After 8 days of aerial attack on Hamas positions in Gaza, the terrorist organization refused to stop its rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli civilians. In an effort to secure the safety of its citizens, Israel has put boots on the ground and surrounded Gaza City in a mission to destroy Hamas’ military capability to threaten Israelis in the southern villages and towns.
At the moment, it appears the United States may be the only friend Israel has. Governments around the globe are condemning Israel’s ground offensive (Arab nations, Asian nations, Turkey, India, Greece, Venezuela, Cuba, European nations, and I’m sure there are plenty more), but President Bush and even high ranking Democratic Senators of both parties still maintain Israel is within its rights. The United States seems almost alone in condemning the Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians. Apparently Israeli deaths don’t bother the international community.
Anyone who has served in the combat arms of the military understands this is not what Israel wants. The Gaza Strip is a tiny piece of land, about 140 square miles, populated by approximately 1.5 million Palestinians. In other words, it’s quite crowded.
Urban warfare is the most dangerous fighting there is for an attacking force, because the enemy can hide almost anywhere. Hamas certainly knows the urban areas of Gaza better than the Israeli ground soldiers who will be responsible for clearing buildings and locating weapons caches. This is a guerilla fighter’s choice of battlefield. What I’m getting at here, is that Israeli commanders and politicians don’t desire this phase of the conflict, but obviously consider it essential to accomplishing their mission–“to significantly disable the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas and produce lasting change in the security predicament affecting residents of southern Israel.”
According to news reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) haven’t yet entered Gaza City or other large urban centers in Gaza. Instead, they’ve surrounded Gaza City and divided the country into three parts. They cleared the northern village of Beit Lahia, from which most residents had already fled, and have most likely formed a defensive front somewhere between that village and Gaza City to keep Hamas rocket and mortar brigades from leaving the city to fire their weapons into from the north. Israeli forces have also been reported to have reached Netzarim to the south of Gaza City.
The last thing the Israelis want to do is enter densely populated Gaza City. Let’s zoom in and get a closer look at what they’d be fighting.
In dense urban areas such as this, tanks and other armored vehicles are channeled down narrow streets lined with hideouts where the enemy can lie in wait and attack at close range. Ground troops must enter and clear every building–an extremely difficult and dangerous endeavor. Effectively, the Israeli advantage over Hamas guerilla fighters is greatly reduced in this environment. Only Hamas relishes the thought of fighting on the streets of Gaza City.
If the IDF enters the city proper, it’s only because its generals and Israel’s politicians see no other alternative to end Hamas rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli citizens.
Today’s news from Gaza reports the IDF is now tightening the noose around the city, engaging Hamas militants in the suburbs to the north. Troops stationed to the south of the city are preventing resupply and reinforcements from that direction.
Militarily, the preferrable course of action would be to set a perimeter and beseige the city, but it might take several weeks to force a surrender. International pressure that would mount in response to the certain humanitarian crisis that would develop likely makes takes this option off the table for Israel. It’s doubtful that even US politicians who still support Israel would continue in supporting such a strategy, and Israel is plagued by uncertainty of what course the new Obama administration will take after 20 January when the new President will be sworn in.
Barack Hussein Obama has remained eerily quiet on the subject since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Hamas. If he supported Bush’s position, it would greatly ease Israel’s mind and give her military more flexibility in strategy and tactics. There’s little doubt Israeli leaders believe they may be “up against the clock” to wrap up the campaign, or at least accomplish as much as they can by the inauguration.
Hamas could have avoided this entire conflict by recognizing Israel’s right to exist and denouncing terrorism. Instead, it fired rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians. Now, the terror organization is giving its conditions for a cease fire, but they offer nothing to eliminate the threat to Israel. Hamas’ conditions (end to Israeli offensive, end blockade and open all borders) fail to satisfy Israeli objectives and would almost certainly guarantee a restart of its attacks on Israel in the future.
Good luck and God speed Israel.
Hamas Leaders Exploit Israeli Honor, Hide in Hospital Disguised as Doctors and Nurses–All American Blogger
Israel, Hamas, Hatred & the Media–ARRA News Service
Mosab Hassan, son of founding member of Hamas Sheik Hassan Yousef, is a thorn in the side of the terror group (and liberals who defend them) who describes his past participation in the organization, his imprisonment for committing terrorist acts, and his subsequent conversion to Christianity and renunciation of Islam.
