John R. Houk
©June 25, 2011
Roughly five years ago from today (depending where you were vis-a-vis the International Date Line) Gilad Shalit was kidnapped from within Israel and dragged back to Gaza (Gazastan or Hamastan) to be held as a captive to be used as an exchange for over one thousand convicted Islamic terrorists in Israeli jails.
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA is recognized agent of so-called Palestinian independence) signed a unity agreement to stand together as Arabs that call themselves Palestinians to form an independent Palestine being forced down the Israeli throat by powerful Western governments and Russia. To the Western world the PA has gone on the record to recognize the existence of the nation Israel, BUT not of a Jewish State. On the other hand the Palestinian media calls for the death of all Jews and the utter destruction of Israel to form an Arab State devoid of Jews from their homeland. Hamas is less subtle. Hamas simply calls for the destruction of all Jews and the destruction of Israel openly for all to read, hear and see.
Hamas’ kidnapping of Shalit has placed Israel in the unenviable position of a decision: the release of a thousand plus convicted Islamic terrorists so Hamas will release Shalit or doom Shalit to a fate of being in the hands of Jew-Hating Muslims to keep war criminals in jail.
It is horrible but I cannot see Israel releasing Jew-haters to join the Palestinian cause to kill more Jews for the release of one Israeli Patriot. I know there have been earlier attempts to rescue Shalit, so it is quite amazing Hamas has kept him alive. In fact no official footage or contact has been allowed by Hamas of Gilad Shalit since roughly September 2009:
Indeed Hamas has taken to taunting the Israeli government with short videos glorifying the
capture kidnapping of Gilad Shalit:
In the above YouTube video it shows two Hamas terrorists in the shadows making intimidating gestures of the freeze frame still of Shalit from the 2009 YouTube video. As the 24 second Islamic terrorist intimidation video comes to an end computer symbolism showing the near completion of a download which when fully completed has some Arabic words fill the area followed shortly by the sound of gun fire including sounds of the rounds hit the ground.
Hamas pulls all this junk with nary a bit of pressure from the same Western powers forcing into existence a Jew-hating Palestine except to only verbally condemn Hamas. Hamas has become the master of playing on Western sympathies to keep the pressure off them by playing the victim to the West.
If the so-called Quartet is so willing to force the existence of a Palestinian State, then this Quartet should be willing to force the release of Gilad Shalit. Force should happen even if it means violence to as a show of support for Gilad Shalit. If the Quartet holds Hamas accountable and Hamas resists the power of the Quartet by murdering Shalit, then the Quartet should have enough balls to admit that a Hamas involvement in a Palestinian State/Government is impossible.
If a Hamas involvement in governing is impossible, then a joint Quartet and Israel Defense Force (IDF) overthrow of Hamas in Gaza should happen. With a combination of Quartet military forces (i.e. USA, EU, Russia & UN) involved then the staged murder scenes usually blamed on Israel or the death of Hamas human shields will carry less weight as it will be exposed just how evil an entity an Islamic terrorist organization like Hamas actually is.
The infrastructure that keeps services running in Gaza does not come from revenue picked up through fair taxation. Rather Gaza’s operating infrastructure is operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The UNRWA provides above $400 million in an annual budget for Arab-Palestinians in Gaza and Judea-Samaria. In an article by Claudia Rosett written in 2009 for Forbes a very good appraisal is made about Gaza; viz., that Gaza-Hamas has two components that are currently vital for administration: UNRWA and terrorism.
The West already condemns terrorism although the condemnation comes with a wink when it comes to Arab terrorists with the appellation of Palestinian. If the Quartet were serious about bringing peace to the Middle East it would be incumbent to take down the UNRWA followed closely by the removal of Hamas in Gaza before the Muslim Brotherhood completely runs the show in Egypt. If or when the Muslim Brotherhood controls Egypt it will be a missed opportunity to remove Hamas from any governing equation.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a fan of the terrorists that make up the PA. Basically the PA is the globally recognized entity of Arabs that call themselves Palestinians; however the reality is the PA is made up out of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which is an old Arab League umbrella group creation to be a thorn in the side of Israel. The biggest dog in the PLO umbrella is Fatah. The Fatah chief has served as the Chairman for the PLO and as the President of the PA.
Hamas is not part of the PLO umbrella. Hamas is more closely related to the Muslim Brotherhood centered in Egypt which ironically seems to be the foundation of Fatah’s original leadership. The point is though the PA has become just as corrupt as it is for the creation of a Palestinian. The corruption can be seen with all the times that the deceased Yasser Arafat refused Israel deals to establish a Palestinian State in their land of Judea and Samaria (called the West Bank by everyone that supports an idea of a Palestinian State). Because of PA corruption the Quartet and Israel can manipulate a better deal if it is a foregone conclusion to stupidly create a sovereign Palestine.
Frankly a PA led Palestine will probably end in a blood bath between Israel and Palestine coupled with a WWIII scenario. The existence of Hamas will make that scenario occur quicker.
A campaign to end Hamas for the release of Gilad Shalit should be the concerted effort of the Quartet, Israel and probably with a little money to flash – the PA. Yes, without a miracle Shalit will probably be murdered. If indeed Hamas perpetuates such a tragedy of outright murder even the face of global opposition to such an act, the determination to end Hamas will be of greater acceptance. Sealing that deal of global opposition to Hamas will be the PA to join such an anti-Hamas league. The PA would do such a deed for money to its leadership AND because the Fatah faction of the PLO-PA has some good old fashioned Arab blood revenge issues with Hamas.
Unfortunately if an actual Hamas-PA united stand actually happens I am fairly convinced the corrupt leadership of the PLO-PA faction will dissipate into nothingness. Hamas pushing the old guard out may actually delay the creation of a Palestinian State. However, we all know that once Hamas becomes the legitimate representation of the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians Western acceptance will eventually follow. In those days the kidnapping of one Israeli soldier will turn into the kidnapping of multiple soldiers which will probably lead to surgical strikes of the murder of multiples of Jews in rural towns and Orthodox Jewish villages.
Free Gilad Shalit now! Let’s make a united effort to end Hamas to prevent future Gilad Shalits.
JRH 6/25/11 (Hat Tip: Ari Bussel)