Real Deterrence at the Fence in Gaza

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

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I'm sure everyone is aware of the events of last Friday at the fence of Gaza. In short, Hamas organized thousands of their terror-loving/Israel hating folks to gather near the Gaza fence and then had some try to break through the fence. Baruch Hashem, the Israeli army forces were able to repel the attempts without any losses on our side. The enemy suffered between 15-20 deaths and many injured. Additionally, Israeli forces successfully captured 2 of the dead terrorists' bodies for bargaining. An all around solid performance by the IDF. 

The problem is that it would seem very likely that these incidents will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. G-d willing, the soldiers will continue to have incredible success. However, it has become clear that the deaths of these terrorists are not a realistic deterrent to future hostilities. Unfortunately, its reasonable to expect mistakes to happen as well and tragedy to strike and we should be trying very hard to avoid this. 

But how? We need real deterrence. We need to make it not worth it for Hamas and their mindless lackeys to continue to attack us. And death is not enough. So what is? I propose that every time the fence is attacked, it gets moved closer to the protesters. It would become very obvious to even these simpletons that their current tactics are not only unsuccessful, but actually counter-productive to their "cause". 

Death just isn't enough. This is a fight over land. The more we have, the better. For everyone. MOVE THE FENCE!!

Chag Sameach,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem