From attack ads to debate grades to outsized expenditures to ceaseless photo ops — not to mention superstorms — we may be excused for total absorption in the election that just passed. Not so the Israelis, and we do not refer to the voting preferences of Americans living in Israel. It has not been a happy time for Israel, and we do not refer to its own election surprises.
Rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip have heated up again. Hundreds of rockets have been fired on Israeli civilian areas in the last 10 months, 77 in a recent three-day period alone. Hundreds of people have had to flee to bomb shelters again. Fear has again taken hold, as has uncertainty, instability, economic disruption — not to mention the prospect of a major Israeli retaliation.
The rockets are being fired from Gaza, but they are coming from Iran. Iran is not just threatening Israel with annihilation; it is working on it. Iran is not just developing nuclear capacity; it is actively engaged in non-nuclear warfare. Iran has its surrogates, everyone from the Sudanese, who act shocked — shocked! — that Israel would bomb the Iranian arms supply lines that Sudan turns a blind eye to; to Hamas, which is pleased to allow terrorists free reign in Gaza; to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which, it seems, is actually firing the missiles. And — alarmingly — to Egypt, which, it seems, is becoming part of the equation.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has said “Amen” to anti-Semitic rants by an imam in Cairo; has met with the former head of Hamas; has taken his own good time, i.e., slow time, to respond with condemnation to the 9/11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, and with intervention against the Egyptian attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
The good news is that the America-supplied Iron Dome has intercepted many of the incoming missiles from Gaza. The bad news is that Iron Dome has not, and cannot, intercept them all.
The attacks from Gaza have nothing to do with stalled peace negotiations, since Hamas does not recognize either Israel or negotiations with Israel; and nothing to do with Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’ recent, welcome, rational, enlightened, legal affirmation that millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees will not be taking over Israel, since Hamas does not recognize either the PA or Abbas.
The attacks have everything to do with Iran’s desire to annihilate Israel. Those who think that sanctions have moderated the Iranian leadership and its military activities, think again.
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