Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hamas Vows to Re-Arm for “Devastating Battle of Liberation”

by Staff | 08.27.14 

The Iran-backed terror organization Hamas is already broadcasting strong signals that it has no interest in peace and is gearing up for its next war against Israel.

The Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades tweeted (Arabic link):

We won, and swore by Allah that we will continue to dig (tunnels), and create more (rockets), and recruit thousands more, and develop thousands of weapons and we recharge the mortars and weapons towards the coming devastating battle of liberation.

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar recently emerged from hiding and pledged that the terrorist group, which initially seized power in a bloody 2007 military coup, would continue “arming itself and developing its resistance capacity.”

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is currently being hosted by the Gulf state of Qatar, praised Iran for its support. Meshaal said ties with Iran were strong, despite a rift that developed when Hamas leaders supported the rebellion against the Iranian-supported dictator, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

An Iranian press report said that Meshaal “stressed that Iran’s financial and military support has played an influential role in the achievements” of Hamas. A few weeks ago, top Iranian officials boasted of the military support they had given Hamas to fight against Israel.

However, veteran Arab affairs analyst Ehud Yaari wrote (Hebrew link) that Hamas was still facing an uphill struggle to return to the same military capacity it had two months ago:

Yesterday they did the inevitable and got people into the streets for a victory celebration. But there weren’t thousands, certainly not tens of thousands. During the past day you saw some of the (Hamas) military commanders, not all of them, beginning to emerge from the bunkers after 50 days.

Hamas has no real feeling of achievement. There’s an attempt to manufacture an air of accomplishment, “we did it, we held our own for 50 days, yes,” but when they measure the results of what we see now – they’ll see the slim chances that they’ll achieve their (demands of) crossings, sea port, airport, etc in the round of talks that will start in Cairo – they will say to themselves the it’s the same ceasefire they could have obtained a month ago.

Prof. Beverley Milton-Edwards, a British specialist on Hamas, was quoted saying that “Hamas has a record of engaging in spoiler violence in order to have a negative impact on peace implementation.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hamas Terrorists Admit to Use of Hospitals, Kindergartens and Mosques for Military Activity