After serving as a leader of the Islamic Youth Movement “which fought Israeli tanks, celebrated suicide bombers, and recruited others to the cause,” Hassan became disillusioned with the terrorist organization while imprisoned in Israel and observing the horrendous conduct of his radical brethren. In the following video, Hassan describes Hamas leaders ordering the torture and even killing of imprisoned Hamas members.
In an interview with the Christian Post referenced here, Hassan described his reasons for leaving the Islamic faith and embracing Christianity. In his opinion, radical Islamic leaders worship “Mohammed more than God, kill innocent people, beat their wives, and don’t have any idea what God is.”
He didn’t immediately inform his family of his decision to convert, and continued to assist his father with his political activities. His intention was to provide a counterbalance to more radical elements close to his father, attempting to change the organization from the inside.
He has since moved to the United States and is seeking political asylum, but still has hope that his father and family will come to understand his conversion and even follow in his footsteps.
“I know that I’m endangering my life and am even liable to lose my father, but I hope that he’ll understand this and that God will give him and my family patience and willingness to open their eyes to Jesus and to Christianity,” Yousef said. “Maybe one day I’ll be able to return to Palestine and to Ramallah with Jesus, in the Kingdom of God.” 1
It’s too bad the Palestinians in Gaza can’t hear his story as they continue to support the terrorists who continue to bring Hell to their doorstep.
By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused the militant Hamas organization of holding the people of Gaza hostage Friday and said the United States continues to seek a “durable and sustainable” cease-fire.
Speaking to reporters in the White House driveway after a meeting with , Rice also said that the United States remains “very concerned about the situation there and is working very hard with our partners around the world.”
But she reiterated thethat any cease-fire in fighting that is now into its seventh day must hinge on the willingness of Hamas to stop firing rockets into . Rice also said she has no current plans to travel to the region.
“Hamas has held the people of Gaza hostage ever since their illegal coup against the forces of (Palestinian Authority) President Mahmoud Abbas,” she said.
An Israeli airstrike leveled the 4-story apartment building senior Hamas official Nizar Rayan called home, resuming the practice of targeting Hamas leaders that was suspended during the 6-month cease fire that expired last month.
Just yesterday, Rayan declared “God willing, Hamas will win.”
Maybe God is telling Hamas whose side he’s on…
Here’s the AP article.
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writers
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –dropped a one-ton bomb on the home of a strongman Thursday, killing him along with two wives and four children in the first attack on the top leadership of Gaza’s rulers. As the aerial bombardment escalated, the army said it was also poised to launch a ground invasion. Israel also appeared to be sounding out a possible diplomatic exit from the 6-day-old military offensive against Hamas by demanding international monitors as a key term of any future truce.
The bombing targeted 49-year-old Nizar Rayan, ranked among Hamas’ top five decision-makers in Gaza. His four-story apartment building crashed to the ground, sending a thick plume of smoke into the air and heavily damaging neighboring buildings. It killed Rayan and 11 others, including two of his four wives and four of his 12 children, Palestinian health officials said. The Muslim faith allows men to have up to four wives.
Israel has made clear that no one in Hamas is immune in this offensive, and the strike that flattened Rayan’s apartment building in the northern town of Jebaliya drove that message home.
“We are trying to hit everybody who is a leader of the organization, and today we hit one of their leaders,” Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said in a television interview.
TEHRAN (AFP) – A group of Iranian demonstrators stormed the British diplomatic compound in Tehran to protest London’s stance towards the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, state news agency IRNA reported.
“A large group of people and students entered the Gholhak gardens, which are occupied by the British embassy to protest at Britain’s policies in supporting the Zionist regime and put up the Palestinian flag there,” IRNA said Tuesday.
A media officer at the British embassy in Tehran confirmed the report adding that diplomatic police had driven the demonstrators out.
“We do confirm the raid on our premises. We are in contact with Islamic republic authorities to resolve the matter,” Mitra Behnam told AFP.
