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Losing is not an option. What is the point of Israel having nuclear weapons if they are not prepared to use them? The terrorists subhumans apparently know that Israel would not use them, nor even use devastating blows to Gaza. You are in a damn war now so unleash firepower so that these people never think about ever testing Israel.

Also I asked the question years ago; why, why, does Israel not have the death penalty for terrorists? We now see the folly that Hamas can use the hostages––as they have done in past conflagrations–– to secure the release of many hundreds of terrorist from Israeli jails. No matter what Israel does the world attacks it, so get on with devastating Hamas, criticism will come no matter what.

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Chilling. I think it's interesting that no mainstream US media pundit is talking about what success for Hamas in Israel would do for the security in the US.

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While the noisy left fan the flames of hatred on tiktok and the BBC, the mostly silent conservatives await their chance to vote, to fight, and to support Israel.

From our safe vantage points in the west, we nonetheless see that no nation has ever had more justification to wage war, than Israel, in response to the grave moral offences, and sickening provocations of Oct 7.

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As most of the world pays little attention to the war, save the cadre of TikTok denizens that parrot the lies of Hamas, the stakes are going unnoticed. This war is, in microcosm, a war for the future of Western civilization. If Israel is extinguished, which would happen if it loses, the next target will likely be the US, home to the second largest population of Jews. The lessons of 9-11 forgotten, we've become a weakened nation obsessed with pointless issues and lies from every direction. Banging on about a cease-fire and negotiations only emboldens our enemies.

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Psalm 83: 1 - 7 G-d Forbid!

May the Magen David never ever stop waving over that precious Land

May Hatikvah never ever be silenced

Am Yisrael Chai!

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This describes my personal, life long, nightmare. Western civ and all that means, survives, precariously, at the juncture of Judeo/Christian belief. That crossroad is in Jerusalem. We lose Israel and the idea of free individuals is dead. As Israel goes, so goes America. As America goes, so goes the light. Enter Islamic darkness.

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Scary! Isn't the only possible solution to go back to the Treaty of San Remo, to which all parties have already agreed and is still legally in force? Thus Jordan is for any Palestinians who want to live in their own state. The original 2-state solution!

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My hope, as a Jewish American, is that the U.S. would stand up for Israel and do what it takes for Israel's survival. This would mean U.S. forces neutralizing Yemen Houthis, attacking all missile launching sites under Hezbollah control, all Iranian assets in Syria, and warning Iran that its military facilities will be destroyed unless it compels its proxy terrorists to stop attacking Israel.

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It’s hard to fathom any ceasefire that doesn’t allow the ICRC to visit the remaining hostages and provide proof of life. It seems clear that the remaining hostages will be dangled to extend the ceasefire.

If there is to be a ceasefire, one of its components must be the evacuation of all civilians in potential harm’s way with the proviso that anyone remaining will be considered a volunteer human shield and do unprotected under LOAC principles. Three or five days should be more than sufficient.

In the interim, maybe Mossad can send some teams to Qatar and await orders. The ceasefire should only cover the combat zone and not give immunity to Hamas officials far afield.

As the end of this ceasefire nears, Israel’s demand should be the unconditional release of all remaining hostages and Hamas’ surrender.

Since Israel is, once again, doing the Sunni Arab and West’s dirty work, it would be helpful if they spoke out. That is an overly optimistic expectation, so if they only stayed out of the way, dayenu.

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in this scenario Israel would have no

motivation to respect the ceasefire - and a right, indeed obligation, to violate it! - the problem is that the US and others (we’ve seen this before) would not replace necessary munitions

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Thank you for posting this—indeed, losing is not an option. I can't even imagine what will happen if Israel continues this "pause" in fighting beyond 4 days (except for the apocalyptic scenario described in the book). And Israel and the world must demand proof that the remaining hostages are alive.

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Kemelman's first Rabbi Small was published in 1964

All thru the series it is perfectly accepted that country clubs do not accept Jewish members

You were already 9 years old then (I was 22)

Lots of hardly remembered stuff is shockingly recent

Remembering those 3 weeks when I knew GermanArgentinian young men I wish Israel all the best and mourn for each IDF casualty the cease fire will/may cause 🙏🇮🇱🙏🇮🇱🙏🇮🇱🙏

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It is important that you present this. It is just as important to stress that what is happening now is not fiction. If this had been a concerted effort by all of Israel's enemies the results would have been much worse. Why did they not all join in? I believe it is Divine Providence. A hatred so deep that it knocks one out of kilt. As present in the Bible in the story of Bilaam. I wrote about this: https://www.pisgahsite.com/p/israel-in-limbo

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Nice .quiet diplomatic approach.Nice flip. Thank you

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