America Takes the Side of Hamas

It is with great sorrow – and trepidation – that I observe America taking the side of Hamas in what is nothing less than the first phase of a war against the existence of the Jewish state.

Despite the declarations of “unbreakable bonds,” and “unconditional support,” the Biden administration is demanding that Israel not invade Rafiah, the last remaining stronghold of Hamas, the location of its leaders – and perhaps also of many or all of the roughly 100 living hostages still held by Hamas.

Virtually all of Israel’s political and military leaders agree that only a ground invasion of Rafiah will end Hamas’ control of Gaza, prevent it from reconstituting its army, avoid the promised repetition of the horror show of October 7, and allow the residents of the western Negev to return to their homes without fear of rocket attacks or terrorist incursions.

The Americans are also pushing for a hostage deal that will entail a months-long ceasefire, which will enable Hamas to better prepare for further action by Israel, and which they hope to stretch even longer. Thus, when the inevitable confrontation with Hezbollah, an outbreak of war in Judea/Samaria, or an Iranian nuclear breakout occurs – probably all three simultaneously – Israel will be forced to fight a reconstituted Hamas on her southern front as well as her enemies on her northern and eastern ones.

At the same time, they are calling for the Palestinian Authority, which has never stopped paying terrorists to murder Israelis, to take control of Gaza. It will then be integrated into a sovereign Palestinian state. Again, virtually all Israeli leaders and a majority of the Israeli people believe that such a state would almost immediately be at war with Israel, this time only a few kilometers from her center of population.

The Americans argue that the invasion of Rafiah would entail “unacceptable” civilian casualties. They insist that preventing such casualties, which (they say) are already excessive, must be Israel’s top priority1.

But they know that the casualty figures coming from Hamas (there is no independent source) are massively inflated. They know that the IDF has achieved a lower ratio of civilian to combatant casualties than any other army in similar urban combat. They know that reports of hunger and humanitarian crisis are exaggerated, and that food and medical supplies are entering Gaza in great quantities. They know that Hamas is stealing some of it for its own purposes and selling the rest at exorbitant prices. They know that Israel has promised to evacuate civilians from the area before invading (despite the Egyptian refusal, with American support, to accept any refugees from Gaza). They know that the international law of war permits a reasonable amount of collateral damage, proportional to the military advantage gained. And they know that Hamas’ method of fighting, which deliberately places civilians in harm’s way and multiplies casualties for a propaganda advantage, is a war crime.

The US has excellent intelligence of her own, and Israel has provided American officials with access to her data. They must know all of the above, but they also know that the worldwide campaign of anti-Israel propaganda has been highly effective, and that many people – including Americans in states critical to the coming presidential election – believe it. So they position themselves as the champions of the “innocent Gazans2” who are suffering at the hands of Israel, and continue to ramp up pressure on Israel to “do more” to protect them, and to ensure that more humanitarian aid (which now exceeds the amount that was flowing before the war) gets into Gaza. They place limits on the use of American weapons, and threaten to cut off the flow of ammunition if Israel doesn’t follow instructions. In addition to weakening Israel, the American position strengthens Hamas, both by ensuring its supply of food and fuel, and with the message that all it has to do is hold on until the US makes Israel stop fighting.

The cynicism and hypocrisy is blatant. It’s been said that “Biden is calling for a two-state solution: Michigan and Nevada.”

What the Americans do not understand, because even now they do not understand the Middle East, is that Israel does not have a choice. Encircled and outnumbered by Iranian-supported proxies, our only hope for survival is to maintain the deterrence that our qualitative military advantage can provide. Today our enemies are waiting and watching. If they know that Israel will be prevented from defeating them, If they see that the terror tactics of October 7 are rewarded with international aid and even Palestinian statehood, they will attack more fiercely, and they will be encouraged to do so in precisely the way that worked so well for Hamas: the combination of the most vicious terrorism imaginable, along with the use of human shields and psychological warfare. if they see – remember, this is the Middle East – that murder, torture, and rape on a massive scale are not avenged, then they will be convinced that Israel is weak and defenseless. Like a flock of chickens attacking a wounded individual, they will try to peck us to death.

