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November 18, 2012 2:57 am

Breaking the Stranglehold: Defeating Hamas and Hezbollah is Vital to Israel’s Survival

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In the current Middle East, where erstwhile Israeli allies like Egypt and Turkey display open hostility, where Sudan serves as Iran’s warehouse and Gaza and Lebanon as its forward bases, the Jewish State finds itself in the precarious center of a tightening noose. Israel has not been so under siege since the Yom Kippur War.

Reality check: Since 9/11, and especially in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring, we have been living in the “Era of Islamism”, as evidenced by the rise to power of Hamas in Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Islamist-leaning AK Party in Turkey, and the Ennahda Party in Tunisia. Libya has also been overrun by violent Islamists, as has the Sinai Peninsula. Should Syria fall into the wrong hands, the situation severely worsens. If the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan is also toppled, circumstances could be dire indeed.

No matter in which direction Israel looks, the picture isn’t pretty. Nonetheless, there is a way out of the suffocating noose.

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Now more than ever in the last 40 years, Israel must adopt The Decisive Doctrine and impose a zero tolerance policy against the Revolutionary Guard franchises. Definitive victories obliterating Hamas and Hezbollah will send an unmistakable message to their masters in Tehran, and to watchful regimes in Cairo and Damascus. More importantly, eradication of these Jihadists will give Israel critical breathing room and the chance to focus on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, which remains the single greatest existential threat to the State of Israel.

Therefore, the Israel Defense Forces’ oft-stated goal of “crippling” terrorist organizations is wholly inadequate and simply won’t do; the crippled heal and live on to terrorize another day, as history has repeatedly shown. If Cast Lead had finished the job, Pillar of Cloud would not have been necessary. If the First Lebanon War against the PLO had ended only after the then-nascent Hezbollah’s extinction, the Second Lebanon War would have never come about. Leaving a remnant to regroup, rebuild, and rearm merely guarantees a next-time-around.

And in the meantime, should Israel sit idly by like inert dupes, observing and counting as Iran supplies missiles to its vanguard proxies perched on Israel’s borders? Taking out the Sudanese weapons depot was a step in the right direction. For those gripped in the vise of terrorism, beleaguered and besieged, proactive measures prove crucial.

The IDF and Israeli leadership must internalize a fundamental lesson, especially in relation to Hamas and Hezbollah, before the stranglehold is complete and it is too late: Fighting in self-defense does not mean fighting on the defensive. If Israel is going to war…it must go the distance.

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  • Michael koenigsberg

    War is truly hell;However the only thing our enemies know is force.We must finish the job decimate hamas and hezbollah.I was in the Koresn war-look what happened when you don’t finish the war.Israel must stand together and destroy our foes.There are always unfortunate casualties that occur.If hamas wanted peace they would never have fired rockets at all into Israel.

  • PIM MEIBOSCH

    AS THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE, YOU ARE POINTING OUT
    WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
    WE HAVE CREATED ”HAMAS” AS A COUNTERWEIGHT.
    THE FAMOUS GOLEM THAT GOT OUT OF HAND.

    AND NOW IF WE WANT TO STAY HUMAN WHAT YOU’RE ASKING
    FOR CAN NOT BE DONE.
    SO THE ADVISE FROM A POET FROM CANADA IS VERY NICE
    BUT ALSO VERY USELESS.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    ISRAEL IS AT WAR.

    Israel has a limited time window in which to accomplish its objectives. After several days, world demand will force Israel to cease its operations. Whatever, Israel does not accomplish will remain a sword hanging over Israel’s head which will be executed in the future.

    It must be emphasized that Israel, by taking her usual”measured approach” is guaranteeing that the next round of assault by Israel’s enemies will be more furious. This “measured” approach also substantially increases the likelihood that the next round of assault will occur.

    Israel must raise the price so high that the message is clear to Hamas: “don’t even think about firing more missiles since our “proportionate response” would be immediate, fierce and very costly to you and to the population that you represent. For a specific example, announce that you have a list of 300 ( # ? ) residential buildings and publicize your list.( This constitutes ” fair warning” having been given to the inhabitants of these buildings.} Then announce that for each incoming missile you’re going to destroy one of these buildings ….and if the Hamas attack continues, Israel must go ahead with these attacks. The residents of all 300 buildings. will feel the panic. Having given adequate warning, Israel must go ahead with these attacks.

    Simultaneously, Israel should begin systematically destroying obvious and essential Gaza infrastructure. Examples include bridges over bodies of water. Key intersections. Shopping malls. Electrical and water grids.Also commercial properties and manufacturing properties should be on the target list and destroyed.

    Electricity should be cut off.

    Food should be blockaded and Israel’s new policy should be that for every missile over certain class that Hamas and its allies turns over to Israel, Israel will let one truckload of food in.

    In the short run it might increase Palestinian casualties. In the long run it will reduce Palestinian casualties since it will end the attacks sooner and prevent future attacks.

    • MarkNYC

      Good for you COL. Now will Israel have the gumption to resist the torrent of vilification coming from her “friends” in Western Europe and the Obama administration.

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