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Why treat friends like enemies?

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From page A9 | August 17, 2014 |

Why are we treated to the continuing animus against Israel? Why do those of the liberal bent find it so easy to take a position that champions an enemy of Israel that is sworn to eradicate them? Looking back, we can examine just what has happened to the Jewish people.

First the land of Israel is where they began and far before the birth of Christ. Throughout the ages, the Jewish people were dominated and enslaved by several world powers at the time.

At one point, the Jewish people were enslaved by the Egyptians and forced into Egypt. Most of us know of the great escape by “the parting of the waters.” After the Nation of Israel was forcibly exiled from its homeland, they were dispersed throughout Europe. The people never lost sight of their goal to return to their true homeland. They never gave up hope and continued to great each other with the affirmation, “next year Israel.”

Most of us know what transpired during World War II. The Nazis used the Jewish people as a “straw dog” in order to stir up their people and to incite them in the direction of war: with some people to this day, retaining an anti-Semitic view of the Jewish people. During and after World War II, some countries in Europe and the United States treated the Jewish people in a shameful way. They refused to grant many Jewish people entry into their countries while they were fleeing the Nazis.

Finally, in May 1948, the British mandate over Eretz-Israel ended, thus ending the homelessness of the Jewish people by establishing the Jewish State of Israel. In a suggested Declaration of Independence, by a Zionist group, it would be determined that their State of Israel would be open for Jewish immigration to all exiles. Furthermore, it will guarantee “freedom of religion and safeguard holy places of all religions.”

In the ensuing years, the Israelis have had to defend their homeland from many attempts by their neighbors to “wipe them from the face of the earth.” All of these attempts were/are being driven by the hate of their neighbors and in the name of their own god.

Now we have a situation in Israel where Hamas in Gaza is creating havoc. The most recent situation began with the kidnap/murder of three Jewish teenagers followed the retribution killing of a Palestinian teenage and the battle was on.

The situation in Gaza, in my estimation, is like a patient with cancer. This cancer is attempting to attack its host by the use of rockets, underground tunnels, suicide bombers and outright attacks of civilian areas. As with any cancer, again in my estimation, it will kill its host if not eradicated. The Israelis are waging and all-out attack on the cancer.

  • Never mind the fact that the Israelis are warning, in advance, what is being targeted and when it is being targeted.
  • Never mind the fact that Hamas is using children in schools and mosques to fire their rockets.
  • Never mind the fact that many people find it reprehensible that the Israelis are so successful in their prosecution of war.

Would the people who side with Hamas be happier if more of the rockets fired at the cities of Israel were more successful in killing Israeli children? We have seen, year after year, the result of Hamas bombing buses, restaurants and even Israeli funerals. What more would these critics of the Israelis want?

As usual I say, don’t believe what I say. You have the greatest amount of literature in libraries, the Internet and experts in specific history to rely upon. Ask yourself, too, how do my local elected officials stand on the issues you see unfolding before your very eyes? Do they back our only ally in that region?

Don’t let this problem go the way of the city of Mosel in Iraq, where the Christians are given three choices by the Islamic radicals:

  • Convert to Islam.
  • Leave in 24 hours.
  • Be killed.

Now, some of the oldest Christian churches are being destroyed, what next?

Rod Keck is a resident of Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 4:02 am

    DR: Where's the local connection in this column by a local writer? Are Kirchubel and Batson correct when they complain that's a standard you require of local liberal columnists (them) only?

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 4:19 am

    Let's get our facts straight first. The timeline for the most recent outbreak of violence between Israel (Netanyahu) and Gaza (Hamas) was this: Israel perfects the "Iron Dome" missile defense system, three Israeli teens are murdered on the West Bank, Netanyahu blames Hamas for the murders and orders the indiscriminate roundup if known Hamas members on the West Bank in violation of an active 2006 cease fire, Hamas begins firing missiles again from Gaza into Israel, Israel retaliates by bombing and eventually invading Gaza. Now, understanding the facts as they really are, who started it and why? You don't have to be a liberal to answer "Netanyahu."

