originally published July 24, 2014

bAndrew Bolt


The Hamas Islamists who run Gaza love dead children. Not just dead Jewish children but Palestinian ones.
And it’s working. Media reports keep asking: why are so many Palestinian children dying as Israel now strikes back at Hamas?

The easy and lazy answer is because Israel is firing missiles and tank rounds at targets in the heavily populated Gaza area.

But there are two more relevant answers.

First, what option does Israel have but to clear out the terrorists, destroy their arsenals and blow up the tunnels they’ve dug to smuggle in weapons and smuggle out killers? More than 2000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel over the past six weeks, all at civilian targets as far away as Jerusalem. They have been fired even during ceasefires and have now forced international airlines to scrap flights to Israel’s international airport.

No country could tolerate that.

Asked on the ABC this week what Hamas hoped to achieve by this indiscriminate firing, spokesman Osama Hamdan replied: “Well, it’s clear that we are hoping to achieve a long-term ceasefire …”

Firing rockets for a ceasefire? Liar. No, Hamas wants to show enough Palestinian corpses to make Israel a pariah, not least in countries which now fear their Muslim minorities.

Hamas is also ensuring there are corpses. Its TV station has ordered residents to ignore Israeli warnings — by leaflets and telephone calls — to move away from targets. And Hamas is operating from homes, hospitals and schools which Israel can’t bomb without being damned.


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says twice in the past week it has found Hamas rockets hidden in its Gaza schools. A Washington Post correspondent in Gaza wrote that the Shifa Hospital is “a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices”.

Wall Street Journal correspondent Nick Casey tweeted a photograph of a Hamas spokesman being interviewed in a makeshift studio in the hospital, adding: “Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media”.

Then there are kilometres of concrete-lined tunnels Hamas has built at great expense to fight a Jewish enemy it pledges to wipe from the map. Why doesn’t it instead build bomb shelters…or kindergartens? The answer is obvious. Hamas wants its people to die so the West finally leaves it free to kill Jews instead.