There's a full scale blood libel going on. Blogs are posting about the facts as they are uncovered which is great, the unfortunate thing is that no one but us cares, and no one but us will listen or believe.
It really doesn't matter how much evidence is uncovered now, the big headlines passed and each and every one of them had images of Israel slaughtering civilians, this was of course a sham and while I applaud all efforts to expose the truth, no one seems to be exposing the reality of all this..
Defense Minister Peretz' 1st major screw up will long outlast him, and it was a massive one
After the immediate hooplah began, Peretz called for an equally immediate halt to all shelling, apologized on behalf of the State & IDF, rushed to judgement. His dovish left wing roots don't believe that shelling Gaza is moral in the 1st place, so of course such an incident is vindication in some ways for a die hard lefty – 'You see? we told you so. Now we are child murderers' is pretty much the message Mr. Peretz sent.
Peretz should have stepped immediately forward in full denial of ANY wrong doing, should have stepped forward to immediately defend the IDF, should have stated that if there was loss of life it is regrettable, but that operations will not cease, or slacken in any way and no change in rules of engagement would be on the table, that in war when rockets are slamming into Israel, Israel defends the state, period end of story.
Why? Because even if the shell had been an IDF one, then the loss of life would have been regrettable but that's all, regrettable. It is also regrettable that the terrorists force Israel to defend itself, that doesn't mean halt operations. Peretz was looking for an excuse to exercise the INHERENT weakness that makes up his peacenik character. He was committed to halting shelling well before any Gaza incident.
His weakness has now stained Israel & the IDF in a blood libel that will not ever go away, just like Al Dura, just like Jenin, just like we Jews slice up Muslim & Christian babies and drink their blood.
Amir Peretz is simply not suitable material for a defense minister, everyone knows it. A fool, and his actions have seemingly turned the State of Israel & the IDF into fools as well. No matter how many facts or reports are composed, Israel will now forever bear the stain. He now states that the time for restrain is over, yet puts in practice little of anything to buttress these words in deed, error compounded upon error.
The time for restraint that never was
It's lovely that the time for restraint is over, when exactly did it begin!? It's you Amir who began the restraint, amazing how 8 days later you now feel the period for your own idiotic policies has ended. If only the same could be said for your tenure in office at the helm of the defense ministries.
Peretz was much more concerned with the politics and looking all moral & mighty, his concern for the forces under his direction appeared insignificant in comparison, his concern for Sderot his own town suffering a literal rocket siege was also secondary. There is a pattern emerging, Amir prepared to sacrifice his fellow party members, Amir prepared to sacrifice his voting base as he did to widespread shock in coalition negotiations by 'forming' his own 'fantasy' government. At what point does it all become a little too much in such an important crucial position?
Don't blame Hamas for the fiasco on the Gaza beach, I don't see any articles talking about the realities of all this, but the Defense Minister of Israel is to blame. He immediately took off running down the football field, unfortunately he forgot the ball and worse yet, he ran in the wrong direction – deja vu.
Why is the artillery silent? has the IDF not stated that while it didn't halt the rockets, it was having a deterrent effect, and it was severely limiting operational time windows for rocket launchers?
Why did the Palestinians need a blood libel? Because the shelling and IDF action was putting pressure on them, the alternative to end the shelling would have entailed reigning in the terrorist rockets, pshaw..
The weak Defense Minister was a much softer more convenient target. Mr. Defense Minister, you owe your troops and the State of Israel an apology.
HAMAS 1, PERETZ 0