But I can’t place all the blame on the Americans, although they are doing their best to hamstring us. Our weak leadership has already indicated that it would accept a deal which would allow some hostages to come home, in return for a release of thousands of imprisoned terrorists, including many of the bloodiest. In addition, it would agree to a ceasefire for at least six weeks – and this is the first stage of the deal; it would be extended by further negotiations for the remaining hostages. And Hamas will never give up all of them until its survival is assured. Ironically, Hamas, convinced that the Americans will force Israel to give up even more, hasn’t accepted the deal.

It’s hard to imagine that we will get up after a ceasefire of months and invade Rafiah. If Israel does not do it within weeks or days, the opportunity will be lost. If Hamas is not decisively defeated they will claim victory. And they will be right in doing so.
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1This is rich, coming from the country that incinerated Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, bombed dams to flood North Korea, machine-gunned refugees in No Gun Ri, “destroyed [Vietnamese] village[s] to save them,” and killed tens of thousands in Iraq.

2In the only Palestinian election to date, Gazans voted overwhelmingly for Hamas. Many “innocent civilians” followed Hamas soldiers across the border to pillage and murder. Today polls show most Palestinians support Hamas; those that don’t still admire the October 7 atrocity and favor armed conflict with Israel.

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5 Responses to America Takes the Side of Hamas

  1. Leon Kushner says:

    This will be Bibi’s biggest test to date. I know he’s got the toughest job on the planet but he took the job so he best get to it. I also realize that he’s surrounded with enemies within and without. Those within comprise his war cabinet so they will undoubtedly side with Biden and try to stop the IDF from taking Rafah. But again he’s got to show moral clarity and fight off his enemies even if some are Israelis. Even if some are IDF generals and Mossad chiefs and even if many comprise the courts.
    He needs to ignore them all and bypass them. He can deal with them later (if there is a later). Right now he needs to unleash the brave soldiers who are more than willing to lay down their lives to save their country. If he doesn’t do it now, like you said, he won’t have a chance to do it later. If he doesn’t do it, his legacy could be that he was the leader who helped destroy Israel. All the good that he’s done in the past will be erased.

  2. The Man In The High Castle says:

    Slight point of disagreement within your otherwise (typically) excellent essay:

    “What the Americans do not understand, because even now they do not understand the Middle East, is that Israel does not have a choice.”

    Actually, I believe they do – fully – understand the implications of this decision.

  3. nudnikJR says:

    Victor,
    It is good to read one of your essays again after quite a spell since the last one.
    Sadly, the points you make are dire – and I agree with all of them.
    I also agree with Leon Kushner that Bibi has to get on with it. I hope that his innate caution does not get him to dither further. The situation facing Israel is existential. One can already see the consequences of delay in that hundreds of terrorists are still active in northern and central Gaza, whence they were supposed to have been eliminated months ago.
    I also agree with the High Castle Man that the American administration fully understands the implications of their actions – not the clueless hacks and fellow travellers, but certainly some in the higher positions, especially the puppeteer who still resides in D.C., unlike all previous Presidents, once they stepped down. This is a person who actively wants to destroy Israel (and damage America), in line with his Muslim sympathies and indoctrination from his father, step-father, Jeremiah Wright and Farrakhan.

  4. Ian says:

    You are clearly preaching to the chorus again. I would only add that the world is not a kind place. No matter how much we Jews and a few supporters (hello evangelicals) believe in the importance and destiny of the Jewish State, it is up to the State to defend itself. If the leaders are too weak to fight to the end, then there is no guarantee that this great Zionistic experiment will last. This is an existential fight, and Israel must win. We all know that they have the means to win, I’m just not sure that they have the will.

  5. The Man In The High Castle says:

    Ian,

    Good insight.

    Your comments remind me of Nathan Alterman’s free-verse poem, “Thus Satan Said”:

    “How will I overcome
    this one who is under siege?
    He possesses bravery, ingenuity,
    weapons of war and resourcefulness.”

    And he said: “I’ll not sap his strength,
    Nor fill his heart with cowardice,
    nor overwhelm him with discouragement
    As in days gone by.
    I will only do this:
    I will cast a shadow of dullness over his mind
    until he forgets that justice is with him.”

    This is what the Satan said and it was as if
    the heavens trembled in fear
    as they saw him rise
    to execute his plan.

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