I must be a terrible person

After reading about the attempts of American President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry’s to impose a stunningly lopsided ceasefire on Israel and Hamas, my initial reaction was “Are you kidding me?”

Essentially, the details of the ceasefire dictated that Hamas would remain in power, armed, and would win significant concessions from both Israel and Egypt, in the form of relaxed blockade conditions, open borders, and all the things Hamas has been complaining about for years.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a day when there is no blockade, Gaza is a thriving place with strong businesses and strong ties to both Egypt and Israel.

But, I believe that there are only a couple of ways to get there.

1.  Hamas can either realize, or the people of Gaza can “realize” for Hamas, that they are not going to destroy Israel and that their lives are going to remain miserable as long as they continue waging war on Israel;  Or:

2.  Israel can continue to pound Hamas and Gaza until number 1, above, happens.

Either way, Israel cannot, should not, and hopefully will not capitulate and allow the USA to dictate acquiescence to Hamas’ demands.

The ONLY way to peace is if both sides want it.  Israel wants peace, Hamas does not.  In spite of the many demonstrations around the world, I think that is clear. Some will certainly disagree with me, but they will be, as always, wrong.

Peace can be negotiated now, today, or it can be negotiated after further, significant pain on both sides.

Eventually, if Hamas does not understand and accept this, Israel will pound it into dust.

We used to have a saying about learning things the easy way, or the hard way.  Hamas is choosing the path of learning things the hard way.

So, why must I be a terrible person?

I’m a terrible person because, right now, my fervent desire is for Israel to punish Hamas sufficiently so that Hamas and its proxies are permanently eliminated as a threat, until the people of Gaza throw them out and tell Israel that they want peace.

I do not believe it will happen any other way.

If wanting Israel to continue pounding Gaza and being against any ceasefire agreement that prevents that from happening makes me a terrible person, then I suppose it must be true.

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5 thoughts on “I must be a terrible person

  1. Irv, eventually, the world will force Israel to stop. But, what differentiates this incursion from others is that a large number of countries have at least implicitly supported Israel’s right to respond, correspondingly condemning Hamas. Hamas’ refusal to accept or honor ceasefires is also working in Israel’s favor.

  2. John, I agree with you completely, but I am left with a doubt as to the ability of Israel to withstand the pressure of the rest of the world f\a “humanitarian”, “peace now” solution, as soon as it becomes clear that Hamas is going to be thoroughly thrashed. we have seen example of the result of that kind of pressure several times since the creation of the Israeli state. What makes you think that this time might be different ?

    Irv Cohen

  3. So, why must I be a terrible person?
    I’m a terrible person because, right now, my fervent desire is for Israel to punish Hamas sufficiently so that Hamas and its proxies are permanently eliminated as a threat, until the people of Gaza throw them out and tell Israel that they want peace.

    – Thinking that doesnt make you a terrible person. I believe every people in Israel wish that as well. Israel doesn’t want war! in any way. Hamas dragged us into this operation.
    People of gaza are victimized by Hamas terror. Hamas is slaughtering people of gaza daily for not obey his commands using as human shield against Israel!
    As you probably know, Hamas uses civilians facilities such as Hospitals and Schools for terror proposes and bu that making it almost impossible for the IDF to destroy.

    So basically Gaza people can not really do anything against Hamas or any other terror groups.

    I do not believe it will happen any other way.

    If wanting Israel to continue pounding Gaza and being against any ceasefire agreement that prevents that from happening makes me a terrible person, then I suppose it must be true.

    – As prime minister Netanyahu said today, Israel won’t stop until we’ll demilitarization Hamas, Eliminate all death tunnels, Either the world like it or not.

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