Today, from 1-3 pm EST, the Israeli Consulate held a public press conference via the social networking site Twitter. Under the username IsraelConsulate, the consulate fielded questions on all aspects of the military assault on Gaza. You can view a list of questions asked along with the consulate’s response via the following links:
The following is my synopsis of the Q & A from the press conference, inferred from my reading of the questions and responses. I’m not attempting to speak for the Israeli government, and I welcome any corrections or clarifications it wishes to make regarding my interpretation. Many thanks to the Israeli Consulate for making this available to us via Twitter.–John Allison, III
Questions were fielded from a diverse group of Twitterers, including users sympathetic to Israel and those sympathetic to the terror group Hamas. Some of the questions posed even came from inside Israel. Topics covered addressed addressed the military action underway–it’s causes, conduct, and what will be required to end it, how to deal with the humanitarian crisis inside Gaza, and such things as the incident involving the Dignity and journalists’ access to the area.
The Israeli Consulate explained the cause of this military campaign was the firing of more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilian targets since 2001. This Hamas assault endangers the lives of 500,000 Israelis. Though civilian casualties are occurring, the IDF targets only military installations. This policy is the exact opposite of Hamas, which intentionally targets civilians in an effort to maximize civilian casualties.
Though Hamas was elected to govern Gaza, the terror organization’s refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist and its policy of exterminating Israeli civilians disqualify it from being defined as a “Democratic” government in the eyes of the Israeli government. The consulate emphatically stated the government of Israel is not declaring war on the Palestinian people of Gaza, and it mourns every lost civilian life–Palestinian or Israeli. Civilian deaths are a result of Hamas’ placement of military installations in close proximity to civilians, in effect using those civilians as shields. Israel believes Hamas relishes even Palestinian civilian deaths for their propaganda value.
Addressing the cease fire proposed by the international community, Israel desires peace and diplomacy to achieve it. But, Hamas used these periods in the past to rearm, refortify, and strategize for the next wave of assaults against Israel. The objective of the operation is to eliminate the threat of rocket and mortar attacks on 500,000 Israeli civilians. When the IDF and the Israeli government believe that objective has been achieved, the operation will end.
Humanitarian aid is being allowed into Gaza. Thirty-eight truckloads of supplies were allowed to cross the border today and 17,000 such truckloads entered before the violence began. The wire services have correspondents in place inside Gaza, but more reporters are not being allowed in for their own safety.
Israel wants a peaceful, two-state solution. However, as long as Hamas continues to deny its right to exist and attacks Israeli civilians, Hamas cannot be a part of that solution.
The consulate chose to conduct this press conference via Twitter because it noticed many on the web dispersing inaccurate information. Israel continues to give press releases to the MSM, but believed this forum would help reduce the misinformation being propagated on the internet.
How the Israeli Consulate Brought the State to the People–Read, Write, & View
Thanks to The Intellectual Redneck for alerting me to this story!
Cynthia McKinney (yes the former US Congresswoman famous for open demonstrations of her stupidity), a member of the group Free Gaza, boarded the SS Dignity in Cyprus with several other “peace” activists intent on running the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the group’s mission was to deliver medical supplies to the beleaguered terrorist state.
This left wing website sees this act as one the Green Party, under whose banner McKinney ran for President of the US in 2008, should take pride in. But we expect such nonsense from the liberal activists who demand protection for Palestinian terrorists who intentionally kill Israeli women and children with their rockets and bombs.
McKinney made quite the name for herself in Congress when she struck a Capitol police officer with her cell phone in 2006. Strutting through the Capitol without visible credentials she was unrecognized by the officer who simply asked for her identification. Instead of showing it, she went into a tirade that resulted in the striking of the officer. The left-wing activist Congresswoman then went on a public relations campaign leveling charges of racial profiling against the Capitol Police. Eventually though, the embarassed Democratic Caucus pressured her to apologize for striking the officer.
She’s known for her dubious claims and outright lies. According to her, Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. Denouncing the Nobel Peace Prize, she claimed to speak on behalf of the millions who had died at the hand of the UN. She’s been known to defend the tyrant President of Zimbabwe, Mugabe, who has led a once profitable and productive nation to poverty and famine.
And now, this left-wing radical nutcase is taking on the State of Israel, challenging its right to defend itself against terror attacks launched from the Gaza Strip–that small strip of land ruled by the terror group Hamas.
This is not a mission of mercy for McKinney, it’s a publicity stunt. And once again, an idiotic one.
Yachting Moonbat Alert–The Intellectual Redneck
Israel continues to pound away at Hamas targets in Gaza while it amasses troops on the border in preparation for a possible ground attack.
The typical response from the international community is coming in as well. Iran is calling for volunteer Muslims around the world to fight in Palestine. French President Sarkozy has condemned the Israeli attacks as disproportionate to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets. The Egyptian foreign minister referred to Israel’s military response as “blind military action” in the same breath in which he extended his condolences to the Palestinian “victims.” Protests throughout the Arab world are calling for more agressive action against Israel and America.
Such hypocrisy has come to be expected anytime Israel responds to Palestinian or Arab aggression. But, Israel knows how to take care of itself. Since the United Nations created the State of Israel in 1948, the geographically tiny and isolated country has fought and won several wars with its surrounding Arab neighbors.
War of Independence 1947-1949
During the War of Independence from 1947-49, the tiny state fought and defeated an Arab coalition consisting of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. Troops of these nations were supplemented by Palestinian and Sudanese contingents as well. Over 6,000 Israeli troops lost their lives to defeat the Arab aggressors who greatly outnumbered the fledgling nation’s armed forces.
This was not to be the war to end all wars however, as Israel’s neighbors retreated to lick their wounds and develop new strategies. During this time, Palestinian terrorism was born as Egypt funded suicide troops who operated from bases in Jordan. The U.N. Security Council condemned every Israeli response to this terror, but condemnation of the Arab’s who sponsored violence against Israel was blocked by the Soviet Union’s veto.
Sinai Campaign of 1956
In 1956, Israel launched an offensive against Egyptian forces in the Sinai Desert in response to the Arab nation’s stockpiling of Soviet arms in preparation for war against the tiny Jewish state. When Egytptian President Nasser blockaded the Suez Canal, Britain and France backed the Israeli action. Israel launched the campaign with paratroops who quickly conquered the Egyptian airfields in the Sinai and cleared the path for Israeli ground forces to march to the Suez Canal.
The United States sponsored a Security Council resolution demanding an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Sinai that was subsequently vetoed by Britain and France. The next day, these two countries launched air attacks against Egyptian airfields along the canal allowing Israeli ground troops to pummel their opponents. These operations resulted in the capture of the Gaza Strip, along with virtually the entire Sinai Desert. It had taken this tiny, isolated Jewish nation only 8 days to relieve Egypt of the heavily fortified Sinai.
Both the United States and the Soviet Union condemned the Israeli assault and demanded it remove its troops to pre-war borders. Israel complied after 6 months of negotiations produced a U.N. agreement to take control of the Gaza Strip and station a U.N. Emergency Force in the Sinai to protect Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Aquaba and Suez Canal.
The Arab states were surprised by Israel’s quick victory, but not ready to accept its right to exist. This war was not yet over.
The Six Day War–1967
Over the course of several weeks in 1967, anti-Israeli rhetoric comprised of threats of annihilation of the small Jewish state was spewed by Arab leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, and Syria, as well as Palestinian leaders. This rhetoric was followed by the massing of Arab troops on Israeli borders in the Sinai, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. Egypt sent 100,000 troops into the Sinai, blockaded Israel’s southern port, and demanded the withdrawal of the U.N. Emergency Force, while Syria staged its forces in the Golan Heights, and Jordan in the West Bank.
Israel launched a preemptive attack on and quickly crushed Egyptian forces in the Sinai and Gaza. A Syrian air attack was quashed by the Israelis on the first day of the war. Jordanian troops then launched an offensive from the West Bank. After six days of fierce fighting, Israel had routed the Arab forces and expelled them from their staging areas (now known as the Occupied Territories.)
War of Attrition 1968-1970
Egypt, seeking to recapture the Sinai, launched artillery attacks against Israeli Defense Forces on the east bank of the Suez. Israel responded with a cross border commando attack that knocked out the main source of electricity for Egypt. President Nasser spent the next few months fortifying strategic targets in Egypt before again escalating the conflict. In the interim, Israel had refortified its positions along the Suez which came to be known as the Bar Lev Line.