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 4:24 am

    As for why, that's more complex. But I think the immediate reason was to disarm if not destroy Hamas during a window of time the Iron Dome secret weapon would be effective in defending Israelis from Hamas missiles.

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  • TJ BairdAugust 17, 2014 - 6:01 am

    rlw, how many times have the terrorist of Hamas broke the "active cease-fire of 2006" since 2006 by launching missiles into Israel? By logic, the first time that the cease-fire was violated, it was broken and no longer a functioning agreement.

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 7:53 am

    TJB: I don't know; tell me if you know. But nonetheless, the 2006 cease fire was still in effect. Netanyahu broke it calculatingly and escalated the response/counter-response for the purpose of neutralizing Hamas while Israel was protected by Iron Dome. You don't wheel out a secret weapon like Iron Dome until real fighting starts. Netanyahu provoked Hamas to get the battle he wanted when he wanted it. Do we know who killed those three Israeli teens?

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  • TJ BairdAugust 17, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Sir, according to a variety of news sources there have been anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 rockets and "explosive projectiles" launched into Israel from beyond its border. At least 3,000 of those incidents are credited as coming from Gaza and specifically to the terrorists. Also the Iron Dome was put into active duty on March 27, 2011. Israel didn't need a pretext for this current conflict because the missile defense system as protected their citizens for over three years.

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    TJ: That's good. I'd still like to know how many missiles were fired from the beginning of the 2006 cease fire until the roundup of Hamas members on the West Bank. That would be the significant number. Then we still need an answer for who killed the Israeli teens. I think we have a good idea who killed that Palestinian teen in retaliation--Israeli thugs. I seriously doubt Hamas carried out the Israeli teen murders. More likely Palestinian thugs.

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  • TJ BairdAugust 17, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    rlw, just got back. I don't know what those answers are. I do believe Israel has the right to protect its citizens. I also believe that the Islamic terrorists will not stop. There will not be peace as long as the purpose for the existence of Hamas is to eliminate Israel.

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  • rlw895August 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    TJ: I agree with all of that.

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  • rlw895August 28, 2014 - 1:01 am

    TJ: So I was wrong; we've learned since I wrote last that Hamas did murder the Israeli teenagers. And now with Hamas coming out of this round of fighting ahead of where they started, but at a terrible price, I can believe it was calculated. So now we wait for the next breaking of the cease fire after Hamas rearms. What a continuing, unending mess.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 17, 2014 - 8:37 am

    There's nothing "religious" about Israel... it is an evil Zionist state populated by Ashkenazi's. The peoples of "Israel" are the chosen people... chosen by the King of England, via Foreign Secretary Balfour, and given to Lord Rothschild. Rod, you really should do some REAL research... it would do your reputation a world of good.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 17, 2014 - 8:38 am

    There's nothing "religious" about Israel... it is an evil Zionist state populated by Ashken@zi's. The peoples of "Israel" are the chosen people... chosen by the King of England, via Foreign Secretary Balfour, and given to Lord Rothschild. Rod, you really should do some REAL research... it would do your reputation a world of good.

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  • JimboAugust 17, 2014 - 10:39 am

    My 'friends' do now ask for my financial support to commit atrocities. Some of you have very poor taste in who you associate with.

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  • truth'nAugust 17, 2014 - 10:55 am

    I support Israel. I support her right to protect herself. There is a Terrorist in the White House. He doesn't support Israel or any friend to the US.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 17, 2014 - 11:05 am

    truth'n, the real terrorist and his murderous regime left the White House with GW Bush.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 17, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    CD: Given that, "don't do stupid stuff" was a welcome relief as a guiding principle of our foreign policy.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    t: If you are referring to Obama--which of course we know you are--defend your contention he is a "Terrorist."

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  • Larry WAugust 17, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    I for one stand behind Israel. I tend to dislike those who danced in the streets celebrating the murder of innocents on 9/11. But I am glad to know who you support. Sad...

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  • Rick WoodAugust 17, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Who supports what?

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  • Larry WAugust 17, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Rick. Any one who supports the terrorism supporting Palestinians also is supporting those who danced in the streets on 9/11. I was not inferring that you were one of them.

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  • The SugarJarAugust 17, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Um, huh? Those dots don't connect

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