It is perhaps the most difficult question for this century: can there be peace in the Middle East for the modern day State of Israel?
Well, if the recent kidnapping and execution of three Israeli teens — one an American citizen — and the response from Hamas are indicators, the answer is clear. Hell no.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “Israel said it found the bodies of three teenagers missing for 2½ weeks near the West Bank city of Hebron, ending a manhunt that triggered one of the biggest Israeli army crackdowns in the Palestinian territory in years. The teens were apparently abducted while hitchhiking home from school. prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call cabinet members into an emergency session to discuss a retaliation.”
As a father, I offer heartfelt condolences to the families of these three young men whose lives were taken wrongfully, and far too soon.
After the emergency cabinet meeting, Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “We found three bodies this evening, and all the signs indicate these are bodies of the three kidnapped teenagers.They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals….Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.”True to his word, early this morning according to Reuters, “Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas. The military said aircraft attacked 34 sites, mostly belonging to Hamas, though its statement did not link the strikes to the abductions. Palestinian medics said two people were slightly wounded.” The bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah were found buried in a rock pile in an open field between the Palestinian villages of Halhoul and Bayt Kahil, said Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
And to think there are those who will condemn Israel for taking action to avenge these deaths? Even our own Secretary of State referred to Israel as an “apartheid state.” When Israel forcibly removed its own citizens from the Gaza area, it got in return the hatred of Hamas. And even in the “Palestinian” West Bank, Islamic terrorists roam freely threatening Israeli citizens in an area forced upon the State of Israel to accept within its own borders.
Interestingly enough Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen, and a leading politician of Fatah, convened an emergency session of the Palestinian leadership and appealed to the U.S. State Department as well as European and Arab countries to restrain Israel’s response.
So Abbas wants to restrain the response of a sovereign country that just had its citizens murdered? Where is the condemnation and agreement to stand with Israel and crush the perpetrators? Where is Abu Mazen’s statement to refute Hamas and its charter to destroy Israel? And since this kidnapping occurred, Prime Minister Netanyahu has requested Abbas abandon his recent reconciliation deal with Hamas and break up a recently-formed Palestinian unity government — it seems Abbas is in consent and alliance. Perhaps he feels as Morsi did in Egypt that Obama has his back?
As for Hamas, they’ve issued a statement declaring they’re not afraid of Israeli threats and have warned Israel they will “open up the gates of hell” if Israel conducts attacks of retribution — but then again Hamas feels perfectly justified in firing rockets and missiles into southern Israel.
Israeli military officials said that the army is still pursuing the two at-large Palestinians it alleges are members of Hamas and responsible for the kidnapping, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh. Israeli engineering corps arrived late Monday to the houses of Messrs. Qawasmeh and Abu Aisheh and evacuated the families. Reuters reports that “troops set off explosions in the family homes of the alleged abductors late on Monday, blowing open a doorway in one, an army spokeswoman said. The other property was on fire after the blast. Soldiers, who arrested one of the suspect’s father and brothers, ordered the inhabitants of the dwellings to leave before the detonations.”
Hamas officials have neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the youths’ disappearance and have praised kidnapping Israelis in general as a legitimate means of fighting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
There can be no doubt that the forces of Islamic totalitarianism feel emboldened and are on the march. Israel is left to fend for itself in a seriously threatening neighborhood of Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida, Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs, ISIS (now the Islamic State), Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, and others. Peace for Israel? Only when its enemies historical in nature, are crushed — the only thing these savage barbarians understand.
Methinks there is another Six Day War a-coming…