Who Is to Blame for Grief on a Beach?

Krauthammer makes some good points in this column. Here are a couple of selections that caught my eye.

“Okay. Let’s concede for the sake of argument that the question of whether it was an errant Israeli shell remains unresolved. But the obvious question not being asked is this: Who is to blame if Palestinians are setting up rocket launchers to attack Israel — and placing them 400 yards from a beach crowded with Palestinian families on the Muslim Sabbath?

Answer: This is another example of the Palestinians’ classic and cowardly human-shield tactic — attacking innocent Israeli civilians while hiding behind innocent Palestinian civilians. For Palestinian terrorists — and the Palestinian governments (both Fatah and Hamas) that allow them to operate unmolested — it’s a win-win: If their rockets aimed into Israeli towns kill innocent Jews, no one abroad notices and it’s another success in the terrorist war against Israel. And if Israel’s preventive and deterrent attacks on those rocket bases inadvertently kill Palestinian civilians, the iconic “Israeli massacre” picture makes the front page of the New York Times, and the Palestinians win the propaganda war.

But there is an even larger question not asked. Whether the rocket bases are near civilian beaches or in remote areas, why are the Gazans launching any rockets at Israel in the first place — about 1,000 in the past year?

To get Israel to remove its settlers, end the occupation and let the Palestinians achieve dignity and independence? But Israel did exactly that in Gaza last year. It completely evacuated Gaza, dismantled all its military installations, removed its soldiers, destroyed all Israeli settlements and expelled all 7,000 Israeli settlers. Israel then declared the line that separates Israel from Gaza to be an international frontier. Gaza became the first independent Palestinian territory ever.”

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  1. Jack's Shack June 18, 2006 at 7:02 am


    Kraut is not too bad.


    Actually I have 1,298,093,099,032 more but only because they like me better than Chaim. 😉

  2. Chaim June 16, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    I beat both of you … so na na na boo boo!

  3. Chana June 16, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    I think I beat you to posting about this by 15 seconds!

    Of course, you have about 2,998 more readers than I do, LOL!

  4. Leaf June 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Krauthammer is pretty good in my opinion. Not that I agree with everything he has to say but he does write some pretty good articles. It is a shame the liberal media and liberals in general are abandoning Israel.

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