Once again, Israel is under attack from those that would destroy it.
Hamas, Hezbullah; outreach of Iran. The Islamic-based sworn enemies of the Jews. The chutzpah in all this? Gaza based Hamas, the duly elected leadership of the Palestinians, broke the cease fire and have fired thousands of rockets at innocent Israeli civilians. Yet, their PR war would have us believe, that because Hamas deploys their weaponry in amongst their civilians, that the Israeli military are barbaric for attacking innocent civilian.
Sorry, these civilians voted for Hamas, knowing full well their intentions and their past history of doing such. No, Hamas has no intention of committting to peace with Israel under ANY condition:
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
I sometimes wonder about the hypocrisy of the West – all we seem to hear is UN in this regard, UN in that regard. Lord (oops, can’t use that word!) help the nation that goes against a UN mandate or resolution – mostly the US. Yet, how much global condemnation comes down upon the Arabs for refusing to follow the 1947 UN resolution establishing Israel?
Make no mistake – no use of "forceful diplomacy" by the in-coming Obama administration will make any difference. No use of "enticements" of goods, services, or "brownie points" will work either. Western politicians just haven’t learned that true religious fanatics cannot be bargained with – as shown with the huge success in the negotiations over nuclear weapons with Iran’s mullahs.
Sometimes, you just have to take your foes words at face value and THEN figure out your responses instead of willfully ignoring them.
In this case, Hope and Change will be irrelevant. Only steadfast support for Israel as the Jewish state will be the answer; our prayers go out to you.