Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from attack. Article 51 of the United Nations Charter reserves to every nation the right to engage in self-defense against armed attacks. Israel has been left with no other alternative but to take stronger measures to protect its citizens against Palestinian terrorist attacks. Israel’s actions have specifically targeted Hamas command centers, rocket-launching sites, security installations, weapons stockpiles, and weapons smuggling tunnels. Moreover, Israel is taking painstaking steps to limit civilian casualties, a difficult endeavor when one considers Palestinian use of civilians as human shields. Those who have been killed since Israel’s military operation “Cast Lead” began in Gaza have overwhelmingly been Hamas terrorists.
Regardless of the Palestinian violence, Israel continues to facilitate humanitarian assistance to Gaza. In the past few days, while Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel more than 60 truckloads of humanitarian supplies and 105,000 gallons of fuel were transferred to Gaza.
During the past six months, Israel facilitated the transfer into Gaza of more than 14,000 trucks, 185,000 tons of food and medicinal supplies, more than 7,000 tons of heating gas, and more than 10 million gallons of fuel. More than 4,000 people needing medical treatment were permitted to cross into Israel to seek treatment or travel to other nations for health care. Israel also provides 70 percent of Gaza’s electricity.
While it is clear that the Palestinians broke any semblance of a ceasefire through blatant incitement and attacks upon Israeli residents in southern Israel, thousands of Muslim youth and their supporters have taken to the streets over the past few days in condemnation of Israel.
In Iran, volunteer suicide bombers seek government approval to attack Israel. Hard-line Iranian student groups drafted an open letter to Ahmadinejad. The students write: “Volunteer student suicide groups … are determined to go to Gaza. You are expected to issue orders to the relevant authorities to pave the way for such action.”
The depravity of such a statement may seem far-fetched and shocking to those who reside in western nations. Yet sentiments such as these are not restricted to Islamic countries. The American mainstream media chooses to present the protests as “Gaza Peace” events or rallies, when in reality the attendants of such rallies are pro-Hamas, anti-Semitic mobs who have shouted obscenities that would have made the Nazis proud.