Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented Tuesday on the Palestinian threat to seek ICC action over Israel's plans to build 3,000 new housing units in the West Bank, saying that Israel "Has to be clear: If the Palestinians want peace – they'll get peace. If they want war – they'll get war."No one in Jewish political circles, left, right, or center, wants war. Yet at the same time the Jews of the Middle East continue to see never-ending genocidal hostility from much of the majority Muslim population throughout that part of the world. After the Jews departed from the Gaza strip in 2005, thereby ending the "occupation" and doing what the international left had continually admonished them to do, they were subject to over 10,000 rockets from that day to this.
Speaking at a Hanukkah event held by Yisrael Beiteinu in Tel Aviv, Lieberman also stated that any future rocket fire from the Strip would mandate not just an IDF incursion of the enclave, but a full-blown invasion.
"Any rocket attack mandates a wide-scale ground invasion of Gaza… Such an operation shouldn’t be restricted by any means, it should see (the IDF) take full control of Gaza. We have no other choice – the world needs to know that."
Over the course of 2012 Hamas shot around 1,000 rockets into southern Israel, culminating in an attack of several hundred rockets over the course of just a few days in the middle of last November, thus making that area almost entirely unlivable. Throughout that period Israel did virtually nothing to defend itself and the international community gave its silent assent to Arab anti-Jewish violence. It was only when Israel began to fight back that progressive activists and the European governments stood up and screamed from the hillsides about Jewish-Israeli "aggression" in the Middle East.
Anyone with the capacity to learn from the past, and who cares about the long Arab-Muslim war against the Jews in the Middle East, knows a few definite truths. One of those truths is that the Palestinians have no intention whatsoever of making peace in a state of their own next to the Jewish one. This is why negotiations tend to be pointless. Another of those truths is that Hamas remains true to its charter, as we saw throughout all of last year, in its desire to slaughter Jewish people.
Still another truth is that if Israel does what it needs to do in order to eliminate the genocidal threat coming from the Gaza strip the world community will oppose any such efforts. Not even the United States, particularly under this president, will green-light a ground invasion of the strip under any circumstances. It doesn't matter how miserable the Palestinians make life in southern Israel, Barack Obama will not countenance Jewish self-defense. At this point the Palestinians could chop the head off a Jewish baby girl on live television, to the cheers of thousands, and still the west, particularly the western left, will blame Israel for Arab aggression against it.
What I say is eliminate Hamas.
Israel and Hamas are currently in a hudna. When the hudna ends and Hamas feels strong enough and confident enough to resume its bombing of Israel, that country may have no choice but to go in there, take the strip, and finish Hamas. One thing that we need to consider is, when that time comes, will we stand with Israel or not?
I know that I will.
Who knows what the future holds, but we definitely need to be prepared for this eventuality.