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If You Don’t Want To Be Killed, Don’t Take Hostages

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024
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The reaction to the rescue of four Israeli hostages from Gaza is a microcosm of the past 70 years of this conflict. Every time Palestinians pay the price for acting out in some horrific, irrational, self-destructive, violent way, their defenders want to rewind history to a more convenient moment — this time to Oct. 6, 2023.

Sorry, that’s not how life works. Hamas, the chosen political entity of Gaza — the overwhelming choice of Palestinian civilians, in fact — launched this round of the conflict by massacring, sexually torturing and kidnapping Israelis whose only sin was attending a music festival. Palestinians took hundreds of these hostages back to the Gaza Strip — a place Arabs have political autonomy over for nearly 20 years — and held them in the middle of densely populated areas hoping to dissuade Israel from liberating them, or, if it did, to create as many martyrs as possible.

Critics of Israel now ask the usual dishonest question: Are four lives worth the alleged 200-plus Arabs who were lost rescuing them?

Israel is the only nation on earth that is tasked with protecting its own people and its enemies. Every innocent lost life is, of course, a tragedy. But if you don’t want to be placed in harm’s way, don’t hold hostages in your homes and neighborhoods, and don’t cheer and support a government that puts your life in constant danger for a lost cause. This is the reality of the world.

Now, if reports are correct, Hamas — and perhaps “civilians” (it’s difficult to tell because terrorists are often dressed as noncombatants) — opened fire on the rescuers. The Israelis, who do not indiscriminately target civilians, fired back, as they should. Whatever the specifics, every lost life is Hamas’ fault.

But, as always, it also needs to be stressed that the casualty numbers that are endlessly repeated by the establishment media are fiction — as everyone in those newsrooms is surely aware. So, we must assume outlets like The Washington Post and CNN — which also detestably contends that the hostages had been “released” — are fellow travelers. One BBC interviewer even asked an Israel Defense Forces spokesman if Israel had warned Palestinians of their sting operation.

Then again, even if there were over 200 dead, it is also surely the case that many of the dead were members of Hamas or holding hostages of their own volition or helping those holding hostages. Avoid doing so if you value your life.

The “Health Ministry” makes no distinction between terrorists and civilians, and in this case there might be little difference. Among those holding the Israelis hostage in their homes in Nuseirat, for instance, were a “journalist” (who apparently worked for Al Jazeera and the U.S.-based Palestine Chronicle, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) and a “doctor.” The entire neighborhood was ostensibly under U.N. control. We already know that U.N. workers had likely participated in the Oct. 7 kidnappings and UNRWA schools are used by Hamas bases of operation.

Even now, there’s a (terrible) cease-fire deal on the table being pushed by President Joe Biden (still chumming for antisemitic votes) that Hamas continues to reject. Would we not expect the United States to act the same way as Israel if some homicidal cult had our people?

In the end, of course, this could all end today if the hostages were returned and Hamas would unconditionally surrender. Israel haters, who fashion themselves peaceniks, will blame everyone — Netanyahu, Biden, colonialism, racism, etc. — but the Islamists who are the cause of this war.

Then again, the entire conflict could end if the Palestinians would stop turning to nihilistic theocrats to lead them and accept Israel’s existence.

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of five books — the most recent, “Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.” His work has appeared in National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reason, New York Post and numerous other publications. Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.

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Max
Max
29 days ago

Unfortunately, those fellow humans who follow the Islamic religion are indoctrinated at a young age to hate the Jews and Christians and that their lives are worth sacrificing in the name of Allah. This is inbred and so very hard to break. With so many casualties made during the rescue, it is not surprising that ignorant will rise up in protest and demand for Israel to disarm. This situation is only going to get worse, and the worst part is yet to come.

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
29 days ago

Israel has the right to defend itself. PERIOD! Hamas could have avoided all this by NOT ATTACKING ISRAEL! Also, question: Since the information about Palestinian casualty totals is coming from their “health ministry” (really, Hamas), how does we know they’re telling the truth?

granky
granky
29 days ago

The world needs to remember, at the end of WW2 the Jews said, “Never again”…………….and they meant it.

Robert
Robert
29 days ago

So is rescuing four Jewish hostages worth the death of possibly over two hundred Muslims fighting the rescuers? It says like a GREAT BARGAIN to me!

Cynthia Howe
Cynthia Howe
29 days ago

I totally agree with this report. The truth very well stated!!!!

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
29 days ago

Next time if we Trump supporters decide to storm the Capitol, make sure to carry Palestinian flags, chant “death to Israel” in a drum circle, spray paint anti-Semitic slogans on defaced statues, and wear keffiyeh so you don’t get charged and the media ignores it!

uncleferd
uncleferd
29 days ago

I agree with Mr. Arsanyi.
What the Palistinians committed were disgusting, irrational acts of murder, assault, rape, torture, kidnapping, and hatred against innocent, defenseless families, with women and children, who never wronged their Palistinian attackers.
In the 21st century world view, these despicable crimes went BEYOND the most pointless and abysmal stupidities imaginable.
In the diplomatic sense, this will haunt the Palistinians well into the next century… if they survive until then. To put it in a more “pedestrian” way, the Palistinian “leadership” are the “George Costanza’s” of both military and diplomatic strategy. They chose to commit murder and mayhem against innocents without any provocation whatsoever, besides their own intolerant, narcissistic pathologies.
Any country that respects the borders of other sovereign nations is a country that belongs on the Global Stage. Palestine has NEVER accepted this truth. After what Palestine has recently done, they have declared their own ineligibility to survive. They have proven that Israel MUST finish them off in order to protect Israelis.

Ted
Ted
29 days ago

I know its an extreme view but, this conflict has been going on for a very longer time and truthfully the only way to slow it down is to eliminate gaza. As always this region will find a way to justify continued killing. Eliminate the reason and I don’t mean Israel.

johnh
johnh
28 days ago

HAMAS is wrong, they never should have taken hostages and killed innocent people on Oct 6th. The use of human shields is wrong.

John
John
27 days ago

It’s simple! There is no reason to worry about saving hostages. The object of a war is the total annihilation of the enemy. Hamas, Russia, China, North Korea, etc all understand this and embrace it!They have no problem waging war and acts of terrorism against the innocent.Western society / humanity has gone soft and is fighting a war while trying to be nice and compassionate.It can’t be done if you want to win!!!

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