Sometimes I think of our country as a single person who has been wounded and is convalescing. Those who continue to taunt and lie and side with those who attacked us, add insult to these injuries that can never be forgiven. I want to let them know, TikTokers and other antisemites, this only strengthens our resolve.
The mistake that our Muslim enemies made on October 7 came from their complete ignorance of the history of the Jewish people. Had they been a little less stupid and savage, they would never have advised their Nukhba units to rape our women and kill our children. We have never, ever done this to them. Our soldiers never rape. We never deliberately kill children if we have a choice. That they decided this tactic would “frighten” Israelis, and cause them to run away, just shows how much they misunderstand us. Instead, they unified a badly divided nation, inspiring its people with uncompromising determination to risk their lives for as long as it takes to finish off Hamas and their Gazan accomplices.
Jews are the kindest, most generous people on earth, who abhor killing. But this tactic, so reminiscent of the Nazis, was just about the only thing Hamas could have done to ensure there would be no mercy, no ceasefire, no backing down, no sympathy for them out in their plastic tents. In their ignorance and brutality, they found the perfect way to ensure their own destruction.
The closer Israel comes to the complete defeat of Hamas by taking over Rafah, the densely populated area where our hostages are being held and Sinwar is hiding, the more shrill and hysterical are the voices of the friends of terror, and even, shamefully, some who call themselves “friends of Israel.” They are demanding we stop, saying it would be a “disaster.” For whom? The disaster was their decision to savage our people on October 7, this is just the inevitable outcome. Those who refuse to accept that, who urge Israel to stop, are no friends of Israel, no friends of the West, and no friends of peace. Are you listening Joe, Anthony?
This is what tens of thousands of Israelis packing the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night made clear to our government and our Prime Minister, demanding that the IDF be allowed to finish the job. Participants included soldiers, bereaved parents of fallen soldiers, and relatives of Hamas hostages. The demonstration concluded the five-day cross-country “Victory March: Keep Going Until IDF Victory,” organized by Reservists Until Victory, a group of Israeli reservists who have served in the Gaza Strip and along Israel’s border with Lebanon since Oct. 7.
Both the march and the concluding rally called on Israel to continue the war against Hamas in Gaza until achieving a decisive victory. Speakers included Galit Waldman, the mother of Maj. Ariel Ben Moshe, 27, a commander in the Sayeret Matkal unit who was killed in action in Kibbutz Re’im on Oct. 7. She told the crowd: “ Now is not the time to cry; we must win.” Tzvika Mor, cofounder of Tikva Forum, another organizer, despite being the father of Hamas hostage Eitan Mor, 23, currently being held in Gaza, said this: “I hear people say that the government of Israel should be ready to pay any price. Did they ask the Israeli public if they are willing to sacrifice everything? Besides, where do they draw the line? Do you agree to send ammunition as well?” he asked.
Hila Baruch Lilian, a resident of Sderot and a representative of the Otef Israel Forum of residents of the communities surrounding Gaza, demanded Hamas be destroyed before residents return to their homes in the south. Eliyahu Liebman, whose son Elyakim Liebman, 24, was kidnapped by Hamas into Gaza, and Itzik Bunzel, the father of Sgt. Amit Bunzel, 22, a paratrooper from Shoham who was killed in action in central Gaza on Dec. 6, also participated and spoke.
I think the Prime Minister heard them loud and clear. On February 9, the Prime Minister’s Office issued the following statement: “It is impossible to achieve the war objective of eliminating Hamas while leaving four Hamas battalions in Rafah. On the other hand, it is clear that an intense operation in Rafah requires evacuation of the civilian population from the combat zones. That is why the Prime Minister instructed the IDF and the defense establishment to bring to the cabinet a dual plan for the evacuation of the population and the destruction of the battalions.”
How would this happen? Luckily, Israel has a huge amount of intelligence and now has the name and photo of every Hamas operative, which means the IDF can check the papers of “civilians” against verified information to separate and arrest Hamas operatives from others.
It’s amazing what progress the IDF has made. Really. Before October 7, the IDF had no plan to ever enter the tunnels, which they thought would be too dangerous, hoping to destroy them with bombing or flooding, or to send in dogs or robots. But now, our troops have devised successful strategies on how to deal with this underground battlefield no other country in the world has had to face.
A few days ago, the commander of the Nukhba force responsible for the October 7 atrocities was discovered deep inside the ground in Khan Yunis by the 98th Brigade. A video of his interrogation was recently uploaded. Named Muhammed Abu Namar, the terrorist explains how he and two of his fellow terrorists were in an underground tunnel armed with RPGs, grenades, Kalashnikovs and other weapons. But when the IDF arrived at their reinforced metal door: “We put all our weapons outside the room, and when the soldiers came we raised our hands and surrendered.” When asked what he, as commander, told his other soldiers hiding the tunnels to do, he replied: “I told them to give up, because their fate is to be killed.” Making war against babies, the elderly, and unarmed women and children is a lot easier than facing a soldier, huh, Palestinian “commander Muhammed?” We see you, Palestinian cowards. So brave. We spit on you.
In perfect South African accented English, Brigadier General Dan Goldfus, commander of the 98th Brigade, recently led reporters through an elite tunnel in Khan Yunis that was the hiding place of Hamas big-shots, and also contains a prison where our hostages were held. You can feel the claustrophobia as you follow him through, the bizarre elegantly tiled kitchen facilities, the spacious bedrooms, and the iron bars with their pass through opening for food where hostages were locked up in the sunless ugliness of below ground prisons. Just the tour feels unbearable. The reality must be close to Auschwitz, if not worse.
Khan Yunis is already one-fifth destroyed. It is only a matter of time before our wonderful troops uncover the hiding places of Sinwar and his brother, and most importantly, the rest of our hostages. We need only be patient and support them. They will be out a lot sooner believe me, than the 45 days Hamas is offering in exchange for our total defeat and handover of thousands of Hamas murderers. Perhaps even next week, God willing. We need patience and strength. God bless our soldiers, our boys, our girls. We love them so much.
As far as rewarding them with their own state… In 1921 the British rewarded the Arabs for their pogroms against the Palestinian Jews with a state… JORDAN, carved out from biblical Jewish land. In 2024 they want to copy/paste this scenario again by rewarding the Palestinian terrorists with a country of their own… “PALESTINE”, carved out from Biblical Jewish lands. “Historic Palestine” which they could have established between 1948 -1967 when “Palestine” was free with East Jerusalem as its capital and Gaza was part of Egypt!
Rewarding them with their own state? Not happening.