” Hamas has introduced and maintained law and order in Gaza, strengthened its overall control, suppressed opposition, and achieved broad popular support for its policies.
  • One diplomatic consequence of the tahdiya will be increasing pressure on Israel to accept a future reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. That could lead to increasing demands on Israel to negotiate a permanent status arrangement with a joint Hamas-Fatah government, while Hamas remains committed to its political program of the elimination of Israel.
  • The cease-fire also grants Hamas a golden opportunity to expand its military build-up for the next round of terror and violence. Emulating Hizbullah’s strategy, Hamas is striving to acquire longer-range and more destructive missiles to be used for deterrence and as a sword on Israel’s neck.

To summarise, for some reason, Israel believe that by going along with this ‘ceasefire’, which by the way will not last the week (if it does I will be genuinely surprised), in order to get their captured troops back through further negotiations. What they don’t understand is this will aid Hamas, and as you can see above, was probably what they were hoping for. Now all Hamas has to do is sit tight and rearm baby! Instead of this piss-poor excuse for a truce, Israel should be in the Gaza Strip right now engaging Hamas, not in dialogue, but the traditional kind of engagement, the one that actually works with these people.

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