Archive for April, 2007

How micro is the management?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The IDF plans to ask Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday for permission to carry out “pinpoint” operations against Gaza-based Hamas terrorist chiefs and infrastructure, in response to an attempt by the Islamist group to kidnap soldiers near the Gaza Strip…

Olmert is scheduled to meet with security chiefs Wednesday morning to discuss the escalation in Gaza and expectations were that the IDF would be given the green light for “pinpoint” operations against Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the Strip.

Not that this doesn’t sound like a good idea, but why is this information given to the press and the entire world? Just do it (or don’t). Nothing is gained by including you and me in this discussion.

The article also notes:

The security situation was apparently discussed in a telephone call on Tuesday between Olmert and US President George W. Bush.

The implication, I suppose, is that the green light comes from Washington, if it comes. Just how ‘micro’ is the management here?

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Three principles to stop terrorist kidnappings

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

YNet reports:

IDF officials have affirmed that Hamas had planned Tuesday morning to kidnap a soldier while the Qassam rockets and mortar shells were being launched from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

Army intelligence and ground forces in the area were able to prevent the attack, they said.

It’s not enough to just stop such attempts. They have to be made unproductive, which can be done by adhering to three principles:

  • No prisoner exchanges
  • A death penalty for terrorist murders
  • Disproportionate retaliation

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An axis of embarrassment

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

It’s a certainty that Saddam had chemical weapons, and a possibility that he had biological weapons and nuclear material. What happened to it?

Melanie Phillips, no crank or conspiracy theorist, describes how it went to Syria and why the story is not widely known:

The Republicans won’t touch this because it would reveal the incompetence of the Bush administration in failing to neutralise the danger of Iraqi WMD. The Democrats won’t touch it because it would show President Bush was right to invade Iraq in the first place. It is an axis of embarrassment.

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With a ceasefire like this, who needs a war?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Sunday, I suggested that the supposed “ceasefire” by Palestinian terrorists didn’t exist. Today HonestReporting points out that, despite media reports that suggest that Israel is “straining the ceasefire”, it’s the Palestinians that haven’t ceased firing. Here are some links showing terrorist activity in the month of April alone:

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A speech for Israel’s Prime Minister

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In his Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) address, Israeli PM Olmert said:

We will weigh with great seriousness every diplomatic initiative, we will take advantage of every chance, we will be prepared for far-reaching compromises, and even for very painful concessions, as long as our vital and existential interests are safeguarded, in order to fulfill our burning ambition for peace. — Ha’aretz

To whom is he speaking? Not to a majority of Israelis, who understand that concessions, compromises, withdrawals, and prisoner releases just lead to more of the same. And not to Palestinians or the Arab nations, who know that no matter what compromises Israel makes, they will not be satisfied and there will not be peace.

Here is what the PM of Israel should say:

Insofar as Israel is the legitimate expression of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, a fully sovereign nation which does not bear the responsibility for the failures of the Arab nations with respect to themselves and the Palestinians and refuses to pay the price for them, I assert the following:

We will not accept phony initiatives or imposed plans. We will strike disproportionally at terrorists and preemptively at any nation that plans to attack us. We passionately desire peace, but we will make no concessions for future promises of peace, only in return for realized peace.

In particular, we demand the immediate release of the hostages held by Hamas and Hezbollah. If they are not released within 12 hours, we will begin taking escalating military action against Hamas and Hezbollah personnel and infrastructure. There will be no prisoner exchanges.

Would this cause a diplomatic and journalistic stir? Of course. And worse, if Israel’s enemies find it necessary to test her resolve. But the forces in the world that want to see Israel gone will be the same before and after. Only now — if Israel were to consistently follow this policy — they would have to adjust their world-view to one in which Israel is a permanent fact. And then maybe from that point we could begin a constructive dialogue for peace.

How would Israelis react to this? I think the reaction of the people to Hezbollah’s attack last summer shows that they are prepared for sacrifice and struggle. What they are not tolerant of is having their sovereignty, their peace, and their self-respect chipped away a little at a time, unrequited concession by unrequited concession.

I waive my copyright; any Israeli PM may use this speech free of charge.

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