The Israeli Air Force (IAF)in January, according to media reports released today. The convoy was apparently transporting weapons, possibly including missiles, destined for Gaza and likely to be used by Palestinian terrorist groups against targets in Israel. The IAF will not comment on the reports.
As usual, the Israeli attack was 100 percent justified, but many in the media will incorrectly portray it as a unilateral act of unjustified violence. This happened when the IAF destroyed a Syrian facility in September 2007 which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finally determined a year later had all the hallmarks of an illegal nuclear facility. This also happened in December when Israel executed a series of air raids in Gaza as direct response to Hamas rocket attacks.
The reality remains as simple as it has ever been. Only one of the combatants in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has ever shown a true willingness to move toward peace: Israel. Every single cease fire and agreement has been violated by the Palestinians and their supporters, who then turn around and point the finger (along with a friendly news media and people like Jimmy Carter) toward Israel.
Can there be a ‘two state solution’? Not until Fatah, Hamas, Hizbollah, and the greater Muslim world begin working for peace instead of continually dragging Israel into war. In the mean time, well, the Israeli government—the only elective government in the middle east—can and should do everything it can to protect its people from its avowed enemies, up to and including the use of military force.