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Link between terror in Ukraine and Gaza

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Israel invades Gaza to prevent Hamas from acquiring — and using — advanced missiles that downed a plane over Ukraine.

Somebody incompetent or malicious downs a passenger liner over Ukraine. Innocents die.

Israel invades Gaza. Innocents die.

There’s a link.

What Hamas wishes to do, the bad actors in Ukraine did.

What Hamas seeks is precisely the sophisticated missiles in Ukraine currently beyond Hamas’ capacity.

The type of inhumane action we witnessed over Ukraine is the goal of Hamas.

Therefore:

Israel fights Hamas now to prevent a much more serious battle with Hamas later.

Israel invades Gaza now to stop Hamas when its weaponry, though lethal, is still relatively unsophisticated.

Hamas is not satisfied to fire rockets on Israeli cities.

Hamas covets missiles to take down passenger planes — and still more deadly weaponry.

All the better to use against Israel.

Hamas wants to do to Israel what Hamas has forced Israel to do to it.

Golda Meir said: “We can forgive them for killing our sons, but not

for forcing us to kill theirs.”

Bad actors forever want to up the ante, whether in Ukraine or in Gaza.

Israel acknowledges precisely this profile in Hamas.

That is why Israel launched a ground invasion. It’s brutal. It’s infintely sad. It’s against human shields as well as armed fighters. It snuffs out young Israeli lives. It displaces thousands of Gazans. It leaves parts of Gaza in ruins. It sows more hatred. It kills civilians. It likely reduces chances for peace.

But — it’s the critical, decisive but. It prevents Israel from “politicide,” from allowing others to engage in the murder of a state, as Abba Eban put it.

It is the twisted malice of Hamas (and other Islamic extremists like it) to try to induce Israel to commit suicide by recoiling from the price it must pay to defend itself.

Been there. Done that.

Israel has witnessed the consequences of Jews not defending themselves. Israel remembers the Holocaust.

For Israel, that period of history is over.

And so, if Hamas — so filled with hate that it cannot tolerate a single, non-Muslim, Jewish, democratic state in its midst — wants to wage a war captured in one obscene phrase — human shields — so be it. Leit bereirah. No choice.

Politicide? National life in bomb shelters? A culture of violence on its borders? A network of tunnels from which to kill or kidnap Israelis? Not viable options.

Whatever the price.

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