Sunday October 4, 2015
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Dr. Haim Shine

Sorry we succeeded

Sailors and naval commandos, the boldest of Israel's soldiers, embarked on a mission on national importance some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from home. They operated at sea surrounded by hostile shores. The objective: to stop a shipment of deadly and accurate weapons bound for Hamas in Gaza and Islamic Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, ultimately intended to be used against Israeli lives and property.

In Yedioth Ahronoth's weekend magazine a weekly columnist describes the Israel Defense Force's actions as "piracy" and compares Israeli troops to "Sudanese pirates" boarding an Israeli vessel.

A great deal of gall and ingratitude is required to describe Israeli soldiers as pirates, as if this were an innocent ship hijacked by some money-hungry bandits for no apparent reason. For a moment I thought I was reading a column in an Iranian paper published in Tehran. Now we just have to wait for the Iranians to adopt the term used by Yedioth Ahronoth and demand international arrest warrants for the Israeli military commanders and soldiers who took part in the operation.

It is very difficult to understand why there are media outlets in Israel competing with one another to defame the Israel Defense Forces and slander the country. I wonder why these outlets have yet to internalize that this is precisely the reason their readership is abandoning them in droves.

The aforementioned columnist explains this was nothing more than Iran exporting weapons to a "tiny neighbor" (Gaza). As if this were a normal business transaction. Upon reading his words one is liable to get the impression that our tiny neighbor is Monaco and that the weapons were to be used to hunt wild ducks. He is ignoring, like many pundits on the Left, that the weapons were intended to indiscriminately kill Israelis. The Iranians and Gazans tell the world loud and clear that their goal is to destroy the Zionist entity, but Yedioth Ahronoth is busy comparing different types of weapons deals.

Senior Channel 2 News analyst Amnon Abramovich is convinced that the rejoicing following the operation is overblown and unnecessary. As if Israeli soldiers are sent on missions to Habima Theater in Tel Aviv. Abramovich said that according to Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Israel is already threatened by 200,000 missiles and rockets. Therefore, he asked, how will another 30 missiles change the situation? It is very interesting whether Abramovich would offer the same analysis if he knew one of those missiles were destined to hit a northern suburb of Tel Aviv. We will never forget the renowned leftist poet who after a terrorist bombing near Dizengoff Center in the heart of Tel Aviv declared the attacks had finally hit home.

So, Abramovich, these missiles were intended to hit home. Regardless, it is the Hebrew month of Adar and even the Left's mouthpieces are allowed to rejoice.

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