Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Criminal Naivety

Mike Packer

I was watching TV in Mike's Mansion with a brew in my hand and almost choked!
I thought to myself that watching anymore of these talking heads might just rob my dear readers of my "pearls of wisdom" (not to mention saving my wife years of my drooling on the couch pillows). Unfortunately, ITV channel 2 has nothing else on but Pillars of Cloud, the current Gaza operation, (nor do any of the other channel for that matter) and seeing that my only other choices were CNN or BBC I continued to watch the lesser of the evils.

So, the talking head invited Danny Yatom, former head of Israeli Intelligence, and asked him if it was possible to defeat a terrorist organization and Yatom went on to explain how. I will attempt to recall everything I heard but remember I was fighting for my life in the middle of a coughing fit so you may have to cut me some slack here. It goes something like this:

.....We first have to hit them hard and destroy as many of their launching sites and weapons stores as possible, (so far so good, even I, the ultimate armchair General, figured that one out a few years ago).

......Secondly we have to come to an agreement  with Hamas through Egypt that they will desist from firing anymore rockets into Israel and refrain from any more terrorist activities against us. (yeh, right)

.....He goes on to say that we should then, over a period of time, lift the blockade on Gaza and start allowing them to export and import their own goods (does this mean importing rockets and exporting them airmail to Israel?).

......The imports would be monitored, of course, by a neutral third party so that no military hardware would enter Gaza.

It was at this point, dear readers, I had my near death experience so the rest of the interview was lost to me but up to this moment it was enough.

Danny Yatom is an experienced Intelligence officer and I give him a lot of credit for that, but that's as far as I can go. How on G-d's green earth could such a naive man become an Intelligence officer (an obvious oxymoron here). 
His first point was OK, normal military strategy, in his second point he starts losing it. To use Egypt as a guarantor for the cease fire agreement with Hamas is like putting a pedophile in charge of a nursery school. Hamas has become part and parcel of the Muslim Brotherhood and I'll give you one guess where the Egyptian alliance lies nowadays.

The point about lifting the blockade could only have been thought of by a blockhead.
 At this very moment a shipload of rockets are on their way up the Red Sea towards the Suez canal having left Bandar Abbas on Nov. 18 according to DebkaFile. Now this ship has three choices: 

a) to meet a few fishing boats in the Red Sea, transfer the rockets to them so that they can put into a Sinai port to transfer the rockets overland and through the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, 

b) put into a port on the Sudanese coast and transport the rockets overland to Gaza, 


c) to go through the Suez Canal (with Egyptian permission, of course) and offload at the Egyptian port of El Arish in the Sinai Peninsula and thus overland to Gaza. Now where does this leave Egypt considering point two above?

Now we get to the point where I was miraculously saved from a horrible fate.
Monitoring third party, I wonder where Danny Yatom was after the last Lebanese war when the UN passed a resolution (1710 I think it was....it's here you have to cut me some slack the exact res. number eludes me). The UN was given the responsibility to monitor Southern Lebanon to prevent arms entering a buffer zone between Israel and Hezbollah who control southern Lebanon. Needless to say, they failed miserably. That area has become, probably, the most armed area in the ME with stores of thousands of medium and long range rockets supplied by Iran. If things get any worse in this area we will be seeing the influx of Syrian chemical weapons. This, of course is a worst case scenario but highly likely.

Now, at this stage of the conversation of talking heads there was a sudden ray of hope. A member of the panel was Naftali Bennet a new-comer on the Israeli political field. He has just won the primaries for the largest religious-zionist party in Israel and will be elected to the Knesset in the next elections. Here is a man who served in one of Israels elite army units and the youngest Party leader in Israel who took Yatom to task. Bennet's solution is so much like mine that he could have stolen it from me (he didn't of course because I haven't met the man, yet). His solution is to escalate the current action in Gaza to include ground troops to make sure that Hamas won't have not only ammunition but soldiers as well. Without weeding out some of the Hamas ground troops we will have done nothing but delay the next rocket attack. This was the objective of the last Gaza operation (remember Cast Lead?) but we were prevented from finishing it because of US and EU pressure.

