Restraint Is Not A Virtue
David RubinDavid Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president...
Restraint that imperils the lives of Israel's citizens is a patently un-Jewish concept.
"Those who are kind to the cruel, will ultimately be cruel to those who are kind." (Midrash Yalkut Shimoni)
It is indeed the epitome of chutzpah - and an absolute injustice - for President Obama, the EU, the UN, and others to demand that Israel employ restraint in a war that was launched by the Hamas terrorists, even if they are partners in the "respectable" Palestinian Authority. Israel had been exceptional in its restraint from retaliation for years, foolishly looking the other way, while Hamas built hundreds of tunnels to smuggle in weapons and to infiltrate Israel with its terrorists. All of this with barely a peep from the free world.
Israel never targets civilians, but when terrorists use schools, hospitals, and private homes as human shields, which is indeed a war crime, it is nothing short of immoral for anyone to complain when enemy civilians get killed.
Having said all that, let’s not forget – These are the same civilians who overwhelmingly elected the Jew-hating Hamas terrorist organization to head their government. Why should Israel shed any tears when those who are killed or wounded, are those who are knowingly shielding Hamas or Islamic Jihad terrorists and their weapons or bomb factories?
Every general in the free world knows that you cannot win a war - and a very justified war at that - by shooting rubber bullets or by giving the enemy 48 hours advance warning to evacuate a bomb factory. Israel should ignore the sanctimonious shrieks of the deceptive Jihadist spin doctors, as well as those of the self-righteous leftists who have never experienced the pain of Islamic terrorism.
Restraint is not a virtue in and of itself. It's time to bring the fight to Israel's enemy and to do so with heads held high, for this is indeed a righteous war..