Ceasefire, Take 2

By Jennifer Hanin, March 16, 2012

Islamic Jihad logo Ceasefire, Take 2Only in Hollywood would you need more than one take to get it right. So why is it taking Palestinian terrorist groups more than one ceasefire to stop firing rockets at Israel? Is it because they care about the lives they are putting in harm’s way. No, we know many rockets land in Gaza so there is no regard for civilians’ period. Is it because they are running out of missiles and other long-range projectiles they’ve acquired from Iran. No, we know Iran has steadily fed weapons to its proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas, and Hamas directly funds the Popular Resistance Committees. Is it because they suddenly realized they’re damaging the chance of ever gaining an independent Palestine? No. Simply put, it’s because the Palestinian terrorists have one other trait besides terrorism, a steady stream of propaganda aimed at you, me and the rest of the world.

Take for example, Islamic Jihad, considered a terrorist group by 7 countries, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia and Israel. The leader of Islamic Jihad, Ahmad al-Mudallal told Ma’an News:

“We don’t trust the occupation but we trust our steadfastness and resistance. We cannot be quiet during any aggression on the Palestinian people.”

All of sudden terrorism is couched to everyday citizens as resistance, and Israel is an “occupier”. I’m sorry but he left out some critical details. Israel uprooted 8,000 people from Gaza for peace in 2005 and got 8,000 rockets in return from Hamas-controlled Gaza. The only occupier in Gaza is Hamas. We can no longer let terrorists twist language, leave out historical facts, and excuse their bloodbaths with the word “resistance.”

After Egypt brokered the ceasefire after four days of Israel receiving more than 300 rockets fired Gaza, its criminal to distort  facts and whitewash your crimes as “steadfast”.

On the other hand, if you have the energy or desire to play the devil’s advocate and believe these terrorist groups just want a homeland (and Iran’s Ahmadinejad is a “humanitarian” supplying weapons to get the job done), check out the Islamic Jihad logo featured above. The Islamic Jihad logo is not much different than the logos of Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah or the PRC. All feature guns, explosives with the intent of taking Israel by force. That BTW, leaves over 5 million Jews and the 1.7 Arabs that wish to live in democratic Israel vs. Gaza (where freedoms and rights are nonexistent), out in the cold.

Once the world holds terrorists accountable for their war crimes (Hamas war crimes include Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be’erSheva), fix what’s broken in the United Nations, get Iran-backed-Syria and Iran-backed-Gaza on a leash, and review peace options based on historical facts (Israel was the historic homeland for Jews for more than 3,700 years before it reached modern statehood in 1948), then maybe, just maybe we can one day all live in peace.

Jennifer Hanin

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