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July 22, 2014 - 1:46 pm
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A loser in the PR battle, Hamas decided to move their international offense to a new front today. Taking advantage of the Malaysian airliner downed by pro-Russian rebels, Hamas is now targeting air traffic entering Israel. Israel National News reports:

A rocket hit a home in the city of Yehud, near the airport, on Tuesday morning. Having failed to cause significant casualties due to Israel’s extensive defense systems, Gaza terrorists have focused rocket fire on the area in hopes of disrupting Israeli air travel.

Delta Air Lines was the first to suspend service, rerouting an Israel-bound flight with 273 passengers and 17 crew members to Paris, as if France is really a safer place for Israel lovers right now. Not long after, the Federal Aviation Administration barred flights to Israel for 24 hours. Air Canada, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Turkish Air followed suit. The State Department (whose official tweeted #UnitedforGaza this past weekend) rushed to clarify that the FAA’s move was “in no way politically motivated”.

Israel’s Transportation Minister released the following statement in response to the flight cancellations, rightly observing:

“Ben Gurion Airport is safe — takeoffs and landings — and there is absolutely no need to be concerned about the security of planes and passengers. There’s absolutely no reason why American airlines in particular should stop their flights and thus hand a prize to terrorism.”

The brash action of Hamas may have larger ramifications than even they realize. Analysts are already commenting on the long term impact of the airline safety concerns:

The implications are enormous. Whether intended or not, Hamas has made the case as to why its rocket arsenal and infrastructure must be dismantled no matter the cost. It also has justified why Israel cannot give up security control of Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”). Hamas has to fire a long way to scare away air traffic, but from the West Bank it’s practically a stone’s throw.

Regardless of how Israel chooses to handle the West Bank, the actions taken by Hamas today have made two things very clear: Hamas has no problem holding America and the rest of the world hostage, and right now Israel is the free world’s last, best and only hope.

 

 

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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Seems to me this is also an admission that the Paleostinians have gotten some SAMs, and someone's afraid of another MH-17.

Perhaps one traceable back to Hillary...
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I thank the author greatly for her op-ed.
We must pray not just for the defeat of those enemies in the war zones but also those who use political machinations against us, King David, in many of the Psalms, asks for G-d's help in such times., now is the time for his people to do so again.
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"In no way politically motivated." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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If Hamas had SAMs they would have already put them into play.

As I said on another thread this is BS.

BUT... Israel would do very well to take advantage of this scare, as noted, above.

Oh, anyone here notice yet MORE rockets found in UN-funded schools in Gaza today?

Gee...wonder where those are going to end up?
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This is such a great contrast. Israel says it's safe. Well, yes, by Israeli standards. They live daily with far greater danger. It reminds me of when we were fighting the Russians in 1919, we had some green troops there, and an occasional shell would fall in the woods some 300 yards away, and men were hiding in cover. A veteran of the battlefields was standing there and suggested they get back to work, and one officer responded, "What, in this hellish bombardment?" It's all a matter of perspective.

So much of the West thinks Israel should just tolerate these attacks that the rest of the world would not. The moment they have to consider landing on an airfield where a shell might randomly fall somewhere in the vicinity, and they decide not to fly there. Big babies.
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Seems to me this is also an admission that the Paleostinians have gotten some SAMs, and someone's afraid of another MH-17.

Perhaps one traceable back to Hillary...
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