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"Israel's Merciless Reputation"

The condemnation of Israel continues, unabated.

Yesterday, in the Washington Post online edition, a Ms. Vivian Salama wrote a column called "Israel's Merciless Reputation", in which she excoriates Israel for defending itself from The Nation Of Hamas.

In it, she offers the following quote:

"It can be suggested that the build-up to this crisis in the Middle East began in 1967, when Israel earned itself a reputation - regionally and globally - as a military power to be reckoned with. In just six days, Israeli Defense Forces advanced to the edge of the Suez Canal, and in one foul swoop, gained control of Gaza, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, and the whole of Jerusalem."

Notice, not once in the entire quote, does she mention the Arab aggression that led up to the Six Day War. She just makes it sound as if Israel went on a military might showcase to flex it's muscles against the Arab world and conquer some territory. (Notice, also, her use of the term "one foul swoop".)

She continues, comparing the 2006 month-long war with Hezbollah and the current events unfolding with the Nation of Hamas in Gaza, describing Hezbollah as "savvy" in it's actions, that it earned "global recognition" and calling Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah a "hero" of the Muslin world.

In contrast, she describes the Israeli response to both Hezbollah and Hamas using the following rhetorical flourishes:

  • "unforgiving show of strength" (used twice)
  • "unforgiving attack on Hezzbollah"
  • "heavy-handed response"
  • "unnecessarily brutal force"
  • "particularly merciless"
  • "deadly response"

See a pattern here?

Not once through the entire article does she, herself, say anything about the terror attacks or rocket strikes launched by both Hezbollah and Hamas. Instead, she quotes another person, who declares "that Hamas may have gone too far with it's rockets" though this "is not justification of the Israeli policy.". Hmmm.

Ms. Simkas article can be summed up as such: Israel's only reason for it's "deadly response" against the Nation of Hamas is solely to redeem itself for what was roundly portrayed in the media as a losing battle against Hezbollah in 2006.

Once again, we see Arab sympathizers ignore the responsibility of these terrorist organizations, justifying their actions, and condemning Israel for any aggressive defensive retaliation it my take. And once again, we see the leftist media run with it.

And of course, this wouldn't be complete without the obligatory Bush-bashing for his "failed promise" to find lasting mid-east peace. (No mention of the Clinton administration's failures)

Fear not, though. For she see's a hopeful future:

" President-elect Barack Obama, meanwhile, has a unique opportunity to make history in the Middle East, just as he made history at home."

Ugh.

Merciless, indeed.


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Comments (27)

It is amazing how Israel wi... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

It is amazing how Israel will send ">http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=6530359&page=1> humanitarian aid into Gaza before starting the attack to help the Palestinian people who will suffer for Hamas aggression , and Hamas will refuse to allow their own people to receive ">http://diplomacymonitor.com/stu/dm.nsf/dn/dn46461FD63D59C9F88525752E005AC5E4"> Foreign Aid by other Arabs yet Israel is the bad guy.

The Arab street and MSM are all useful idiots.

My own position regarding I... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

My own position regarding Israel is that sooner or later she must come to see that her detractors will never recognize her right of self defense and will always bash away with that not so subtle overtone of anti Semitic rancor shown by Salama in her tirade. And so, Israel should accept as inevitable the mortar fire from the press who act as an ally of her enemies, but ignore it totally, doing everything possible to advance the mission at hand.

I favor the total disarmament of Gaza down to the last pistol. I know this is wildly improbable, yet if they push ahead to that degree, with the intent that never again will they accept any kind of armament coming at them from Gaza, every friend of Israel on this planet will be supporting her actions. Israel deserves, as does the United States and every other nation on earth, to know that no one has the right to lob missiles over their borders while at the same time expecting international public opinion to support the right of self defense.


Funny the writer doesnt men... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Funny the writer doesnt mention that Hamas has just legalized cruxification.

Vivian Salama is one of tho... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Vivian Salama is one of those that Josef Stalin referred to as 'useful idiots'. You can't educate them or change their minds, you just get in their faces and tell them their full of bull shit, and to go peddle it somewhere else.

