Sirens screamed in Tel Aviv as people fled for
their lives. Rockets fired from Gaza, ripped through the sky making their way
into the Israeli cultural capital for the first time in history. The US, UK and
Canada unanimously condemned the attacks as the precipitating
factor in the conflict and Hams bearing the principle
responsibility . Our Prime Minister united
with world leaders also condemned
confirming Israel's right to defend herself from such indiscriminate attacks.
Who could deny Israel peace?
Less than seven decades from the birth of the
modern state of Israel it has experienced seven
wars. The region departing farther from a resolution in
what has now become one the oldest conflicts in modern history. Surrounded by a
sea of Arab nations who would deny Israel the sovereign right to defend herself?
Who would deny Israel peace?
Perhaps those who would kill any remaining
possibility of peace. The distinguished Israeli newspaper Haaretz
indicated that the Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari was considering a permanent
ceasefire with Israel hours before his assassination on the 14th of
Baskin famous for his role in negotiating the release of
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, and columnist for The Jerusalem post described
that he learnt learnt first hand "Mr.
Jabari wasn't just interested in a long-term cease-fire; he was also the person
responsible for enforcing previous cease-fires". IDF spokesman Brigadier-General
Yoav Mordechai reported that Israel could
expect rocket attacks and a continued conflict following the assassination.
Logic would suggest that not killing the cease fire hope (Jabari) would be a more effective
means of defending against rocket fire and establishing peace not to mention
saving human life (assuming that's a consideration). If
prevention is better than cure, then provocation would suggest the intent
is to neither prevent nor cure. So who is denying Israel peace?
Perhaps those with one sided condemnations and
selective memories only registering rocket attacks before and after. Has anyone
heard of Hamid
The 13 year old boy who on the 8th of November put on his Real Madrid
shirt to play soccer outside the house, the boy who was dressed to deflect
soccer balls not IDF machine gun fire which pierced his chest and stole his
life. According to many including Emily
L. Hauser an
American-Israeli writer this was the start of the current conflict. So who would
deny Israel peace?
As academics and lawyers debate whether target
killings are a legitimate and sophisticated method of self defense or just a
sophisticated name for terrorism, history suggests they strengthen resistance
rather than crippling it. IDF target assassinations have killed
233 civilians including 71 children from September
2000 to June 2008 alone
.The latest targeted assassination has managed to cripple the chance for peace,
whilst strengthening Hamas's will to launch rockets into Israel.
Deadly rocket attacks have become the central focus
of Newspaper headlines and world
leader condemnations. Millions of Israelis live under this indiscriminate
threat. Thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel since the history of the
conflict claiming 26
lives, as of November 17, 2012 ,
including non civilians and non Jews. Targeted killing have killed 233
civilians including 71 children. Simple maths would suggests the deaths from
targeted killings are at least nine times more indiscriminate than the
indiscriminate rocket attacks. Traffic
claimed 15 times more Israeli lives just in the last year than rocket and mortar
attacks have in the entire history of the conflict. No wonder the Israeli
defense ministry considers the rockets as "more
of a psychological than a physical threat". With
an early Israeli election looming is it worth considering the perpetrators of
psychological warfare and manipulation of the Israeli people? Who is
denying Israel peace?
Following Netanyahu's failed campaign of rallying
US support into bombing
Iran, an unprecedented
low in US Israeli relations was recognized across the
world. Obama's win was described as loss for Netanyahu, voters began to question
whether he was the right person to maintain Israel's special
relationship with United States. Are wars not the ultimate test
of a relationship? Following the early silence, the Zionist Organization of
America urged president Obama to personally
the attacks and some days later he
who assassinated the previous cease fire attempt, raised Gaza to the ground,
proved the Iron Dome Defense System and backed Obama into a corner to snatch
solidarity has emerged as the conqueror of militants, defender of Israel and
friend of America, recovering any
lost ground before the election - Who is denying Israel peace?
Junaid Cheema is a senior civil servant and community worker who has worked for a number of Government agencies including various Parliamentary departments. Junaid's professional expertise are in the areas of Management, Design and IT however he remains passionate about community work and current affair.