Some may be shocked to hear that Hamas recently murdered six Israeli citizens, but we need only to look at the Hamas charter to understand the nature of such an atrocity.
“The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’” the charter proclaims.
Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, is an anti-Semitic terrorist organization that strives to annihilate world Jewry, and it will do anything to achieve its goal.
This is why, after showing an enormous amount of restraint, the Israel Defense Forces decided to launch Operation Pillar of Defense on Nov. 14. The goal of the operation was to selectively assassinate Hamas’ leadership and to severely maim its rocket-launching capabilities. Luckily for the innocent civilians that live in the Gaza Strip, the IDF is one of the most moral armies on Earth, so it worked diligently to keep civilians out of harm’s way.
However, Hamas devised a plan to manipulate the IDF’s unwavering morality in its favor. Turning a gruesome act into a commonplace strategy, Hamas terrorists often kidnap Palestinian children and deliver them to launch sites in the Gaza Strip. In doing so, Hamas ensures that the IDF does not eliminate its military capabilities at that location. This act not only harms Israel’s inalienable right to protect itself but also violates the basic human rights of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.
It is no wonder that some of the world’s largest democracies were appalled by Hamas’ war crimes and took an undeniably pro-Israel stance in this most recent conflict. President Obama recently expressed support for “Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians.” The United States — one of the many moral nations — knows that a rational foreign policy means it should unequivocally oppose terrorism.
Why does any of this matter? Because immoral nations around the world have taken a strong stance against Israel’s right to defend itself. These nations, like Iran, which has called for Israel’s annihilation, and Syria, which is currently committing a genocide against its own people, have a strong influence over global politics and have even brainwashed a minority of the U.S. public to support Hamas’ aggression against Israeli civilians.
If one truly wishes to combat Hamas and its anti-Semitic platform, then one must separate fact from fiction and understand that Israel is the only party in this conflict that maintains a moral compass. As the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel stands as a light unto the nations that can, and will, protect itself and all innocent civilians from the horrors of war.
In this recent clash of civilizations, we have decided to unequivocally stand behind the State of Israel.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 26 print edition. Mia Applebaum, Michael Harris and Blair Hart Newman are contributing writers. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.