Is there a Yiddish word for “jihad”? If not, we need a neologism for this new turn of events. It sure looks like the Israelis are taking the gloves off:
|Israel’s defense minister vowed Sunday to wage war on the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad until its capabilities are wiped out.|
|The threat by Shaul Mofaz follows a suicide bombing by the group last week that killed five Israelis in the coastal city of Hadera.|
|Israel responded Thursday with an airstrike on a car in the Gaza Strip targeting Islamic Jihad militants, but it also killed people standing nearby in crowded streets.|
|“We are carrying out a broad operation against terrorism, a broad operation against the Islamic Jihad infrastructure in light of Islamic Jihad’s intention to continue with suicide bombings,” Mofaz said ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting.|
|“We are making huge efforts to prevent these attacks … and this activity will continue until we can say that the Islamic Jihad infrastructure can no longer carry out suicide bombings,” he added.|
Oh. Wait a minute. This looks familiar.
|But when they saw the army coming to meet them, they said unto Judah: ‘What? shall we be able, being a small company, to fight against so great and strong a multitude? …’ And Judah said: ‘It is an easy thing for many to be shut up in the hands of a few, and there is no difference in the sight of Heaven to save by many or by few; for victory in battle standeth not in the multitude of an host, but strength is from Heaven. They come unto us in fullness of insolence and lawlessness, to destroy us and our wives and our children, for to spoil us; but we fight for our lives and our laws. And He Himself will discomfort them before our face; but as for you, be yet not afraid of them.” (The First Book of Maccabees)|
Wouldn’t you know it? Judah Macabee’s fight all over again. A little early for Hanukkah, but in this case, better early than late.
Sometimes history can be a damned comfort, especially when it repeats itself like this.
Hat tip: Tigerhawk