In a war with cowardly murderers who, as have their predecessors, a long, documented history of tactically hiding behind civilians, accidents can and have happened. And the IDF, for all of it’s other faults, takes care to a fault concerning non-combatants in planning retaliatory attacks, attacks on rocket launcers, etc.
In fighting such a foe, a foe which tactically uses civilians for cover, who orchestrates “pallywood” death productions and manufactures events, often killing their own civilians in order to hang the bogus accusations upon Israel; when all necessary care is taken in planning military actions such as to negate, or at worst minimize civilian casualties, one need not feel guilty, one need not hang their head in shame when mishaps occur.
To express guilt and statements such as expressed below by PM Olmert, DM Peretz or even the statements of MK Bibi Netanyahu which leave room within for equivocation, is to negate one’s national and personal self-pride and esteem as well as one’s individual manhood. Such expressions are the stuff of worldwide laughter and derision for no other nation, including the US, expresses this degree of self-denigration.
It is in that spirit that the articles below need to be read together as one post. MB
Defense Minister Amir Peretz met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz following the botched missile strike in Khan Younis and received a detailed report on the initial investigations into the incident.
Peretz directed Halutz to stress the directive at every level of command that in carrying out operations, it is always preferable to cancel a mission than risk harming innocent civilians.
“‘We don’t want to hit civilians,’ Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy tells Ynet, but adds: Our duty is to continue to fight terrorism. Despite civilian deaths in IAF air strike in Khan Younis, Shkedy says air force will continue its anti-terror missions.”
And What Does Bibi Say?
Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert executed his realignment plan “the whole of Israel will be (attacked by) Kassams.”
“The terror will not stop because of it, what we will get is something different – a Hamas victory,” he said.
Netanyahu added that the Hamas leadership needed to know that Israel’s retaliation would bring an end to its rule.
He said that not enough had been done to prevent Kassam rocket attacks.
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that the Israel Defense Forces has the operational capability to wipe out the Gaza Strip.
“The IDF has the firepower to wipe out an entire population if we wanted. We could wipe out all of Gaza but we are not doing this. If the other [Palestinian] side had this [firepower], they would do this,” Netanyahu said during a speech at the 35th Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
There is no dispute that Israel has the guns and firepower to take down Hamas, and the entire “pa (sic)” if she had a mind to. This author totally agrees that were the Arabs to possess the degree of firepower Israel does, they would have no compunctions about “wiping out” the Jews without distinction as to combat soldier, police or civilians. MB
Finally, this author finds it ironic to have received this email of an old Rav Meir Kahane article in the midst of all of the Regime’s apparent self-flagellation and self-denigration. It brings into question to what extent that the IDF defends the Jewish Nation, the Jewish people, and to what extent it protects and props up against its opposition a Regime which has lost its understanding for why there are here, why there is a Jewish Land, a Jewish Nation and so , they seeming consumed with hatred for anything Jewish, and so thei sole purpose and rationale for existence seems to be further expulsions of Jews and walking away from divinely Jewish land.
It brings into question to what extent this seeming self-guilt, denigration and resultant tactical impotency, along with regime’s stubborn adherence to the bogus demographics dud is or is not self-fulling prophesy.
This article, which was received by email today was printed in the New York Times, on Friday, April 7, 1989. It could have been written TODAY…
It is printed out here, in full, as a search for the link to the article turned up nothing. MB
No one, no people, has so sadly honed guilt to a finer art than we Jews. There are, invariably, those liberal Jews who instinctively feel guilty about everything – whether they had anything to do with what’s wrong or not. It is a fascinating form of pathology, worthy of a dissertation in abnormal psychology and suggesting the need for some form of national couch.
And, of course, it is this corrosive guilt that lies at the heart of the ideological disintegration of Israel today, a process that threatens the very existence of the Jewish state. “We are occupiers and conquerors; we oppress innocent people; our national soul is being corroded; we are, above all, guilty!”
Lo, the poor Arab of the West Bank and other “occupied territories,” that simple innocent, ground under the heels of the Jewish occupation army. Lo, the poor territories of 1967, which have become the “major obstacle to peace” because of Israeli intransigence. Lo, the racism and latent fascism that is at the very heart of a Zionism that favors Jews in a thing called a Jewish state.
What in the world can possess Jews in Israel to forget the massacres of Jews by Arabs in 1920, 1921, and 1929? And why, in their intellectual minds, did they occur? Could the murder of 67 Jews on one day in Hebron 60 years ago have been caused by Arab anger over the occupied lands of 1967?
And when more than 500 Jews were massacred in Arab pogroms stretching from 1936 to 1938, was it Israeli refusal to return the lands of 1967 that was at the heart of the problem?
And when the Arabs turned down the United Nations Partition Plan of 1947 – which would have set up a tiny, grotesque Jewish state and an Arab one that might have been called Palestine – was the Six-Day War of 1967 the root of their decision to try to wipe out the then 600,000 Jews in the land?
What causes Jewish liberals to take the Arab position of every issue? What causes them to babble about “the occupied lands” of 1967? Do they not know that the Arabs see the entire area of 1947 and all the Jewish cities and towns within the pre-1967 state as “occupied” also? Do they not realize that to the Arab, Tel Aviv and Haifa, the golf course at Ceasaria and all the kibbutzim of the enlightened left are also occupied?
Of course the humanists and moralists of Israel know that, and that is precisely the problem.
Deep in their hearts and minds, the Jews on the left and of liberal bent secretly fear that the Arab is right, that the Jew really has no right to come to a “Palestine” that had a majority of Arabs and make it into a Jewish state.
The terrible ghosts of Jewish guilt gnaw away at the tortured Jewish liberal soul with the thought that perhaps the Jews are indeed “occupiers” and colonialists. This Jewish secular liberal agonizes with himself daily because, along with his guilt, he lacks the courage to give up his kibbutz to the oppressed Arab. He wallows in a corrosive guilt that rapidly becomes self-hate.
And so he must take the Arab position on every issue in the pathetic hope of winning from the Arab a crumb of forgiveness. He must fight for their right to get part of the “stolen” land so he can keep his part of the “theft”. What a pathetic creature, and how dangerous he is: He seeks to commit national suicide and would take all of us with him.
Here is one Jew who feels not the slightest guilt for choosing to live, for winning, for telling a world that gave us such universal benefits as Crusades and Inquisitions and pogroms and Auschwitzes: Never Again – and who cares what you think?
Guilt? Hardly. There is no “Palestine.” It is the Land of Israel. It belongs to a Jewish people that was given it by its Father in Heaven and in which they lived 3,000 years ago. It belongs to a Jewish people that, unlike the Arab one, does not have 22 states, but just one: the Land of Israel. Guilt? Only the sick suffer from it.
For Jews, the moral imperative is to live and guarantee a home for a Jewish people that will not only remove itself from the exile, but will remove the exile, with all its aberrations, from itself. Faith in G-d, and a powerful Jewish arm – that is the Jewish way.