Sleep Tight, Hamas, by Michael Freund (Israel National News)
Have you ever heard of a fighter reassuring his opponent before he gets into the ring that he won’t even try to knock him out?
Neither have I – at least until today, that is.
Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is reported to have said this afternoon that the Government is planning a large-scale military operation in Gaza in order to stem the tide of rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities.
But in case you thought that Israel is finally preparing to retake Gaza, as it should have done long ago – well, think again.
Shortly after the meeting took place, Israeli spokeswoman Miri Eisen was quick to backtrack: “We won’t change our mode of operation in the Gaza Strip and we will not go back to Gaza. We intend to continue our operation there and carry out pinpoint operations.”
And so, in a remarkable act of utter inanity, Israel is essentially telegraphing its intentions in advance to the Palestinians, letting them know that they have little to worry about.
Indeed, instead of employing some creative ambiguity about its objectives, thereby creating additional disarray in the terrorists’ ranks, the Government has chosen to calm their fears and reassure them that their hold on power will not be threatened.
So sleep tight, Hamas, and have no fear, for the Government of Israel has just let you know that your terrorist regime is safe for now.
For context regarding Israel’s strategy or lack thereof in Gaza, click below;
The prime minister said… that troops will not remain inside Gaza for an extended period of time.
Olmert: “Israel is operating against Hamas centers in Gaza. We will expand the operations, but we will not remain for an extended period in Gaza.”
“What has happened is that the border between the Palestinian border and Egypt has deteriorated and that may entail additional activities that we haven’t done until now,” Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Olmert, said. “But that doesn’t mean we’re going to go back… and reoccupy any part of Gaza.”
Michael Freund is right on with this one. Can you imagine; Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield or even Rocky Balboa uttering assurances to an opponent as Freund equates Olmert ” before he gets into the ring that he won’t even try to knock him out?”
That would have really gone over at the “Thrilla in Manilla!”
You bet not. And so any government which makes an assurance like this to a sworn enemy bent on it’s nation’s total destruction and annihilation has got to be absent any sense or rationality. How to boil a Jewish State, indeed! MB
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