Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hamas Thugs Betray Palestine

As Israel defends itself against Islamic Hamas thugs pounding its population with relentless rocket attacks, an increasingly anti-Jewish western media continues misguided and naive support for Iran-backed fanatics. 

It's difficult to use the age old excuse - blame it all on the Jews - when the town of Beersheba was hit again today as Hamas Grad-type rockets continue to be fired deep into Israel, the latest through the roof of an empty school (pictured).

The western media sat back for years with hardly a report, while a bunch of fanatics took Gaza's population hostage and lobbed Iran-supplied missiles into Israeli schools and hospitals as part of its vowed jihad to annihilate the state of Israel.

The repeated and escalating cross-border attacks from a deranged group of Islamic extremists, egged on by Iran in its war by proxy, showed no mercy, no morals and no decency.

On Christmas Day, with Hamas rocket attacks reigning down on Israel, Channel 4 with all the political nouce of a dead slug tried a cheap ratings stunt with an outrageous and deeply insulting, broadcast from the Jew-hating tyrannical Iran president, dressed up as an 'alternative Christmas message', immediately condemned by the UK foreign office.

Firing missiles from Gaza into Israel is a stupid act of folly which betrays the Palestinian cause. Underestimating the Israeli response is foolhardy. For months Israel was planning a swift, precision response. Identifying the tunnels on the Egyptian border, identifying Hamas military strongholds, biding its time until it was time to swiftly strike back: Maher-shalal-hash-baz

Now Damascus-based Hamas has the audacity to blame Israel for the Palestinian casualties in this week's air-strikes, finding some support in the West's pseudo-liberal media. But there's one big difference between the two air-strikes. Hamas is deliberately targeting kindergartens, schools and civilians because in its warped value system, any Jew is a legitimate target. Israel is trying to target cowardly Hamas, as it launches rockets hidden among the civilian population.

No UK western media has raised the central issues of funding and training for the Hamas attacks. Hamas receives $20 million annually from Iran, along with a $50 million bonus after staging the coup against the opposition Fatah organization, turning it into a full-fledged terrorist state. 

More than 900 Hamas operatives have received training in tactical warfare, sniper tactics and bomb-making from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Since Israel completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists, in particular Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have fired more than 6,000 mortars and rockets into Israel, killing 10 civilians, wounding 780 and traumatising thousands including children in Israeli towns like Sderot, close to the border with Gaza.

Israel's intelligence services have been reporting for months that Hamas has used the ceasefire agreement to strengthen its military arsenal against Israel as it tries to whip up fanatical support in more moderate Arab states. 

Back in July, then-presidential candidate Obama, after visiting Sderot, stated that if someone "was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing." 

How times change. Hamas and Iran are exploiting that US presidential transition. Despite Obama's pre-election hype to stand by Israel, the future relationship with Israel and indeed the future of Gaza is uncertain. Israel is not prepared to take a chance. No Drama Obama will only say he's "monitoring the situation". 

That's not good enough. Obama will be president officially in a few weeks time and what he says now would influence events. Hamas stepped up its violence, knowing full well that the presidential election would test Obama's pro-Israeli credentials. 

Here the UK's state broadcaster, the BBC, continues its torrent of anti-Israeli propaganda,  refusing to give an unbiased picture of events in both Gaza and Israel. Only today has the BBC reported the devastating effects of Hamas rocket attacks. Few accounts contained any detailed reports of Jewish casualties, just deaths by a few numbers. 

Meanwhile Channel 4 News is becoming increasingly anti-Jewish in its reporting (as shown here in recent unnecessary Jewish references in a report on the $50b Madoff Wall Street scam) and glued to the Arabic news service, Al Jazeera.

Israel has stated publicly that it would strike Hamas with an "iron fist" but would treat Gaza civilians with "kid gloves" in its humanitarian effort. There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of that statement. 

The UK government, with a Jewish foreign secretary in a sensible David Miliband, is ideally placed to act as a voice of reason and sanity. While urging Israel to do everything possible to minimise civilian casualties, it should stand firm by placing the blame squarely on Hamas. But the pressure is growing to move away from that current US stand, towards the more pro-Arab EU view.

The acronym 'Hamas' so beloved by the western media bellies the true meaning - the Islamic Resistance Movement, the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel's critics in the West wilfully refuse to acknowledge that Israel's current military operation constitutes an internationally recognised legitimate act of self-defence against Iranian-backed terrorism. 

The reality is that the vast majority of Palestinians want a peaceful settlement as the only way out of poverty and desolation. A two-state solution is still there if they could only take it. But now there are two Palestines: the West Bank governed by the more moderate Palestinian Authority (PLO-Fatah) and the Gaza Strip ruled by Hamas.

As Hamas is determined to win a one-state solution bought at the price of a second Holocaust, with tacit approval of the EU, expect Jews to be made the villains of the piece once again.  

Israel's UK ambassador today rightly condemned Hamas for betraying the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause. The Orange Party is proud to support the state of Israel and all who struggle for a genuine peace in the Middle East.