January 23, 2009, - 11:47 am

I Told You So: Israel’s Attacks on HAMAS Were Failed, Extended Campaign Commercial

By Debbie Schlussel
I warned you. I told you over and over. A few weeks ago, when Israel began its attacks on HAMAS–allegedly in response to the rocket attacks that have been ongoing for years–I told you, “Don’t believe the hype.”
Just re-read my column, “Don’t Get Too Excited About the Phony Baloney, Temporary Israeli ‘War’ vs. HAMAS,” from the start of the attacks. Everything I said was true and remains so.
As I warned you, Israel would eventually retreat and the status quo would remain. And I was right. They idiotically gave Gaza away to those bent on their distruction, and they’re not getting it back. Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier, remains in capitivity. HAMAS–as I predicted–is still around and very strong, all the stronger because, a la Hezbollah, the mighty Israel didn’t defeat it. And HAMAS baby-makers a/k/a most Palestinian women would be fast at the production line to put more replacement buns in the ovens. (It’s always “time to make the donuts” in the Palestinian warrior assembly line.)

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Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Ehud Olmert: Sent Israeli Soldiers to War

and Lost to Keep One of These Three Stooges in Power

HAMAS rockets were sent upon Israel even after the faux truce started, and more rockets will come.
And–shocker!–the Palestinian tunnel smugglers in Rafah are back in bid’ness:

The tunnels linking Gaza and Egypt are back in business, despite the hundreds of tons of bombs and missiles that Israeli troops rained down on them. . . .
The smuggling is surprisingly overt on the Gaza side. Hundreds of workers were operating Thursday in a mile-long stretch of battered tents and fake greenhouses, each with a tunnel operating or being dug inside. Dozens of other tunnel entrances were open and unhidden. Amid the frantic activity, a fire broke out in a smuggled fuel shipment, although there was no immediate report of injuries.
There’s even a makeshift snack shop servicing them, named “The Underground Crossings.” Its owner, Mahmoud Baroud, reopened soon after the cease-fire began and expected at least 200 customers for lunch Thursday.
“We even do deliveries if they’re too busy,” he said, stirring fried onions.

See, I told you so. I hoped I was wrong. But Israel has a predictable track record of of empty gestures and empty, costly half-hearted attacks on terrorists in the last 2-3 decades. They pulled out of Hezbollah’s South Lebanon in 2000, they did it again in 2006. Each time, their enemy got stronger, and Israel got weaker. Each time rockets continued to be sent from their northern neighbors to attaack innocent Israeli civilians. And each time, they’ve not gotten the remains or specific, reliable information on the whearabouts of soldier Ron Arad.
With HAMAS, it’s a similar image. Again, still no Gilad Shalit. More rockets. More tunnel smuggling of terrorist weapons and material from Egypt, but ultimately from Iran. And a strengthened enemy. HAMAS’ Khaled Meshaal is declaring victory over Israel, and he is correct on this count. Israel lost. HAMAS won.
I’m just waiting for the latest terrorist prisoner release for non-existent “goodwill.”
Meanwhile, per usual, HAMAS and Israel’s preferred Islamic terrorist group, Fatah–for whom this phony war was also perpetrated–are back at their old game of trying to reconcile. Same old, same old.
Israel is as predictable as a clock. And it’s not just me who knows it. HAMAS and Hezbollah and the entire Islamic world know it, too.
And their just biding their time until time on that ever-weakening clock simply runs out.
What’s that I hear? Oh, it’s the sound of Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni looking at the latest polls to see which of them was more boosted by this costly campaign commercial, for which they paid in Israeli lives, tanks, and ever-weakened reputation.
Just as I predicted. Israel never had any intention of eliminating HAMAS. The proof is in the halal pudding, ever more pungent in Gaza.
To those who told me at the beginning of this failed action against Gaza, that Israel would this time, finally, once-and-for-all, wipe out or nearly destroy HAMAS, I say now what I said in a nicer way then: Dream on , suckers.
Israel and Adam Ant have something in common: Desperate But Not Serious.

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15 Responses

I think you should make some comment about the anti Israel tone and content of Rita Phoney in the video that you posted.
She lies about the number of civilian casualties and about the purpose of the tunnels. Of course, they include the obligatory picture of a wounded child without ever showing the victims on the Israeli side.
[FoL: YOU ARE RIGHT. REMOVED THE VIDEO.]

Facts of Life on January 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

A bit off topic here:
1 – Hussein Obamba will offer jobs to the Muslims in his White house as promised to Ingrid Mattson president of the terrorist organization: the Islamic Society of North America.
Link from Al-Arabiya’s interview with her (in Arabic):
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/01/23/64843.html
Like we did know, except those idiots who voted for him.
2 – Gaddafi tells Obama to give bin Laden a chance.
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/01/22/64757.html
Sure, and Hussein will listen to his Muslim brethren.
3 – (You read it somewhere this morning perhaps)
Guantanamo prisoner is back to Yemen as leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula:
In Arabic:
http://www.aljazeeratalk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=185158
Like we didn’t know it was going to happen. Now the fifth columnists who love to see America destroyed are having a field day.
And Israel, as usual, didn’t disappoint us in Gaza as it did in Lebanon.
It will be messy for the West.
A lot of innocent people are going to be killed by the hands of the fifth columnists.
It will be a world dominated by the Muslim terrorists and their supporters.
America is on the path of self-destruction, as I always say, and only the idiot American voters are to blame.

