Another Gaza re-run

posted at 8:30 am on March 3, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Gazans celebrated a “victory” over departing IDF forces today, but Israel warns that the operation has not yet concluded — and probably will not for the foreseeable future. After destroying a number of suspected rocket-manufacturing sites, the Israelis pulled back out of Gaza to consider options and targets. Meanwhile, rockets still landed in Sderot and Ashkelon:

A government spokesman said after the troops pulled back on the ground: “We will continue with our defensive actions against those who fire lethal rockets at our civilians.”

Another Israeli official said Hamas should view the latest operation as a hint of future Israeli action against rocket fire.

“This very limited (Gaza) operation was intended to show Hamas what could happen, what you may call a ‘prequel’,” he said.

“If they decide they’ve seen enough and stop the rockets, if they get the message, then we may get into a period of quiet. If they continue to fire the rockets, then there will be more operations like this one or worse,” the official said.

Military sources said that the intention of the operation had not been to bring rocket fire to a complete halt, but to clarify to Hamas that the IDF would continue to attack its militants if the group did not change its policy and act against the rockets itself.

Prime minister Ehud Olmert warned that the operation was not a “one-off”, but the first in a series of actions intended to disrupt Hamas and put an end to the rocket fire into Israel. If so, Hamas has not gotten the message. Dozens of rockets flew into Israel after troops withdrew from Gaza, including at least one into Ashkelon.

The explanation regarding “hints” and “prequels” seems rather clueless. This action wasn’t a “prequel”, it was a re-run. The Israelis have conducted these incursions before, and they have a drearily predictable pattern. Gazans fire rockets, the IDF invades for a few days, the global community somehow concludes that the Israelis are the aggressors rather than the aggrieved, and the IDF withdraws to “consider its options”.

At some point, the Israelis have to get serious with Gaza. They have to press a little harder to impress Hamas and the rest of the terrorists there. The IDF needs to make decapitating strikes, they need to drive farther into Gaza, and they need to conduct the war that Hamas keeps forcing on them. The Israelis cannot allow the terrorists to keep raining rockets down on their civilians forever without their civilians deciding on better leadership that will take effective steps to end the rainstorm of Kassams and Katyushas.

Meanwhile, Hamas may claim victory, but Gazans know better. They lost over 110 people in this raid, most of them armed militants, while only two IDF soldiers died in the battles. Their only “victory” in this mess was their ability to outlast the IDF, but that will only be a temporary lull. If this Prime Minister doesn’t have the stomach to slug it out in Gaza, their rockets will produce one who will.


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Absolutely reckless fools my Israeli government is. I wish them living hell, each and every one of them.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Hamas exists = Hamas wins. As simple as that. 100 killed or 1000 killed is on no consequence for the culture of death.

The Fakestinians are marathon runners, the Israeli goverment is a drunk sprinter with no plan or purpose.

Aristotle on March 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Aristotle on March 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM

A dangerous analogy, but isn’t it a little more like the battle in Baltimore during the war of 1812?

A national anthem was written after that battle.

Saltysam on March 3, 2008 at 8:46 AM

This leaves Israel looking weak and vacillating yet again. I suppose it is all too easy to say “go get ‘em” from an armchair in the United States. But the message going out is once again that Israel is too timid to defend itself, and that bodes ill for future peace.

DaMav on March 3, 2008 at 8:46 AM

If this were any state other than Israel, there would no longer be a single Palistinean breathing, and the world community would not give a darn. They would probably have a pretty large empire in the Middle East, as well. But oh no, it is the Jooooooooooooooooos we are talking about after all.

RW Wacko on March 3, 2008 at 8:49 AM

the global community somehow concludes that the Israelis are the aggressors rather than the aggrieved

…and pressures them to stop. I’ll never understand that.

By the way, did Israel ever get their kidnapped soldiers back?

scalleywag on March 3, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Imagine the response if Mexico fired rockets into the U.S. on a daily basis?

scalleywag on March 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

If the dimocrats get the White House, it will make Israel look like a military genius. Incompetence in the face of adversity is the formula for disaster. Perfect example of incompetence: Hillary calls the General in charges of our forces in combat a liar in a Congressional hearing. Is anybody awake?

volsense on March 3, 2008 at 8:55 AM

I wish the Israeli government would get on the trolley already. Doing random incursions isn’t going to do it. They need to go in, go in hard, and (unfortunately) stay and work it out. I should think the Palestinians in Gaza would be happy to have the IDF back in Gaza considering what a heckhole it’s been since the withdrawal.

Ehud Barak has impressed me (more or less) since he became the defense minister. But he needs to push for more aggressive techniques already.

mjk on March 3, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Hillary calls the General in charges of our forces in combat a liar in a Congressional hearing. Is anybody awake?

volsense on March 3, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Worth repeating.

Who do we want answering the phone at 3am?

davidk on March 3, 2008 at 9:06 AM

By the way, did Israel ever get their kidnapped soldiers back?

scalleywag on March 3, 2008 at 8:51 AM

No but in the interim Olmert has released 100s of terrorists from security prisons as a gesture of good will.

Excuse me. I have to throw up.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2008 at 9:11 AM

In this ideological war, consisting of two opposites, there can never be peace. One of them has to go! Be it now, or in ten years time, the end result will be the same. Sadly, if it is closer to ten years, it will be Israel that goes – courtesy of Iran.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Don’t end the incursion until that Jew Eating Rabbit is dead.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 3, 2008 at 9:13 AM

The arabs will replace the bunny with a jew sniffing anteater.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 3, 2008 at 9:14 AM

If this Prime Minister doesn’t have the stomach to slug it out in Gaza, their rockets will produce one who will.
- Ed Morrissey

Maybe.

