Cease fire request going to wrong address
President Shimon Peres said in a statement released to the media Sunday that it is time for the world to understand that Israel has been more than patient in waiting for the people of Gaza to come to their senses.This should seem blatantly obvious to everyone but liberals and radical Muslims. Why liberals align themselves with the religious bigots is not clear, but I think it is their hostility to the use of force by the US and Israel.
Detailing all the agony and subsequent fallout of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, Peres said, "The story is simple. Israel has left Gaza completely… The passages were open. Money was sent to Gaza. We suggested aid in many ways – economically, medically and otherwise… Still I have not heard until now a single person who could explain to us reasonably: why are they firing rockets against Israel?"
He added that in planning the current Operation Cast Lead, the IDF had been "true to its principles: namely, to be precise in its targets and careful not to hit civilian life."
He noted that this was a complex problem, because many of the bombs were stored in private houses. "We have contacted the owners of the houses, the people that dwell there, and told them leave it. You can't live with bombs. We have to bring an end to the source of the bombs."
Peres added that Israel has no intention of returning to Gaza. "We left out of our free choice. We have never gone back to the idea of returning to Gaza. It's over," he said. "But we cannot permit that Gaza will become a permanent base of threatening and even killing children and innocent people in Israel for G-d knows why."
The bottom line, he said bluntly, is that anyone in the world who now wishes to ask Israel to stop the shooting, "they have to change the address. Let them turn to Hamas and ask them to stop shooting, and there won't be shooting."
You will see them making excuses for the ineptitude of the Hamas rocket launchers suggesting they don't pose as much of a danger as the bombs dropped by Israel. I am sure their tolerance would slacken if their families were on the receiving end of these random strikes.
But there is a serious difference they should comprehend, but do not. The Hamas attacks are intended to kill non combatants and the Israeli strikes or not. Anyone who claims some moral equivalence between the two has a warped sense of morality.