Written by Dani Reshef
April 10, 2008
On Wednesday, 9 April 2008 at about 3 in the afternoon, a team of Palestinians attacked the fuel terminal near Kibutz Nahal-Oz about 6 km East of Gaza City, the only supply source of fuel to Gaza,
The attack was well coordinated and backed with whitewash mortar fire in order mislead the Israeli forces about the purpose of the attack and to prevent reinforcements from reaching the attacked area fast.
Under cover fire the assault team cut the fence between Gaza and Israel, killed two security contractors and began to look for a possibility to abduct another Israeli. A fast response of IDF and Israeli armor arrived to the scene within a few minutes and disrupted the attack. The Palestinians fled the compound back to Gaza. Two were killed by Israeli fire during their getaway. A third Palestinian was killed later that night by an Israeli raid and a fourth was seriously wounded.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad and two other ephemeral organizations took responsibility on the attack but in fact the mortars shells were fired by Hamas in an area under full Hamas control.
The crossing points are the only place where there is daily contact between Israelis and Palestinians. Despite the daily attacks Israel is still supplying 65% of the electricity and 70% of the water, medicines and basic needs. Since January 2008 Israel limited the gas supply to the Gaza Strip to 75,000 litters a day for ambulances and emergency services, the local Gaza Electric Station and Hospital generators. Fourteen thousand Palestinians from Gaza went through medical care in Israel in 2007. Some of the treatments, such as dialysis or chemotherapy, are extremely expensive. Nevertheless, Israel is considered inhuman by these same Palestinians.
All that activity on humanitarian basis is conducted through the crossing points, providing at the same time a golden opportunity to abduct yet more Israelis as bargain cards.
It is a usual ritual that when Israel restrains herself in order to save Palestinians' life, all the international community praises Israel and condemns the Hamas. The support for Israel evaporates in the moment that Israel is not satisfied with verbal support only and decides to respond as any other country would do in the same situation.
When Israel responded only with Supersonic booms - the International community condemned Israel for “collective punishment” of thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza and for increasing the abortion rate of innocent Palestinian women. When Israel cut off 30% of the electricity, Israel was blamed by the European Union and by the Arab world for preventing electricity to hospitals which caused the death of innocent patients while Hamas was responsible for prioritizing for the usage of electricity. If Israel responded with military incursion, she was blamed by UN Secretary General of using “excessive force”. USA Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice called upon both sides “to show restraint” in order to promote the peace process, and UK Foreign Minister David Miliband expressed “worry” about the Humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip.
The Hamas regime in Gaza, fully committed to Israel's destruction, has full confidence that it can continue repeated attacks on the crossing points with Israel, the veins of life for Gaza, and Israel will give in to the foreign pressure from the international community to continue providing Gaza with fuel, water, electricity, food, medicine, and medical care while risking the life of its own citizens. Israel is obliged by its own humanitarian values and by the international community to live in an absurd theater no other nation has to face.
SOURCE: Global Jihad