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Viewpoint: Israel must reclaim Gaza

Israel’s 17-year coexistence policy with Hamas died on Oct. 7.

Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip from 1948-1967 until they lost it to Israel in the 1967 6-Day War. Between June 5-10, 1967, Israel conquered the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. Egypt, Jordan, and Syria attacked Israel on three fronts, outnumbering the Jewish people three to one, and failed to destroy the State of Israel.

The Right of Conquest is a right of ownership to land after immediate possession via force of arms. Israel owns the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.

If Israel lost the 1948, ‘67, or ‘73 wars, the Muslims would have erased the tiny Israeli country from the map. The followers of Islam worldwide prayed to Allah the blood of the Jews would flow into the sea and Israel would cease to exist. Islamic Jihadi supporters in the United States chant, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free,” calling for Israel to be violently snuffed out by any means necessary. Hamas Jihadis have built alliances with Antifa, BLM, Muslim student groups, Marxist political groups, Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups, and elected officials inside the Democrat Party. Sadly, there is no shortage of well-funded Marxist malcontents ready to protest in support of Islamic Jihad in a town near you. The Marxist and Islamic Jihadi subversive alliance is known as the Red/Green Axis in counter-terrorism and law enforcement circles.

On Aug. 15, 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon carried out one of the most ill-conceived political social experiments called the Gaza Disengagement, which ended in a spectacular, violent, murderous failure on Oct. 7, 2023.

Between 1967 and 2005, 21 Israeli communities, numbering approximately 9,100 people, settled inside Israel’s Gaza Strip. These Israeli communities built a thriving agricultural business with 1,000 acres of productive high-tech greenhouses. Many of these Israeli communities were self-contained cities with a stable population in the tens of thousands, infrastructure, and all other features of permanence. The Israeli-Gaza agricultural community produced $20-30 million in strawberries, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, herbs, and spices grown in their high-tech greenhouses.

The Columbia Journal Review wrote, “When Ariel Sharon disengaged Israel from the Gaza Strip, a lot of people were optimistic that the move would help revitalize the Palestinian economy. Once the Israelis were gone, it was thought, the international community (particularly Europe) would pour money into the impoverished region, hoping to make it a positive example of what the Palestinians could do if they had their own state.”

The United States liberal Marxists believed the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza would be the first step in making the fantasy of a two-state solution possible. The Israeli high-tech greenhouses and the $20-40 million in revenue would kickstart the Palestinian people into prosperity. That prosperity would be the foundation for future peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Sharon forcefully evicted 9,100 Israeli citizens living in Gaza from their homes, businesses, and cemeteries in the name of peace. Israel was forced to dig up their dead in Gaza cemeteries because the Islamic Jihadi Hamas government would desecrate the buried Israelis just as they destroyed the high-tech greenhouses Israel left behind. The 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza would be the equivalent of the United States government forcibly removing all its citizens from a city the size of Sedona, AZ, at gunpoint.

Israeli policy failure

On Jan. 25, 2006, the citizens of the Gaza Strip freely elected a U.S.-designated Islamic Jihadi terrorist organization called Hamas, aka The Islamic Resistance Movement.

The second paragraph of the Hamas Covenant of 1988 states, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” https://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp

The election of Hamas was a neon clue that Sharon’s social experiment of peaceful coexistence between the Palestinians and Israel would fail. Despite the thousands of Muslim terrorist attacks, Israel tried for 17 years to navigate a manageable coexistence.

In a 2014 VOX article, Max Fisher wrote, “This Israeli strategy is sometimes described as ‘cutting the grass.’ In this thinking, Israel never really solves the conflict or even tries; it tolerates a level of violence from Gaza-based militant groups, but every few years bombs and maybe invades Gaza to weaken militants there and destroy their weapons — to cut the grass. It treats the Israel-Palestine conflict, at least as it pertains to Gaza, as something to be managed rather than solved.”

Gaza Jihadi tunnel system

Hamas Islamic Jihadis have built 300 miles of secret tunnels under Gaza and directly into Israel proper. The CIA Facebook cites that Gaza is 141 square miles. The Hamas tunnels were built underneath schools, hospitals, mosques, and residential neighborhoods, knowing that Israel would not bomb such targets. The Islamic Jihadis use civilians and civilian infrastructures as shields for their command and control centers.

Hamas Muslims built tunnels under hospitals, schools, and residential neighborhoods in violation of the Geneva Convention, with the aid and consent of the general population. Sharon’s 2005 disengagement policy resulted in Gaza becoming one of the most prominent Islamic Jihad terrorist bases in the world. In 2005, Gaza’s population was 1.3 million people. Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics for mid-2023 showed a population total of 2.5 million. This fact makes a mockery of anyone who says Israel is committing genocide against the people of Gaza.

Gaza refugees now have a serious problem. None of their Muslim brothers and sisters will allow the Palestinian refugees entry into Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, or Turkey to date. The Palestinians have proven to be bad neighbors to Muslims and Israelis alike. In 1970, the King of Jordan violently expelled the Palestinians after a failed coup. In 1991, Kuwait expelled 400,000 Palestinians after they supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Egypt rejected all Palestinian refugees because they were members of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Jihadis. As an Islamic Jihadi group, Hamas poses a danger wherever they settle. Qatar and Iran love the Islamic Jihadis; perhaps the answer lies there.

After the war is over

The 17-year Israeli policy of coexistence with the Hamas failed on Oct. 7. The explanation why this Israeli coexistence policy failed lies hidden in the second paragraph of the Hamas Covenant of 1988 preamble for everyone to see, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” 

The key phrase is that Islam will obliterate Israel, not Hamas, Fatah, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Hizboallah, or any of the thousands of other Muslim Jihadi terrorist groups.

There is only one solution for the day after Israel destroys Hamas. Israel must reclaim complete control of the 25-mile Gaza Strip it won in the 1967 war and rebuild.

There is a reason no Muslim country, neighboring or otherwise, has offered to absorb the citizens of Hamas. These Palestinians have been kicked out of Jordan, Egypt, and Syria for sedition, treason, and failed coups. Israel, on the other hand, has formed peaceful alliances with some of its Sunni Arab neighbors. The reason for this baffling reality is the Shia and Sunni Muslims have been murdering each other for 1400 years because they believe Allah forgot to give Muhammad a clear revelation on succession of power after his death.

Today, the Sunni countries are more afraid of the Shia Iranians than Israel. President Trump understood that Sunni Muslims and Israelis have a common enemy in Iran. Out of this common enemy, the Abraham Accords were born and are still active today.

If the Israeli government reclaims Gaza, the future looks bright. If Israel chooses another path of a mythical coexistence, calamity is right around the corner.


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