Victor Davis Hanson: The Truth Behind All The Ugly Lies In Gaza

From the civilian casualties, the use of disproportionate force and international biases, the mainstream narrative of the Gaza/Israeli conflict often obfuscates the truth behind all the lies...

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ccupied Gaza: Prior to October 7, there were roughly two million Arab citizens of Israel but no Jewish citizens in Gaza. In 2006, Gazans voted for Hamas to govern them. After which, it summarily executed its Palestinian Authority rivals. Hamas then cancelled all future scheduled elections. Hamas established a dictatorship and diverted hundreds of billions of dollars in international aid to build a vast underground labyrinth of military installations.

For two decades, Gaza has been occupied by Hamas, not Israel.

Collateral Damage: Hamas began the war by deliberately targeting civilians. It massacred them on October 7 when it invaded Israel during a time of peace and holidays. It sent more than 7,000 rockets into Israeli cities for the sole purpose of killing noncombatants. It has no vocabulary for the collateral damage of Israeli civilians, since it believes any Jewish death under any circumstances is cause for celebration.

Hamas places its terrorist centers beneath and inside hospitals, schools and mosques. Why? Because they assume Israel is more hesitant about the potential collateral damage from hitting Gaza civilians than Hamas does exposing them as human shields.

Disproportionate Force: We are told again and again how Israel wrongly uses disproportionate force to retaliate in Gaza. However, no nation can win a war without using disproportionate violence that hurts the enemy more than it is hurt by the enemy.

The U.S. incinerated German and Japanese cities with disproportionate force to end a war both of those Axis powers started. The American military in Iraq nearly leveled Fallujah and Mosul by disproportional force to root out Islamic gunmen hiding among innocent civilians. Hamas routinely objects to the use of disproportionate violence—but only when it is utilized by Israel and not Hamas.

The Two State Solution: Prior to October 7, there was a de facto three-state solution, given that Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza were all separate states ruled by their own governments, two of which were illegitimate without scheduled elections.

It was not Israel, but the people of Gaza and the West Bank who have institutionalized the “from river to the sea” agenda to destroy their neighbor.

Israel would have been content to live next to an autonomous Arab Gaza and West Bank that did not seek to destroy Israel in their multigenerational efforts to form their own “one-state solution.”

Immediate Ceasefire: the so-called international community is demanding Israel agree to a “ceasefire.” But there was already a ceasefire prior to October 7. Hamas broke it by massacring 1,200 Jews and taking over 250 hostages.

Hamas violated that peace because it thought it could gain leverage over Israel by murdering Jews. Did Hamas call for a cease-fire after the first 500 Jews were massacred on October 7?

Hamas is now demanding another ceasefire because it thinks it is no longer able to murder more unarmed Jews. Instead, it now fears that Israel will destroy Hamas in the same way Hamas sought but failed to destroy Israel.

The Holy Month Of Ramadan: Joe Biden believes that the Muslim religious holiday of Ramadan requires Israel to agree to a ceasefire. But has either Hamas or any other Arab military ever respect Jewish—or even its own—religious holidays?

The October 7 massacre was timed to catch Israelis unaware while celebrating the Jewish religious holidays of Simchat Torah, Shemini Torah and Shemini Atzeret on Shabbat.

Moreover, Hamas’ surprise attack was deliberately timed to commemorate another Arab sneak attack on Israel some 50 years earlier.

On October 6, 1973, the Israelis were the target of a surprise attack when celebrating the religious holiday of Yom Kippur. Arab armies also assumed they would achieve greater surprise when attacking during their own religious holiday of Ramadan.

It seems Arab militaries fight opportunistically both during Jewish and their own Islamic holidays. Egyptians and Syrians still boast of their 1973 surprise attack on Israel as the “Ramadan War.”

Only Westerners & not Arabs, believe there should be no fighting during Ramadan.

Civilian Casualties: Israel continuously risks the lives of its soldiers to prevent civilian deaths. Conversely, Hamas will risk the lives of its civilians to prevent terrorists deaths. Israel considers civilian deaths a failure. Hamas considers it globally advantageous when more civilians die than its soldiers.

Foreign Aid: The Biden Administration threatens to cut off or slow-walk any future aid to Israel if it continues to retaliate against Hamas even though Hamas started the war. The administration is now promising to give more aid to Gaza after the October 7 Hamas massacres than it gave to Gaza before them.

Prisoners Of War: The international community obviously favors Hamas; but nevertheless, knows prisoners of Israel are safer than those of Hamas.Israeli soldiers are not going to rape women in custody. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Hamas. The innocent & unarmed are also more likely to be mutilated and decapitated by Hamas than the Israelis.

Will the international community be more likely to charge Israel rather than Hamas with war crimes because the Jewish state seeks to avoid civilian deaths that Hamas finds so useful & advantageous? ✪

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