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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 By David Suissa Jewish Journal Itboggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties. I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now: "We lost half of our arsenal and what do we have to show for it? Where are all the dead Jews? How is this possible?" Well, the answers, my friends, are blowing in the wind. These answers have come in the form of sleek seeing- Israel needs an 'Irony Dome' eye missiles that met up with incoming Hamas missiles and ... killed them. To get an idea of this mir- acle, imagine a bullet hitting another bullet. You might as well split the Red Sea. We had the Six-Day War and the Yore Kippur War; this one may go down in history as the Iron Dome War. The war when technology rescued the Jews, when Startup Nation became Shoot-Down Nation. But with all the brilliance of these missiles, the fact is, just like miracle drugs, they deal with symptoms but not root causes. The root cause behind the 1,000 missiles launched at Is- rael is deep-seated Jew-hatred, and no Iron Dome can shoot that down. In Gaza, Jew-hatred is a valuable commodity that keeps corrupt leaders in power. As long as they keep their people focused on hating the Zionist enemy, they get to keep their millionaire villas. How many Hamas million- aires are there who regularly loot public funds? According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, professorAhmed Karima of AI-Azhar University in Egypt estimates there are no less than 1,200 millionaires among the Hamas elite. Yes, those millionaireswere surely among the cowards hiding in their well-fortified rocket bunkers while ordering Palestinian families to stay on the firing line of Israeli bombs. "Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu said on Fox News on July 13. "We're using mis- sile defense to protect our civilians, and they're Using their civilians to protect their missiles." The corrupt cowards of Hamas know that the more Palestinians that are killed, the more sympathy they can expect from the world, and the more local Jew-hatred they can drum up, Imagine that-- so called "leaders" who build hundreds of tunnels to protect them- selves and their missiles, but no bomb shelters to protect their own people. Look, if I were a Palestinian living through the Israeli of- fensive in Gaza, I would also see Israel as a big, bad wolf. I would also hate Israel and blame it for the tragic deaths of Palestinian civilians. But who's really to blame for these deaths? Who is using civilians as human shields? Who launched bombs indis- criminately at Israeli civilians knowing full well it would trigger counter attacks? This is the simple truth of Gaza: The biggest enemy of the people is not Israel but Hamas. It is Hamas that re- fused to build a decent society for its people when it had the By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn A simple cease-fire in Gaza would give Hamas time to re-arm and renew its terrorist activities. The demilitarization of Gaza would put an end to Hamas's terrorist activities. Which goal makes more sense? President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have beenworking hard to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. This effort is shortsighted and worse. A simple cease-fire would be a de-facto victory for Hamas. It would give Hamas the time and breathing space it needs to smuggle in more weapons, repair its terror.tunnels, and launch new terror attacks on Israel. It would live to fight another day. The goal must be demilitarization When Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to the pro- posed cease-fire, he explained his decision in these terms: "We agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitar- ization of the (Gaza) Stripu from missiles, from rockets and from tunnels--through diplomatic means." Likewise Netanyahu said at a televised news conference on July 16: "The most important thing vis-a-vis Gaza is to ensure that Gaza is demilitarized." In a plan presented to the Prime Minister's Office and the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last week, former Defense Minis- ter Shaul Mofaz presented a detailed blueprint for demili- tarizing Gaza. Likewise, Tony Blair, the former British prime minis- ter who is now the Quartet's envoy to the Middle East, said on Israel Television's channel 10 on July 15 that there needs to be a "long-term plan for Gaza that.., deals with the real security requirements of Israel in a permanent way... Hamas cannot carry on with the military infrastructure that it has." Admittedly, clearing Gaza of its weapons and military infrastructure would not be an easy task, considering the vast arsenal that Hamas has amassed since the last cease- fire two years ago. At the start of the current war, Hamas had an estimated 10,000 rockets on hand. These missiles are more sophisticated than in previous years, carrying heavier loads of explosives and reaching all across Israel, even up to Na- hariya, along Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Hamas also has armed drones. It has huge weapons depots and bomb-making laboratories. It has concrete tunnels where terrorists hide and through which weapons are smuggled. In March of this year, the Israeli navy intercepted an Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza. Hidden underneath sacks of Iranian-made cement were dozens of M-302 surface- to-surface rockets with ranges of 50 to 100 miles. (Note: the distance from Gaza to Tel Aviv is 43 miles.) The weapons cache also included nearly 200 mortar shells, and 400,000 rounds of ammunition. In 2009 and again in 2011, Israel bombed convoys of weapons being transported from Sudan to Gaza. Who knows how many other such Iranian or Suda- nese arms shipments man- aged to elude the Israelis and reach Gaza? This is not just a problem for Israel. This is a problem for the entire Free World. Israel is on the front lines in an interna- tional war against terrorism. Gaza is just one battlefield. As we learned long ago, what starts in Gaza or Baghdad or Kabul soon makes its way to London and Madrid and New York City. The international commu- nity has demonstrated that when it musters the will, it can disarm terrorists. Seri- ous international pressure and sanctions forced