Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu: Instead of restraint, Israel should topple the Hamas government
December 5, 2006, 9:27 AM (GMT+02:00)In a radio interview Tuesday, the former Likud prime minister questioned the current state leadership’s capabilities for preparing Israel’s armed forces for the “next war.” What should be done now, he said, was to wipe out the burgeoning Palestinian terrorist infrastructure and stem the vast stream of weapons entering Gaza. Instead, the Olmert government was exhibiting weakness by its decision to let eight days of continuous Palestinian ceasefire violations from Gaza go unanswered. In this period, 16 Qassam missiles were fired against Israeli civilian locations.Amid widening criticism of the government’s decision to accept the Hamas “ceasefire” and its violations, Netanyahu said earlier said that Israel’s restraint had the effect of strengthening Hamas and weakening Palestinian moderates.Defending the decision, prime minister Ehud Olmert argued to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday that the Israeli military operation had not stopped the Palestinian missile offensive. DEBKAfile adds: This further stung the military whose anti-missile operation in northern Gaza he halted mid-stream.
Olmert also explained that if the ceasefire is allowed to gather momentum it could stimulate diplomatic engagement.
I agree with Netanyahu. Hamas is an Islamist organization whose primary purpose is to bring jihad and sharia to Palestine. The total destruction of Israel and annihilation of all Jews is the centerpiece of the Hamas charter. The missile attacks haven't halted for one day during this latest charade that we call a ceasefire and the Palestinians call "hudna." The so-called "moderate" party; the Palestinian Authority (Abbas' Party) has its own wing of terrorists, Fatah. The PLO and then the Palestinian Authority have so effectively developed martrydom to a pseudo science wrapped in a religion that now even 64 year old grannies strap on a bomb. Will we appease this madness until a martyr straps on and detonates a nuclear device?
After the big Christmas Tsunami, I realized that mankind forgets the hard lessons. Instead of learning from mistakes, we repeat them. Fifty years of experience dealing with the Palestinians should be enough for everyone to realize that you can't deal with them. But apparently every new Presidential administration forgets the lessons of the past and tries to reason with an unreasonable, irrational people. That is the definition of insanity.
Netanyahu is right: Olmert's actions have been inexplicable and inexcusable. Hopefully, the Israeli people will listen to BeBe before it is too late.