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Don’t want Israelis in Gaza? They don’t want to be there, either

Fighting has resumed in Gaza after a seven-day temporary ceasefire in which more than 100 hostages held by Hamas were released in exchange for three times as many Palestinian prisoners. Naturally, calls for a ceasefire were renewed with new voices.

Ironically, if there is one thing that the pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian camps agree on, it is that neither wants to see Israeli soldiers fighting inside Gaza.

The last place Israel wants to send its fighting sons and daughters is an enclave controlled by Hamas. Trapped buildings and their vast underground tunnel network A gunman comes out and starts an ambush.

But 15 years of deadly attacks have made it clear that there is no way to end Hamas's terrorism without completely eradicating the organization.Hamas has publicly promised Attacks like those on October 7th will be repeated over and over again.. Therefore, even if Israel did not call for this war, the only option is to fight with all its might.

Those who hoped the week-long ceasefire would lead to a long-term ceasefire are mistaken about Hamas, which has a long history of ceasefire-breaking. Four days have passed since last week's ceasefire. group exploded explosives It approached Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip and opened fire on them. Israel maintained a truce for three more days until Friday. Hamas failed to submit a list of hostages for release and resumed firing rockets at Israel.

This terrorist group remains true to its founding mission.Hamas is an abbreviation of Harakat Al Muqawamah Al Islamiyah (“Islamic Resistance Movement”). It emerged as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in the late 1980s. The charter called for The purpose is to destroy Israel and establish an Islamic society.

After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas set up an authoritarian institution governing a population of 2 million people based on strict Sharia law. Using funds and funds, it adopted increasingly violent tactics against Israel. Training by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Hamas has sent suicide bombers onto Israeli streets, fired tens of thousands of rockets and mortars, released incendiary balloons and set fire to nearby villages, planted roadside explosives and built tunnels. and invaded local communities, killing and kidnapping Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Then, on October 7, thousands of Hamas terrorists breached the Gaza border fence and attacked some 20 Israeli towns and villages, committing the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.

Until then, Israel had tried to keep its people safe through a combination of limited military intervention and economic incentives, such as allowing Gazans to work in Israel. The government imposed a naval blockade to prevent arms smuggling, but allowed much of its aid to enter the Strip. stolen by Hamas.

The Hamas attack on October 7 made it clear that Israel can no longer ignore the cult of jihadist death living in its immediate vicinity. As long as Hamas remains a threat, no Israeli family will want to return to the now-empty towns around Gaza. As a result, some areas of Israel are currently uninhabitable.

Indeed, Israel must abide by the laws of war and do its best to avoid civilian casualties.critics may disagree how While Israel is at war in Gaza, it cannot in good faith deny its obligation to protect its people and release the estimated 137 remaining hostages.

Critics who deny Israel this right are often the same people who deny Israel's right to exist in the first place. Those calling for a ceasefire want Israel to withdraw from the terrorist group, which still holds many hostages and has since regrouped to launch multiple follow-up attacks.

Such a withdrawal would send a dangerous message to Israel's enemies in Hezbollah and Iran, who are watching from other potential fronts and assessing Israel's willingness to respond.

The goal of peace-loving people should not just be to end the current war, but to end all wars in Gaza. That is only possible if the Hamas threat is completely eliminated. Israeli soldiers must carry out this mission, proceeding methodically and carefully to minimize casualties among Palestinian civilians.

A terrorist state that took more than 15 years to build cannot be dismantled overnight. But once it is dismantled, both Israelis and Palestinians will see the day when Israeli soldiers will no longer be fighting in Gaza.

Aviva Klompas He is a former head of speechwriting at the Mission of Israel to the United Nations. infinite israela nonprofit organization that partners with community leaders in the United States to support education and fight hate in Israel. Jewish.

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