War itself is difficult and taxing on any nation. Israel knows this first-hand. However, Israel is unique in that it is subject to another danger that has followed in the wake of each of its wars – antisemitism. Antisemitism around the world has surged since the barbaric attacks by Hamas on October 7th. The massacre of Israelis is long forgotten, pushed aside by the current headlines of Jews killing “innocent civilians” in Gaza. This has extended to the elected officials of supposed “allies” of Israel, including President Erdogan in Turkey and the queen of Jordan.
It is quite evident that Palestinians are using their surge of hate for their fight to destroy Israel by conducting terror attacks on a near-daily basis. I have no doubt that Hamas, which is being controlled by Iran, is going to find opportunity to exploit the current surge of anti-Israel media to cast it as an aggressor.
What Hamas is counting on now, barring a return to cease-fire, is mixing their armed members with the very dense civilian population in Southern Gaza. They are also baiting Israel to attack more in the hopes of framing it as the instigator of this war. Many world leaders, including President Biden, have already warned Israel to severely limit civilian casualties. While Hamas is shooting rockets at civilians throughout this war, Israel must use careful precision.
This is in fact shaping up to be a no-win situation, where Israel may not fully eliminate Hamas. A long military struggle may continue as well as Israel’s political bickering, playing right into the hands of our enemies. We are now facing a time in which Israel is threatened both within and out, on all sides, by our enemies. There is no time for divisiveness. We must come together as a strong nation to overcome both our enemies and the widespread antisemitism that will follow.