Israel is getting real at last

I have noticed a trend lately in Israel which I applaud. It’s about time that Israel realised that no matter what it does or does not do, it will be criticised.

Israel could stand on its head with humanitarian deeds that no other nation would dream of performing and it would still be lambasted for being a pariah.

My message to Israel is that since you are going to be a scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in this world, you might as well do what you think is best for your people.

When Israel left Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005 it was for the sole purpose of living in peace with the Palestinians. Did this happen? What would you call a daily barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel? A friendly gesture?

How about the official declaration that Hamas wants to annihilate the state of Israel? That is written in blood in their Charter and they mean every word of it.

During the war against Hezbollah, Israel was very considerate of world opinion and tame in its response to the kidnapping of two of its soldiers on the border. This was a mistake, in my opinion, because what ensued was a flurry of bad publicity anyway for Israel accusing it, as usual, of being cruel to the civilian population of Lebanon.

What is conveniently forgotten is that it is the Arab militants who always start it and Israel is forced to retaliate. And please don’t say Israel should turn the other cheek, because everyone has a right to self-defence.

It is the militant Islamists who always disguise themselves as civilians and, in fact, during this recent Gazan conflict, Hamas again removed their jihadist uniforms so that they could blend in with civilians. This is the method of fighting of cowards who use their own families and babies as ammunition. Israel once again restrained itself and targeted military installations, tunnels and caches and Hamas depended on Israel’s higher ethical standards.

Let’s be quite frank, Israel could have carpet-bombed all of Gaza but chose not to do so out of consideration for the genuine Gazan civilians.

There are now stories coming out of Gaza about atrocities committed by the IDF. This is what the media relishes. The bullshit is piled high in Gaza and is fed to the reporters.

We know who stands to benefit from such accounts. But at long last, Israel has decided that no matter what gross and vile acts Hamas commits, these will be overlooked by an overtly and covertly anti-semitic world while whatever Israel is doing will be analysed ad infinitum and condemned.

So what should Israel do? Listen to the critics who align themselves with the Arabs no matter what the truth of the situation is?

Appeasement does not work and I am pleased that Israel is now declaring that it has had enough of the blatant unfairness of the media, the prejudice of some world leaders and the double-standards of organisations such as the U.N which is overloaded with Arab members.

Israel has had it with the vested interests and I support its decision to stand up for itself and shout “Stuff the lot of you!”

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A doctor’s report from Gaza’s Shifa hospital.

Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported Thursday that a doctor working in Gaza’s Shifa Hospital claimed that Hamas has intentionally inflated the number of casualties resulting from Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.

“The number of deceased stands at no more than 500 to 600. Most of them are youths between the ages of 17 to 23 who were recruited to the ranks of Hamas, who sent them to the slaughter,” according to the newspaper article….

A Tal al-Hawa resident told the newspaper’s reporter, “Armed Hamas men sought out a good position for provoking the Israelis. There were mostly teenagers, aged 16 or 17, and armed. They couldn’t do a thing against a tank or a jet. They knew they are much weaker, but they fired at our houses so that they could blame Israel for war crimes.”

The reporter for the Italian newspaper also quoted reporters in the Strip who told of Hamas’ exaggerated figures, “We have already said to Hamas commanders – why do you insist on inflating the number of victims?”

These same reporters mentioned that the truth that will come out is likely to be similar to what occurred in Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin. “Then, there was first talk of 1,500 deaths. But then it turned out that there were only 54, 45 of which were armed men,” the Palestinian reporters told the Italian newspaper.

(from Honest Reporting)

It’s just as I said in my previous post. Hamas are the purveyors of Bullshit. They tell such porkies that their noses must be a mile long!

Give Obama a “BRAKE!”

I’m most amazed that President elect Obama is making his historic journey by train. Not a Connex train that’s for sure or his trip would have been cancelled on account of the weather. (For those of you fortunate enough not to depend on Melbourne’s public transport, Connex is a company in Victoria which is copping much criticism lately because of its unreliable train service.)

Anyhow, back to Obama. I would have thought that he would arrive on water, walking on it, in fact, and then he would turn that water into wine. My point is that too much pressure is being placed on the poor man. He is expected to be the panacea for every ill in the world, apparently, and it’s so unrealistic.

The new President will have so much to take care of. The economy, the troubles in the Middle East, the war in Afghanistan, the health system, the tax system, the education system, the illegals, global warming and carbon whatsits all demand immediate attention.

For crying out loud, give the man a break! He is not Mighty Mouse nor is he the Messiah. He seems to be an affable and talented man who wants to do his best for America. And it’s pleasing to see a man of colour become President. But if one builds him up to be any more than human, not only will the honeymoon be brief but the marriage will be annulled. And that would be a shame.

“Mission Accomplished!” claims Hamas

A favourite author of mine whose pseudonym is Saki describes one of his characters as “a duck that goes flapping about with forced cheerfulness long after its head’s been cut off.” This quote reminds me of the knight in the “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” movie, who has lost both his arms and both his legs but is optimistic that he is really, really, doing fine and that he is actually the victor in the battle that had just taken place.

Now back to the unilateral ceasefire that Israel has announced. As long as Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel, the ceasefire will endure, but of course, as expected, there was a flurry of rockets into Israel and then Hamas agreed to sit in the naughty corner. After a few hours of sulking it announced that it too was declaring a unilateral ceasefire. So there!

So now we have two unilateral ceasefires. For the time being, that is, until the absentee leader of Hamas, Khaled Meschal, who is relaxing in Damascus, can persuade his gullible followers that they should continue the resistance.

And there’s more…not only are the people of Gaza victims but they are also victors. Easy for Meschal to say, when he is safely away from all the action. So much flapping about from the naughty chair. Hamas has given Israel one week to leave and that’s straight after Israel said it will start pulling out ASAP. Huh? Time to have a pensive suck of the old thumb, I suggest. Make up your mind. Are you winners or losers? Have a good look at what you have done to your people.