Israel totally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, taking out all settlements. Despite this, Israeli civilians continued to be the target of missiles coming from Gaza. To this date, more than 10,000 rockets have been fired indiscriminately at Israel.
Hamas took political control in 2006, in Palestinian Authority elections. The Hamas charter states, “The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews),” and, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
In effect, the people of Palestine chose a government that is committed to the destruction of their neighbor, Israel. For years, more than 5 million Israelis have been living under threat of constant, almost-daily rocket attacks.
As a result of this barrage, in 2007, Israel imposed a blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade was intended to prevent importation of military supplies.
If the Palestinian people truly wanted peace and wanted to co-exist side-by-side with Israel, they could have built the Gaza Strip into a Middle East oasis on the Mediterranean Sea. Their continued shelling of Israel, the election of a government bent on Israel’s destruction and the now-discovered tunnels meant to attack Israel are the greatest impediment to peace. No other country on Earth would be expected to sit back and absorb this. There is no reason for Israel to stop the current program of eradicating the “war machine” that exists on its border until every tunnel and rocket launcher has been dismantled.
The people of Palestine have chosen Hamas and now are suffering the effects. Hamas chose to build terror tunnels rather than schools and hospitals. Hamas’ policy of hiding their armaments in mosques, schools and heavily populated areas has put innocent civilians at risk. It is a clear violation of international law. Hamas’ leadership is openly operating from inside Shifa hospital in Gaza.
The way to move past this problem is to free Gaza – from Hamas.