Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Like Chamas was never deterred, neither is Nasrallah

News reports that Chezbollah is deterred is the old mistake all over again

Chamas was never deterred. Every truce was used to build back ‘better’ for the next assault. Equally, Nasrallah will never be deterred. Fool me once …

Turn the below pessimist terror list into an activist to-do checklist.

As a narcissist, Nasrallah has no loyalty to anyone. He’s not going to help Chamas as they are losing. But he’s waiting for Israel to get ‘weaker’:

. When Netanyahu will get more attacked by enough Israelis.

. When the unity dissolves and transforms into endless bickering, blame games, hostility, anger, hopelessness, and even election propaganda.

. When Israel finds itself (in the UN) hated and isolated as never before.

. When the International Criminal Court won’t hear Chamas war crimes.

. When absorption of Jews fleeing the Diaspora in unprecedented numbers proves a financial and logistical disaster and Israel erects tent camps again.

. When the world has forgotten or denies October 7.

. When moneys for Israel get redirected to Gaza, the ‘true victims.’

. When Egypt, the US, and Europe all refuse to reestablish order in Gaza.

. When the West Bank Palestinian Authority continues to support terror.

. When 50% of the country’s volunteering falls to 5%.

. When Israelis get tired of a never-ending war, bloodshed, and stress.

. When civilians in the north want to return to their homes.

. When everyone in Israel mourns at least someone they lost.

. When some Arab Israelis restart making anti-occupation sounds.

. When youths from the PA-occupied West Bank continue to die for evil.

. When Israel asks how to finance 2,000 Chamas terrorists in jail.

. When Israel’s loony Left dares to speak up again.

. When the fiasco to avert and the lust to commit the carnage get equated.

. When the US aircraft carriers and subs have left the Mediterranean.

. When the US public only wants to support Israel in principle.

. When the US’ free attention is caught up in elections.

. When the liberal distribution of guns gives Israel a gun problem.

. When the US’ free attention is tied up in other foreign violence.

. When the Israeli economy doesn’t bounce back, and poverty hits.

. Why a special Israeli State Inquiry deems 20 years of leaders negligent.

. When no Iman in Israel dares to condemn the Simchat Torah massacre.

Then Nasrallah may try. Earlier, it would be jumping the gun (pardon the pun). What a ‘waste,’ with 200,000 precision missiles to fail at genocide.

Remember, all big Antisemites go to their graves in the irrational belief that now, soon, the Jews will be exterminated. What no one could do in millennia, they will accomplish, even from the grave. A fool can be evil.

Above our homework to prevent Nasrallah and Iran from even trying.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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