SUNDAY: Doing the will of God, is it ever too late? The genesis of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Old Testament story of Sarah and Abraham and their sons, Ishmael and Isaac, is found in the above commentary and also here.
FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I never understood why Israel withdrew and gave Gaza solely to the Palestinians in 2005. Surely they didn't believe Hamas or the Palestinians would be satisfied with this gesture of having their very own sovereign territory for the first time and think peace would prevail in this land of ancient antipathies. What Israel got as a show of appreciation has been increasing numbers of rocket/missile attacks (6,464 in three years!) fired daily into southern Israel--up to hundreds a day in the past few months---at civilians, houses and schools. Now the Israelis have had enough.
I hope they really mean business and are willing to take the heat that's going to come from the world community, (and blubbering outrage of the AP), that espouses the chimera of moral equivalence and it's all their fault. All invasions are not created equal. I don't doubt Israel is going on the offensive now---to get rid of Hamas' rocket launch sites, which are being supplied by Iran and smuggled in through Egypt---because it has no idea what stand the Obama administration will take come January 20. But never mind.
It's not exactly like the Bush administration and Condi Rice have done much but acquiesce lately. As far as I'm concerned Rice as Secretary of State has been about as effective and weak as a U.N. peacekeeper and Israel knows it. So it's moving on with with what it has to do, with or without the United States' blessings. I hope and pray they'll meet their goals to get control of this untenable situation in Gaza with a minimum of bloodshed. And then can establish a sustainable cease-fire with no tolerance for violence: no mortars, no rockets, no more mosques as armories, no more tunnels and kidnapping Israelis.
That's it, folks. After getting shed of the missle/rocket sites and the weapons, Israel must insist on a sustainable cease-fire. There will be zero tolerance for the continuing violent, terrorist attacks in any way, shape or form. It goes for Hamas in Gaza. It goes for Hezbollah in Lebanon.