July 8, 2014 was the day Israel began Operation Protective Edge. After countless missile attacks with no end in sight and the kidnapping and murder of 3 Yeshiva students by Hamas, Israel finally had enough. It began with airstrikes and turned into a ground operation. Once Israel discovered the terror tunnels, they were committed to staying in Gaza till each and every one was destroyed. Over 2,000 people died during the operation, a large percentage of which were Palestinian civilians. Awful. Just awful. Especially if the first day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was July 8, 2014.
However, despite what Palestinian leadership, the Turkish President, Russell Brand, Bryan Adams and millions of Muslims everywhere want you to believe, this conflict did not begin this past July 8th. If you are to look at the events that took place from July 8, 2014 without going back further, you may see Israel as being a lopsided aggressor. Even then you need to choose to ignore how Hamas uses its people as human shields. If however you look at the months, years and decades leading up to this operation you see a completely different story. The true story.
I could go back to 1929 and speak of the Hebron massacre when Jews were slaughtered by Muslims prior to any establishment of a Jewish state. We could talk about how after the United Nations in 1948 partitioned land for the new Jewish State of Israel, of which the West Bank and Gaza was not included, and how all the surrounding Arab nations attacked it in am attempt to wipe out the Jews and finish Hitler’s work. We could talk about how the West Bank belonged to Jordan but Jordan didn’t want it back because they didn’t want to deal with the residents. We could also talk about how Egypt controlled Gaza and never wanted it back for the same reason or how Israel withdrew from Gaza and gave it every opportunity to develop into something special, but instead allowed Hamas to take over and drive it into the ground.
We could talk about the civilians Israel killed while aiming at missile launchers or we could talk about the thousands of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks. We could talk about a blockade or bombing of a hospital shielding Hamas missiles, or we could talk about how entire families were blown up in Pizza places and malls by people who were proud to kill as many Jews as possible. I could go back to Yasser Arafat, the Godfather of terrorism and hijacked planes, murdered passengers and the murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. I could go back to 3 murdered Yeshiva boys.
But none of the matters if you want Israel to look like the aggressor, because when you do you only go back as far as July 8, 2014. If you go back any further you might have to admit that Israel has every right to defend itself. Something it has always been forced to do and has become so good at doing it now gets criticized for it. It’s the greatest lie of omission you will ever see. It pretends nothing ever happened before July 8, 2014. And too many people are believing it.
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