Rockets keep coming from Gaza, not that anyone notices
No, I probably don't post on this enough, partly because my sense is that a lot of people are tired of continuous reports that x number of rockets were shot at Israel today - as if the fact that they rarely hit anything makes them less disruptive to life in southern Israel. But the Wall Street Journal has a good editorial
about it in Tuesday's editions (found here
for those who don't have Journal subscriptions) and I thought it was worth posting.
As the U.S. Presidential campaign races to the finish, the Middle East
continues to boil. Not that the world seems to notice. Last week,
Palestinian terrorists operating from the Gaza Strip fired 21 rockets
and mortars into Israel. That followed a three-day, 77-shell barrage, in
which two civilians were seriously injured and thousands of people were
forced into bomb shelters. More than 800 rockets and mortars have been
fired into Israel from the Strip in 2012.
If this incoming fire were landing in Texas from Mexico—or in southern
Spain from North Africa—it would be a major story. Instead, the world
has largely ignored the attacks while obsessing over a possible Israeli
strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran is a principal arms supplier
to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which operates out of Gaza and is
responsible for many of the recent attacks. Iran's war against Israel,
in other words, has long been underway.
Gaza has been governed for over five years by Hamas, the Palestinian
branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has done little to restrain the
fire. In July, former Hamas leader Khaled Meshal met Egypt's new
President in Cairo. "We have entered a new era in Palestine's
relationship with Egypt," Meshal said after the meeting. "We were happy
with what we heard from President Mohamed Morsi and his vision to handle
all these issues."
Israel has been fortunate to suffer few fatalities so far from the Gaza
attacks. Some of that owes to Israel's deployment of the Iron Dome air
defense system, which recently intercepted eight rockets aimed at larger
Israeli cities. But no defensive system is perfect and at some point a
Palestinian barrage may take a large toll in lives, forcing Israel to
respond in a major way.
When that happens, Israel will be urged to show "restraint" by the usual
diplomatic suspects. We're writing this as a reminder of how much
restraint Israel has already shown.
Labels: Gaza, rockets