From the inimitableÂ Christina McIntosh
An arresting column by Brigadier General (res) Zvika Fogel, a former Chief of Staff of the IDF Southern Command, which was recently published in IsraelHaYom.
The original text may be found at this linkÂ and I came across it courtesy of the excellent Israeli blog “This Ongoing War”.
Anyway, here is the ‘corrected’, or perhaps ‘translated and expanded’ version. Â Strike-throughs indicate the original wording; theÂ underliningÂ indicates a suggested correction and/ or clarification.
“Defeat the Enemy”.Â Â Â The Necessity of Resisting the Jihad.
“The Arab world, especially its radical Islamic component,Â The UmmahÂ is taking advantage of Western political weakness.
- Israel blames Hamas for all attacks from Gaza
- Muslim Brotherhood signs pact with al-Qaeda
- Thousands march in Tel Aviv, crying out against the detention without trial of African refugees
“Almost every WesternÂ and other non-Muslim worldÂ leader is currently choosing to avoid making the tough decisions necessary toÂ combat radical IslamÂ defend itself against the JihadÂ which is threatening the free worldÂ and indeed threatens the entire planet. Â Fears of short-term political losses at home are preventing Western leaders from exhibiting the courage toÂ ensure normal life inÂ ensure the survival of their countries in the long run.
“IsraelÂ finds itself in the eye of the Islamic stormÂ remains on the front line of the JihadÂ surrounded by ArabÂ Muslimcountries going through revolutions and internal strife. Â Neighbouring countries have become fertile ground forÂ terrorist groupsÂ jihad terror raiding groupsÂ that seek to conduct attacks against the Jews, theÂ perceivedÂ enemies of Islam.
“Moreover, at the same time, ArabÂ MuslimÂ leaders,Â fearful of Islamization at home,Â fearful of those within their borders who take Islam most to heart,Â are pressuring Israel to refrain from exerting the full military and diplomatic force required to defend its citizens and borders.
“This is how Israel’s “campaign of deterrence” took shape in recent times. The nature of this campaign is that every few years, or, in the worst scenarios, months, Israel is forced to conduct a new military operation.
That is because each time the local shock troops of the Ummah retire to lick their wounds, regroup, and rearm; and then when they feel strong enough, they resume the Jihad -Â CM
“We are in the midst of a battle between wars. Â This period is characterized by military operations to restore deterrence rather than achieve victory.
“The Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead, and Operation Pillar of Defense – all of these were designed to strengthen Israel’s deterrence, rather than defeat the enemy.
As Hugh Fitzgerald would put it: darura, darura, darura. Â Israel must be, and also appear, inassailable, able to wreak ruin upon any attacker.Â Â – CM
“The immediate implications of this are the need to preserve the deterrence achieved and examine the responses of the enemy.
“Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south did not wait long to invest all of their energy in acquiring and developing long-range rockets and building underground cities and tunnels that leadÂ terroristsÂ jihad terror raidersÂ to the rear of the military deployed on the border and inside theÂ primarily-JewishÂ Israeli communities in the Gaza area.
“After the sniper attack on Tuesday in which an IsraeliÂ (as it happened, an Arab citizen of Israel, and to judge from his name, a MuslimÂ – CM) was killed on the Gaza border, Israel should have bombed the homes of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his henchmen to send a powerful message that we intend to defend ourselves in every way possible.
“While such a response could lead to a regional conflagration, strong action like that would provide an opportunity to defeat hamas, push back the date of the next battle, and perhaps even bring Hamas to the realization thatÂ the use of force will achieve nothing for the Palestinian peopleÂ their use of force will achieve nothing.
“As we have learned nothing from the Egyptians on how to deal withÂ Hamas terror Â the sharia assassins of HamasÂ and we have not been able to maintain our deterrence, the next battle is not far off.
“The more than one hundredÂ terror incidentsÂ Muslim attacks on JewsÂ in Judea and Samaria each month are definitive proof that even when we choose the path of reconciliation and compromise, there remains on the groundÂ an ongoing extremeist ideological belief among the PalestiniansÂ an adamant Islamically-based refusal by local MuslimsÂ to recognise our right to live here.
“The Palestinian Authority, with which we conduct negotiations about coexistence,Â does not have the desire or the capability to deal with extremism among its peopleÂ has no intention of ceasing to wage Jihad against Jews.
“If that is the case, we mustÂ complete the job of defeating terrorismÂ simply continue to defend ourselves against the Jihad that is waged upon usÂ in Judea and SamariaÂ from all sides.
“Western leaders, who keep pressuring us to make concessions and pay an unbearable price in lives, must understand that supporting IsraelÂ in its fight against terrorÂ in its self-defence against JihadÂ is part of the overall Western fight against terrorÂ is part of the Western and indeed global non-Muslim self-defence against JihadÂ and benefits everyone.”