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Gaza Madness

by Rabbi Shraga Simmons; Mar 11, 2012 at 05:17:59 AM

With world attention focused on the coming of March Madness, the real madness is taking place in southern Israel. Over the weekend, following an Israeli pinpoint strike against a leading terrorist, Palestinians fired over 100 Grad missiles, rockets and mortars deep into Israel. With just 15 seconds to run into a shelter before impact, this put a million Israelis into a veritable war zone. 200,000 kids were kept home from school due to the danger.

What’s amazing to me is the total lack of an international outcry. Has the intolerable become commonplace?

The answer, of course, lies in the media’s constant downplaying the threat to Israel. On prior occasions, as rockets rained on Israeli towns, the New York Times published the ludicrous claim of Hamas spokesman Ahmed Yousef that “We did not intentionally target civilians. We were targeting military bases, but the primitive weapons make mistakes.” Meanwhile, The Economist made the strange claim that “the rudimentary [Palestinian] rockets have maimed more Gazans than Israelis.” (More on this farcical media coverage can be found in chapter 9 of my book, David & Goliath.)

In response to this weekend’s attacks, Israel has knocked out 16 terrorists – while causing zero civilian casualties. (The Arab League, predictably, condemned Israel's strikes as a "massacre.") Elder of Ziyon blog notes:

Dead terrorists, no dead civilians. That's the way it should be. Of course, Israel will be condemned anyway. Which makes her ability to minimize civilian casualties all the more remarkable. It shows that IDF morality comes from within and is part of its very fabric; it is not a fake morality that comes from outside pressure or worries about appearances. The IDF has been steadily improving its methods to take out terrorists and only terrorists over the years, and now it is the best in the world at it.

Here’s a video of one of these pinpoint Israeli strikes:

March 11, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Hermi, March 16, 2012 4:50 AM


I support all efforts of protection of Israel against all terrorists and threats...also, I think that a major problem is the biased and blind reports of the media outside of Israel, turning a blind eye against what is really happening and being false in their so called support against terrorism and twisting the truth about a so-called modern world, how is it ever possible to ignore the threats of the Islamic Jihad and Iran of the annihilation of Israel?...How can there be peace and negotiations?...everybody supporting Israel must never forget that...that threat has been there throughout history, yet, they could not, and will never destroy Israel and, furthermore, they could not and will never destroy the the growth and development of Israel....

(5) Ron Coleman, March 14, 2012 8:46 PM

Jews are God's chosen People

I totally support Israel and all Jews that are everywhere on planet Earth.

(4) Anonymous, March 14, 2012 8:28 PM

kassam rockets

The undergound tunnels are a way to smuggle rocket spares into gaza.but have you ever thaught that an undersea tunnel/S may be already in operation from Egypt?

(3) Eli Gelb, March 14, 2012 8:23 PM

Has the intolerable become commonplace

You said it! "What’s amazing is the total lack of an international outcry. Has the intolerable become commonplace?" Where is the outrage from Jewish organizations demanding balanced media coverage!!! I'll tell you! They're too busy seeking donations to notice the oncoming holocaust! They must be proactive!

(2) Anonymous, March 14, 2012 7:21 PM

How long more?

How long more time are jewish people and government stand a permanent life under fear of a bombing from Palestine? I think that this question is to be resolved once and for all. As you say Israel will be always guilty. So, be guilty, once and for all, and stop the problem. Ayax Perrella

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