Well, not tomorrow, but sometime in the near-to-medium future.
Anyone who sits down and looks at the mess that Hamas has made of Gaza would say the same thing. There is just no way that Israeli public opinion will allow Gaza to continue shooting rockets at Israeli civilians. The more those rockets kill, the closer Israel gets to yet another invasion of Gaza.
Why hasn’t the Israeli army invaded before now?
Because the Israeli army doesn’t actually enjoy going to war.
Most armies don’t, but Israel’s army is particularly conflict-averse. This is partly because it is a citizen army with only a tiny core of professional soldiers, but it is also true because of the character of Israelis themselves.
Israelis do not like violence.
Of course, if you are a reader of the New York Times, you won’t believe this, but that’s your problem. NYT readers will need to find a different site than this one to validate preconceived notions.
Now, I’m not saying that Israelis are little angels. They aren’t. They are like people anywhere else – except, maybe a bit noisier. (Israelis are LOUD.)
Anyway, this is the irony that surrounds Israel. Israel is constantly forced to do things that perpetuate a completely inaccurate stereotype.
And no one seems to want to point out that the violence coming FROM Gaza is a direct result of Israel handing Gaza over to the Palestinians.
Here’s the article in Israel Today that got me thinking about this:
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | Ryan Jones
Israeli army chief Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday said there is no alternative to another major military ground operation in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
“From time to time, we face rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and we understand the continuing buildup from the Sinai region,” said Gantz. “I believe that the state of Israel cannot continue to live under the active threat of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Sooner or later, there will be no escape from conducting a significant operation.”
Gantz’s remarks came just hours after Israeli aircraft struck two Palestinian terror cells en route to carry out attacks along Gaza’s border fence. Gaza-based terror groups responded by firing rockets at communities in southern Israel early Wednesday morning.
Lawmaker Shaul Mofaz, head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said he approved of the targeted airstrikes, but warned that a more substantial response to the mounting threat emanating from Gaza cannot be sidestepped much longer.
“Israel needed to respond differently to the violence coming from the Strip,” said Mofaz. “Not to occupy Gaza, but to act in a way that would cause terrorist organizations to think twice before firing long-range missiles.”
Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip have fired hundreds of mortars, rockets and missiles into southern Israel this year. And it has been considered a quiet year.
Critics of the 2005 Gaza withdrawal warned that uprooting the Jewish presence in Gaza would result in the territory becoming a launching pad for attacks on the rest of the country. When Israel responded to an explosion of rocket fire in late 2008 by launching Operation Cast Lead, the government was again criticized for pulling back the Israeli army before it had achieved its goal of rooting out Hamas and its terrorist allies.
There is justifiable concern that the next military operation in Gaza will end the same way, and that the threat will remain.
One of these days, the rest of the world will wake up and realize that Israel was right all along. Unfortunately, the ‘rest of the world’ only tends to do that when it is far, far too late.