No Israeli campaign ever ends with the enemy’s surrender, which is one of the reasons why we are eternally at war.
By Israel Harel
During the first intifada, that of the stones and firebombs, our leaders threatened that if the Palestinians used live weapons, the rule would be “in war, as in war.” But during the second intifada, when they shot at us and blew us up, killing and maiming hundreds, it took a full 18 months of “restraint is power” before Operation Defensive Shield was launched.
Then came the next stage of threats: If they dare to fire rockets at our civilian population, their cities, residents and all, would be toast. Among those saying this were the greats of Hebrew literature and the top left-wing politicians.
So they said it. So what? Our enemies know very well that threats of “It’s not worth it for them to even think of using chemical weapons” are empty threats, and always will be.
Israeli guns are indeed loaded with lethal bullets, but Israel – certainly while Barak is defense minister- will never pull the trigger. Not until Doomsday, which we pray will never occur, but not before. The Jews, even if their citizens survive a chemical attack, will never respond in kind. So if rockets continue to rain down on the residents of the south, even if they have a chemical component, the response will be no more than another Operation Cast Lead, and once again will be concluded too soon.
No Israeli campaign ever ends with the enemy’s surrender, which is one of the reasons why we are eternally at war. If we aren’t prepared to defeat our enemies, once and for all, with conventional weapons, what’s the point of making hollow threats of any other type of retaliation?
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