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Bryan Preston

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July 31, 2014 - 8:55 am
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1. Hamas has called for Hizballah to get involved, and ISIS is showing signs that it wants to get involved — but so far neither has actually happened yet.

Hamas is taking a pounding from the Israel Defense Forces. Its tunnels are being discovered and destroyed. Its rockets are being shot down by Iron Dome before they can do much harm to Israeli civilians. Hamas knows that it cannot stand up to the IDF directly, and that it cannot face the IDF alone. The trajectory that this war is on ends with Hamas decimated, if Israel is allowed to finish the job this time.

So Hamas is calling for Hizballah to attack Israel from the north. Hizballah has problems of its own, chiefly the Syria civil war and the threat to its patron Assad in Damascus. So far, Hizballah has lobbed in a few rockets but has not done anything meaningful. If it did, though, Israel would face a two-front war. It could win, but a second front makes it more difficult for Israel to finish off Hamas as a fighting force, and it increases the chances of civilian casualties which the terrorists and their media allies will exploit against Israel.

ISIS, the radical caliphate that the Obama administration has allowed to fester in Iraq, has announced that it wants to join the fight in Gaza. But Jordan stands in the way. But Jordan is weak and has unrest of its own to worry about.

It’s not out of the question that ISIS could infiltrate in sufficient numbers to launch attacks and even open up an eastern front against Israel. The prospect of a three-front war is real. Israel has faced far worse odds before and won, but it’s better that Israel go ahead and destroy Hamas without delay, than to go for a cease-fire that gives its enemies time to consolidate and coordinate.

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"Most of the Arab states are staying out of the Gaza fight, tacitly siding with Israel"

That and the paragraph that follows it is the dirty little secret in the Arab world. Most of them want nothing to do with the "Palestinians". Kuwait has kept thousands of them as second class indentured servants for generations, Jordan keeps about 300K of them corralled in disease ridden refugee camps, and if memory serves, once wiped them out en masse in one of those camps in response to an uprising. Tunisia kicked Arafat and his PLO HQ out of their country at one time. Kinda hard to feel sorry for them when their own "brothers" are cheering Israel on quietly from the sidelines.

Heck, if they'd stop lobbing rockets into Israeli cities, the Jews would treat them better than their muslim neighbors do....
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spare us descriptions of how your "heart bleeds" for the innocent and stick to the facts. Here are a few:

1. Hamas was shooting rockets and mortars into Israel well before the teens were kidnapped.

2. Hamas and Iran smuggled more effective (longer range, bigger payload) Iranian rockets into Gaza in 2013 and 2014, prior to the kidnapping.

3. Hamas used building materials designated for humanitarian purposes to build a network of tunnels from which to sneak into Israeli civilian communities and cause murder and mayhem.

4. Hamas bases its tunnels, rockets and leaders in civilian homes, schools and hospitals, so that any Israeli acts in self defense will cause Gazan civilian casualties.
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You want me to believe that the Arab governments are rational actors when it comes to geopolitics. Maybe, but it's more likely that their fear of Hamas only slightly supercedes their hatred of Israel for the time being. (We can count that time in days, possibly hours) They'll go back to hating Israel as soon as they possibly can - Mohammad commands them to.
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Bunker Boy Hassan will not put hezzbollah in the fight. They said along time ago, they would support hamas. Where are they? The last time they
wanted to fight with Israel, they were routed and all infrastructure was lost. I'd be surprised if they joined the fight. But you never know.
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Sunni Muslim Brotherhood Hamas is asking Shia Hizbollah to attack Israel? Wahhabi ISIS wants to help Hamas, when ISIS is shooting any Shia or allies of Shia in the head and throwing them in rivers on camera? Former President of Egypt MB Morsi (and Egyptian Salafis/Wahhabis) hated Shia so much he publicly came out against even encouraging Iranians as tourists, fearful they'd spread Shia heresy.

I understand the enemy of my enemy but this points up the fantasy of a caliphate. None of those people would tolerate each other in their own precincts, and don't. ISIS shoots men laying on the ground with as much emotion as shooting trees. If they could, they'd do the same to Hamas which accepts money from Iran, Hizbollah and the Sunni orthodox Egyptian president El-Sisi for that matter.
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oops
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ooops
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It's pretty clear why Hezbollah isn't getting more involved- they too would be fighting a two front war. It wouldn't be good PR for Hezbollah if Israel came in and cleaned their clocks while a good chunk of them were away fighting in Syria- considering that their whole reason for being was to fight Israel. Are they taking big losses in Syria? I wonder how much that has drained from them. They probably didn't think it would go on this long either. The sad fact is though, no matter how many of them kill each other, as long as you have a religion that teaches revenge over forgiveness, death over life, hatred over love, there will be more and more where they came from. Looking back to WWII, Germany and Japan needed to suffer such a complete and catastrophic defeat that the survivors were shocked into admitting "wow OK we were completely wrong, we will completely change.." What will we have to do to radical Islam to get to that point?
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A couple of 50 megaton units over Iran would do the trick.
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It is a depressing (inspiring?) fact that ever since the Dresden and Hiroshima incidents, Germany and Japan have been very well behaved, indeed.
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"Most of the Arab states are staying out of the Gaza fight, tacitly siding with Israel"

That and the paragraph that follows it is the dirty little secret in the Arab world. Most of them want nothing to do with the "Palestinians". Kuwait has kept thousands of them as second class indentured servants for generations, Jordan keeps about 300K of them corralled in disease ridden refugee camps, and if memory serves, once wiped them out en masse in one of those camps in response to an uprising. Tunisia kicked Arafat and his PLO HQ out of their country at one time. Kinda hard to feel sorry for them when their own "brothers" are cheering Israel on quietly from the sidelines.

Heck, if they'd stop lobbing rockets into Israeli cities, the Jews would treat them better than their muslim neighbors do....
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You want me to believe that the Arab governments are rational actors when it comes to geopolitics. Maybe, but it's more likely that their fear of Hamas only slightly supercedes their hatred of Israel for the time being. (We can count that time in days, possibly hours) They'll go back to hating Israel as soon as they possibly can - Mohammad commands them to.
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Right now, the prevailing wisdom is that Israel has no reason NOT to destroy Hamas now.
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Bryan - You wrote (near the end): "even more tenable". Did you mean 'tenuous'?
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Yep, fixed.
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If the Pelosi wing wins the Democrats’ debate, Israel’s alliance with the US becomes even more tenable.

Don't you mean less tenable? Or did you mean "tentative" rather than "tenable"?
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Tenuous.
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