A number of Hamas operatives who were arrested and detained by Israel during Operation Protective Edge admitted to the use of civilian establishments, such as mosques, schools and hospitals, as covers for terrorist activity, according to a report released on Monday by the Israel Security Agency (ISA).
The report cites extensive and detailed testimony from the Hamas members to support Israel’s long maintained assertion that the group operates behind human shields, which often accounts for civilian casualties as it exchanges blows with the Jewish state.
The report came as the Hamas controlled Gaza religious affairs ministry claimed Israeli fire throughout Monday destroyed four mosques, raising to 71 the alleged total number of mosques targeted over the past seven weeks.
Detained militants Muhammad Ala’a and Muwaz Abu Tim told ISA they were recruited for Hamas military activity at the Alabrar and Khaled Ben Alulid mosques in Khan Yunis and Bani Suheila, respectively. Another militant, Abdel Rahman Balousha, said the Alsafa and Alabra mosques in Khan Yunis serve as meeting points for Hamas terrorists. He added that in the Alabra mosque the assembly point is in an underground shelter.
Iyad Abu Rida said that the Hamas-affiliated Jamaat Asnad association is located on the second floor of the Altikva mosque in Hazara while another Hamas operative said terrorists used the same mosque to pass along orders regarding where to plant improvised explosive devices to target Israelis.
Another pair of Hamas terrorists said armed police activity was carried out adjacent to the Uthman ibn Ifan and Abdallah ibn Masoud mosques in the Alkheif junction area, the Hassan Albana and Abu Dir mosques, and the Haroun Alrashid school.
Another detainee, Muhammad Ramadan, told ISA that in February 2014 he trained as an anti-tank fighter in a hall located underneath the Alshafi mosque in his hometown of Khan Yunis. He added that the hall is also used as a training and instruction facility for the Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing.
Another Hamas operative revealed that Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigade terrorists monitor Israel Defense Force (IDF) movements from the Abad Alrahman mosque, and said that two home-made explosive devices were hidden in the Altoheid mosque.
Khan Yunis native Muhammad Alqadra told ISA that mosques in his hometown were used to conceal war material such as RPGs, heavy PKC machine guns and AK-47s. Additionally, he confirmed that local schools and hospitals, including the Nasser and Halal hospitals, are used as weapon arsenals. It is also well known that senior Hamas leaders and their armed bodyguards, who usually wear police uniforms, use hospitals as hideouts, he said.
According to Alqadra, guards are stationed at the admission department in the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis. He also believes the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip, including senior official Ismail Haniyeh, is hiding in Gaza City’s Shifa hospital in an area closed off to civilians and guarded by plainclothes armed men.
One operative remembered delivering food to his brother, who works for a local terrorist organization, while the latter was hiding in the Nasser hospital.
A different Hamas operative told ISA he believes terrorists are hiding in the Alnajar hospital. He claimed that in July 2013 he saw many terrorists in the three-story hospital building, adding that civilians who needed medical treatment were turned away from the medical facility. Yet another operative said that since the start of the current Israel-Gaza conflict, many armed policeman have been blocking off certain sections of the same hospital and not allowing anyone, including members of patients’ families, to enter.
The ISA report also included testimony from Hamas operative Marad Amr who said he saw a Hamas military vehicle parked outside the European hospital in Khan Yunis.
The report also cited terrorists admitting to digging terror tunnels and rocket launch sites, and placing arsenals near kindergartens in the Gaza Strip. Muhammad Abu Daraz, from Greater Ibsan, said he was stationed in a tunnel that started next to a clinic adjacent to a residential dwelling. He added that there is a kindergarten in Hazara, next to a clinic, to where he was ordered to bring prisoners in the event of a kidnapping.
ISA said information it gathered from the various Hamas terrorists was passed on to the Israel Defense Forces, including warnings about launch sites, attack tunnels and infiltrations, arsenals and booby-trapped access routes.
The report is among the most extensive yet on Hamas’s endangering of civilians in combat and use of civilian structures for military purposes.
After journalists began to leave Gaza a more complete picture began to emerge, with some outlets reporting on rocket launchers in densely populated civilian areas and the Foreign Press Association condemning Hamas’s intimidation of foreign journalists.

In conclusion ISA said: “It is clear from the foregoing that Hamas knowingly and intentionally operates in and adjacent to civilian areas, including in kindergartens, hospitals and mosques in order to carry out military activity. Hamas thus endangers the civilian population even in times of calm given that munitions are liable to go off and put lives at risk. During fighting, Hamas deliberately operates in these locales, thus turning the civilian population into human shields on the assumption that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

Israel Caring for all Children

 Posted by Jonathan for the Shevet Achim community in Jerusalem 

"This surgery is risky." How many times have we heard these words from our partner doctors in the last few weeks? And all who've been with our community for more than a year know the cost those words may carry.

Thank God for the courage the doctors still find to go forward when they know a child has no other chance to live. And looking at the pictures crossing my desk this evening, I praise him for the favor he's showing the Syrian and Iraqi families who've turned to Israel for healing through heart surgery for their children.

13-year-old Dawod from Kurdistan is so eager and bright that he's won all our hearts during his five months here. It gave Archie and me pause when we found him still on a mechanical ventilator a day after his surgery on Wednesday, and an ICU doctor mentioned concern about our deadly enemy: pulmonary hypertension. Praise God--tonight Dawod is already home with us at Prophets Street!

Then there's Sozdar, also from Kurdistan, northern Iraq. We asked for your prayers before Monday's surgery. How would her body react to the shock of a heart repair after 18 long years?

Praise God, she's home tonight too.

