Big (Muslim) brother Egypt orders Hamas to stand down in Gaza. Hamas more or less obeys. Gazans have lost about 150 people, including children but also including two high-level leaders, in a few days. One of the gone leaders was a head-terrorist who had been threatening mass death on civilian Jews for years while dressed in a nice civilian suit. After a while, the Israelis got pissed off and they did the unspeakable act of ridding themselves of the threatener. Go figure! (Plus, it was election season. Deuh!)
Nearly all of the hundreds of rockets fired on Israel from Gaza (about 1500) missed any target at all. I am even ready to bet good money that in the past week, the overall death rate of Israelis was down as compared to the same week last year. Oh, and by the way, of the three Israeli killed by Hamas fire, one was an Arab.
On the announcement of the “cease-fire,” Gazans come down into the streets in their throngs, waving flags, to celebrate their staggering victory. In this war of attrition, the score this time is:
163/6 including among Palestinians, 71 civilians, including also 21 children. Israel thus killed 92 armed terrorists. Some of the Palestinian victims were killed by rockets fired from inside Gaza.
Hamas taught the friking Jews a lesson, they did!
By the way -and I know I am repeating myself – how can you shoot from planes inside a dense city at specific individual targets and commit so few collateral casualties? Is the Israeli air force, its pilots, its surveillance systems, that good? Or is there another, more prosaic explanation to their formidable precision?
To ask the question is to answer it, I think.
Update: Here is a partial answer four days later:According to AFP, seven Gazans in a week were executed for collaborating with Israel. (See ref. below.)
A personal note: I didn’t like much most of the Israelis I have known. I have found them brusque to the point of rudeness, like people who would have been brought up in a garrison. I like Arabs in general. I knew many Palestinians in the US when I was teaching. I like the Palestinians I have known and the Palestinians I know now. I wonder why have trouble taking them seriously when they analyze or assert anything of a political nature!
Update 11/23/12: From Le Figaro on-line. (Use Google Translate)
L’opération a fait au moins 163 morts palestiniens dans la bande de Gaza, selon un dernier bilan de l’AFP. L’agence Reuters parle, elle, de 161 morts. Le nombre de civils tués s’élève à 71, soit 43% des morts palestiniens. Au moins 26 enfants ont perdu la vie dans les bombardements israéliens, selon le ministère de la Santé du Hamas.
Au moins 91 hommes armés, militants du Hamas et d’autres organisations terroristes, ont été tués. Sept personnes accusées de «collaborer avec Israël» ont été exécutées par le Hamas. Selon le New York Times , plusieurs Palestiniens seraient morts à cause de roquettes palestiniennes qui ont atterri à l’intérieur même de la bande de Gaza.