‘Puter’s had it with the Left’s ignorance of Israeli history. ‘Puter suspects, however, that much of this ignorance is not ignorance. Rather, it’s rank bigotry affecting an ignorant guise.
Great Britain controlled the territory that comprised modern Israel and Gaza under the British Mandate for Palestine, as authorized by the League of Nations (remember that Wilsonian debacle?) on July 24, 1922. The mandate ended May 14, 1948 at midnight.*
The United Nations passed Resolution 181(II) on November 27, 1947, creating an Israeli state and a Palestinian State. This resolution is the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. The UN set up two states, Israel and Palestine, and a separately administered Jerusalem. The UN further called for economic ties between the new states and religious freedom for all citizens. The Jewish public generally accepted the plan. The Arab governments did not.
Immediately upon Israel’s founding on May 15, 1948, its Arab neighbors attacked it in an attempt to slaughter the infant nation in its crib.
Egypt, Jordan and Syria along with some Iraqi forces beset Israel from all sides. After 6 months, Israel not only held its originally allocated territory, but 60% of the territory promised the Arabs, including West Jerusalem. Egypt took the Gaza Strip, and Jordan took control of the portions of the West Bank not taken by Israel.
In 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan decided to try their luck again against Israel. The Arab nations chose poorly and were quickly humiliated. These nations’ shame has been immortalized in the war’s name, the Six Day War.
Egypt mobilized its forces on the Israeli frontier, and Israel decided it had seen enough. Israel’s Air Force launched operations against Egypt and the Arab states, rendering their combined air forces combat ineffective within the first day. The world did not believe Israel’s reports of Egyptian aircraft it destroyed until it became apparent no Egyptian planes were flying at all.
The Israel Defense Forces then broke Egypt’s back on the Sinai Peninsula, though significantly outnumbered. The IDF through superior preparation and combat tactics took the entire Sinai Peninsula in four days, a shocking blow to the Arab world. Not to be outdone, Israeli forces near Jerusalem retook the city, including the Old City. From there, as Jordanian and Iraqi troops fell back, Israel took the West Bank, shocking Israel almost as much as the world, as Israel had no plans to do so. Similarly, Israel quickly (though with far greater difficulty) took the Golan Heights from Syria, despite Syria’s decisive advantage in terrain and fortifications.
Not content to sit home and lick their wounds, Arab states led by Egypt and Syria decided to destroy Israel again. This time, the Arab nations weren’t going to let the Israelis get the upper hand, so they launched a surprise attack on Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur. And so this war came to be known as the Yom Kippur War.
Israel was not adequately prepared for the Arab nations’ sneak attack. Egypt quickly retook much of the Sinai Peninsula, and Syria had success retaking portions of the Golan Heights from Israel. However, once Israel mobilized its forces, it began to recapture territory.
Within three days, Israel retook all the territory it initially lost on the Golan Heights and began a push deep into Syria. Israel was shelling Damascus’ suburbs within a week. Israel drove Egypt back from the Sinai, eventually encircling Egyptian units in Suez and pressing its attack to the outskirts of Cairo before being forced to stop by international pressure.
‘Puter’s recap of Israel’s short and bloody history is brief, but it illustrates a critical point. Israel’s enemies are single-mindedly committed to its destruction. These three wars taught Arab nations direct military confrontation with Israel was at best unwinnable and at worst deeply humiliating. Today, Israel is at peace with Egypt and Jordan, and Syria’s bogged down in its own civil war. Lebanon is relatively peaceful. No Islamic nation wants direct confrontation with Israel.
So we see the rise of indirect confrontation with Israel, proxy wars fought by Islamic terrorists bankrolled and supplied by Islamic states such as Iran and Syria. Hamas’ stronghold in Gaza is every bit as threatening to Israel’s continued existence as the presence of Syrian artillery on the Golan Heights prior to the Six Day War. In some ways, Hamas’ continued presence is more dangerous.
No nation could deny Israel its right to self-defense against invading foreign armies. But nations that loathe Israel’s existence readily hide behind bodies of women and children whose deaths are caused by Hamas’ inhumanity but which are blamed on Israeli soldiers.
World media is only too happy to oblige Hamas in this maskirovka. Reporters from BBC, NBC and CNN fall over themselves to be first with the bloodiest picture of the tiniest body rent asunder by Israeli shells, never questioning Hamas’ claims. As public sentiment turns against Israel’s just self-defense, anti-Semitic nations bide their time, handwringing, waiting for the perfect moment to stick a shiv between Israel’s exhausted ribs, longing to watch the life slowly drain from Israel’s eyes.
Pretending there’s a moral equivalency between Israel’s narrowly targeted self-defense and Hamas’ callow indifference to Gazans’ lives is evil. Ignoring the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and European nations’ studied indifference to it is evil. And American cowardice when called upon to support Israel is evil.
Israel is engaged in asymmetric warfare with an enemy just as surely dedicated to its destruction as the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan were years ago. To deny Israel its right to self-defense against Hamas is to deny reality. To prevent Israel from self-defense is to condemn it to death. And to pretend that Hamas is anything other than the indubitable equivalent of an invading army is a grave moral evil.
‘Puter supports Israel because he must. America must stand with its ally Israel in its existential struggle against Islamist forces dedicated to Israel’s destruction, if not for moral reasons then out of pure self-interest.
Make no mistake. If America permits Israel’s destruction, Israel’s enemies will come for her next.
* If you’d like a full description of the prior history of this area under Ottoman control, please email Volgi, who will be happy to provide a free tutorial on the history, people and culture of southern Ottoman Syria from the 16th century until the British Mandate. There will be an extensive oral exam at the end of the tutorial, which you had best pass. Our Volgi does not tolerate failure well. Heck, Volgi doesn’t tolerate failure, period.
Always right, unless he isn’t, the infallible Ghettoputer F. X. Gormogons claims to be an in-law of the Volgi, although no one really believes this.
’Puter carefully follows economic and financial trends, legal affairs, and serves as the Gormogons’ financial and legal advisor. He successfully defended us against a lawsuit from a liquor distributor worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid deliveries of bootleg shandies.
The Geep has an IQ so high it is untestable and attempts to measure it have resulted in dangerously unstable results as well as injuries to researchers. Coincidentally, he publishes intelligence tests as a side gig.
His sarcasm is so highly developed it borders on the psychic, and he is often able to insult a person even before meeting them. ’Puter enjoys hunting small game with 000 slugs and punt guns, correcting homilies in real time at Mass, and undermining unions. ’Puter likes to wear a hockey mask and carry an axe into public campgrounds, where he bursts into people’s tents and screams. As you might expect, he has been shot several times but remains completely undeterred.
He assures us that his obsessive fawning over news stories involving women teachers sleeping with young students is not Freudian in any way, although he admits something similar once happened to him. Uniquely, ’Puter is unable to speak, read, or write Russian, but he is able to sing it fluently.
Geep joined the order in the mid-1980s. He arrived at the Castle door with dozens of steamer trunks and an inarticulate hissing creature of astonishingly low intelligence he calls “Sleestak.” Ghettoputer appears to make his wishes known to Sleestak, although no one is sure whether this is the result of complex sign language, expert body posture reading, or simply beating Sleestak with a rubber mallet.
‘Puter suggests the Czar suck it.