One People built tunnels, the other a nation
People makes choices, and so do Peoples.
Just think what could have been.
Israel left Gaza in 2005. The vast international aid that flowed to Gaza could have been used to build the foundation of a nation.
Instead it was put to building tunnels and rocket infrastructure.
Rather than forging economic ties with the world, it forged military ties with Iran and Hezbollah to achieve the goal of the Hamas charter — the destruction of Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel continued to build a nation, becoming one of the high tech capitals of the world.
That could have been Gaza, where the people obviously have tremendous skills and ingenuity. But it was a choice that was not made.
The NY Times has a good story about the nature of the vast Hamas tunnel network into Israel, designed specifically for kidnapping and attacks, Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear:
An Israeli military spokesman said that in the tunnels uncovered so far, soldiers have found more than 70 side shafts. Inside the Ein Hashlosha tunnel, they picked up potato-chip bags dated as late as February. Elsewhere, there were dates, water and crackers; rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles; small rooms for sleeping or hiding; a kidnapping kit of tranquilizers and plastic handcuffs; Israeli Army uniforms; and a Bosch drill used for digging the tunnels that Colonel Azulai described as “a very good one.”
“It’s like a subway under Gaza,” he said.
Israeli experts said each tunnel would take up to a year and cost up to $2 million to build, involving dozens of diggers working by hand and with small electric tools. The military has known about the tunnels since at least 2003 and had a task force studying them for a year, but was nonetheless stunned at the sophisticated network they found.
Wolf Blitzer also went underground in the tunnels:
What a waste.
People makes choices, and so do Peoples.
In the past days the tunnels have been put to their intended purposes:
Givati forces eliminate five terrorists that exited tunnel in Gaza Strip – http://t.co/5POD4IcGtU
— Ynetnews (@ynetnews) July 29, 2014
Last night, terrorists infiltrated Israel through a tunnel in order to attack civilians in the community of Nahal Oz. pic.twitter.com/VK0aeljl7C
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 29, 2014
Yesterday, 5 IDF soldiers were killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 29, 2014
Like I said, choices.
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I sauntered over to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s website http://www.oicun.org this morning. They have managed to issue press releases condemning the Ramadan displacement of Christians in Iraq, as well as murders in Afghanistan, Tunisia, Mogadishu and Saudi Arabia. However, they spent most of their time condemning Israel and funding “humanitarian aid” to Gaza.
Perhaps the new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Amin Madani, should be replaced, if the OIC wants to be taken seriously by non-Muslims.
Have you seen this? Is it for real?
“Facebook Says ‘Death To Jews’ Group Falls Within Community Standards”
You can find a Facebook site for nearly anything. An update shows that this one has been blocked or removed.
Facebook takes sites down based on complaints.
As for what is “for real,” the first time I became aware of the Islamist penchant for obscenity, it was the posting of the murder of Daniel Pearl on the internet. Not the threats, not just the body, but the act of killing him. If you want an idea of just how obscene it gets, you can to to the archives of the Jawa Report, and look up what kinds of videos are favored by Islamists. Or, you can watch ISIS productions’ latest videos of mass murders as they were being committed in Iraq.
They have some great beachfront property. Since they don’t want to use it properly, perhaps it should just be divided up between Egypt and Israel in a “two-state solution”.
Afterthought: it’s also a bummer that we didn’t take Libya as a U.S. territory. Great location for some resorts and a military base.
Years ago, when I was in the US Army, a friend of mine had a theory. He theorized that the US only went to war over places where the weather was extreme and/or the terrain difficult, so that the military could establish training sites there.
Okay, then. Naval base. 🙂
What a waste indeed. All the countries who gave aid can see what that money purchased. Want to be a country, then act like one. Want to be a criminal enterprise and use citizens as a means to an end, then one gets the palestinian terrorist “gov”. Instead of building their own country, they want to steal Israel. There comes a point when the attackers refuse to surrender then they must be destroyed completely. There may only be a one state solution, Israel and only Israel. The palestinians had their chance and totally blew it.
