[IMPORTANT] Hamas launches foot assault against settlements.

Page 137 of 137 [ 2188 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 133, 134, 135, 136, 137

ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Posts: 34,672
Location: Long Island, New York

17 May 2024, 7:10 am

Lack of leadership in Israel is undermining the Gaza war - opinion
The writer is a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) and a former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post.

Quote:
As a large-scale offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah looms, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on the media offensive this week to push three main messages.

Did he speak to the Israeli media? Of course not. That is something he only does when elections are called. Then, he is willing to give interviews to anyone willing to listen – to the main TV channels and newspapers, but also to every local radio station, from Eilat to Kiryat Shmona.

On second thought, if an election were called today, he wouldn’t have to interview with the local Kiryat Shmona station. There aren’t exactly people living there right now, and his government has failed to present a plan for when residents will return. He can knock that one off his list.

The reason he doesn’t give the Israeli media interviews is because they would ask tough questions, ones he does not want to have to attempt to answer.

Netanyahu avoids taking responsibility
He would be asked about his failures ahead of October 7, his unclear policies since, why he prefers to fight with Biden and not Ben-Gvir, and why he refused to show up at any of the Independence Day ceremonies that have, since the founding of the state, been attended by the prime minister.

The reason for his absence is obvious. Netanyahu feared that he would be heckled or that some of the Israel Prize laureates would refuse to shake his hand.

And while he spent part of the day visiting wounded soldiers – admirable in its own right – that is something he could and should be doing all the time and on any other day. Not coming to the President’s residence for the military ceremony and not attending the Bible quiz or the Israel Prize ceremony is not only an insult to the Israeli people but a sign of failed leadership.

Yes, he may have been heckled, and yes, some of the soldiers or laureates may have refused to shake his hand. But that is what happens when, as prime minister, you are in charge while the greatest disaster for the Jewish people since the Holocaust takes place. That is the price you pay for wanting to be in power.

Refusing to do so says something about a lack of leadership and, I fear, even strengthens Hamas, which sees that its campaign against Israel is working – not only on the international stage, where Israel is becoming more and more isolated, but also domestically, where the prime minister is increasingly closed off from his own people.

Returning to the interviews he does give, he conveys three key messages: If the US cuts off weapons supplies, Israel will fight alone and with its “fingernails”; Israel will need to go into Rafah to break the Hamas battalions and then continue to “mop up”; and Israel will look for “local Gazans” to transfer control to once the war is over.

Let’s break this down. First of all, Israel will not have to fight with fingernails. What it is fighting with are our children, the young men and women in the IDF, many of whom have spent more than 150 days already fighting inside Gaza. These soldiers are not fingernails. They are our sons and daughters, and as seen this past week, the price being paid continues to be horrific.

Israel needs to degrade Hamas’s capabilities, but there are serious and legitimate questions that need to be asked about the Rafah operation. While the Hamas battalions there need to be broken, maybe the larger-scale offensive can wait if, anyhow, the soldiers are going to be “mopping up” the place for months and possibly years to come. Maybe it does not need to happen right now.

There are answers but so far, we are not getting them.

And then there is the “local Gazans” claim. Beyond the fact that no one in the IDF has a clue who the prime minister is talking about and which local Gazans he thinks would be willing or even have the resources to stand up to Hamas, why does he continue to refuse to articulate where Israel is going and what is going to happen?

Netanyahu's government fails in governing war
IF ANYTHING, the last few weeks have illustrated a stark failure in the way Netanyahu’s government has been managing the war. The IDF was in Jabalya and Zeitoun, and when it pulled out, Hamas came back, forcing the IDF to go back in and clear the place out once again and paying an unimaginable price in terms of the number of dead soldiers.

If Israel had been willing, from the beginning of the war, to coordinate with another force to fill the vacuum that it was creating, the whole situation might have looked different today. Not only is it possible that Gaza would not be as lawless as it is right now, enabling Hamas to easily take over, but articulating a plan would have also shown the world that the IDF offensive is not just about destruction but, rather, part of something bigger.

