The scenes we’ve all seen these last days are unforgivable. Hundreds of families have been broken, lives lost, and hopes vanished. This is one of the biggest tragedies in Jewish history and maybe the biggest in modern Israeli history. There are many lessons to learn from this event, but only one that matters right now, tolerance to Hamas should not exist anymore.
Before the Yom Kippur War, 50 years ago, there was an overall feeling throughout Israeli society that enemy countries (Egypt and Syria) were too weak and scared to carry out an attack on the country. This idea was called the Konseptzia. The name was designated by the Agrant Commission, which investigated the mistakes that were made before and throughout this war. In the last years, mainly since 2021, after Operation Guardian of the Walls, Israel lived under a new Konseptzia.
There was an overall feeling that Hamas, an organization that had always been radical Islamist was becoming a moderate pragmatic entity. After nearly 15 years of Hamas’ self-imposed government, and several military conflicts, Hamas started to show a relaxed behavior toward Israel and actually became concerned with government-related issues. They did not engage in any of the last military operations, which were carried out by the Islamic Jihad, and started to negotiate to get work permits for its citizens, medicines, and food, among other stuff.
Of course, as we see today, it was just bluffing.
Hamas is more committed than ever to its genocidal charter, which is clearly stated in its foundational covenant of 1988. Article 7, under the section “Definition of the Movement” cites a hadith (a source outside of the Koran in Islam) that states the following “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
This is the enemy we are fighting. The same one that operated during both intifadas, the one that kidnapped Gilad Shalit, the one that murdered Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal in 2014, the one that burned fields with balloons, has sent thousands of rockets and prepared suicidal bombings, etc… As of this moment, in less than 3 days, it has killed 700+ Israelis, injured way more than 2000 people, and kidnapped well over 100 innocents.
These are human beings targeting other human beings, just for the sake of being Jewish. This is genocidal, racist, and most importantly unforgivable.
The core of Hamas’ ideology and Islamists, in general, is not to free the Palestinian people but to wage another genocide on the Jewish people living in our ancestors’ land. This won’t get closer to the “liberation of Palestine” in any way. This will lead to a new discussion on the question of the conflict, and I don’t know what the answers will be, but Israel will have to be way more careful with its policy than it has ever been.
The idea of having a Jewish state is for Jews to be safe at home, not for them to be concentrated as a target for hate groups. The vision of the zionist thinkers in the late 19th century had become a thing, we were safe at our home. And thanks to these groups backed by Iran we can no longer say so.
I don’t want to blame anyone right now for the great mistakes made before and at the beginning of this war, because there were big mistakes. I want to make clear that we are fighting against bigots who are not defending human rights or “Palestinian dignity”. Instead, they are promoting a state of terror like it was never seen before.
I don’t know the exact measures that should be taken, but I know one thing, tolerance for Hamas should not exist anymore. Israel has faced a lot thanks to Hamas, and this time they have made clear that any bet made by Sharon in 2005 was not worth it. I support any action the Israeli government, army, or any other state agency takes in regard to this situation.
As Hatikvah says, we should be living our 2,000-year-old dream of being a free people in our land. Not persecuted, not murdered, not raped, not kidnapped.
I stand with Israel and its people.
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