Unfortunately this will happen again. Israel hasn't been allowed to finish a war since the State was declared in 1948. We have always been forced into a cease fire as soon as the tables have turned in our favor. Nothing is said to the aggressors until they start losing and so it has been in this action too. How many of you have heard that there are more than 150 people killed every day in Syria, very few I imagine, but you certainly heard about the killing of the Hamas chief-of-staff by Israeli forces. Everyone complained about that crime, even Syria, Now that's what we jews call huzpa.

So, I'll stick with Naftali Bennet and let Danny Yatom sink back into Lala land and keep smoking whatever it is to keep him in nirvana. We have to get in to Gaza, kick their rear ends so hard that they'll have to open their fly to blow their noses and create a buffer zone between them and Israel and them and Egypt so that we can police whatever it is they want to smuggle in.

Now all we have to do is to see what Netanyahu is made of....will he or won't he?

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pillar of Cloud

by Mike Packer

           Finally, after two years of consistant rain of rockets from Gaza the Israeli government has decided to retaliate.

          We have been barraged in the last two weeks by the talking heads of our media about why the Government hasn't acted to prevent the suffering of our southern citizens. 12000 rockets have fallen on those citizens surrounding Gaza in the last 12 years. This is the thanks we get for surrendering our hold on the Gaza Strip that was always a hornets nest.
Those media representatives have for the last two weeks kept up a relentless pressure on the Members of Parliament that belong to the ruling party in Israel. This pressure finally forced our PM to take action and as far as I am concerned later than was expected. The PM should have acted months ago but, in my humble opinion, was being reigned in by the political situation in the US in the last few months. I feel that the US election, with all due respect, has nothing to do with the situation in the southern half of my country and should have been dismissed by the PM and his cabinet.

          At long last, after 150 rockets in one week, after a pseudo cease fire by the Hamas regime which was not accepted by all the factions in Gaza, the Israeli Cabinet ordered the retribution that was called for. Ahmed Jaabari, may his name be erased from the book of life, was sent to his just deserves.

         Jaabari was the chief of staff for the armed wing of Hamas and as such deserved what he got. The Israel Defense Forces have, as well as the assassination of Jaabari, attacked rocket stores in Gaza plus a few launching sites of the larger rockets that Hamas has smuggled into Gaza via the tunnels from Sinai under the noses (and probable collaboration) of the Egyptians. This smuggling was going on during Hussni Mubarak's regime which was, supposedly, guarding the Sinai/Israeli border under the "peace" treaty signed by both countries after the Yom Kippur war. The new President of Egypt, Mursi, has recalled his Ambassador to Israel because of Pillar of Cloud ( the name given to this action in Gaza) and has sanctioned Israel over this "barbaric" action. 
         Thankfully, President Obama, has reminded Mursi that Israel has every right to defend itself. Thank you, Mr. President, but we know that already. We have paid enough lip service to the US and we will and should and have given them a taste of what they send us every week. It is our right and our duty to defend the Land of Israel and the citizens that live in it and POTUS should be willing to go a little further than just shaking a finger at Egypt and order his Ambassador to the UN to sanction Hamas in the Security Council and put it in no uncertain terms that the constant rain of rockets must stop or Hamas must suffer the consequences.

         So, here we are in the middle of a military action against Hamas and, lo and behold, our talking heads are back and asking when it will end! I was wondering how long it would take. The questions being asked are "why now, just before elections?" and I am sitting here listening to them and wondering to myself why after pressuring the Government to act they are suddenly asking why. It didn't take me long to realize that the political advantages are being harvested by the media itself to try and influence the electorate and I have a feeling in my gut that they have just created a huge right wing swing in favor of Bibi (for better or worse) and that their strategy has just blown up in their faces. 

         The media campaign has suddenly become so clear that their audacity will only help the right wing to bolster their hold on the Knesset of Israel and then we will be able to finally annex Judea and Samaria as we should have done in 1967. Finally we will be able to offer the residents of Judea and Samaria, Arabs and Jews alike, the chance to emerge from this quagmire and send the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Salafis back to Tunisia where they belong. Read more!