The writing has been on the wall for months, but unfortunately, Netanyahu’s government preferred to bury its head in the sand and chose populistic slogans like “total victory” over what was realistic.

The Palestinian Authority is far from being a peace partner for Israel, but imagine for a moment that each time Israel left a place, it enabled a small PA force to come in and fill the void. Would the anarchy in Gaza be what it is today, or would the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians, and Americans have stepped in and tried to help ensure that the PA did its job and prevented Hamas from popping back up again? Hard to know.

This vacuum has become so dire that Defense Minister Yoav Gallant finally spoke up about what senior officers in the IDF have been warning about for months: without a political plan, the military plan will keep getting stuck. A former US four-star general, who was one of the leaders of the campaign against ISIS in Syria a few years ago, told me something similar this week. When Donald Trump took office and started throwing out slogans that were not grounded in reality as war objectives, he said, the military campaign suffered.

“The rhetoric that is coming out of the political side of the Israeli government is difficult to translate into operations,” he explained.

On Wednesday, Gallant went as far as to warn that Netanyahu’s refusal to articulate a day-after plan means that there are only two options: either Hamas returns to rule Gaza or the IDF remains inside and rules the territory. Both options, he said, are dangerous and are the result of an intentional indecisiveness by the prime minister.

Even the IDF spokesperson this week couldn’t hold himself back when asked a question about the political plan. “An alternative to Hamas would most certainly put pressure on the group,” the usually diplomatic Daniel Hagari said.

The reasoning behind the government’s indecision here is obvious: Netanyahu is choosing political expediency over what is right for Israel.

Staying stuck like we are now is not a plan.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

17 May 2024, 5:30 pm



Israeli needs to free their hostages, starting with those detained as minors and everyone under 'administrative detention' (which is to say being held without cause).

Personally, I'm not at all emotionally invested in the handful of Israelis facing administrative detention by various Palestinian groups so long as Israel holds so many Palestinians hostage.


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Posts: 34,672
Location: Long Island, New York

18 May 2024, 1:31 am

17 of 20 U.S. doctors stuck in Gaza depart with the help of U.S. officials, source says

Quote:
Seventeen of 20 U.S. doctors stuck in Gaza have departed, with the physician known for saving Sen. Tammy Duckworth's life staying behind, a source familiar with the situation said.

The 17 humanitarian aid volunteers were received by U.S. officials at the Kerem Shalom Crossing at the Israel border, the source said, after the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem helped to facilitate their safe passage.

Dr. Adam Hamawy, credited with saving the life of Duckworth, D-Ill., when she served in the Iraq War 20 years ago, was among three U.S. doctors who stayed behind, the source said.

The departures came after the doctors were all but trapped in Gaza by Israel's closure of border crossings ahead of an expected full-scale Israeli invasion of the city of Rafah. Israeli officials said earlier in the week they had reopened the Kerem Shalom Crossing, crucial to humanitarian aid.

Dr. Ammar Ghanem, an ICU specialist from Detroit who went to Gaza to volunteer his services, said earlier in the day that a group of American medical volunteers left Gaza on Friday through the crossing. It appears those 17 doctors composed this group.

"We have been in close contact with the groups that these U.S. doctors are part of, and we have been in contact with the families of these U.S. citizens,” a State Department spokesperson said in response to questions about the departures.

The three doctors who opted to stay are aware the U.S. Embassy may not be able to facilitate their departure in the same manner as was done Friday, the source said, calling it an “extremely unique operation.”


Israel recovers bodies of 3 killed by Hamas in music festival attack
Quote:
Israeli officials on Friday announced that their forces in Gaza had recovered the bodies of three revelers killed by Hamas attackers near the Supernova, or Nova, music festival on Oct. 7.

According to Israel Defense Forces spokesman Daniel Hagari the three — Shani Louk, 23, Amit Buskila, 28, and Itzik Gelenter, 57 — ran from the festival but were chased and killed by Hamas terrorists. Their bodies were later taken to Gaza.

