How to end Gaza’s misery

January 12, 2009 at 7:22 am 13 comments

The world must finally learn

to face the truth



The pattern keeps repeating itself in the Middle East as it has done for more than 60 years. Arabs attack Jews. Jews practise restraint at first, but the Arab attacks intensify and the Jews are forced to retaliate. People all over the world see gruesome images on their TV screens of battered Arabs. The Jews are branded as the aggressors and widely condemned in the media and in every international forum. They are pressured into making concessions and the Arabs are encouraged by all this. After a while they resume attacking Israel.

But invariably it’s the Arabs who suffer most from the attacks on the Jews. Moreover the censure and condemnation levelled against Israel actually cause the Arabs even more grief in the long run. I’ll explain presently.

But right now in Gaza we’re at the stage where Israel is going to have to stop before it can properly prevent the resumption of rocket attacks on her towns and villages. A few weeks ago, after a six-month fake-lull in the hostilities, the Hamas government/terrorist organization began launching a daily barrage of up to 80 rockets into Israel’s towns and villages, while Israel refrained from retaliating.

Obviously this situation became totally untenable for Israel. After all, the launching of thousands of rockets over the last few years by an elected neighboring government demanded a vigorous reaction by Israel, as nothing else has helped. Indeed, the complete evacuation of every single Jew from the Gaza Strip, rather than lead to quiet, precipitated an escalation of the rocket attacks on Israel. It begged for war. But fighting with Hamas means the destruction of whole neighborhoods, because Hamas stages their attacks from within the homes of the citizens, from mosques and schools. Hamas (and Hizbollah) use their own women and children as human shields. This leads to the deaths of hundreds of non-combatant Gazans – many of them women and children.

And that’s exactly what Hamas wanted. Apart from killing Jews simply because they are Jews, civilian casualties of Arabs always arouses enormous international protest against Israel, coming from every possible podium and forum – from the capitals all over the world, to universities and parliaments to the United Nations itself. It’s a ploy that never fails.

The heart-rending images seen on the TV screens all over the world, of destitute Arabs crouching on mounds of rubble that had been their homes, grieving over their dead children, must infuriate any decent human being, no matter what nationality. Most Israelis, even though they realize the need for drastic military action, shake their heads in deep dismay over the terrible scenes coming out of Gaza.

There are also terrible scenes in Israel’s Southern towns and villages, but nothing to compare with the unspeakable carnage in Gaza. Clearly, for the foreign TV crews, the smaller mounds of rubble of Shderot and Ashkelon are not nearly as dramatic and photogenic as the misery and widespread destruction in Gaza. So the viewers all over the world hardly see the results of Hamas’ handiwork in Israel. Indeed, the almost daily mortar and rocket attacks on Israel’s towns and villages for the last eight years, have seldom if ever been mentioned by most of the world’s press and TV stations. People don’t realize what has led to Israel’s assault on Gaza. Most people think that Israel has once again suddenly launched a monstrous attack for no reason at all on innocent people. For most outsiders this present outbreak is yet another one-sided confrontation between a Jewish Goliath equipped with the most sophisticated tools of destruction against an Arab David equipped with primitive weapons, fighting gallantly for his freedom, his land, his people, his honor.

The people of the world don’t realize that they are being duped – again and again. People don’t really have time to delve into the background of the Israel-Arab conflict. Also, few people outside Israel (and ruefully in Gaza itself) realize that Hamas has created much of its defence infra-structure within the homes and schools of the Gazan population; that many of the Arab civilian casualties were actually caused because of exploding ammunition dumps and booby traps in private homes; few people register the enormity of Hamas shooting from schools and mosques; or that Israel keeps letting in huge humanitarian aird convoys with food, medicine and other basic supplies.

The great purveyors of mass information such as the BBC, CNN, France-2 and other TV stations as well as most major newspapers, are pretty mum about such matters. A large part of humanity reckons that Israel has also stolen the Arabs’ land and therefore she must be condemned, despised, boycotted and even made to just disappear – illustrating the immense power of the big lie.

Most of the world’s leaders, academics and media personalities choose to overlook that Gaza together with the rest of Judea and Samaria could have had their statehood when Israel allowed Yasser Arafat and his henchmen to return from exile in Tunisia in 1994 to set up the Palestine Authority. Also overlooked is the fact that three years ago, in a move designed to engender peace with the Arabs of the region, Israel actually uprooted every single vestige of Jewish presence out of Gaza. The international community has chosen to ignore that instead of responding accordingly, Hamas launched yet another totally unprovoked escalation of rocket attacks on Israel’s towns and villages which, apart from a few lulls, has lasted until the present day. Nobody seems to consider that four times in the last sixty years, Gaza has been used as a launching pad for attacks and invasions on Israel, and that each time has resulted in Gaza being occupied by Israel and then returned to Arab jurisdiction.