The majority of the people ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

The majority of the people of Gaza come from the area that they are now lobbing rockets at.. Ashkelon and its neigbors. This is why they are refugees in Gaza City, pushed to the sea, a modern day Dunkirk/hell-hole, with no place to go. Even Egypt has sealed the borders and Gaza or Palestine has never signed a peace treaty with Israel.

All Israeli sympathizers, even Obama, say these residents, in Ashkalen and Sderot have a right to live in peace on their land but they neglect to say that this land is former Palestinian land, that the majority of Gaza residents (80%) that they, their parents or grandparents used to live on, until they were forcefully removed sixty years ago by the Israelis.

I know the US/Israel/ Wizbang feels that the refugees should lump it, and get on with their miserable lives in one of the most overcrowded cities in the world, Gaza City where they have an additional hardship, of undergoing a Stalingrad like siege... and if some Hamas militants fire off some token rockets that cause no or minimal damage they are considered the worst offenders, the causi belli.

A short article comparing t... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

A short article comparing the Gaza offensive with the Nazi occupation of Greece. And rather negatively. Also includes embedded link to the Mierscheimer-Walt paper which examines the Israel- as- underdog propaganda effort in the US.

http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/the_gaza_massacre

The attempt being made is t... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

The attempt being made is to confuse people. In reality, there is a very big difference between the Israeli mafia (whose commanders aren't real Jews), and the Jewish people who are caught in the middle of this nightmare. Unfortunately, it's going to be a little while longer before the Israeli people see the big surprise that will free them from all of this bloodshed and chaos.

SteveWhy not go ba... (Below threshold)
retired miiltary:

Steve

Why not go back 2000 years? hell it was Isreal then. So why dont they have a claim to the land as well.


The "stalingraud" siege as you call it was lifted in at least one area until Hamas started lobbing rockets again.

"and if some Hamas militants fire off some token rockets that cause no or minimal damage they are considered the worst offenders"

Hey their rockets are doing much harm. Even if they want to kill as many people as possible. Why they can come to my neighborhood and lob rockets at my house and I wouldnt mind a bit.

"All Israeli sympathizers, even Obama"

Guffaw guffaw. Gee you trying to start the new year out with a laugh arent you.

""have a right to live in peace on their land "

Lets see live in peace = lobbing rockets. So that means we have been living in peace in Iraq for several years now right steve.

"their parents or grandparents used to live on, until they were forcefully removed sixty years ago by the Israelis.
"

Oh you mean when the GREAT UN formed Israel correct? And now it is a sovereign nation for 60 years. Hey I got it lets give Alaska back to Russia. Lets turn all the contintal US back over to the native american indians. Russia can take back over its provinces. And Spain, France, Italy, and Germany can fight over Europe as they all dominated it at one time or another. ANd China goes under Mongolia.

As usual your logic and statements are just so much hogwash and claptrap.

Israel was given its increa... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Israel was given its increased borders in 1948/9 by the UN after defeating the Palestinian Arabs and the Egyptian army following partition in 1947, but had to promise to repatriate the Gaza Arabs, which they never did.

They are still living behind barbed wire in Gaza..and the Israelis living in Ashkelon 18 miles from Gaza get the vapors that their comfortable lives may be discomfited by some sons of their former residents lobbing rockets on them...That`s natural..but I`m just trying to put these latest events into some sort of historical context.

Bush and the msm commonly start their analysis' of the periodic crisises in the Mid-East, as if history began yesterday..i.e that is because Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers or Hamas is lobbing rockets that the IDF had no recourse but to shell Beirut or Gaza.

Retired military, you can say past historical injustices can't be a signpost, but it seems many Zionists make a big point of trying extend its Jewish ancestral homeland/ biblical borders, closer to what it was two thousand plus years ago.

For those interested, this left Jewish point of view of 'the origin of the conflict`. history is provocative.

SteveIs Hamas stop... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve

Is Hamas stopped using gaza as a launching pad for its rockets than Israel would have no reason to try to contain the people in it.

Plain and simple.

Hamas is causing this misery to try to further its agenda to destroy Israel.