Although, I agree with the sentiment and I hope it happens.

Lawrence on March 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Olmert got a call from his boss, Condi Rice, and he is doing what he is told before her visit.

Olmert just makes the situation worse by taking his orders from General Condi Rice. Both Rice and Condi are deliberately clueless because they think that the 40 year terrorist, Abbas, is now some kind of moderal politician.

The Islamists want the Jews dead and/or out of all of Israel. Really, it is as simple as that. They all say it openly time and time and time and time again.

If Pres Bush and Condi and Olmert would stop lying to themselves and covering up their ear and eyes, maybe we would just kill these bastards once and for all

georgealbert on March 3, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Don’t worry guys, Olmert is in charge so the situation will only get worse.

If Sharon only knew what would happen, he would never have abandon Gaza. Or if he stayed the course he would have bulldoze a large chunk of it by now.

I use to follow Israel politics closely, so it still dumbfounds me that Olmert is still able to hold this government together. He is so worthless, words cannot describe his idiocy.

Lance Murdock on March 3, 2008 at 9:41 AM

OT, but this seems odd.
Okay, you’re Israel, all of your neighbors call you “Nazi”.
“Journalists” are generally on your neighbors’ side.
“Journalists” are also ignorant fools, especially about all things military.

So what do you name your new armored vehicle?
Tiger.

Comparisons to Tiger Tanks coming in 3. 2. 1…

Veeshir on March 3, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Absolutely reckless fools my Israeli government is. I wish them living hell, each and every one of them.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM

OK, I can go along with the reckless fools, maybe. But which is the reckless part: pulling out before finishing off Hamas? or going in altogether?

jimbo2008 on March 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Veeshir on March 3, 2008 at 9:50 AM

What? I thought you said “Tigger.”

davidk on March 3, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Imagine the response if Mexico fired rockets into the U.S. on a daily basis?

scalleywag on March 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

or sent armed men over the border…

or had millions of their citizens invade the US…

Oh…. wait… crap…

Romeo13 on March 3, 2008 at 10:02 AM

I have zero sympathy for the civilian population there. After the children get done watching the Jew Eating Rabbit, they probably go and play behead the infidel. Home version. I hope Israel sleeps good at night.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM

“Imagine the response if Mexico fired rockets into the U.S. on a daily basis once?”

Fixed that for ya.

Immolate on March 3, 2008 at 10:30 AM

I’m no fan of the Olmert govt, but I’d like to point out that the reason this incursion stopped was the arrival of Rice to Israel tomorrow for peace meetings.

It is the pressure (and it is real pressure) coming from the US State Dept on Israel mitigating Israel from dealing with things in the region. Abbas just had to state he’s halting the peace process and by default he wins because the US wont let the Peace process halt now. Israel is not dealing with Hamas because of the USA.

You’ve collapsed totally on all your post 9/11 policies for a number of reasons and this is the ramification / result outside the USA. If the US was tougher it would make Israel act toughter, we’re on a short leash with Dr Rice.

saus on March 3, 2008 at 10:31 AM

OK, I can go along with the reckless fools, maybe. But which is the reckless part: pulling out before finishing off Hamas? or going in altogether?

jimbo2008 on March 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Both.

Going in prior to bombing the living hell out of them and flattening all of northern Gaza.

Pulling out without finishing the job and resolving the problem.

Everything is wrong!

Shy Guy on March 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM

The IDF needs to make decapitating strikes, they need to drive farther into Gaza a stake through the heart of Hamas and kill the murdering monsters once and for all.

Fixed.

Liberty or Death on March 3, 2008 at 11:41 AM

You put your left flank in, you take your left flank out …

People are dying m8. Is that supposed to be funny? Is this what passes for political comment? Stick to Canadian Liberals funneling money to add companies. It’s just a lttle less insulting, and demeaning.

Asshat!

Watchman on March 3, 2008 at 2:16 PM

I wish one of the rockets would go stright on the Knesset us Israelis have been putting up with this for to long a time! It is a shame that yet again we start something and then don’t finnish

sko17 on March 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM

/Get the flank out of here.

The fact is that the Israelis continue to play games with their security. They’re too concerned about appearances and not concerned enough with killing the terrorists who seek to destroy Israel. Olmert does just enough to muddle through, but he’s continually eroding Israel’s security by not allowing the military to take the fight to the terrorists and their leaders.

The media plays willing accomplice for the terrorists, showing them in the most favorable light.

The terrorists, meanwhile, exploit every single instance where Israel shows restraint. Then, they declare victory over Israel.

This is a war against Israel, and the terrorists get easy media wins, despite the fact that the terrorists launched this war, have been planning for it for years, and are using civilians for cover (and to maximize the body count). Where are all the Hamas in their uniforms now?

lawhawk on March 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Watchman,

Lose some m8′s in Hamas did you?

BL@KBIRD on March 3, 2008 at 3:41 PM

“Gazans know better. They lost over 110 people in this raid, most of them armed militants”

Israeli frustration with the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza is completely understandable. Saying that most of those Palestinians killed were militants doesn’t really justify the dozens of civilian deaths in recent days. The Israeli people know that Israel will eventually have to negotiate with Hamas in order to have the rocket attacks stop. Olmert and his government still have yet to reach that conclusion despite acknowledging that there is no purely military solution to the Qassam problem which is making daily life miserable for Israel’s Southern residents.

lexhamfox on March 3, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Slaughter the Animalstinians and do the world a favor…

Tim Burton on March 3, 2008 at 8:48 PM