I was pleased to read this, from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
While Israel is doing everything to get Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way, Hamas is doing everything to keep Palestinian civilians in harm’s way. Israel urges Palestinian civilians to leave the areas of armed conflict, while Hamas prevents those civilians from leaving those areas at gunpoint. Hamas is preventing foreign nationals from leaving Gaza altogether.
Some won’t believe it, of course. Some will insist that Israel is bent upon “genocide.” But Israel has repeatedly exercised incredible restraint in retaliating against Hamas and Hezbollah when they’ve harmed Israel. Israeli medics have expended their energies and supplies on Palestinian fighters wounded in the course of such a conflict. The return on their expenditures has been nothing but grief.
Hamas and Hezbollah intend the elimination of Israel – a goal of which their supporters, near or far, cannot be ignorant. It’s been plain and open for decades. It’s stated openly in the Hamas Charter. Indeed, Islam preaches the genocide of Jews everywhere. It’s in the Koran and in the ahadith.
There can be no negotiations between Israel and such monsters. Because of them and their repeated assaults on Israel, the Jewish state is on a war footing. All that remains is for whatever Israeli authority has the power to declare: “The state of Israel is at war with Hamas and intends its complete destruction. There will be no cease-fires, no negotiations, and no armistices. Israel will entertain no offers of surrender. This war will continue until Hamas has been wiped from existence. Any civilian casualties from this war will be to the account of Hamas.”
Let Washington’s “foreign policy establishment” rave to its heart’s content. Let the “international community” weep and wring its hands. Israel has had enough and will endure no more. Perhaps after Hamas has been eliminated to the last man, Israel will know a measure of peace…though being surrounded by tens of millions of Muslims will make complete relaxation hard to achieve.
UPDATE: Do not imagine that it can be any other way:
Hamas Official Ghazi Hamad: We Will Repeat the October 7 Attack Time and Again Until Israel Is Annihilated.
— Salem News Channel (@WatchSalemNews) November 1, 2023
Don’t you dare say anything to me about “the rules of war.” Wars of extermination have no rules.