Vacillation Brings Defeat
David RubinDavid Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president...
Three clear orders were issued by Hamas kingpin Khaled Mashal in the last 48 hours:
1. Attempt to overthrow the Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank).
2. Increase the planning of terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria and other parts of Israel.
3. Renew the launching of rockets from Gaza at Israel's cities,
There is no doubt that this burst of aggressive orders have contributed to the collapse of the latest ceasefire, and that was likely Mashal's intention, but the most important thing we can learn from all this is the importance of decisiveness. As evil as he is in his Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas brand of fanaticism, Mashal provides clear leadership, and that is one of the reasons he has managed to maintain his leadership from his base in Qatar, despite his distance from the core conflict and Hamas' terrorist stronghold in Gaza.
Closer to home, Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu and his sidekick Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon, after days of hesitation, sent in thousands of ground troops about a month ago to destroy the terror tunnels that had been found close to the border with Israel, while leaving many others intact. Once those 32 tunnels were.methodically destroyed, the ground troops were immediately withdrawn and the tens of thousands of reservists were sent home, as if the entire job had been completed.
But many tunnels remained and many rockets remained and many weapons remained. In short, the Hamas/Islamic Jihad terror infrastructure in Gaza remains intact and, according to recent polls, most of the Israeli public does not feel that the job was completed.
Since the withdrawal of the ground troops, the Prime Minister has been the epitome of indecisiveness, allowing Mashal and his Hamas terrorists to firmly dictate the rules of the game. Bibi has quickly agreed to almost every ceasefire proposal, then waited with baited breath to see if Uncle Khaled will accept our desire to stop fighting. If Uncle Khaled decides instead to punish Bibi and Bogie by firing rockets at Israel's cities, the pathetic Bibi and Bogie duo, rather than providing strong leadership for the IDF, responds with oh-so carefully pinpointed air attacks on Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The vacillating politicians, despite their occasional bold public statements and threats of "firm retaliation", seem to be frightened that some Hamas/islamic Jihad civilians might get killed and that the terror-compliant UN might accuse Israel of "war crimes" or that Obama and Kerry will deliver another pompous lecture to us about "morality", as the American air force ruthlessly bombs the Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.
Prime Minister Netanyahu was elected to provide leadership. As unsettling as it may be for Israel's citizens, all of whom have soldiers in their families, the reservists need to be brought back to the front and an all-out war needs to be carried out until the white flags of surrender replace the green Hamas flags that are flying over the buildings in Gaza. Not one weapon should remain in their hands.
If Bibi's fear of hurting the non-uniformed enemy in wartime is too great, if his fear of defying the Obama administration is too great, if his fear of the admittedly messy business of disarming Hamas and Islamic Jihad is too great, and if his fear of retaking control of Gaza is too great, then he should step aside and let the voters choose a replacement who is not afraid to do the job.
The age in which vacillation and pathetic hesitation is an option for the reestablished State of Israel has passed. Dilly-dallying back and forth at the whims of Khaled Mashal won't win the war, but it will prolong this embarrassing game of tit-for-tat that we are alIowing Mashal to dictate. The Hamas-Islamic Jihad-Fatah triumvirate knows well that it would be crushingly defeated in an all-out no-holds-barred war with Israel, so they prefer to drag it out as a sick game of kidnappings, ceasefires, targeted killings, and rocket fire.
Israel needs strong, decisive leadership. Netanyahu's legacy will be determined by how he leads Israel in defeating its enemies, starting now with Hamas and ending with soon to be nuclear Iran and its Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon. Bibi, go forward - hard and fast. The courage to take decisive action is sorely needed, with a clear eye on the disarming of the terrorist organizations and the full repossession of Gaza. Let the hypocritical world scream and shout, because they will do so in any event. The people of Israel and the G-d of Israel will stand with you.