Then there's Masa, the little four-year-old cherub from Syria. We delivered her back to her refugee family in Jordan this week, after a final hug from cardiologist Akiva Tamir, the one who insisted on taking her to a high-risk surgery rather than give up on her life.

"What a beautiful sight it was," Kristina writes in Masa's farewell blog, "to see this small girl from Syria in the arms of this seasoned Israeli physician. Their embrace represents all that God is doing in this land to bring restoration and healing--to fulfill His Word in making Israel a blessing to all the nations of the earth."

And what about Rozheen, rushed into the ICU on arrival in early June on the brink of death? Agnes and Rebekah sent her and her mother off with kisses Thursday on a flight home to their family in Kurdistan:

"When Rozheen first arrived," Kirsten writes in her farewell blog, "She refused to be anywhere but the arms of her mother, and sobbed when people simply looked at her. After her second surgery, Rozheen was a completely different girl. She has discovered that she can use her legs to walk, her mind to explore her surroundings, and her mouth to smile at all the wonderful joys she is now able to enjoy."​

How rich the mercies all these children have found in Israel this week! Please continue to pray with us for baby Ahmed from Syria, slowly improving but still in isolation in his own ICU as the hospital invests tremendous resources in the fight for his life. How good to again see an anonymous refugee child treated as if he's made in the image of God.

Not all the stories we hear about Israel these days are so positive. To finish this week, please take a look at "There's something very ugly in this rage against Israel," surprisingly written by an atheist/"very lapsed Catholic," in a publication that started out as the journal of the UK's Revolutionary Communist Party. Here's the key quote:

This is where we can see what the new anti-Zionism shares in common with the old anti-Semitism: both are about finding one thing in the world, whether it’s a wicked state or a warped people, against which the rest of us might rage and pin the blame for every political problem on Earth.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Medical Corps training, improved technologies saved lives in Gaza

IDF surgeon-general Brig.- Gen. Prof. Yitzhak Kreiss disclosed the innovations at a recent one-day annual Israel Medical Conference in Jerusalem.

Many soldiers’ lives were saved and suffering reduced by new technologies used on the battlefield – from freeze-dried plasma reconstituted with water, self-applied tourniquets and pain-relieving lollipops.

IDF surgeon-general Brig.- Gen. Prof. Yitzhak Kreiss and one of his staff doctors disclosed the innovations on Tuesday at the one-day annual Israel Medical Conference organized by the Hadassah Medical Organization held in Jerusalem.

Attended by some 1,000 members of the general public, other sponsors included the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Haifa’s Bnei Zion Medical Center, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and others.

Kreiss, who is due to leave the IDF next year, said that three years ago his office introduced a program called Shomer Ahi (My Brother’s Keeper) to reduce deaths on the battlefield and which was fully implemented in Operation Protective Edge.

“We didn’t know we were going into this operation, but we were ready. It wasn’t an easy battle, with 64 fighters dead and hundreds wounded. It will take months to analyze the results of the project to save lives and minimize injuries,” he said.

A major difference between the current military operation and previous ones in Gaza and other battlefields was that IDF doctors and paramedics were on the scene within seconds or minutes to treat the wounded, instead of lesser-trained medics.

In addition, all soldiers on the front were supplied with special tourniquets that can be applied by a wounded-but-conscious soldier immediately after an incident, to reduce or halt the amount of bleeding. All regular and reserve soldiers in battle were supplied with personal tourniquets, Kreiss said.

The IDF learned from other armies abroad and civilian medical institutions how to improve treatment of the wounded, he continued. In Operation Protective Edge, the IDF was the first army in the world to use freeze-dried plasma to improve the chances of survival of soldiers wounded in battle.

There was access to hemostatic dressings to stop arterial bleeding too, and reduce bleeding from deep, penetrating injuries, bullet wounds and lacerations.

When medics were not immediately available, wounded fighters’ fellow soldiers had been trained to use lifesaving equipment on the spot, said Kreiss. He commended the selected hospitals around the country who performed excellently in treating the wounded.