Another major point that very few people realize is that those who suffer most from Arab aggression … are always the Arabs themselves, whether they are Gazans, or people in Hebron, Nablus, Jenin or Lebanon.

Yet another point is that the people who in the long run, suffer most from international condemnation against Israel, are the Arabs themselves, and no matter whether the condemnation is in the form of mass demonstrations in the capitals of the world, or from university or church podiums or cynical United Nations condemnations of Israel, or the break-off of diplomatic ties, ultimately its the Arabs who always bear the consequences.

Why is this? Why are the Arabs the ones who are always most hurt even though the military attacks or the international condemnation is directed against Israel. The answer is because all these actions encourage the Arabs to continue their belligerence against Israel. This is what’s been happening for a hundred years now. The Arabs have employed every possible tactic to undermine or obliterate the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. In the beginning they rioted, murdered, and concocted wild lies. They weren’t admonished. Then they resorted to pogroms. Later they launched mass invasions against Israel and set up economic boycotts. Even then no state condemned them or broke off diplomatic relations. They have encouraged and created terror organizations and suicide bombings. And each time till this present round of hostilities, hardly anyone accused the Arabs of being way out of line.

But probably the worst thing they have done was to create and perpetuate the refugee problem – the only one in the world that has lasted for over sixty years and which is not being solved – because it is used as yet another highly effective weapon against Israel. And no country has ever condemned this ongoing heinous stand. Meanwhile, the world allows itself to be duped and pays for the upkeep of millions of people forced to stay in this wretched refugee status – three generations and no end whatsover in sight.

The world chooses to ignore that the Arabs of Judea and Samaria were offered statehood in half of what was left of Palestine, after 77% had been lopped off to create the Kingdom of Jordan. Subsequently as a result of the U.N. Partition Vote, the Jews were alotted the remaining half. In other words they were alotted about one-eighth of the original Palestine. The Arabs refused to accept any national sovereignty anywhere in the Middle East for the Jews, despite their 3000-year-connection. So the Arabs launched a war to utterly destroy the Jewish state (a mere three years after the end of the Holocaust). And nobody in any top position of authority anywhere in the world castigated the Arabs for this dastardly move. Nobody even scolded them for saying that this would be a massacre like never before in history.

The result of that 1948 invasion on tiny Israel was the beginning of the terrible Arab refugee problem. Furthermore, what should have been the establishment of an additional Arab state side by side with Israel, was simply annexed by the Kingdom of Jordan.

Since then, every few years there is yet another stage in this ongoing Arab quest to destroy Israel. And after every stage, Israel becomes stronger … while the world refrains from criticising the Arabs. World leaders don’t want to upset the sources of oil or cause any unnecessary diplomatic rift with 22 Arab states and another few score Muslim countries.

So the quest to destroy Israel continues – with international sanction. This last terrible war in Gaza is yet another example of Israel being provoked way beyond human endurance, with the express purpose that it would lead to international condemnation of Israel. On this score, Hamas has succeeded.

But if you look at the dreadful destruction of Gaza and the hundreds of lives needlessly lost, it is clear once again that the Arabs are the ones who suffer most.

To paraphrase the immortal words of Pete Seeger: “When will they ever learn?” When will leaders, media editors and ordinary concerned citizens of the world understand that the only way to end Arab suffering and to bring peace to the region, is by telling them firmly that they must stop this quest to destroy Israel. It’s simply immoral to want to destroy another nation, and it’s immoral to support that quest.

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A light unto the nations The Israel-Arab conflict comes to the supermarket

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ilana Levy  |  January 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Dear Ralph
    You have written an excellent article.Kol Hakavod !
    Yes I also feel for the carnage the Arabs have sufferred .
    How can we change this situation and prevent any further carnage ?
    The Palestinian Authority under the leadership of PM Mahmoud Abbas will not be the answer,
    Jordan will not allow the Palestinians back there.
    So what will we do next ? I don’t have any answers,. It will take The Messiah to bring peace to this region. This is our only hope.
    Kol tuv !