In February 1969, Nasser ordered a massive artillery and air attack against the Bar Lev Line, resulting in heavy Israeli casualties. Israel again responded with cross border attacks deep into Egyptian territory. In July, Israel launched a massive air assault that continued into December and destroyed Egyptian anti-aircraft defenses.
With nothing standing between Egypt and the Israeli Air Force, Nasser appealed to the Soviet Union for assistance in the form of arms and troops. The United States, fearing superpower involvement could lead to a nuclear confrontation, then became involved in cease-fire negotiations and Israel accepted the U.S. brokered cease-fire agreement in July of 1970.
Yom Kippur War 1973
On the holiest day of the Jewish calender, The Day of Atonement–October 6, 1973, this attack caught the Israeli Defense Forces totally off guard and the initial action went heavily for the attacking Syrian and Egyptian forces. Egypt launched an all out attack on the Sinai coordinated with a similar attack by the Syrians in the Golan Heights. Israel’s 500 troops in the Suez Canal zone faced an 80,000 strong Egyptian force while 150 Israeli tanks battled 1,400 Syrian tanks in the North.
Though Egypt and Syria bore the brunt of the campaign, they had help from many of Israel’s Arab enemies. Iraq supplied the Syrian force with 18,000 troops, which were further bolstered by two Jordanian armored brigades. Libya and Iraq had previously supplied Egypt with Russian-built MIG and French-built Mirage fighter jets which were employed in the campaign. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait financed much of the operation. In a sense, Israel was once again fighting the entire Arab world.
Caught totally unaware of the impending attack, the first two days of the war were disastrous for Israel. Egypt had marched 15 miles into the Sinai and Syria had taken the Golan Heights by the 7th of October. However, Israel’s geographic disadvantage of being surrounded by its enemies and the numerous wars fought before had left it in a heightened alert status, always ready to respond quickly to enemy activity.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were quickly mobilized and reserves called up. On October 8, this small, isolated Jewish nation lauched a counterrattack that rapidly forced the Egyptian forces back across the Suez and expelled the Syrian forces from the Golan Heights. The IDF marched to within 65 miles of Cairo and 35 miles of Damascus before a U.N. brokered cease-fire interrupted the Israeli rout of its enemies on October 24. A peacekeeping force of 1,200 U.N. troops was sent to the Golan Heights and Israel maintained control of the Sinai.
Once again, the outnumbered Israeli forces had defeated a numerically superior force of allied Arab enemies in a few short days.
Operation Peace for Galilee–1982
Palestinian terror groups, most notably the Palestinian Liberation Organization, had sprung up since before the Six Day War and had expanded their base of operations to include southern Lebanon. Israel had launched smaller scale attacks against these bases prior to 1982, like Operation Litani in 1978 in response to a terror attack on civilian buses that killed 37 and wounded another 76.
In response to an assassination attempt on the Israeli ambassador to Britain in 1982, the IDF once again attacked the terror bases in southern Lebanon. This time, the mission was expanded an Israel captured the capital city of Beirut. The Syrians interceded in June. Though Israel’s success against Syrian ground forces came with a high price, this small Jewish state dominated in the skies. Syrian anti-aircraft batteries were quickly destroyed which allowed the superior Israeli Air Force to down 29 Syrian aircraft in one day without a single loss of its own.
The Gulf War–1991
During the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, Israel obliged American requests to not become actively engaged. However, Saddam Hussein, facing an international coalition devoted to wresting recently conquered Kuwait from Iraqi hands, ordered Scud missile attacks against Israel in an effort to garner support of Arab members of the coalition. More than 80 Scud missiles resulted in 31 Israeli fatalities. These Israeli citizens died at the hand of the Arab state of Iraq even though Israel was not in any way involved in the war.
By July 2006, the Palestinian terror organization Hezbollah had established bases in Lebanon once again. An IDF patrol was attacked, inside Israeli territory, by Hezbollah terrorists who killed three and captured two Israeli troops. This attack coincided with coordinated rocket and mortar bombardments of Israeli settlements and military installations in the north.
Israel then launched a counterattack against Hezbollah positions throughout Lebanon. Once again, the international community revealed its hypocrisy in criticism of Israel’s disproportionate use of force. The war concluded on August 14 with a U.N. brokered cease-fire.