Tell you what. If you were Israel how would you deal with Hamas whose sole purpose for existence is to destroy you? cut your own throat?
Hamas has stated Israel must cease to exist as a nation. So if you were Israel how would you deal with it? Pray it goes away which just encourages other antiIsrael entities like Hezbollah and Iran?

Since you are so smart you play the part of Israel and tell us how you would deal with someone who has repeatedly said your very existence is reason enough for it to continue to try to destroy you.

I have long pondered why co... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

I have long pondered why conflicts such as the one between Israel and every Arab of whatever stripe existent in the Mideast or wherever else continue so intransigent to any solution offered. Every other refugee crisis coming out of WWII was resolved within several years but this one still has only two aspects: (1) smoldering, and (2) exploding.

But I have gained some degree of insight from the offerings of the lefty trolls who ever lurk near the Wizbang region like so many vultures sniffing for their next meal. They, like these eternal refugees whose own brethren among the Arab nations lift not a finger for them, have no intention of ever changing one whit. Has anyone ever seen Crickmore or BryanD EVER one time on anything at all yield so much as a scintilla of acknowledgment?? Is it possible for anyone to be so blindly one sided that they can never see anything at all of the other side of the argument? The only possible response that I can imagine to my query would be that neither do the right wing fascist wizbangers. Either that or a change of subject altogether which is the second most likely tactic trolls use. And, by the way, I use the word troll in the original understanding of the term, one who frequents weblogs not of their own particular affiliation for the sole purpose of causing trouble, sowing negativity with lies, obfuscations, and whatever other disruptive tactics occur to them.

Crickmore, reading your screed my basic reaction was, "Does this guy just make up whatever he wants to believe by cobbling together any negative bullshit he can dig up?" And when I followed your link, certain that it would take me nowhere that I could derive any wisdom from, I actually had to laugh upon discovering that the referenced article was by a man who has loaned his name to the literary point by point refutation of facts done to him, NOT by him, Robert Fisk. If this is where you derive your facts and intransigence, it's easier to see why you are so dead set in your nauseating view on the attempt of the Arab nations through the proxy of the "so called" Palestinians, to wipe out the only decent nation in that part of the world.

describing Hezboll... (Below threshold)
Marc:
describing Hezbollah as "savvy" in it's actions, that it earned "global recognition" and calling Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah a "hero" of the Muslin world.
Asvvy is what this nutjob WaPo "writer" calls Hezbollah?

NEWSFLASH, the savvy leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah has said it was a blunder to provoke Israel into that war.

"We did not think, even 1 percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me, if I had known on July 11 ... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not," he said in an interview with Lebanon's New TV station.
Israel has played this game far too long.

The terrorists snatch a couple soldiers and trade them for terrorists held in Israeli jails for their release some months later.

This uis a prime example why negotiations with them has and always will fail.

As Sarah Roy of Harvard rec... (Below threshold)
Ellen:

As Sarah Roy of Harvard recently wrote:n
January 02, 2009 Edition | csmonitor.com
By Sara Roy

"And what will happen to Jews as a people whether we live in Israel or not? Why have we been unable to accept the fundamental humanity of Palestinians and include them within our moral boundaries? Rather, we reject any human connection with the people we are oppressing. Ultimately, our goal is to tribalize pain, narrowing the scope of human suffering to ourselves alone.

Our rejection of "the other" will undo us. We must incorporate Palestinians and other Arab peoples into the Jewish understading of history, because they are a part of that history. We must question our own narrative and the one we have given others, rather than continue to cherish beliefs and sentiments that betray the Jewish ethical tradition.

Jewish intellectuals oppose racism, repression, and injustice almost everywhere in the world and yet it is still unacceptable - indeed, for some, it's an act of heresy - to oppose it when Israel is the oppressor. This double standard must end...."

Kind of hard to have a rati... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Kind of hard to have a rational discourse about peace when you have 2 sides.

Israel - who merely wishes to exist.

Hamas - Whose only wish is to destroy Israel.

So it goes like this.

