Tuesday, September 12, 2006

One Year Ago Today: IDF closed gates to Gaza.

If you want to understand how Israel and the IDF fought in the Lebanon War last month and declared their cease-fire without meeting a single objective -- all you need to do is analyze what was said a year ago -- to see how Israel and the IDF backpedaled on everything they promised.

IDF Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz:

The day after the withdrawal, the IDF is maintaining high alert, fearing a renewal in fighting. The chief-of-staff guaranteed a “harsh response and zero tolerancein any such event. (Ynetnews)

Defense Minister (then) Shaul Mofaz:

Now that the IDF left the Gaza Strip, Israel will no longer show tolerance to Qassam rocket attacks on Israeli targets, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz says.

Mofaz, who arrived at Gaza’s Karni crossing to bid farewell to the Strip, turned to the Palestinians and called on them to “create a new reality in the Gaza Strip and in Judea and Samaria, in order for us to be able to advance to a reality of peaceful coexistence.”

"We won’t be willing to accept, under any circumstances, any kind of terror coming from the Gaza Strip following the very significant step undertaken by Israel," he said. (Ynetnews)

IDF Southern Command, General Dan Harel:

"One Qassam rocket on the day after [we leave Gaza] will be viewed by us as the Palestinians not fulfilling their obligations. We do not plan on searching after terrorists or [terror] organizations, but demand responsibility from the Palestinian Authority. For every [terror] incident [from Gaza] there will be a retaliatory one. The one responsible will be the Palestinian Authority" (translated from Hebrew article in NRG)

Ask any kid in Sederot what he thinks of a politician's promise these days.

Hundreds of Qassams later, Katyusha rockets in Ashkelon, a kidnapped soldier from Kerem Shalom -- why did it take close to a year for Israel to retaliate?

Had Israel actually kept it's word that it would take security seriously, I doubt we would be in the current mess, or that IDF soldier Gilad Shalit would be in captivity today.

In fact, the whole war in the North would have probably been avoided.

The following video recounts how many times we've left Gaza...and returned.


(hat-tip: BoneCrusher)

We will return.




Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael

11 comments:

westbankmama said...

Oy, Hashem. We love you so much and we love your precious gift of Eretz Yisrael so much. Help us go back again.

Joe Settler said...

If you recall, Sharon also said there would be no Expulsion under fire.

Yet as we both know, heard and saw for ourselves, the Palestinians were freely dropping Kassams on the Settlements at the end (perhaps at the beginning to, but I was too busy getting caught (and arrested) when I snuck in the first few times).

I think it was rather [can't think of the word here] that the soldiers we met in Gaza were scared when they heard the kassams fall near us, as they had never been under any sort of missile fire before - and wanted to hide inside the house (slated for destruction) for cover.

Nor did they have an answer when we asked them why the expulsion was still going on if Kassams were falling on us.

Kerri said...

The whole pull out from Gaza has been handled horribly. I do not think Israel should have left. On Jewish Connection- JewishConnection.com someone debated that once Israel is out of Graza, this will end Jewish nationalism and create a secular society.

A Simple Jew said...

That was an amazing video. Thank you for sharing it.

muse said...

They've been on one agenda, and it's not a good one, ever since they signed their coalition pact.
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2006/09/its-matter-of-priorities.html

Ari Kinsberg said...

if it makes you feel any better, is seems that al jazeera is planning to launch an english-language station. see http://dontbomb.blogspot.com/2006/08/aljazeera-english.html

Oleh Yahshan said...

Great post - I agree 100% - Had we responded as we should have done the day we pulled out we would not be in this sittuation that we are today - unfortunatly 1 year later and the same ppl are controlling our country and we can't even get a Va'adat Chakira going on War in the North Disaster! And instead of going and forcing it on the Govt. most of us are sitting idley doing nothing about it (I admit to being one of them)!

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Never4GetDotNet said...

I completely disagree. We should never have pulled out and we are collectively and individually paying the price every day.

Collectively we are in worse shape then ever. Individually those that opposed the expulsion ask ourselves each and every day if we did enough. Those that actively supported the expulsion are paying a different price as is mentioned in the article below:



Ads appearing in major Israeli newspapers read, “One year after the expulsion of Jews – there is justice and there is a Judge.” The ads and posters feature nine prominent backers of the Disengagement Plan who have suffered various misfortunes, be they medical or legal, in the year since its implementation.

http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=111766/


The Expulsion is:
A national crime
A crime against humanity
A crime against democracy

To see how we plan to deal with those that participated go to: http://SHAME.co.il

Mike Miller said...

Ads appearing in major Israeli newspapers read, “One year after the expulsion of Jews – there is justice and there is a Judge.” The ads and posters feature nine prominent backers of the Disengagement Plan who have suffered various misfortunes, be they medical or legal, in the year since its implementation.

And those who were thrown out? What's your explanation for _their_ suffering? Did they not resist enough? Were they too passive? Too violent?

It is inappropriate for us to gloat or try and blame others for their suffering. The way of Judaism has always been to look internally to improve ... let's think what we could've done better, not to say what they could've done better.

We cannot know G-d's plans, and it's arrogant of us to claim we know why things happen. At best, we should try and learn how to improve ourselves, our service to G-d, and our interpersonal relationships, especially in these times of Judgement.

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