"No father would want to hear this news," Louk's father, Nissim Louk, said in a statement. "We knew that she was murdered. Today the army officers came to our house and told us the news. They showed us pictures of Shani who still looked great."

The three bodies were found together Thursday in a tunnel during a military operation in Gaza, Hagari said.

A photo of Shani’s mutilated body lying in the back of a pickup truck soon after the attack shocked many in Israel and around the world, and brought home the brutality of the Hamas attack. Weeks later, a portion of her body was found and she was declared dead.

Hagari would not specify where exactly the bodies were found except to say that they were found in the area of Rafah in southern Gaza. He added that Israeli forces used information garnered during the interrogation of captured Hamas fighters.

"Their bodies were transferred to medical professionals for forensic examination and identification," Hagari said. "After the procedure was complete, we notified their families"

Meanwhile, Israeli operations are expanding in and around the city of Rafah, which Israeli officials have designated a safe zone for Palestinian civilians. With most of Gaza's population has been driven from their homes, Rafah became a refuge for more than a million people. But in the past weeks, a series of Israeli incursions have forced some 600,000 to leave.

On Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its ambulance and emergency teams in Rafah were still responding "to the repercussions of the Israeli aggression in various areas of #Rafah Governorate, despite evacuating the PRCS headquarters."


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


BillyTree
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 7 Oct 2023
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Posts: 557

20 May 2024, 12:40 pm

The chief prosecutor of the world's top war crimes court is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,his defense minister Yoav Gallant and Hamas leaders Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh.


_________________
English is not my first language.


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

20 May 2024, 1:30 pm


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

22 May 2024, 2:09 pm


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

23 May 2024, 5:11 pm



It seems Bibi's goal of strengthening Hamas has been achieved.


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


BillyTree
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 7 Oct 2023
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Posts: 557

24 May 2024, 10:10 am

Israel was ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), or world court, on Friday to halt its military assault on the city of Rafah.


_________________
English is not my first language.


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

30 May 2024, 12:40 pm


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


funeralxempire
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Oct 2014
Age: 39
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 26,493
Location: Right over your left shoulder

07 Jun 2024, 7:09 am

The New York Times has released a new report into the inhumane detention conditions at Sde Teiman

Quote:
Mr. al-Hamlawi, the senior nurse, said a female officer had ordered two soldiers to lift him up and press his rectum against a metal stick that was fixed to the ground. Mr. al-Hamlawi said the stick penetrated his rectum for roughly five seconds, causing it to bleed and leaving him with “unbearable pain.”

A leaked draft of the UNRWA report detailed an interview that gave a similar account. It cited a 41-year-old detainee who said that interrogators “made me sit on something like a hot metal stick and it felt like fire,” and also said that another detainee “died after they put the electric stick up” his anus.

Mr. al-Hamlawi recalled being forced to sit in a chair wired with electricity. He said he was shocked so often that, after initially urinating uncontrollably, he then stopped urinating for several days. Mr. al-Hamlawi said he, too, had been forced to wear nothing but a diaper, to stop him from soiling the floor.


_________________
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, this is part of our strategy” —Netanyahu
戦争ではなく戦争と戦う
GOP Predators


The_Face_of_Boo
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 16 Jun 2010
Age: 41
Gender: Non-binary
Posts: 32,912
Location: Beirut, Lebanon.

Today, 7:53 am

"tHe bIbLE tOlD uS lEvAnOn iS oURs."

Image



TwilightPrincess
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 28 Sep 2016
Age: 39
Gender: Female
Posts: 23,564
Location: Hell

Today, 8:12 am

It’s always interesting how people use the Bible to justify doing what they want to do while ignoring passages they don’t like so much. There’s a lot of scriptures that encourage stoning people to death for stuff like disobeying their parents, but that doesn’t appear to be as much of a priority.


_________________
Bad influence since 1984