Capt. Dr. Sammy Gendler of the IDF Medical Corps, said that many battlefield deaths could be prevented if treated immediately.

If there were direct hits, wounds to major blood vessels and significant head injuries that could not be operated on in the field, a soldier must be evacuated speedily to a hospital.

But casualties with compressible (i.e. pressure of the hand) and even non-compressible wounds could be saved with the proper care during the fighting, he said.

Gendler said that one-quarter to one-third of battle injured could be saved. He added that usually, those who don’t survive, die immediately or within the first hour after being wounded.

“If they are still alive two hours later, they will probably survive.

In Israel’s previous wars, most died within minutes, up to an hour.”

Plasma used on the battlefield used to be frozen and difficult to use; freeze-drying makes it as simple as mixing a cold drink.

The original blood is collected from large numbers of healthy soldiers, checked more than once for infectious disease and then freeze-dried and packed.

“During the Gaza operation, we used it on over 150 wounded soldiers.”

In addition to giving fighters self-applied tourniquets, instant plasma, speedy evacuation and better preventive equipment saved lives, he said.

It is vital to relieve the pain of wounded soldiers, not only to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain later but to improve recovery from physical wounds, said Gendler.

Thus candy on a stick containing fentanyl – a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action, was given to all conscious wounded soldiers even before they were evacuated, the captain explained. “They are as good as injected morphine,” though much easier to use.

Among the gear were Smith goggles to cover the eyes and prevent shrapnel injuries.

“There were goggles before but they were hard to use, so many soldiers didn’t use them.

The new type looks good – even sexy – so they are willing to wear them. In addition, there are lighter helmets so they are not a burden on the heads of soldiers,” Gendler said. In the future, the IDF hopes to develop light helmets that protect against shrapnel and bullets.

Another technology being tested on pigs is foam to stem the bleeding of internal wounds. In the future, electric currents could be used to stop hemorrhaging and even synthetic blood could be developed, he said.

Another possibility to reduce deaths was preconditioning soldiers before being wounded. It has been shown in heart surgery that stopping the oxygen supply momentarily can make the heart used to ischemia so it can survive the lack of oxygen.

“It works on pigs; someday, maybe in a decade, it could be used on soldiers going to battle,” suggested Gendler.

The medical conference was the first to be held after the Hadassah Medical Organization’s deep financial crisis. Acting director-general Prof. Tamar Peretz-Yablonski said that stages of its painful recovery program were proceeding.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Has the West made the next Gaza war inevitable?

Hamas’s greatest strategic asset is that large segments of the press, political class, NGO community as well as the UN will effectively side with them. That makes the next war all the more likely, and encourages more Hamas-inspired carnage
Trevor Norwitz 17 August 2014  
Ban Ki Moon is right to say that, “children killed in their sleep . . “. is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame.” No-one can be unmoved by the pictures out of Gaza: the loss of life, the carnage, the anguish and fear in the faces of women and children.
It is heart breaking. But he is wrong to blame Israel, especially in such injudicious terms. He, and many others in positions of power and influence, do a terrible disservice to humanity, to the cause of international peace and security, and to the Palestinian people (not to mention the Israeli people), by not stating unequivocally what they know to be the truth: that overwhelming responsibility for the mayhem in Gaza rests with Hamas (a part of the Palestinian national unity government).
Yes, alongside their broadsides at Israel, these leaders also sometimes note that Hamas commits war crimes and angrily “denounce” that behavior. But angrily denouncing Hamas is as useless as angrily denouncing cancer, if you are not also willing to apply the treatment that is necessary, and to address the environmental factors that feed it and encourage its growth.
Hamas’ role in Gaza’s suffering is manifest. They started this war, and prolonged it by refusing to agree to and then cynically violating cease-fires. This is a war Hamas wanted, planned and prepared for meticulously for years, diverting much of the productive capacity of Gaza towards building their sophisticated network of tunnels to kidnap and kill Israelis, and stockpiling tens of thousands of rockets to terrorize Israeli population centers.
All but the willfully blind know they use human shields, hide rockets in, and launch them near, schools, mosques, UN facilities and other civilian buildings, turn hospitals into command centers, and booby-trap homes and refugee centers.
Their lawlessness is simply a given. World leaders like Ban Ki Moon, Laurent Fabius and John Kerry rebuke them but expect nothing of them, placing all responsibility for avoiding civilian casualties – the very casualties Hamas aims to maximize – on Israel, as it battles to defend its citizens from aerial and subterranean terror attacks.
There is no point in just denouncing Hamas.  It is a terrorist organization which exists for an evil purpose – to eliminate a nation and exterminate a people – and openly embraces cruel and illegal tactics. Its members are not swayed by criticism. They do not respect life, human rights or the concept of truth. Just as one cannot reason or negotiate with cancer, one has to treat a terrorist threat directly and aggressively and eliminate or reduce the conditions that stimulate its growth.
So what are the conditions that feed and encourage Hamas and its ilk?  Having an ally like Iran to provide a steady flow of rockets and other weapons is necessary but not sufficient.
Their greatest strategic asset is the knowledge that, however outrageous their behavior, large segments of the press and political class (especially in Europe), and the “human rights” and international communities led by the United Nations will effectively side with them, directing their wrath primarily at Israel, and protecting them from total defeat, so that they can proclaim victory from the ruin and devastation they authored.
Hamas knows that, despite the consistent evidence of their mendacity, their fabrications will be widely disseminated as facts by news and human rights groups. These lies inflict enormous damage on Israel even when the truth later emerges. Any honest observer appreciates that the Israel Defense Forces exert greater efforts to minimize civilian casualties than any army in history, and actually have a civilian-to-fighter casualty ratio that is relatively low for modern warfare (despite the fact that Hamas designs its chosen battlefield specifically to maximize civilian damage).
But Hamas knows that the press will gleefully play the body-count game, as though its infographics speak to causation or moral culpability. They also know that every conflagration they provoke causes the world’s oldest hatred to bubble up again, more virulently each time. 
When Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch (HRW), arguably the world’s most powerful human rights organization, tweets that, “Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn't [a human rights violation],” Hamas is encouraged to dig more tunnels.
When MP David Ward says that he would fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza, Hamas is urged to fire more rockets.When Business Secretary Vince Cable decides to suspend UK arms export licences to Israel when Hamas violates cease-fires and Israel retaliates, Hamas is incentivized to violate cease-fires.
When Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director declares it, “abhorrent that Israeli forces are . .blatantly violating the laws of war" (based solely on interviews with Gaza residents), when the United Nations Human Rights Commission orders yet another lopsided anti-Israel “fact-finding” mission, and its High Commissioner Navi Pillay offers platitudes of moral equivalence accusing “both sides” of “indiscriminate killing of civilians,” when empty-headed celebrities blabber incoherently about Israeli “massacres” and “genocide,” then Hamas knows that its diabolical tactics are working.
The blood of those Palestinian children (and Israel’s children) is on the hands of those who irresponsibly, even if unwittingly, give Hamas such support, hope and inspiration.
Israel must, and surely will, investigate those tragic incidents where civilians were killed, and take appropriate action to ensure that its rules of engagement are legal, moral, and complied with.
Hamas will do nothing in respect of its myriad flagrant war crimes, except plan to repeat them.  If only the international community held Hamas and its brethren accountable for their heinous crimes, this ongoing nightmare for Gaza could be stopped, but sadly it will not.
This war in Gaza was inevitable, just like the coming one in Lebanon, which will take place when the terrorists of Hezbollah – or their Iranian puppet-masters – find it opportune to unleash their rocket stockpile at Israeli cities again.
(Since Israel is not able to limit the flow of weapons to them – the only reason for the much maligned blockade of Gaza – Hezbollah’s arsenal is presumably far more potent than that of Hamas.)
In both cases that inevitability is the result of the abject failure of the international community – principally the United Nations and its affiliated organs – to live up to their obligations.
Not only did they prevent Israel from completing the jobs they all knew had to be done, not only did they fail to disarm Hezbollah, not only did they refuse to hold Hamas and Hezbollah accountable for the carnage they caused their respective civilian populations last time, but they and the press and “human rights” community have affirmatively encouraged those terrorist organizations by their consistent excoriation of Israel.They are repeating their past mistakes, making the next Gaza nightmare inevitable as well. 
Secretary General Moon was quite right to say “the world stands disgraced.”  But by not accurately pointing to the source of that disgrace, he is only adding to it.

