Posts Tagged ‘escalation’

Escalation Dying Out; Over 130 Rockets Total in 3 Days Were Fired

June 21, 2012

The escalation round that began earlier this week, after a few terror incidents, seems like it’s starting to die out.

The city of Ashkelon would even hold school days tomorrow, for the time being, after today schools were out due to two rockets fired at the city late last night.

Now, here’s the really annoying part – at the end of every one of these escalation round, and in order to seek relative “calm“, Israel must sustain, refrian from retaliating, and be in somewhat of restraints – at every end of this round, there are numerous rockets still fired that Israel does not respond for. Why? Because Israel seeks peace and not war!

The palestinian terror organizations, for some reason (I’d try to find logic, but everything their methods of “fight” is illogical to begin with, so…), can’t end an escalation round without firing more rockets. Sort of “saying the last word” or something stupid like that.

Usually, even when there’s a brokered understanding of a cease fire, rockets continue to fire and Israel does not responding, so that these will be the last rockets. If their intensity is quickly slowed down and if no real harm is done, Israel does not retaliate and relative calmness is temporarily retorted (see rocket counts in time of calm to see what relativity means!)

[Last round of escalation ended with a rocket hitting a parking lot of residential building in Netivot a few hours after the cease fire was in effect! Israel did not retaliate since there were no casulaties and again: it seeks peace, not war!]

In the meantime, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Pros’or, wrote again to the security council. One of many many letters frequently sent that have zero effect, and bring not even a single discussion of the council.


Hamas is responsible for the suffering of Gazans

August 20, 2011

Honestly, at this point, I have completely lost count on the number of rockets fired at Israel. It has been over 20 (might be even 30 and much more) in the past two and half hours alone. And the number keeps on speeding upwards. More and more rocket are being shot blindly with the sole hope of hitting, hurting, injuring and killing as many innocent Israelis as possible.

Rockets began to fly to Israel’s south cities by the dozens. Once one of them made a direct hit towards a house, setting it on fire and causing injuries to two children (ages nine and 3 months) and a 20 year old man, Hamas took responsibility for this rocket attack.

Since then, more than a dozen rockets have hit and even made direct hits – One that hit a car resulted in the death of a 30 year old man. Another hit a direct residential building and caused severe injuries.

Hamas wants this to escalate as far as possible without bringing forth another extensive military campaign. He has taken responsibility for the first time because it was worth it – He can now tell the Palestinians inGaza that he is hurting and killing innocent Israelis. That, for some reason, is a source of pride. For those who are blinded by hate and thing that Israel does the same, I am here as an Israeli citizen to tell you my government and my people NEVER ever take pride or joy in the death of innocents. It’s a result of terrorists setting shop in civilian locations and using people as human shields. Israel’s leaders are not being targeted in these strikes, nor are they in hiding. Everyone knows where they live and where and who their families are – they are not the criminals here, they are NOT targeting civilians. They are targeting terrorists, from the one who launches a rocket to the one who supplied it to, the airstrikes in Gaza are about stopping terror.

If the organizations quit the ways of terror, as the International community has demanded over and over, the people living in Gaza would be far better off. They would not be under blockade, they would not be used as human shield, they would not be subjected to airstrikes. This is a direct result of a dictator leadership that causes pain to its’ own people. There in no one Israeli soldier inside Gaza. There are no settlements. This is not an occupied territory. This is an enemy entity that refuses to engage in any kind of peace process or dialogue, that favors Jihad, hate and bloodshed over the welfare of its’ own people (who, once again, are under its’ regime by force for four summers now).

By taking responsibility and pride in the death of Israeli civilians, Hamas is escalating even further the situation. While Hamas itself is in hiding, its’ people are left as sitting ducks by its’ headquarters, Armories and so on. It is bringing endless suffering and pain to the Palestinian people while blaming Israel and inciting towards it and in return gaining moral and public support (from fear of being overrun, just like it overran Fatah, by the more extreme organizations in the strip) from killing innocent people.

This is the reality Israel is facing. This is its’ enemy. This is who has declared war against it, not the other way around. This is who refuses time and time again to abandon the ways of terror, acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, acknowledge past agreements signed with Israel and sit down to talk about a sustainable peace with it. This is who is causing the suffering of the Palestinians. And I will say it again in the hopes that it finally begin to seek in – Hamas is responsible for the suffering of the people living in Gaza. He is the one making them a target, he is the one who denounces peace and promotes war and bloodshed.

Hamas is who decided to up the stakes and escalate the situation even further. But once again, I am, Israel would be so easily blamed for everything, as if there is no other side to any story.

Update: Hamas has taken down the announcement on its’ website that he is responsible for the shooting of the rockets and other organizations within Gaza had claimed responsibility instead (amazing how easily they would fight for the glory of blood). Israel’s intellegence seems to support a theory that Hamas was not involved in the shooting. It is nevertheless still accountable for everything that happens in the strip and it is his job to make sure this does not escalate even further. At this point, this should be a clear interest, seeing as how Israel’s airstrike took out most of the leaders on the Popular Resistance Committee and has mostly left Hamas the main target. All of the above is not changed – everytime Hamas does shoot a rocket at Israel, he delibrerly endangers the lifes on the Gazans. Every day he doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist to agrees to abandon the ways of terror, It is using the Gazan as nothing more than a shield to be so easily (mistakenly) called Shahid.

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