  • 2. Doug  |  January 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

    That was a truly inspired point, that the pro-Arab, pro-terror demonstrations around the world only encourage the Palestinians to continue fighting. In the U.S., we called it “aid and comfort to the enemy.” By the way, that also includes the so-called “peace” demonstrations in Israel, so-called conscientious objectors in Israel, and supplying Hamas with the wherewithal (gas, electricity, etc.) to continue fighting.
    I’m also sorry to tell you that I don’t shake my head with dismay at the scenes coming out of Gaza. I ask myself, had there been CNN and BBC TV around in 1944-45, would I have been dismayed with the scenes coming out of Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hiroshima, etc.? In a pig’s eye, I would! And these were a thousand times worse than anything happening in Gaza.

  • 3. Asher Eder  |  January 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    We should also confront all those many “human rights activists” who accuse Israel for her defensive military action in Gaza and the sequacious casualities (mainly caused by Hamas’ misuse of civilians as human shileds) – but had never a word for the Israeli casualities during the last few years due toconstant rocket firings from Gaza: theiraccusations of Israel appears like professional hypocracy, if not outright Jew hatred.
    On top, “Jihad” against Israel is waged by these fanatics in outright distortion of their own Koran!

  • 4. David Mozes  |  January 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Rafi,

    Thank you for this piece and all your work.

    I am interested in your thoughts on the

    Kol kavod Zahal !

    David Mozes

  • 5. Pauli Ojala  |  January 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I wonder when the people are told about the expulsions of the Jews from practically every country in the Europe, for instance:

    Pauli Ojala
    Atoned heathen
    Biochemist, MSci-Master of Sciing
    Helsinki, Finland

  • 6. Larry Sevitt  |  January 14, 2009 at 1:00 am

    great article but we need to explain to the world our right to the land & make them understand OUR suffering . Since the Romanss threw us out of our land 2000years ago every single generation has suffered persecution, personally I think ir has somthing to do with the fact that every day Christianity prays to a Jew & while there are living Jews this up sets them or somthing like that I think it is time that that poor Jew was taken off that cross, other wise we can prepare our-selves for another 2000 years of persecution Christianity & Islam must be forced to let us once & for all live in peace . One way this could be done e.g. is for Israel to embark on a project of manufacture & mass production on a military type scale of Hydrogen engines for use in power stations in ships ,in trains, for trucks cars & for every kind of engine & to also mass manufacturer the fueling units for these & then mass sell to the world on such a scale that it wouldn’t be worth while for other nations to do the same . then with the money Israel can use it in any direction she wants the Arabs Can then swim in their oil & other nations will then give respect to Israel for her wealth & bring Israel the world acclaim thattthe Arabs atained by just having the oil under their land World Jewery needs to finance such a project . take a leaf out of the Japanese & German books 2 Nations that don’t deserve to live along side decent Nations but to-day through their manufacturing have gained untold wealth & even respect from the rest of the World We must do similar . finaly the Manufacture of these Hydrogen Engines can give Israel wealh on such a scale..

  • 7. Bruce Brill  |  January 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The problem is well-stated by Mr. Dobrin. The SOLUTION can be found here:

  • 8. Angela Wine  |  January 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    An excellently put resume of the situation.
    Should be read and broadcast all over the world

  • 9. larry sevitt  |  January 14, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for printing my report maybe some one will listen & get action going the design of all the hydrogen engines already exist.

  • 10. Roy Chweidan  |  February 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Ralph, Your article is outstanding and correct. However we
    will never have peace until the USA forcibly takes over ALL the
    Middle East oilfields. All the billions of dollars to keep up and
    continue Arab and Islamic terrorism come from ALL these
    oilfields, some willingly like Iran, others by extortion like Saudi
    Arabia. The USA can defend and protect and operate all the
    oilfields and market the oil to the rest of the world at reasonable
    and stable prices. In a short while all Arab and Islamic terrorism
    and military threats will wither and die due to lack of money
    Roy Chweidan, Netanya. Israel.

  • 11. Larry Sevitt  |  April 4, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Some four years after my first comment & things are still the same
    until another source of energy is made the Arabs have the world by the goolies. The japanese have already taken up building a british designed hydrodgen engines & one manufacturer has already built 200 cars which are now on lease in the USA for evaluation , however there is still room for other manufacturers to build engines for ships trains generators +++

  • 12. tiranman  |  June 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Obviously no one wants to know the truth & live in denial

    • 13. ralph dobrin  |  June 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Yes, indeed, it’s the root to many of humanity’s problems.


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