The news media are falling all over themselves to conclude that no matter what happens, Israel loses. When I woke up to NPR this morning, the first thing I heard was (paraphrasing) “Israeli forces haven’t stopped the rocket fire into southern Israel, with more than 20 rockets being fired today.”
CNN’s summary of their latest Israel piece:
NEW: Hamas rocket fire into southern Israel persists despite 10-day campaign
And the headline tells you the focus of the media:
Gaza death toll rises as Israel pounds Hamas
You see? No matter what Israel does, she loses. Might as well not even bother fighting. Hamas can’t be beaten.
What a load of crap. Of course Hamas can be beaten. Israel had the terrorists on the rope before, but then they granted them a truce. Every time Hamas is seriously wounded, it sues for truce. And Israel grants it. Why? Several reasons: Israel would rather not send her sons into battle to be hurt and killed if she can accomplish the same result through negotiations. (Of course, it doesn’t really work like that with terrorist groups. If you don’t kill them, they keep coming back at you. They’re like horror movie monsters.) And because Israel hopes against hope that the terrorists are people, too, and that all they really want is peace. They may be people, but they don’t want peace. Hamas has proven that, over and over again.
But the IDF can win this war. Hamas’ biggest boast: They will kill and kidnap Israel soldiers. But when boast became reality, here’s what happened:
A Golani soldier managed to single-handedly foil an attempt to kidnap him during nocturnal operations in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, Israel Radio reported.
[…] Upon entering the house, the soldiers discovered entrances to several tunnels, which the Hamas terrorists holed up in the house had used to escape underground to neighboring houses. According to the report, the terrorists were shooting into the building when the soldiers entered.
One of the soldiers reportedly followed the gunmen into a tunnel and managed to contain several Hamas fighters in an underground firefight, before teaming up with his comrades again. Two IAF helicopters were scrambled to support the infantrymen, Israel Radio said.
The military assessed that the Palestinian terrorists were trying to lure the soldier to go after them alone into the tunnel in an effort to kidnap him.
The IDF is poised to go deep into Gaza City tomorrow, Israel time. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. But I don’t see how it can get any worse in the media.