Friday, July 07, 2006

Proportionate response

Israel are not using the capture of 1 soldier to go on an unhinged rampage:
Israel has widened its offensive in the Palestinian territories, carrying out a strike in the West Bank following a day of violence in Gaza during which at least 17 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed. A number of Palestinian militants have been injured in an Israeli Defence Force attack on alleged terrorist leaders in the West Bank town of Jenin. The attack missed its key targets, with the leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs brigades and Islamic Jihad escaping unharmed.
Who's advising them, Donald Rumsfeld?

Palestinian anger remains puzzling, clearly a consequence of Islamic doctrine or somesuch.


cristy said...

The ABC reported the other day that water and electricity supplies were also being targetted in Gaza as part of the offensive.

I suppose it is not relevant that this is a war crime under the Geneva Convention?

[Question asked generally, not of you directly Armaniac]

Splatterbottom said...

Israel has had over a thousand rockets fired into its territory this year, killing civilians and terrorising its population.

The Palestinians elected a terrorist organisation to power, who have chosen not to stop the rockets, and in fact are sworn to Israel's destruction.

What should Israel do? How can it negotiate with someone who won't recognise them?

The last thing Israel should do is to take the advice of the idiot left.

Israel is letting its citizens down by being far too restrained.

I get the creepy impression that most of those criticising Israel are doing so in the hope that the Palestinians will finish off what Hitler started.

Armagnac Esq said...

"Israel are doing so in the hope that the Palestinians will finish off what Hitler started. "

As a question of numbers, splatts, it is the Israelis who are doing to the Palestinians what Hitler once did to European jewry.

Splatterbottom said...

Israel's problem is that its neighbours are murderous psychopaths.

In 1948, when the UN declared the partition (which basically divided the territory so that Israel got the majority Jewish bits and the Palestinians got the rest) Israels neighbours and the Palestinians declared that they would drive the Jews into the sea. The same happened in 1967 and in 1973. Since then terrorism rather than war has been the preferred tool of the Palestinians.

There isn't a cycle of violence, as much as continuous violence on the part of the Palestinians and response by Israel.

What is the good of blaming Israel for collective punishment and staying silent while virtually every operation of the palestinians targets innocent civilians?

Nilk said...

I don't understand why Palestinian anger is puzzling - the Jews are not rolling over, and indeed seem to be ramping it up. That's not supposed to happen.

Quite immature of them, but also totally expected.

As for islamic doctrine, well, if everyone is supposed to submit to Allah, and they're not, then they should be punished.

Again, it's not going the way it should according to Palestinian minds, and since they will never blame themselves for their predicament, then they will point the finger and their frustration at the nearest thing.

In this case, as usual, Israel.

Just my thoughts.