PLAYING BY THEIR RULES
October 18, 2000
Reprinted below is the Israel Defense Forces summary of the post-Sharm e-Sheikh summit violence that took place in Israel on October 17, 2000. It is incumbent upon every Jew to open his or her eyes and see what is unfolding here. By, yet again, showing restraint (--commendable if one has any kind of dispute with Canada or Switzerland--) Israel is, yet again, permitting its enemies to set the agenda for the conflict, this being to conduct a low level war -- a war of attrition -- against Jews which, by its very nature, has the political effect of dissuading Israel from "escalating" the bloodshed because that could lead to real "War". This means that the IDF will not be permitted to initiate actions as one does in cases of War, but it will only be permitted to respond defensively as one does in cases of protest activity and other forms of civil unrest. Now that the Arabs have set the Rules of the Game -- namely, that they will conduct War against Israel under the guise of protest activity -- we will begin to see Jewish casualties increase each and every day. And as long as only a "small" number of Jews are killed or maimed each day, Israel will learn to live with the regularized carnage, as Israel learned to tolerate it from 1987 until 1993 (the period of the first Intifada) -- in fact, as the Jewish people have so accustomed themselves for the past several millennia through successive expulsions, Crusades, Inquisitions, pogroms, farhouds and fatwas. However, with the reconstitution of Israel as a Jewish nation-state and the commencement of the great ingathering of the Jewish people thereto, the despicable concept of "learning to live with it" was supposed to have been thrown into the dunghill of History. Retrieving and reviving this concept is a major defeat for the Jewish people and for Israel's future.
"IDF Spokesperson: Summary of Today's Events in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for 17 October 2000 (as of 19:00)
The West Bank
Fire was opened this evening at the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem. IDF tanks responded with accurate machine gun fire at the sources of the fire. When the firing at the neighborhood continued, the IDF called upon the residents of Beit Jallah (located in an area under Palestinian security control), from which the shots were being fired, to evacuate their homes. A Border policeman was seriously wounded and two citizens were wounded lightly in the exchanges of fire. The three were evacuated for medical treatment in the hospital. The family of the wounded soldier has been notified. Fire was opened this afternoon towards the Shadma IDF base, near the Jewish settlement of Beit Sahur (south east of Bethlehem). IDF forces returned fire at the source of the shooting. In addition, shots were fired this evening towards Mt Eibal near Nablus. There were no wounded or damage in this incident. Stones and petrol bombs were thrown towards Rachel's Tomb and tires were burned nearby. In addition, stones and petrol bombs were thrown at the Ayosh junction. A Border Police soldier was very lightly wounded and was treated on the spot. There were also stones thrown at the Pharmacy Junction in Hebron. In all of these incidents the IDF forces used crowd dispersal measures against the rioters.
Petrol bombs and stones were thrown during the morning towards an IDF post near the Erez cross point. IDF forces responded with crowd dispersal measures against the perpetrators only. In one case only, an IDF sharp shooter fired a single shot towards the legs of a Palestinian throwing petrol bombs, which endangered the lives of the IDF soldiers. The Palestinian was wounded in his leg. Stones and petrol bombs were also thrown this morning towards the IDF outpost at Netzarim junction. During the morning there were two incidents of shooting by Palestinians: One on the Israeli-Egyptian border toward an IDF truck, the IDF soldiers returned fire towards the source. In the second incident, fire was opened from a Palestinian taxi towards a truck in the Katif region. In addition, a grenade was thrown this morning at the Katif police station. The grenade did not explode. In the afternoon, stones were thrown toward an IDF patrol near the Divisional Headquarters of the IDF. The IDF soldiers responded with crowd dispersal measures. Early this evening (17 October), bombs were thrown towards the DCO in the northern Gaza strip, from the Palestinian towards the Israeli side of the camp. An IDF soldier was slightly wounded and was treated on site. Another IDF soldier opened live fire towards the legs of one of the fire bomb throwers. In addition, petrol bombs were thrown towards IDF patrols adjacent to Neve Dekalim and in the Katif Region. In all of these incidents no casualties were reported.
The IDF requests that the Jewish settlers continue to show restraint. The IDF is prepared for any development, is acting with restraint and is refraining from initiating any offensive actions in order to prevent an unnecessary escalation."
[Note: Eleven years later, Israel is still playing by its enemies’ despicable Rules. Read on! -- Mark Rosenblit]
We cannot go on as we are... to remain at peace when you should
be going to war may be often very dangerous. The tyrant city... is a standing
menace to all.... Let us attack and subdue her, that
we may ourselves live safely for the future. – Thucydides, The History of the
Peloponnesian War, Book I, paragraph 124, 431 BCE
Yes, such measures
with create severe difficulties – international outrage, collateral civilian
casualties, IDF losses. These are all daunting problems and how they are to
be addressed – and what resultant political paradigms should be pursued –
must await elaboration elsewhere. But however severe the challenges, they
must be met by the Israeli leadership – not embraced as justification for
further ineffectual retaliatory restraint. A clear message must be burned in
the collective Arab consciousness. Jewish blood will no longer be shed with
© Mark Rosenblit