Responding to Criticism: Explain and Ignore!

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

My last blog post has just become very relevant as Israel has begun to take a more offensive approach in hitting back against the rocket attacks from Gaza, and therefore, those words need to be repeated, albeit in revised format:

Now that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to go to the international community demanding that Israel stop its air counter-strikes on Gaza, we can already anticipate that the unwieldly family of nations will soon join the chorus of harsh criticism against Israel for responding to rocket attacks on its major cities.As Israel fights back more and more, the cynical calls for "Israeli restraint" will continue to grow.

We have been in this movie before and it isn't a good one. The repeated calls for Israeli restraint in responding to rocket attacks emanating from Gaza would be comical, if they weren't so bizarre. What other nation would accept rocket attacks on its cities, while just retaliating with tit for tat counter-attacks?

Such criticism demands a bold response, but not just in words. Israel is not a nation of moldy doormats and we have the right not just to respond to such rocket attacks, but to create a strong deterrence to such attacks. That will only happen when we realize that tit for tat retaliation doesn't work.

What I have proposed is very simple - multiples of ten. For every 5 rocket attacks from Gaza, we respond with 50. For every 50, we respond with 500. They will get the message loud and clear. If the attacks continue, increase the multiples until they beg for mercy. That is how wars are won, and we are indeed in a war with a bitter enemy.

And how do we respond to unjustified world criticism? Explain and Ignore. No proud nation in its right mind allows other nations and biased world bodies to force it to undermine its national security. The criticism will only begin to die down when we act like a nation with national pride and responsibility for the security of its citizens. Yes, we should explain and we should explain well, but if the critics persist in their biases, we need to learn to ignore the haters of Israel and to act in our national interest.

The other nations will only respect a nation that respects itself.