I watched with fascination the videos of the IDF entering the tunnels under the UN headquarters in which they found a huge bank of computers. Revealing the clear connection between the use of the UN facilities upstairs and the underground terror tunnels below (the IDF showed clearly how electricity for the tunnels came from above) providing incontrovertible evidence of UN collaboration with the terrorists.
This is not only a PR coup, but a dramatic development that puts the IDF light years ahead of where it was before in penetrating Hamas military secrets and modes of operations. As Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced today: “We penetrated the intelligence core of Hamas. Their weapons are now being used against them.”
This is the place that Israeli intelligence has for years aimed to reach. In 2018, a special force of the General Staff was specifically sent to Khan Yunis to find it but was tragically intercepted and its commander, Lt. Col. Mahmoud Khair al-Din, was killed.
It was at that time that Yahya Sinwar publicly uttered the phrase: “Whitening the (Israeli) prisons” meaning literally emptying them of terrorists by holding Israeli hostages. Everything Israel is experiencing now has long been in the pipeline. Now – God be praised– the heart of Hamas’s intelligence, which also extends to outside the borders of the Gaza Strip, is in the hands of Israel.
There is no question that Israel has the people, the means, and the intelligence to decimate Hamas. What it lacks are reliable allies who will stand shoulder to shoulder with her to push back against the almost crushing universal pressure for her to give up her just battle.
The European Union’s foreign policy commissioner, Joseph Borrell: “I repeat the warning of many EU member states that Israeli military action in Rafah will cause an indescribable humanitarian disaster and dangerous tensions with Egypt.”
Dutch Foreign Minister: “The situation in Rafah is very worrying. We do not see how a military operation in Rafah will result in anything other than a greater humanitarian disaster. We are deeply concerned about the possibility of military action in Rafah, where half of the residents of the Gaza Strip are located.”
The Foreign Ministries of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Qatar also published statements in a similar vein warning against such a possibility.
Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States have issued similar warnings. Biden even wants Israel to sign a contract (!) about how it will use the weapons it is supplying.
I have two words for all of them, and they’re not “happy birthday.”
Where is the crushing worldwide pressure on Hamas to release our hostages? Where is the overwhelming pressure on Hamas to surrender, making the assault on Rafah unnecessary? Why is Israel the only one who is being castigated, warned, admonished, and discouraged? I guess we all know the answer to that.
Believe me, if what happened to us had happened to any of them, none of them would care how many civilians they killed in destroying the enemy. To put it into perspective, relative to our populations, the number of those murdered in Israel by Hamas is equivalent to 41,000 Americans.
Perhaps what they are thinking is that if they were in Israel’s position, they’d use this opportunity to exact revenge by murdering as many babies and raping as many women as they could. But that’s a projection. Believe me, when we get to Rafah, and we certainly will, there is no other choice, we will have more mercy on the people there than any of them deserve, or would receive if they were at war with Egypt or any other Arab country.
Nevertheless, Prime Minister Netanyahu is making a very credible case on how the IDF plans to do this without a civilian massacre. In an interview with the ABC, he said the following; “Victory is within reach.
We will get the remaining Hamas battalions in Rafah… The displaced will be moved to the cleared areas north of Rafah.” He made it clear to everyone, what every Israeli knows: “Failure of our forces to enter Rafah means losing the war.”
As the demonstration on Thursday, February 9 (which I wrote about at length in my last diary entry) proves, the vast majority of the Israeli people are in favor of continuing the war into Rafah, whatever the cost. And so, it is no longer governments of the world against our government. It is the people of the world against our people.
It’s an interesting situation. Eighty years after the Holocaust, the descendants of the perpetrators, and those who stood by and watched in Europe and America (who could have, but didn’t, bomb the train tracks to Auschwitz, or increase their immigration quotas), find themselves in a position to made historical amends. But if they continue to press for Israel to stop protecting itself under the cover of their “humanitarian” concern for the people who did this; if they side with the Hamas-Nazis and the Gazans who even today polls show feel October 7 was the Palestinians’ finest hour; if they side with those who started this war, a war that the Arabs – as usual – are not capable of winning, despite twenty years of preparation and billions of dollars of aid from the very same people now demanding Israel stop defending itself, then all the many years of Holocaust memorials and speeches, and crocodile tears will be revealed in all their naked hypocrisy. They haven’t changed. They aren’t sorry. They are the same cowards and antisemites as their parents.
We in Israel, and Jews around the world, are keeping a close watch on all of them. And we will continue to demand our government go into Rafah and drag Sinwar out to be hung in the town square along with his Nazi cohorts. Netanyahu isn’t representing himself. He is representing the majority of the people of Israel. If he fails to deliver, we will find someone who will do what the people of Israel demand.