Once again, Israel is forced to respond to unprovoked attacks by terrorist organizations funded and supported by its Arab enemies. And, once again the world is condemning Israel for responding too harshly.
If the United States and the rest of the international community will stand aside and let the Israelis finish this, the Palestinian problem will be resolved. Either there will be no terrorists left, or they will come to realize that failure to recognize Israel’s right to exist can only lead to their annihilation.
The Israelis knows how to deal with this. We need to let them finish it.
Human Sacrifice in the Pit of Hell–by Cassandra at Politeia
Liveblogging Israel’s operation against Hamas–Michelle Malkin
Israel was once again forced to lauch attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza yesterday, and the international reaction is predictable. Calls from around the globe for Israel to stop its “aggression” are the typical response of the international anti-Semitic coalition.
The same people, nations, and groups who so loudly decry Israel’s military response are those who sat idly by as Hamas militants fired rocket after rocket, mortar after mortar into Israel. These one-way pacifists see nothing wrong with Palestinian (or other Arabs) killing Israeli civilians, but consider every Palestinian death an outrage.
President Bush has rightly stated that Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks by the terrorist organization that runs the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, among world leaders only Britain and Germany have joined Bush in recognizing Hamas’ role in initiating military action. President-elect Barack Hussein Obama has yet to comment on the current conflict, and that leaves many wondering how he will address the issue once he occupies the White House later this month.
Israel has doubts about soon-to-be President Obama’s administration, even though he emphatically stated he’ll continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself. With former President Carter consistently spewing anti-Israeli rhetoric and former President Clinton’s willingness to trade Israeli security for “peace”, it’s no wonder.
The fact is, until militant Palestinian factions and other Arab nations accept Israel’s existence as a reality, there will be no peace. Nor should there be.
Read former President Jimmy Carter’s own account of his recent trip to Paris, Lebanon, and Syria and see if you don’t agree. Of course, this is just another page in a long history of Carter’s demonization of Israel and defense of terrorist organizations.
Carter heaped praise on Lebanese, Syrian, and even Hezbollah officials and uses the report to create a portrait of these three groups working to achieve peace. At the same time, he never misses an opportunity to give the reader the impression that Israel is the only thing standing in the way of a peaceful Middle East.
Contrast the following two quotes taken directly from Carter’s report:
Hezbollah refrained from meeting with us but expressed approval of our election monitoring. The big issue was that Syria and Lebanon were moving toward mutual diplomatic recognition and exchange of ambassadors after decades of Syria’s assumption that there was no boundary between the two.
Israelis are also occupying the northern (Lebanese) 2/3 of a small village named Garjaa. The general showed us a graph of the many flights of Israeli planes over all parts of Lebanon, averaging about a dozen each day. Neither Hezbollah nor the Lebanese Armed Forces have any anti-aircraft weapons for defense.
No mention of past Syrian attempts to assasinate Lebanese political leaders. No mention of Syrian assistance to Iran in supplying Hezbollah terrorists with the weapons to practice their trade. Reading Carter’s words leads one to believe the conflicts between Lebanon and Syria amount to little more than two schoolboys arguing over a cheap toy.
Carter also fails to mention Hezbollah’s offensive attacks against Israel that led to the 2006 war and resulted in the current Israeli military operations along the border. To lament the fact these terrorist dogs lack anti-aircraft weapons is unexpected, even from someone as anti-Israeli as Carter. But there it is, in his own words. Carter is saddened by the fact that Hezbollah terrorists can’t shoot down Israeli planes!
Carter evidently doesn’t remember when Israel pulled out of Lebanon, after 20 years of occupation, that Hezbollah swooped in and filled the vacuum. The same Hezbollah that was controlled and assisted by Iran and Syria and the same Hezbollah that lauched the attacks that started the 2006 war.
Then after all of this ridiculous nonsense Carter has spewed, he closes with a paragraph that intentionally paints the terrorist organization Hamas as a harmless group of professionals. Yes, Hamas. Here, read the quote that makes my stomach turn and destroys any previous illusion I held that Carter was a good man who simply had some mistaken views…
In the afternoon Bob, Hrair, and I met with Khaled Mashaal and his fellow Hamas politburo members, all of whom are scientists, medical doctors, or engineers – none trained in religion.