By: Â Shalom Pollack, Jerusalem, Friday July 11
As Â I write these lines on Friday, July 10, events Â swirl about Â us so swiftly, I need Â to jot Â down my thoughts before I am swept into the Â next dramatic Â and often bizarre Â event that engulfs over us.
Where Â shall I begin? Yesterday, as I was swimming tn the neighborhood pool, the Â sirens Â went off again Â I Â think Â I shall not forget how the pool Â emptied out in great panic, yelling. rushing Â for Â a protected Â area. This Â will remain for me emblematic moment.
Our Â enemies Â decide exactly Â when an Â entire country will be throw into panic. They Â decide
For Â decades, “learned commentators”have been Â informing us with the Â certainty of Â the sages, that there is Â no way we can change this. We can at best hope to minimize the damage and Â win periods of quiet. We Â must learn to cope.
ThereÂ isÂ Â no Â enemy , no war, Â no victory . We are administrating a “low Â grade Â violence situation” Get it? Â Like seasonal flooding or snow storms. You live with it. You cope
If this is indeed Â the attitude, I pray that the IDF isÂ notÂ sent into Gaza to just ‘shovel the Â snow”, as was Â done Â in that Â past two “operations” .That is Â not worth even one Jewish life.
I know this sounds Â like a story Â from Mad Â magazine Â but..it happens here Â for Â real:
Before the IDF Â strikes a Â target, theyÂ warnÂ any residents Â by phoneÂ and then a smallÂ warningÂ rocket is sentÂ beforeÂ the main one is Â fired. This in itself is a first in the history of warfare. But the really cute thing is that two days ago there was a bitter complaint Â from Gaza that “Israel did not warn the occupants in Â a particular Â target before striking!!”
This, asÂ theyÂ party when they succeed in murdering as many Jews Â as possible.
Yes, as I saw the crowds flee the pool my only thoughts were ,how could Â we have forgotten to place that Â call to Gaza..!
I was Â watching Â CNN yesterday. They reported that “Human Rights Watch” is very concerned with both the illegal Hamas actions of firing Â at civilian populations and Â equally,Â Â Israel’s violation of Â human rights Â in their Â actions. I suppose they were referring to the missed phone call.
Some of the accepted “facts” used by most “experts’ and commentators need a second look. One is “Gaza is Â one of the most densely populated areas in the Â world.”
Gaza is a city made up of Â buildings that have an average of two – five stories.
Other cities of similar areas like Manhattan, Tel Aviv, Tokyo.etc.with buildings of twenty plus stories in the Â same areas are Â lessdensely populated?
The Â reason why this myth is perpetuated by those who know better, is to create the feeling that Gaza is a place that is not Â manageable in any way. It can only be tolerated as Â best as possible.Nothing can be changed This Â kind of Â propaganda helped uproot thousands of Jews Â from Gaza and close the gate.
Sharon told us then that “Now that we left Gaza totally, if they darel shoot evenÂ oneÂ rocket at us Â from there..!.! Nu, nu..
When Rabin and Peres brought our ‘peace partner”, Arafat and his seventy Â thousand angels from Tunis to our Â land in 1993( Oslo accords), Rabin said Â the following to his critics on the “right”:
“You are enemies of peace, you are frightening the people Â with your dire Â predictions. There never was a rocket Â fired from Gaza and thereÂ neverÂ will be !”
We are told Â by the Oslo apologists that there Â wereÂ alwaysÂ rockets from Gaza, even before we left in 2005… Understand??
Another very popular libel finding increasing Â acceptance by the “enlightened” world is the accusation that Israel is an “apartheid” state. Walk in any Israeli Â mall or hospital and observe the Arabs suffering from Israeli apartheid.
They are the only Arabs in the Mid Â East that enjoy full human and political rights.
So much for the “enlightened” world and Â “facts”.
The wife of the head of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas, and Â a family member of Hamas leader, Hania were recently treated in Israeli hospitals. Of course this humanitarian treatment won us their Â appreciation and lots of friends…didn’t it??