I’m starting to think that this wholesale international embracing of “Palestinian rights” is just a subtle vehicle for expressing Antisemitism. It’s a way to “hate Jews and feel good about it”. Europe is awakening from a Holocaust-induced suppression of its long held Antisemitic beliefs, and this whole Palestine issue is breathing life back into the ancient hatred and animus.
This has got to be true, because anyone with the power to reason or deduce would see the Palestinian “state”, it’s leaders and history, in the context of its sole aim of destroying Israel. Any real Palestinian “state” would emerge only from the ruins of Israel. The two-state solution is just a ruse.
You’re only “starting” to realize it? The whole BDS movement is rooted in anti-semitism.
The BDS movement is rooted in the BDSM movement.
I guess some silly part of me thought the Euros had evolved some over the past 70 years. Ma always taught us to assume the best in people until they proved us wrong.
Living in Israel, I wish there were many more people like you. But please recall that in the 1930’s people also thought that Central and Western Europe (*) had also evolved past this sort of thing.
(*) The Eastern part had continued merrily murdering Jews pretty much non-stop until WWII.
I’m sure that the 0bama Administration will get one look at these tunnels and send SEIU over there to organize a Terror-Tunnelers Union.
Same location, different results based on different choices,
After Islam’s arrival,
Excellent photos and they should be getting more exposure. The simplicity is startling.
Radical/militant Islam is a destructive culture, contributing NOTHING to bettering the world and its people.
They should simply eject the arabs out of the gaza and into an arab nation like Egypt. Then the war would finally be over since Israel would have a defensible border.
No, no, no.
You don’t get it.
IFFFFFF the other Muslim countries wanted to, they have HUGE tracts of land they could give the Palestinians for a state of their own.
But THAT would totally ruin their utility as cannon-fodder for the use of those same Muslim countries. Gazans are useful surrogates to liquidate Israel. That is the ONLY reason this crap goes on.
Rags gets it. Many Palestinians fled to Jordan and UAE. Some are doing very well in UAE and their hatred of Israel thrives.
Do you think the $47 million in aid that Obama is sending to Palestinians could be used to build more tunnels?
This is a serious issue. If I understood it correctly, they were talking on the Israeli radio about how part of the millions and millions of dollars given to rebuild Gaza was funneled by Hamas into tunnel-building, leaving some of their own people homeless. (They actually say it that way in Hebrew, “homeless”.)
Now think of the flotilla, and its success in forcing Israel to allow building materials into Gaza. The flotilla won, in that as a result, a certain number of Jews died, which of course is a success based on their goals.
Now what do we do? Can we stop the building materials again?
Which tunnel is Kerry lost in?
I think he’s still lost on some river in Cambodia.
Never thought I’d say a thing such as this about another ‘Nam vet, but I’m really beginning to wish Hanoi John had made the trip home in a black bag.
There are many levels of surrogate terrorists.
There are the ivory tower terrorist supporters in American colleges and Universities. There are the sipping terrorists reading Le Monde in a Paris cafe. There are the terrorist sympathizers, like our own Obama, who hide behind women (Val Jarrett comes to mind) in air conditioned rooms – some in Qatar, some in California, some in cyber PR campaigns to ‘brighten’ their career optics.
There are the tunnel rat terrorists who infiltrate Israel and kill innocent people and then there are the terrorist’s surrogate ‘men’, too: the women and child taking the beating for their ‘men’.
then there are the self-hating Jews who are in the media that want to demonstrate their “creds” by being tough on Israel. These are the worst kind. Our own people turning against us. Or the American Jews who voted for Obama and refuse to see that he is selling us out.
I’m glad to see your tongue-in-cheek use of the word “men”. Actual men don’t do these things, although it is all too clear that some warped creatures with a presumed male gender do. Psycho-ceramics’ the whole lot.
Ironically, if the people of Gaza had spent the money that Hamas spent on tunnels and rockets on the aid and relief supplies that they need now, they wouldn’t need the aid and relief, because Israel would never had had cause to attack.