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Monday, March 19, 2007

So much for renoucing terrorism

Hamas, the ruling faction in the P.A. for over a year, and the stronger voice in the new Unity government, has proudly claimed 'credit' for the sniper attack on an Israeli Electrical worker who was working on some lines near the Karni Crossing into Gaza.

This occurred on the same day that Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen met Hamas leader (and P.A. Prime Minister) Haniyeh to officially reestablish political and economical ties with the Palestinian government.

Nice.

I have an idea.  Let's put aside the useful idiots in Scandinavia who don't seem to have a problem with shooting joos.  I have a problem with it and so should my government.

I think that since this wasn't some random idiot taking pot shots... but rather an officially sanctioned act by the main faction in the P.A. government... that justice would be best served by turning off the electricity to Gaza for the next 48 hours.

What's that?  You didn't realize that Israel still supplies Gaza with its electricity and water???  Oh my yes.  And in my humble opinion, trying to kill an Israeli electrical worker should result in a loss, albeit temporarily, of that particular service.

But what about all the poor Palestinians on respirators and dialysis and all kinds of other life-saving machinery that runs on electricity, you ask?   To that I have but one answer:  Better run and make sure you have 48 hours worth of fuel in those emergency generators.

Jeezuz these scumbags are so lucky I'm not in charge over here.

/rant

Posted by David Bogner on March 19, 2007 | Permalink

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You're not in charge, but I'm starting to think that you should be. Let's start a camaign to elect you prime minister, and get jameel into your unity government. It'll be fun

Posted by: Ed | Mar 19, 2007 5:32:15 PM

I have to say I actually appreciated Yisrael Beiteinu's response. They sent a letter to the Norwegians saying, "While you're being chummy with Hamas, why don't you ask to see Gilad Shalit, eh? Normalized diplomatic relations and all..."

Good points, as usual, Trep.

Posted by: matlabfreak | Mar 19, 2007 5:56:30 PM

I have a problem with a lying, crooked, dishonest, holier-than-thou government - and I mean the one here in the US. They've made hash of the situation in Iraq by not listening to their own military experts, and living in their own rather fantastical reality.

If they were going to invade somewhere, it's too bad it wasn't the PA-controlled areas. It would be interesting to see how long their fantasyland held up when exposed to that reality.

Posted by: Iris | Mar 19, 2007 7:09:25 PM

David I only have one thing to say about this post ...

you can't have an end rant tag without a tag. Furthermore, your tag wasn't enclosed in brackets and I'm concerned that it might mess up your site.

Posted by: Jonah | Mar 19, 2007 8:43:27 PM

Let's have a vote. You win! Good post.

Posted by: Tim | Mar 20, 2007 1:14:53 AM

when arabs attack ambulances, electrical workers and food supplies that are there to help them

you have to wonder who's more screwed up... a culture that lashes out at the people trying to help them

or the culture which insist on helping them even as they're being shot at

Posted by: sultan knish | Mar 20, 2007 2:15:37 AM

In any other place, a sanctioned attack by a government would have been viewed as an act of war. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Irina | Mar 20, 2007 5:06:36 AM

“The problem with this is that starting with Oslo and continuing to this day, Israel has signed dozens documents stating that it explicitly recognizes the official Palestinian political entity; the P.A.”

A look at history during the time which the Oslo Agreement was reached is a lucid indicator of flawed attempts to reach any diplomatic truce. Usually there is no explicit cause of action to deal with any ‘rogue’ actions arising from either side. Another Israeli right-wing terrorist gunning down Palestinians is good enough reason to set the ball rolling for the Unity government to stay silent and participate as dozens of suicide bombers are sent into Israel. Again, look at the role of Islamic militancy in the Horn of Africa and see how difficult it is for independent Islamic regimes to depend on a centralized system of government even without any form of occupation and with a humanitarian disaster already in the making. For the quartet and political initiative sake, attempts should be made to try and come up with some long-term agreement with the Palestinians, but realistically instead of trying to find a peace partner, Israel should focus more on trying to avoid any form of aggression from its side while maintaining a unrelenting stance on any attempts to make the lives of Israelis unbearable.

Posted by: Rami | Mar 20, 2007 7:34:54 AM

Ahh, weren't these the same geniuses who destroyed greenhouses in Gaza that could have helped them earn a livelihood?

Yeah, by all means. Shut off the power for 48 hours and let 'em howl. The Europeans will, of course, protest. Scroom. Scroom, I say.

Posted by: Elisson | Mar 20, 2007 8:33:32 PM

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