Syria to begin dismantling its chemi- cal weapons last yea r . British pressure and steadfastness re- suited in the disarming of the IRA terrorists. Perhaps that experience is shaping former Prime Minister Blair's call for dismantling the Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza. By Ronald S. Lauder This week, I had the honor and privilege to lead 57 inter- national Jewish community leaders from 22 countries on a solidarity mission to Israel, where we were joined by 21 Israeli leaders andWorld Jewish Congress staff. The fact that WJC brought people from all WJC regions--North America, South America, Europe, Euro-Asia, and Af- rica-to Israel on only a few Standing side-by-side with Israel days' notice shows the fervent support of world Jewry for the Jewish state. Concern for Israel binds the diverse Jewish communities of the world to- gether, and it was amazing to see this outpouring of support as people literally dropped everything in order to stand side-by-sidewith Israel during this dangerous period. We saw and learned a lot on this mission. It was inspiring to meet with the young soldiers who are de- fending Israel from this ter- rible threat, and with the old generals who spent their lives facing down Israel's enemies from all sides. We met with brave residents of the south, of Sderot and Sha'ar Hane- gev, who live with rocket fire as a daily part of their lives children who attend a specially reinforced school so they can withstand rockets at- tacks while in class. We heard from three ministers and so many other august leaders and fine analysts about all the things Israel is doing to stop the rockets while minimiz- ing casualties and about the things the world must do to stop Iran, which is the source of so many of the rockets. Meeting up with Israeli President Shimon Peres, we paid a visit to Kibbutz Zikim, which borders the Gaza Strip. A few days ago, a terror attack against the kibbutz by Hamas fighters was narrowly prevent by the Israel Defense Forces after a Hamas commando unit tried to land on Zikim Beach. We saw a resilient Israel, protected by a powerful Iron Dome, which we visited. We bonded with Israelis and each other. I'd like to thank the won- derful WJC staff for all their effort putting together such a huge undertaking on such Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heritage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words:Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park,FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ orlandoheritage.com. Seven showed up, where was the rest of the Jewish community? Dear Editor: To say I am totally disap- pointed in the leadership of the Jewish community of greater Orlando would be put- ting it mildly. With the cur- rent situation that has been taking place in Israel for the last two weeks, not one word, not one act of public support has been forth coming. Sure, a community event was held last week. But, it was behind closed doors, not open so the whole community could see support for Israel. It's reminiscent of life in the shtetlach during the pogroms of the 19th century. If we hide. if we are quiet, if we don't draw attention to ourselves, maybe, just maybe we will be unharmed. Guess what folks. It didn't work! It didn't work then, it won't work now. By responding as the Fed- eration of Greater Orlando is doing, they are giving up our constitutional rights for free- dom of speech and the right to assembly. This demonstrates the total lack of intestinal for- titude in the guise of concern for security. Sure that should be a concern, but should not be a limiting factor in showing a unified open support for the State of Israel. Cowering behind closed doors away from public site takes us back to the 1860s in Russia. After the Holocaust, the phrase "Never Again" be- came our mantra. This should be changed to "Never Forget." I recently attended a peace- ful public rally at Lake Eola in Orlando. whichwas organized by the local Muslim/Palestin- ian community. It was out in the open. It was open to the public. It was well attended by I'd say 500 people in all sizes, shapes, modes of dress all supporting the people living and dying in Gaza (Of course, [they say] Israel was at fault). Also attending were seven supporters for Israel carrying flags and home made signs. This is what our Jewish leadership should have done a week ago. Security issues be damned. The Orlando police were present and well repre- sented. There was no trouble to be noted. But, our presence was noted. We remember the Jewish clan of Qurayza. We re- member the event at Khaybar in 627. "Never Forget!" Still disappointed. Laurence Morrell Maitland PAGE 5A chance. It is Hamas that chose hate over life. Is there anyone who doubts that Israel would have wel- comed a friendly, neighborly state in Gaza? This is why, once this war is over, Israel will need a new of- fensive that has nothing to do with missiles and everything to do with message. Israel should launch a second army called the IMF-- the Israel Message Forces. This army should be tasked with getting this one overrid- ing message across to Pal- estinians, whether through leaflets, social networks or clandestine media: Suissa on page 14A Instead of continuing to pour billions of dollars in financial aid down the black hole known as the Gaza economy, the international community should turn its attention to Gaza's weapons. It's time to follow up on the success in Ireland and the progress in Syria, by demili- tarizing Gaza. The people of Gaza need butter, not guns, and the people of the Free World need peace, not terror. The seventh lesson from the Gazawar: Demilitarization of Gaza, not a ceasefire, must be the goal not only of Israel, but of the entire Free World. Moshe Phillips and Benya- rain Korn are members of the board of the Religious Zionists ofAmerica. This article is part of a series. To view previous in- stallments, please visit www. phillyreligiouszionists.org/ lessons-from-the-gaza-war/. short notice, and the leaders who came from the ends of the earth to get there. The people we met in Israel very much appreciated our solidarity and presence. Ronald S. Lauder is presi- dent of the World Jewish Congress. This article first appeared on his b log at world- jewishcongress.org. Dry Bones A00RI?.A ABANO000 ITS E00A55Y IN LIBYA 00OHN AS: (