Since 2001, Israel has faced 12,800 missiles (an average of three a day) that have indiscriminately targeted its civilians. Since 2005 from when Israel pulled out of Gaza, Hamas, an organisation committed to Israel’s destruction and who in its charter says it wants to throw all Jews into the sea has turned Gaza into a terror training camp. Under their control 8,000 missiles have been fired into Israel, with 800 this year alone fired and over 120 into Israel from Saturday. No nation can tolerate having its inhabitants lives at risk like this, and the duty of any government across the world is to defend its inhabitants. If Israel did not, it would be failing in its duty. Yet if you just watch the BBC, it appears Israel can do no right and is a warmonger, wantonly killing Palestinian civilians. The truth though, as with most things when it comes to the BBC is somewhat different.
First of all, what is the immediate reason for Israel’s response targeting leading Hamas Terrorist leaders. It is that in the last three days alone over 120 rockets have been fired into Israel with no signs of abating. The UK Foreign Office has urged restraint on Israel, but what would the UK Government do if 12,800 rockets were fired into the UK from its neighbours, sit idly by and do nothing, all in the name of restraint? Whether Hamas is behind all these attacks or not, they have let Islamic Jihad and Al Quaeda operate on their soil and are therefore culpable for everything going on in Gaza and should be held to account. The UK Foreign Office asks Hamas for restraint, conflating a terrorist group with a nation’s official army. I’m not sure this is going to work considering that their raison d’etre of Hamas is the destruction of Israel there would be much luck on this. It all goes back to the question of self-defence, Israel within reason should be allowed to respond as a sovereign nation to protect its civilians, especially as they are having to deal with terrorist groups like Hamas who seek their destruction. Any half-hearted restrained action will leave the same unacceptable situation where Israel cannot protect its 1 Million inhabitants living in Southern Israel.
What Israel has done to me seems perfectly justified. So far during Operation Pillar of Defence, the head of Hamas’s terrorist wing in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari, has been killed. Israel has killed Jabari due to his decade long terrorist activity, which has played a major role in killing Israeli civilians. Additionally, eight terrorists were killed in surgical attacks over Khan Yunis in response to continued rocket fire. It is clear from this that the IDF is targeting terrorists and not Palestinian civilians, but this is hard to avoid due to the fact that Hamas fires and hides from civilian areas and uses civilians as human shields. Israel cannot sit by and do nothing, whilst rockets fired from Gaza indiscriminately target Israeli civilians.
The problem is that those who disproportionately attack Israel do not see it like this. They are so set on the idea that Israel is the bad guy, that they cannot countenance anything else. If these people truly cared about human rights, why not rail against the mass killings going on in Syria or Iran, or is it simply because it has nothing to do with Israel they do not care. In effect in their view, everyone has a right to self-defence apart from Israel. It all goes back to the attempts by those who hate Israel to delegitimise its very existence as a nation state, and one of the main rights of a nation state, the right to self-defence. As a friend of mine said, “every country has the right to defend itself and every government should protect its citizens, I think its pretty hard to disagree with that.” It is shameful when it comes to Israel, this common sense approach to self-defence goes out of the window, and by simply killing a Hamas Commander for his role in numerous terrorist attacks, Israel is seen to have committed war crimes. It’s the equivalent of the teacher telling the kid off after being mercilessly bullied, for bothering to fight back.