Nature is indifferent, life is harsh. If you can’t be a force for good in the world, to alleviate suffering, starting with yourself, your friends and family, you deserve to perish!
By Andrew Bolt – PA Pundits – International
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have used kites, balloons and flaming condoms to try to start wildfires across the border in Israel – and now a bird, according to Israeli authorities.
A falcon, outfitted with a harness tied to a steel wire with flammable material at the end, was found hanging in a tree near the Gaza border, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority said in a statement Tuesday. Inspectors putting out a fire nearby found the dead bird Monday afternoon, the authority said.
They fight like primitives, with primitive technology, while the world donates billions that were meant to help them develop:
According to the US Consulate in Jerusalem’s website, the United States has been the largest donor of aid to the Palestinians since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1994. This aid has totaled around $600 million annually in recent years…
From 2014, after the Hamas leaders of Gaza launched terror attacks on Israel and were bomed in self-defence:
International envoys pledged about $5.4 billion in aid for the Gaza Strip at a meeting in Egypt on Sunday, Norway’s foreign minister said.
Despite billions in aid, Gaza still is a low-tech swamp of hatred. Caroline Glick may be right: let it fail:
It is not in America’s interest, and it certainly is not in Israel’s interest, to assist Gaza’s terror regime in any way.
This means there should be no push to develop Gaza economically…
To defend against Hamas, while minimizing civilian casualties in Gaza, Israel has — with American assistance — spent billions of dollars and devoted its best minds to developing defensive weapons like the Iron Dome system, which enables it to intercept Hamas projectiles. Each Iron Dome battery costs $100 million. Each Iron Dome missile costs $50,000.
The mortars it shoots down cost $500 apiece, at most.
Over the past four months, Hamas has developed an even cheaper weapon: arson balloons and kites. For the cost of a nickel per kite and a penny per balloon, Hamas has burned more than 7,400 acres of farmland and nature preserves.
Setting 11 fires a day on average, Hamas balloons and kites have caused 750 fires in Israel since Hamas embraced environmental terror as a key weapon. Israeli farmers and suffered $2.2 million in losses and four nature reserves have been destroyed….
The second basic flaw in the idea of developing Gaza is revealed by the Palestinian reaction to Hamas’s aggression… A poll taken in the last week of June by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that while the Palestinians in Gaza and Judea and Samaria think Hamas’s current campaign against Israel has failed, they are unified in their support for continued Hamas rule in Gaza…
Hamas’s strategy for governance is fairly straightforward. It depletes and pollutes Gaza’s water supply and fails to pay the electricity bills, bringing about a near total absence of electricity in Gaza. It uses all of Gaza’s resources to build and maintain its terror infrastructure and operations against Israel. And when things become impossible to maintain, it launches a new operation against Israel.
Israel constrains its response to minimize civilian casualties on both sides. For that, Israel is condemned by the UN, CNN, the BBC, and the rest of the international left. Israel agrees to a humanitarian ceasefire and permits Hamas to receive hundreds of millions in humanitarian aid, which Hamas then diverts to rebuilding and expanding its terror infrastructure, leaving just enough to ensure the population doesn’t starve…
There is a better option. It is based on a simple insight…
Simply put, if the U.S. stops supporting humanitarian aid to Hamas and its loyal supporters, Hamas’s economic model of governance will be destroyed. The economic incentive to attack Israel will be defeated.
Danny Ayalon: Palestinians have a culture of terror
Ex-Israel deputy FM justifies Israel’s killings of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza, saying ‘they came with harm intention’.
Israel’s former deputy foreign minister has said the Hamas movement is solely to blame for the recent bloodshed in the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that Palestinians represent a “culture of terror” while absolving Israeli forces for the killings of more than 130 protesters, journalists and medics at the border.
Danny Ayalon told Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan that the killings by Israeli snipers of unarmed Palestinians, including paramedic Razan al-Najjar and journalist Yasser Murtaja, were unfortunate but justified because “they came with harm intention”.
“They [Hamas] are sending them to die. It’s a culture of death,” he said in an interview with Head to Head television programme to be aired on Al Jazeera at 20:00 GMT on Friday.
Since March, protesters in Gaza have been gathering near the fence with Israel, calling for their right to return to the homes from which they or their families were expelled from in 1948. More than 13,000 have also been reported wounded by Israeli fire.
According to the World Health Organization, hundreds of health personnel and dozens of ambulances have been targeted by Israeli forces since the start of the Great March of Return movement.
Challenged by Hasan on why Israeli snipers were killing unarmed protesters, paramedics and journalists, Ayalon, who is also the former Israeli ambassador to the US, said: “anyone who goes into a war zone knows exactly what he’s doing.”
In the case of al-Najjar, Ayalon claimed the deceased paramedic was carrying an “incendiary bomb”, but offered no proof for his allegations.
The interview took place before an investigation by the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem concluded that Israeli security forces deliberately shot and killed al-Najjar.
Asked why Israel does not take any responsibility for the killings of Palestinian civilians, Ayalon said: “I’m not saying that there are no accidents, which are deplorable, but the responsibility squarely lies with Hamas.”
He also said the Israeli army did not commit any wrongdoing because “it’s not a human rights situation. It’s an area in conflict. It’s an armed conflict.”
In comments that shocked the audience watching his interview, Ayalon later described Palestinians more generally as having a “culture of terror”.
“If you send your kids to schools where they are taught to kill Jews, when you have summer schools with Palestinian kids go with straps, you know like make-believe suicide bombs, this is a culture of terror,” he said.
In the same programme, Diana Buttu, an Israeli-Palestinian, said that Israel is now an “apartheid state” founded on the principle of “Jewish privilege”.
Ayalon responded, “Have you ever been arrested by Israeli police? Have you ever been beaten by Israeli police?”
When she replied, “Yes, actually I have,” he said: “You can check the bruises, she is all bruised up, right?”
Ayalon, Israel’s former ambassador to the US, also defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, which was recently abandoned by US President Donald Trump.
“If you look for the last two and half years since the deal was signed in Vienna, you see the aggression of Iran not only has multiplied by 10 times. Iran, since signing the deal, has become much more aggressive,” he said.
Israeli-British historian Avi Shlaim, another guest in the programme, challenged Ayalon’s argument, saying that in the past 40 years, Israel has been conducting a “systematic campaign of disinformation about Iran”.
Shlaim said that while Iran may be a strategic threat, Israel “poses an existential threat to Iran”.