Telegram Commentary Whitewashes Hamas’ Deadly Threat To Israel

April 26, 2024

In his recent letter, Everett Hobbs recalls the British bombing of Nazi Germany in World War Two, saying it resulted “in the deliberate killing of civilians,” and rhetorically asking “was it retaliation or was it revenge? The same question can be asked about Israel’s attack on Gaza.”

Respectfully, while anyone is free to ask any question they like, it does not mean it is a profound query.

Following Hamas’ genocidal October 7 massacres in southern Israel, representing the biggest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust, Israel made very clear its military goals: to free the hundreds of hostages kidnapped from Israel, and to destroy Hamas as thoroughly as possible so that it could no longer pose a deadly threat to the country.

While six months have passed since that awful day – six months in hell for the estimated 130 Israeli hostages who are still languishing in Hamas captivity – it can be easy to forget Hamas’ indescribable brutality committed in October.

On that day, thousands of Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel, carrying out a mass campaign of rape, torture, murder, dismemberment, and kidnapping against innocent men, women and children.

The nature of Hamas’ bloodthirsty attack serves as a potent reminder that the terrorist group – which receives extensive funding, weapons and training from Iran – is committed to Israel’s violent destruction, a point that is stated explicitly in its founding charter, and repeated by its leaders again and again.

Consequently, while Israel has achieved significant successes in Gaza against Hamas – all while achieving a historically unprecedented low proportion of civilian casualties, an accomplishment that has been called a “remarkable, historic new standard” by John Spencer, the chair of urban warfare studies at West Point – Hamas remains a potent threat.

As pointed out by British journalist Douglas Murray, when dealing with violent ideologies like Nazism or radical Islamic terrorism, no half-measures are possible, comparing it to a raging inferno, saying “you don’t put out three-quarters of a fire; you put out the whole fire.”

Unfortunately, Hamas’ propaganda has been extraordinarily effective at convincing many people that Israel, a liberal democratic state home to Jews, Muslims and Christians – all of whom enjoy equal rights – is the villain, while Hamas, a genocidal death cult, is somehow the victim.

Of course, the war on Israel did not begin yesterday. In 1947, when the United Nations Partition Plan split historic Israel into a Jewish and Arab state, respectively, the Jewish delegates accepted, while the Arab delegates rejected it, demanding the entirety of the land for themselves.

And in 1948, within hours of declaring its independence, Israel was attacked by its Arab neighbours, who sought to annihilate the newly reborn country. But that indisputable reality is turned on its head by Hobbs, who wrote that in 1948, “Israel decided the boundaries,” in a complete concoction of reality with absolutely no historical basis whatsoever.

For nearly 80 years, Israel has been fighting for its very existence against an array of genocidal actors intent on wiping out the country and driving the Jews into the sea. Fortunately, a growing number of Arab countries in the region have made peace with Israel, including Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, continues to arm, fund and train groups like Hamas, who are dedicated to the extermination of Israel and its people.

This current war can be over in an instant if Hamas surrenders and frees the hostages it holds, and the broader tensions in the region can be over if and when Iran and its fanatical leaders decide to stop attempting to destroy Israel, and work towards improving the lives of its own people first.

Regrettably, Everett Hobbs’ recent letter, which creates an indefensible moral equivalence between a liberal democracy and a genocidal terror regime, baselessly claiming that Israel has created a “fear of annihilation” among Palestinians, grossly misrepresents history as well as current events.

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