GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel July 29, 2014 — How many people remember that a week ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and offered to broker a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas?
Putin’s offer was barely reported on, and for good reason; what country would trust such a narcissistic egotistical ideologue to help with their problems when it is so clear that all they care about is themselves? Besides, Putin has enough of his own problems to deal with, without jumping into the highly-flammable Middle East.
For this reason exactly, Barack Obama’s suggestion/command that Israel reach a cease-fire with Hamas “immediately” should be ignored out of hand as well. So it is that we live in a world where a deranged ex-KGB Soviet thug and the President of the United States occupy the same pedestal in foreign affairs.
Since the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge, Israelis have come to fear two ordinarily commonplace phrases with trepidation. The first, of course, is “hutar lipirsum,” or, “Cleared for Publication.” These ominous words generally precede any breaking new that reports the death of Israeli soldiers in the past 24 hours. The second phrase that strikes fear in Israeli hearts is “hafsakat aish,” or, “cease-fire.”
One might ask, “is it not a paradoxical that Israelis are terrified of learning about the deaths of its soldiers, as well as dreading the news that these soldiers no longer need to put themselves in death’s path?”
In fact, if someone were to take the briefest of glances at Barack Obama’s call for a cease-fire, without considering the President’s documented history of antagonism against the Jewish State, he could perhaps make the argument that Obama is pushing the cease-fire with the goal of alleviating the Israelis of this dark cloud of anxious anticipation.
However, what seems far more likely is that Barack Obama, one of the world’s most radically self-involved individuals, wants to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas because it will win him praise and adulation in the international community he is so obsessed with.
The truth is that Israelis want this war over far more than Obama does. After all, it isn’t Obama leaving his young children, saying goodbye to them in uniform while wondering if it is the last memory they will ever have of him. It isn’t Obama receiving the fateful knock on his door, informing him that he must endure what no parent should have to endure; bury their child.
What Obama apparently hasn’t considered, or disregarded, is that a cease-fire will directly result in the deaths of innocent Israeli and Palestinian men, women and children. A cease-fire now means Israeli soldiers are safer, but innocent Israeli civilians (as well as Palestinian ones) will die.
This was already evident on Monday, when, thanks to American pressure, Israel decided to implement a soft cease-fire, meaning they would refrain from offensive attacks, only retaliating for rocket fire and destroying terror tunnels which could be used in future terror attacks. Just hours later, a mortar fired from Gaza into Israel killed four innocent Israelis. This is the fruit of Obama’s cease-fire push.
Who cares that he tacked on “the United States’ strongly condemns Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirms that Israel’s has the right to defend itself,” at the end of his call with Netanyahu?
His demand for anything short of Israel ridding Gaza of the pestilence that is Hamas renders these haphazardly added sentiments more worthless than the general duplicitous bile that spews from his mouth.
Israel must be encouraged for its aggressive offensive against a terror organization as well-equipped, ruthless and immoral as Hamas. Instead, the self-proclaimed lovers of hope, change and peace are asking Israel to stop fighting, allowing Hamas to re-group and plan its next attacks on Israeli civilians.
The IDF has already discovered one plan to use Gaza terror tunnels to gain access to Israeli settlements and slaughter more than 600 Israelis on the Jewish New Year. Does Barack Obama, in all his wisdom, believe that this was their only such plan? Does he think Hamas leadership saw that this plot was foiled and said, “Aw shucks, there goes our Jihad, let’s pack it up and go home”?
Even Obama can’t be this ignorant…can he?
Oh by the way, as the liberal world endlessly rails against the killing of innocent Palestinian children (while entirely ignoring the death and damage Hamas has inflicted on Israeli children for some odd reason), these ‘peace-obsessed’ liberals who are calling for a cessation of violence are in fact calling for Israel to allow a bruised and battered Hamas to recoup. This means that the United States is condemning more Palestinian children to injury and death, as it has been documented ad nauseum, that using children as human shields is an essential part of the Hamas battle strategy.
A cease-fire benefits Hamas and Hamas alone. The purge of Hamas from the Gaza Strip benefits Israel, the Palestinians and the entire western world.
Barack Obama, and any other cock-eyed ideologue clamoring for a cease-fire without ensuring that Israeli citizens are safe, needs to be ignored for his blatant idiocy. Whoever continues to press Israel to adopt this plan will be equally responsible for the death and destruction Hamas will continue to inflict on the region for as long as they exist.
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