Iron Dome er endnu et tveægget sværd

Diverse — Drokles on November 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Forleden blev TV2’s korrespondent Steffen Jensen spurgt af TV2 News ankervært om antallet af ofre på begge sider af konflikten mellem Hamas og Israel fortalte noget om, hvem der havde moralsk ret. Efter at have vævet lidt konkluderede Jensen trods alt at man ikke kunne klandre Israel for at gøre mere ud af at beskytte sine civile end hvad Hamas gør mod sine. For venstrefløjen er det en evigt besnærende tanke at klandre folk for deres succes. Et af deres hovedargumenter for at Israel er skyldig i arabernes had og ønske om at udslette alle jøderne, hviler da også i at Jyllands-store Israel med sine små 6 mio. indbyggere er “den stærke part” og således skal dele ud af det land de knapt har mod forventningen om ingen sikkerhed for den befolkning der ikke er megen af. For Israel er det et tveægget sværd at være god til at beskytte sig selv, som Yori Yanover skriver i The Jewish Press

…the only viable solution to the Gaza predicament: round up the bad guys, take them in, take out absolutely every last shred of a firearm, and free up Gaza’s civilian population.

In a briefing with an IDF official this week, I asked what’s the end goal of the current operation, and the answer was: to bring the rocket attacks down to a reasonable number. It wasn’t this officer’s fault, it’s what the political echelon has been dictating.

This kind of talk, about there being an acceptable level of rocket attacks, a tolerable number of injured and killed Israelis, a manageable number of nights a million Israelis will spend in bomb shelters and cement pipes – it is only made possible by the existence of the Iron Dome.

Because we deploy this wretched thing, the other side can continue to thrive, and young men can continue to pull a paycheck for killing—or trying to kill—Israelis. They rule their brethren and they invite regular IAF destruction on themselves and on their neighbors.

Men der er også håb, som Moran Stern skriver for The Atlantic

Israel’s operation Amud Anan (”Pillar of Cloud”) in Gaza could be preparation for an Israeli strike on Iran.

The story begins late October when a mysterious blast destroyed the Sudanese military base Yarmouk on the outskirts of the capital, Khartoum. The Yarmouk was a base camp to receive arms shipments from Iran and stolen weapons from Libya that were smuggled continentally to Hamas and the Iranian terror proxy in Gaza, Islamic Jihad. The Sudanese authorities hurried to accuse Israel, which remained silent. Satellite images of the site indicate that the bombing of Yarmouk was executed from the air. As The Atlantic reported at the time, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is the only one in the region with the capabilities to execute such a strike.

The immediate impact of the Yarmouk’s destruction on Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza were the cutting of a planned shipment of additional arms, primarily the Iranian-made Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 artillery rockets that can cover a range of approximately 47 miles and easily reach Tel Aviv. These are the exact rockets that Hamas has recently launched at the vicinities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The operation in Sudan, assuming that it was an Israeli one, sent two clear messages to Tehran: First, that the Israeli intelligence follows Iran’s whereabouts in the region, even deep into Africa. Second, that if the IAF can safely reach and destroy a target some 1,120 miles from Israel, it can make the 1000 miles journey to Iran’s nuclear facilities. To be sure, an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be infinitely more complex than the Yarmouk operation. But it can be interpreted as a possible rehearsal for a long distance strike similar to one that would be required to attack on Iran.

Man har da lov at håbe.

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