Israel - "I want peace"

Hamas = "DIE SCUMBAG"

Israel - " Stop attacking "

Hamas - "I WILL KILL YOU"

Israel - "Don't shoot rockets at my people"

Hamas - "WE WILL REJOICE OVER YOUR CORPSES"

Israel - "Cant we have peace"

Hamas - "ONLY WHEN YOU ARE DEAD"

Marc and Michael..I don`t w... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Marc and Michael..I don`t want to get into a long argument or even a short argument about Israel and the miltant Muslim movement, Hamas or Hezbollah.. Of course their jihad, ideological, radical leaders are nuts; there is no argument there. Jim Jones of Jonestown would probably be their closest American leader counterpart.

I'm more concerned about the welfare of the Palestinian people and the mine shaft where Hamas is taking them, where Israel backed by America, is seen to be applying the finishing kerosene and match.

Yes, I like Robert Fisk. He has always been very sympathetic of refugees despite some of his encounters with them. See the origin of fisking from an Andrew Sullivan column in Decmber 2001, who at that time was supporting full-heartedly the war on terrorism in Afghanistan in his column critical of Fisk`s conclusions after Fisk talked about his beating at the hands of some Afghan refugees.

"...but they neglect to ... (Below threshold)

"...but they neglect to say that this land is former Palestinian land, that the majority of Gaza residents (80%) that they, their parents or grandparents used to live on,..."

Then you go on with this:

"Bush and the msm commonly start their analysis' of the periodic crisises in the Mid-East, as if history began yesterday.."

Didn't you, in the former quote, do what you bemoan in the latter quote?

You can't just pick up a large and weighty historical text and open it at some arbitrary chapter as if anything before that is not just as relevant. People love to ignore the centuries of oppression the Jews suffered in the whole of the Middle East - and still do. People forget that near the turn of the 20th century the Arabs didn't begin by attacking the newcomer Zionists they so hated. They attacked the homes and families of Jews who had lived peacefully (although in the aforementioned oppressed state) in the area for centuries. People love to blame the Jews for the plight of the Palestinians, totally ignoring that those they have chosen as their leaders (and those leaders who have in the past appointed themselves; does the Ottoman Empire ring a bell?) are far more culpable than the Jews. Does anyone here really think that surrounding Muslim countries give a damn about the Palestinians? Egypt? Syria? Jordan? But guess who's sending aid ....

"Meanwhile, [Israeli Defense Minister Ehud] Barak authorized the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza in an unprecedented scope. Some 100 trucks carrying blood units, provisions, medicines and 10 ambulances are scheduled to enter the Strip on Monday. Fuel for the power station and cooking gas will be shipped into the Strip as well."

In the mean time Hamas won't let the wounded flee to safety and anyone trying to enter Egypt is shot on site.

Both sides have committed their errors, but weighing them on a scale is like weighing feathers against iron ingots. One must only consider what each side loves more; one side loves life, the other, death.

SteveNice job at t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve

Nice job at totally ignoring a perfectly valid question. Of course you wont answer as there is none that would make any sense and still fit you views.

Retired military..As I alud... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Retired military..As I aluded to and spoke directly in Wizbangblue any type of dealing with Hamas is very difficult but I would try to talk with them at least. I think you give them almost more legitmacy in the Arab main street by refusing to talk to do so. As I said in wizbangblue "jaw, jaw is better than war, war".

Heavy Israeli shelling only unites the moderate Palestinians with the extremist Hamas. Israel may be doing some back channel work already in talking to Hamas but you must try and negotiate with them (as best you can); they really want the lifting of the seige..You are correct they have to change. but I don`t think you can bomb the movement, there is too much collateral damage, and there is always the implicit threat of a third infitada.

Definitely Hamas has an uncompromising explosive charter.What can you do? You give them a little rope..on which to hang themselves but I don't think Israel and the USA have given them any rope so their feeling is that they have little to lose and many of the Hamas leadership would rather die matyrs and take as many people with them.

Definitely Hamas h... (Below threshold)
Definitely Hamas has an uncompromising explosive charter.

Oh come on, Steve, here is a terrorist organization whose stated purpose is the elimination of the entire nation of Israel, and the only outrage you can muster is to call their goals "uncompromising" and "explosive"? I mean, how about "murderous"? How about "genocidal"? Aren't those more fitting descriptions?

