Imagine a siren that gives you 30 seconds to find shelter before a Kassam rocket falls from the sky and explodes, spraying its lethal shrapnel in all directions. Now imagine this happens day after day, month after month, year after year.How would you like rockets being fired at your town? Now, if those were Mexican extremists firing rockets at Texas with Mexican government refusing to do anything about it - what would US do? And what would be left of the villages from which the rockets were fired just hours after explosions in Laredo and El-Paso?
If you can imagine that, you can begin to understand the terror to which hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been subjected. Three years ago Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. And since that withdrawal, our civilians have been targeted by more than 6,000 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza. In the face of this relentless bombardment, Israel has acted with a restraint that other countries, faced with a similar threat, would find hard to fathom. Israel's government has finally decided to respond.
And, to all those who shout about "ending the occupation" - earth to morons. The "occupation" of the Arab-populated areas of Gaza ended in 1994. In 2005 Israel, in an unprecedented gesture of peace, agreed to depopulate all the Jewish villages in the area, forcibly relocating some 10,000 Israelis out of Gaza. Since September of 2005, Gaza is entirely under Arab self-government. They wanted independence - they got it. There was not a single Israeli soldier there. Not a single Israeli civilian. What else do the want?
Why can't they just leave Israel alone and start building a self-sufficient state of their own? They got all they need, including water and electricity, which is still supplied by Israel and for which Israel receives nothing but rockets in return. How come the only industry that prospered under Gaza self-government was rocket building? How come the only non-military trade which is in high demand is tunnel digging - to smuggle even more weapons from Egypt? How come their only export is fierce Islamic extremism and their only import (beside smuggled weapons) is humanitarian aid?
I guess the answer is obvious. And if you don't find it obvious enough, just check out these blog reports on anti-Israeli protests and see for yourself. Do you think any of them is ready to settle for a "Palestinian" Arab state leaving peacefully beside Israel? What about this
You know, guys, Jewish people have suffered enough from all sorts of social experiments. How about leaving them alone for a change? It may surprise you, but Jews nowadays are strong enough to beat all those cannibals who want them in the ovens. Just don't twist their arms. For once - treat Israel as any other nation that has a right to self-defense.