Independent Conservative on January 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Israel’s leaders aren’t serious? Desperate? Hardly! Debbie, the IDF did not fail. Israel’s courageous soldiers did what they could. The blame for the way the war ended rests entirely upon Israel’s spineless politicians. They do not have the will or the desire to win. The vast majority of Israeli Jews wish to maintain the existence of the Jewish State. One day, Israel will truly get leaders worthy of them and their spirit.
[NF: NORMALLY, YOU'RE ON THE MONEY. BUT HERE, WHERE DID I CRITICIZE THE SOLDIERS? LOOK IN THE PHOTO. WHO IS PICTURED? THE SAME LEADERS YOU SAY I DIDN'T BLAME (BUT DID), AND THE SAME LEADERS YOU SAY ARE SERIOUS AND NOT DESPERATE, BUT THEN SAY ARE SPINELESS. I'M CONFUSED. DS]

NormanF on January 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Sigh, how long will this crap continue?

mindy1 on January 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

“Sigh, how long will this crap continue?”
A really long time.
I have little hope of Israel getting good, strong leaders — ever. A majority of Israeli citizens are allergic to leaders that show any sign of religious observance, and it is those leaders who are most likely to understand and appreciate that Israel is the birthright of Jews, and be willing to fight for it. If you wear a kippah, forget about leading one of the major parties or having a chance at the Prime Minister position.

BanishThem on January 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Unfortunately, you were correct. I was hoping that the momentum of the war might create a better outcome, although I was not optomistic. But once again, Israel was defeated.
To add insult to injury, it now looks like Israel will exchange hundreds of prisoners for one prisoner, and Hussein, the great friend of Israel wants to open up Gaza so Israel will be exposed to more terrorism. I’m listening for his 78% Jewish supporters to say something.

c f on January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm

And…so…what makes Israel so different from our own U.S. when it comes to their leaders? Seems we are from the same cloth. Based on our current Congressionanal flavors of the month (or term) and now our spineless prez who will let terrorists out for another round and call the Palestinian president in his FIRST EVER presidential phone call, it appears democracies get what they deserve when they are run by lemonheads.
It’s too bad. Not for me, maybe not for you, but certainly for our children and grandchildren. They are going to inherit a world ruled by a bunch of ragheads.

Sue Burstein on January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I just came back from Israel and I had to argue with some Israelis there who kept saying “No, this time it’s for real and we’ll go all the way and destroy Hamas”.At some point I even started believing this myself.But..how can they win if they are scared of winning?
I have some slight hope for Bibi.Because at this point, anybody who is voting to the left of Likud is smoking crack!
The graffiti with Magen David and words:”Kahane was right” are all over Israel.He was right!Even though it was the arab scum who pulled the trigger, he was killed by Jews, the ones who called him “nazi”, the ones who banned him from Knesset..
I pray to Hashem to send us another Rav Kahane and then we’ll win.Am Yisrael Chai!

jdemon519 on January 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Choaking on crow here. Prophetess?

Mewize on January 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Debbie,
I agree with you most of the time, and I have great respect for you.
But what prevents Israel from renewing their defensive war against Gaza? What prevents Israel from bombing a missile site or a Hamas operative on the ground of an UNWRA school? The answer:
Nothing.
Are you so sure Israel could search every booby-trapped apartment building in Gaza to find every last Qassam or Grad missile? I think the Israeli strategy was similar to the Lebanon strategy: hit hard enough to make the enemy think twice about continuing their “resistance”. The Lebanese border has been fairly quiet the past 2.5 years…
Regards.

joe on January 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

Debbie, do you have an uncomfortable, back-in-the-mind feeling that Israel is being set up to fail and be dissolved into a Palestinian state in the future, now that we have President Obama in the WH?
Just asking.

Bobby's Brain on January 24, 2009 at 10:17 am

I think much good was done in the Gaza campaign here–killing a bunch of terrorists and their buldings ain’t all bad– but I agree that finishing the job–which would have seem like a true holocaust–would have been better.
So, while you are right, Debbie, still much good was accomplished in the killing of many Ham-Ass militants–there are few less to lob rockets into Israel. Ham-ass was weakened–and the world took mostly uniform agreement that it needs to stop its rocketing or face the consequences–and so it will.
I hope Bibi will get elected as PM once again–and the party will begin again–and go all the way–to destroy Ham-ass for good. Still, I expect that the internationals are going to shove a phony peace deal down Israel’s throat. You know it is coming — and very soon.

BB on January 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Debbie, Israel never said they were going to destroy Hamas, and they couldn’t do it even if they wanted to. I don’t think Israel lost this time except in the PR war, which we have collectively been losing for about 2000 consecutive years. The Gaza campaign was useful in that it reestablished the IDF as a credible fighting force, showed Iran it’s willing to fight a ground war, and slowed Hamas down for a while. As far as getting back GS, unfortunately that isn’t likely and there’s nothing Israel can do to make it happen.

Anonymous1 on January 25, 2009 at 12:07 am

Excuse me Debbie but what is Israel going to do now that their most powerful ally (The US) is now aligning themselves with the terrorist states that seek to destroy the both of us?
Chairman Obama made his first official television interview today but not on American TV, but on Arab TV. In his books he talks about how if it comes down to it he will stand with his Muslim brethren before any other. This puts Israel into a rather strange place does it not? With Iran either Nuclear Capable or very close to it and no backing from America beyond hollow words Israel is in a bit of a pickle. Lets just hope the rumors of Israel having Nukes is true as I doubt that they would last against a sustained COMBINED Arab onslaught.
Martin Fee

mfee01 on January 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

Maybe the war WAS a phony campaign commercial, but military action against Israel’s enemies was necessary, and will always be necessary unless Israel decides to self-destruct. With anti-Jewish activity increasing around the world, probably no place will remain safer than Israel in the long run. Israel is on the front, but the U.S. is not far behind on the Muslims’ hit list.

Rip Alinsky on January 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

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