What if some terrorist group swore the deaths of you and the entire Crickmore family, would you also call them "uncompromising" or would you call them what they are, i.e. murderers?

Steve"As I said in... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve

"As I said in wizbangblue "jaw, jaw is better than war, war".
"

And while you are talking they are lobbing rockets.

SO in other words just stand back and take it no matter what. That would only embolden your other enemies to attack you as well.

Did chamberlain try to talk to Hitler?
Could you have talked Saddam out of Iraq?
Could you have talked to Idi Amin?


"You give them a little rope..on which to hang themselves "

Gee suicide bombings and rocket attacks are a litle rope in my book.

What do you call a little rope? Tel Aviv with a mushroom cloud over it? 10000 dead from a chemical attack?

You were better off not answering Steve. As I predicted

" Of course you wont answer as there is none that would make any sense and still fit you views.
"

"What if some terrorist gro... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"What if some terrorist group swore the deaths of you and the entire Crickmore family, would you also call them "uncompromising" or would you call them what they are, i.e. murderers?

"

Why nope. Stevey boy would talk them to death as they raped his wife and cut off the heads of his kids. Because Stevey's philosophy is "You give them a little rope" and "jaw, jaw is better than war, war". "

terrorism and hate is all ... (Below threshold)
MF:

terrorism and hate is all the Hamas understand.

I would go after their familys and supports if
possible... Khadfhi was quiet for a long time
but is it true he was excited with Obama's win? http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=khadafi&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

OregonMuse.. I was trying t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

OregonMuse.. I was trying to purposefully understate the Hamas charter. Sure, if doesn`t state it, it is murderous or genoicidal in implication not far from Mein Kempf. All the more reasons why Bush insisting that Hamas give up the armed option or recognize Israel was nonsensical in January 2007 after they won the Palestinian elections. And if they are not doing it now when Gaza City is feeling tht full brunt of the IDF, it is doubtful they would have then.

So what is the end game now?
a third smaller infitada- increased popularity of Hamas-but a crushing of their military wing- a strengthening of Fatah in the West Bank- many more Israel deaths than the 20 they have suffered from Hamas since 2000...I don`t know?

So what is the end... (Below threshold)
So what is the end game now?

One of the reasons this conflict is so intractable is that none of the surrounding Arab states will lift a finger to help their brothers in Gaza. Not Egypt, not Syria, not Jordan, not Lebanon, no one. And the reason for this is that the Palestinians are a useful tool the Arab states can use to stoke anti-Israel sentiment any time they consider it useful to do so.

In fact, the Palestinians have suffered more at the hands of other Arabs than they ever have from Israel.

So without the Arab states actually making any kind of good-faith effort to help the Palestinians, resettle refugees, etc., the only thing Israel can do is fight.

"And what will happen to Je... (Below threshold)
JB:

"And what will happen to Jews as a people whether we live in Israel or not? Why have we been unable to accept the fundamental humanity of Palestinians and include them within our moral boundaries?"

Umm, because a large majority of Palestinians doesn't have any? Someone who wants to wipe you off the face of the earth has no humanity.

s crickmore - "Definite... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s crickmore - "Definitely Hamas has an uncompromising explosive charter.What can you do? You give them a little rope..on which to hang themselves "

Hamas was given a "rope" when Gaza was turned over to them. In less than a bat of an eyelash they used their new possession as a staging ground for missile attacks.

O-Muse - "One of the reasons this conflict is so intractable is that none of the surrounding Arab states will lift a finger to help their brothers in Gaza. Not Egypt, not Syria, not Jordan, not Lebanon, no one."

Truer words were never written. They've done bupkiss other than a few instances when it served their own political purposes.

And the same can be said of the Arab League as a whole on the Iraq issue, they've done ZERO to stabilize Iraq or the remainder of the region.

Zionism is the enemy, the J... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Zionism is the enemy, the Jews and Palestinians have no problem with each other. Unfortunately, they are the ones that are paying the price.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLsJ0cWWpaA




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