Sunday, December 25, 2005

You Decide: To kill or to be killed...

Ariel Sharon, and the supporters of the "Disengagement" from the Gaza Strip (and the expulsion of the thousands of Jews who lived there) promised that once Israel had completely withdrawn (read: retreated) from Gaza, Israel would no longer tolerate any terror attacks launched from Gaza, and Israel's response would be fierce and crushing.

Unsurprisingly enough, Ha'aretz reports that in the three and a half months since the IDF evacuated the settlements in the Gaza Strip and removed its bases from there, 230 incidents of Qassam fire have been recorded. In a significant portion of the incidents, more than one rocket was fired at a time.

Do the math - that's an average of over 2 Qassam rockets falling into Israel a day - and does not include the scores of rockets that for various reasons don't successfully reach Israel.

This past week alone:

* A Qassam rocket attack nearly took out the Ashkelon (Rottenberg) power plant, which provides electricity for more than a 3rd of the country (as well as our enemies in Gaza), and this was not the first time rockets have reached the industrial zone in Ashkelon. Ashkelon has become the new Sderot.

* A Qassam rocket attack was launched against an army base in the Ashkelon region, which wounded 5 soldiers. Israel's predictable response was, as reported by Ha'aretz, the IDF will begin working on strengthening defenses against Qassam fire on its boot camp base... The army plans to build a defensive wall around the tents to decrease shrapnel damage. The IDF acknowledges that even after the wall is erected it will be far from perfect in protecting the soldiers.

Build more walls - Israel's answer to every problem she faces.

Nearly 3 weeks ago, in the wake of the Netanya terror attack that killed six, and wounded scores more, Israel vowed a new, tough response to terror attacks, in particular Qassam rocket fire (courtesy of Ha'artez):
In the wake of the suicide bombing in Netanya on Monday, and the constant barrage of Qassam rockets on communities in the south of the country, Israel has decided to adopt a harsher response to the rocket fire.

Israeli artillery fire against the Qassam launchers that had been aimed, for the most part, only at open areas will now be directed also at built-up areas from where the rockets are being fired.

Ahead of the artillery fire at the built-up areas, the Israel Defense Forces will employ loudspeakers to ask the Palestinian residents to clear the area.

3 weeks have gone by in which rockets have continued to fall on Israel on a daily basis; on Jewish communities, army bases and power plants, and Israel's response is to build more walls, and to continue shelling empty fields.

In the meantime, our enemies continue to improve their abilities to destroy us. According to the IDF, as reported by Ha'aretz,
The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization has been upgrading their Qassam rockets... Islamic Jihad's shelling barrages during the past few weeks have been much more precise in finding their targets than in the past... Security sources believe Hamas is taking advantage of the relative calm in violence to focus on improving the Qassams' range. The sources said Hamas would soon be able to produce rockets with a range of some 15 kilometers.

Why is it that as the missile barrage continues to rain down upon Jewish communities, army bases and power plants, that Israel busies itself with building walls, early warning systems and shelling empty fields? Why is Israel unable to act before more Jews are killed?

The Talmud teaches us,
If Someone Comes to Kill You, Rise Up and Kill Him First

If this adage doesn't apply to the current situation in which Israel finds herself in, then when does it apply?!?

(Hat Tip: Joe Settler)



9 Comments:

Uh, OK. Thanks. What did I write that I got a hat tip?

By Blogger Joe Settler, at Sun Dec 25, 02:59:00 PM GMT+2  

And how many people have been killed because of Kassam fire from Aza? Compared to how many people the settlers killed in their battle not to leave - that is five by Eden Natan Zada, the three in the West Bank in a similar incident, and the two people who killed themselves by setting themselves on fire. The greatest danger to israel today and to the peace process is the crazed zealotry of those who prefer to please G-d than work towards peace.

By Anonymous H, at Sun Dec 25, 06:44:00 PM GMT+2  

Haim, I expect more from you -what did anything you said have ot do with the fact the the Governbment of Israle has failed to deal wit hthe threat of Qassam rockets, both before and since the "disengagement"?

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Sun Dec 25, 08:12:00 PM GMT+2  

Just for accuracy's sake, Zada was from the settlement of Rishon l'tzion.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Dec 26, 12:13:00 AM GMT+2  

Ze'ev - what was the connection - you are trying to falsely give the impression that the disengagement has harmed Israel's security. What harms Israel's security is the settlers.

By Anonymous H, at Mon Dec 26, 03:15:00 PM GMT+2  

Anonymous:

Just for truth's sake - he had been living in Kfar Tapuah in the period of time before he murdered himself and four others.

By Anonymous H, at Mon Dec 26, 03:35:00 PM GMT+2  

Haim, thatwasnt the point of the psot at all - the point was 9and is) that for almost 3 years, Israel has been attacked on a daily basis by rocket fire from the "palestinians" in Gaza. Israel has failed to deal with this threat.

Prior to the "disengagement" it was promised that if the rocket attacks continued, Israel would respond in a very harsh manner- this has yet ot happen, and the rockets continue to fall ,and are now threatening not oly Jewish communities but army bases and power plants - it is inexcusable that Israel does not ac to end this threat - the job of a government is to protect its citizens - they are not doing so - and it has nothing to do with "disengagement".

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Mon Dec 26, 04:08:00 PM GMT+2  

Haim, sine you seem to be such a stickler for facts, Zada was lynched by Arabs after he was tied up by Israeli police who chose not to intervene...

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