Trevor Norwitz is a lawyer in New York, teaches at Columbia Law School, and is a board member of Advancing Human Rights

Sunday, August 17, 2014

‘There is no “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah gave Israel to the Jews’

Posted on 8/15/2014 by Eliyokim Cohen

Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, who introduces himself as a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, said on his personal Facebook page that there is no such thing as “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).

“I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews).”

The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them. Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support.”

It is worth mentioning, that the above mentioned sheikh visited Israel and met Jewish religious scholars. The “Israel in Arabic” site conducted an interview with him, in which he said that the reason for his openness towards the Jewish people “comes from my acknowledgment of their sovereignty on their land and my belief in the Koran, which told us and emphasized this in many places, like His (Allah’s) saying ”Oh People (i.e the Children of Israel), enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned unto you” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and His saying “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59) and many other verses.

He (Adwan) added: “(The Jews) are peaceful people who love peace, who are not hostile and are not aggressors, but if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honor for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns until the Day of Judgment. I made the reasons for Allah’s choice clear in my books and pamphlets. When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gazans must get rid of Hamas -Palestinian view

We Palestinians can no longer deny our responsibility for the death of our own people.

Bassem Eid 08.12.14 (described as a Palestinian from East Jerusalem)

 For 26 years I have been devoting my life to the mission of defending human rights. I have seen wars and terror. And yet, the past month has been one of the most difficult times in my life.
I live in East Jerusalem and witness the destruction of life around me. Highway 1 has once again turned into the line separating between east and west. The Palestinians in the capital attacked traffic lights and damaged the Light Rail and power supply lines. But I cannot accept that as a social protest – it's pure vindictiveness.

The coexistence I have been fighting for my entire life has been executed in the city square.

There is no doubt that the death and destruction Gaza has been hit by are like a tsunami. Both people are in pain, but each side denies the other side's pain, and so the pain gets worse.

And still, as a Palestinian, I must admit: I am responsible for part of what has happened. We can no longer deny our responsibility for the death of our own people.

Most of the Palestinians were against the rocket fire on Israel. They realized that the rockets would not give us anything. They called on Hamas to stop firing, knowing that it had paved the way for the death of its own people.

We knew that Hamas was digging the tunnels which would to lead to our destruction. We knew that three people live on every square meter in Gaza. And Hamas knew that an attack on Israel would lead to mass death, but it's leaders are more interested in their own victories than in the lives of their victims.

Indeed, Hamas depends on death, which gives it power and allows it to raise funds and purchase weapons. Hamas has never been interested in liberating the Palestinian people from the occupation. And Israel will never be able to destroy the infrastructures it has built. Only we, the Palestinian people, can do that.

It was the Gazan residents' responsibility to rebel against the Hamas rule. We knew what they were doing to us, but we let ourselves off easy and allowed it to happen.

Will all this death finally teach us a lesson? I hope so. The lesson is that we must get rid of Hamas and completely demilitarize Gaza. And then open the crossings.

I'm saying this as a loyal Palestinian. I'm saying this because I am concerned about my people's future.