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Israel Has Every Right To Defend Itself From Terrorists

Israel Has Every Right to Defend itself from Terrorists

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On Monday, Israel took decisive action to prevent terrorists with links to al Qaeda from smuggling weapons to the Gaza Strip, an enclave on Israel’s southern border, which is controlled by the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hamas. After several attempts to peacefully turn one of the vessels away, Israeli commandos defended themselves and took control of the ship.

But instead of rallying to Israel’s cause, the “international community” once again decided to condemn the Israelis. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that anti-Israeli sentiment is on the rise world-wide, “reflected in incidents including British grocery chains dropping products produced in Israeli settlements; Scandinavian pension funds divesting themselves from an Israeli defense company; and the spread of an annual ‘Israel Apartheid Week,’ backed by mostly left-leaning Western groups, to 50 cities world-wide.” This is in spite of the fact that the Gaza bound ship was funded by the I.H.H., a radical Islamic group out of Turkey with ties to both Hamas and Al Qaeda, as the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The New York Daily News put the Israeli raid into context in an editorial yesterday:

The boarding party, armed in the first instance with paintball guns, was clearly surprised by the violence it encountered on descending to the ferry deck under the authority of a legally recognized quarantine. Yet, the raiders and the country they defend are hauled before the court of world opinion as international thugs.

Israel – not Hamas, the terror band that enslaves the Palestinians of Gaza while engineering military strikes on Israel. Israel – not the pro-Hamas, terrorist-supporting activist group that sponsored the flotilla while masquerading as a social services organization. Israel – not the radical Islamists and their deluded sympathizers who are waging a propaganda campaign to destroy Israel’s moral legitimacy by depicting the Middle East’s only democracy as the perpetrator of war crimes.

Michael B. Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, wrote in today’s New York Times that “Since Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in 2005,  Hamas has fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at our civilian population.  This week, two Hamas rockets exploded near Ashkelon, one of Israel’s largest cities.”

As the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, put it in a speech yesterday:

Once again, Israel is told that it has a right to defend itself but is condemned every time it exercises that right. Now you know that a right that you cannot exercise is meaningless. And you know that the way we exercise it – under these conditions of duress, under the rocketing of our cities, under the impending killing of our soldiers – you know that we exercise it in a way that is commensurate with any international standard. I have spoken to leading leaders of the world, and I say the same thing today to the international community: What would you do? How would you stop thousands of rockets that are destined to attack your cities, your civilians, your children? How would your soldiers behave under similar circumstances? I think in your hearts, you all know the truth.

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) noted that:

Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorists which threaten its very survival. The United States has no closer friend than Israel, and the American people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Israelis. Unfortunately, while the international community has spent the past week condemning the Israelis, Iran has moved one step closer to building a nuclear bomb. The Obama Administration owes the American people and our allies around the world a comprehensive strategy designed to stop Iran from developing a nuclear capability, not to simply contain Iran once it already has one.

The Obama Administration has had a poor track record of defending Israel thus far, but Vice President Joe Biden did defend the Israeli response on Charlie Rose’s PBS show Wednesday night. Even if no other country is willing to support the Israelis, the United States must support a close ally at a time when it is facing international condemnation and an existential threat from terrorists to its north and south, not to mention its east, in the form of an Iranian regime which may already have enough nuclear fuel to produce two nuclear weapons.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “What would you do?”

Tom Tillison

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