"Israel's hand is offered in peace to those who are poised for peace, and those who threaten us, both near and far, they should know that our long arm will strike with force in order to protect Israel."
For over 64 years, Israel spurned peace. Violence is prioritized over diplomacy and conflict resolution. Arabs are considered lesser beings. Brute force targets them.
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir once said Israel's 1982 Lebanon war was launched because of a "terrible danger".not so much a military one as a political one."
Israel created a pretext to preemptively attack. No threat or justification existed. Around 18,000 Palestinians were massacred. Doing so was one of history's great crimes.
Shamir bore full responsibility. So did Ariel Sharon. As defense minister, he ordered mass slaughter. He called doing so "ridding the world of the center of international terrorism." He let Phalangist fascists do his dirty work.
He later became prime minister. In Israel, crime pays. Previous Israeli prime ministers, other officials, and IDF commanders were war criminals. Current ones share culpability.
"Protecting Israel" involves ravaging the region and humanity. Netanyahu perhaps prioritizes more of the same ahead.
Daily Palestinian attacks occur. In the week ending December 26, 71 West Bank community incursions occurred. Dozens of arrests followed. At least six children were targeted.
Settlement construction continues unabated. Thousands of new units were approved. On December 27, Al Haq headlined "Israel Providing Settlers' Illegal Actions with Rubber-Stamp of Approval."
Al Haq documented Israel's "continuing campaign of intimidation and violence by Israeli settlers." They commit repeated violence against Palestinians. They destroy property.
Israel is an occupying power. Despite its international obligations, it "turn a blind eye" to settler crimes against humanity. On December 20, Khaled Hayil Uthman's two cars were burned. Fire completely destroyed them.
His kitchen window screen was damaged. He reported the incident. He accused settlers. Graffiti left behind identified them. Israeli soldiers and police came to his home.
He was told to file an official complaint. Doing so accomplishes nothing. Settlers commit crimes with impunity. Khaled feels unsafe. His four children are traumatized. When will they attack again, they ask?
On December 17, Huda Ibrahim Nassar and her adult children headed toward al-Khalayla. It's near Itzihar settlement.
A settler attacked her eldest son, Ma'moun, earlier that day. Two soldiers accosted him. They placed him on the ground handcuffed. His face was bleeding. The settler kept "hitting his face and head with an M16 rifle."