- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a gentile who prays for the peace of Israel, it is sad that there is so little hope for a real solution in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the other peoples in the Middle East. Their differences are so deeply felt that nothing short of a mass revelation from God seemingly can change that unfortunate state of affairs.

Paul Greenberg, in his Thursday Commentary column, “No peace in Gaza,” is pretty much regurgitating the same modus operandi that has been going on for years. His conclusion that Israel is seeking “just a little peace and quiet along its southern border,” however, may no longer be correct.

In thinking about the conundrum in Gaza, there are a few givens that should be recognized. Hamas has vowed to eliminate Israel and to exterminate the Jews. Their hatred is profound and long-lived. Their children are literally programmed to follow suit. This is generational hatred with no end in sight. The people of Gaza, in their democratic (of sorts) government, voted in Hamas and rejected the more moderate Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas.

Technology has changed the times. The rockets now being launched from Gaza into Israel are more accurate and have a much greater range. That will only become more of a threat as more technology is gained by Hamas and other terrorist groups.

With that understanding, the rockets and mortars of hate continue to be launched from Gaza, and now the Israelis are saying, “Enough.” The answer currently being given by the Israelis to deal with this long-festering sore is to just kill the militants and the leadership that hates them.

There has not been any hope of a realistic truce in recent times. In the past, Israel’s enemies used lulls in the war to rearm and regroup to continue their unchanging goal of the elimination of Israel.

Unfortunately, the time for false truces and deliberately deceptive peace talks is quickly ending. Israeli patience is either thin or gone, and the result will be an intensification of the killing.

Ironically, the war, with its death and destruction, could be ended, and peace and relative prosperity could come to Gaza with the capitulation of Hamas and an all-out effort to root out the hatred and the teaching of hate that exists there. As mentioned, without a revelation from God, this most likely won’t happen, and without this, the Israelis might as well continue responding as they have with massive military attacks until they bring their enemies to their knees or kill them. It’s an unfortunate truth.

CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY

Gaithersburg

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