Operation Pillar of Cloud Backfires Israel
On Friday, October 21, 2011, Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah said to the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper “the next war with Israel will start in Tel Aviv, and Hezbollah has many surprises that will change the face of the region in a future war.” “Next time there would be no red lines,” he added. Slightly over one year after these words, at least two rockets fired by Hamas—Hezbollah’s ally—from Gaza hit Tel Aviv in the early afternoon of November 15, 2012. Following the firing of a second rocket, the municipality opened the public shelters for the first time in almost a generation and announced: “People should follow the Home Front Command orders.” The sirens were heard also in Ramat HaSharon, next to the Mossad headquarters. The last time a similar event took place was in January 1991, during the first Iraq War, when 42 Iraqi Scud missiles hit the area.
Operation Pillar of Cloud
Operation Pillar of Cloud began with the assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari, commander of Hamas’ militant wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, on November 14. In the two days since then, the IDF killed already 18 Palestinians, including 7 civilians while Palestinian militants fired killed three civilians with a rocket that hit a house in Kiryat Malachi. Gaza’s Health Ministry announced that among the killed are a pregnant woman, an 11- month-old child, and a 3-year-old girl. Probably only Israel considers these as enemies. One of the Grad rockets fired by the Palestinian almost reached the Negev Nuclear Research Center near Dimona. For the first time, the Palestinians fired long-range unguided surface-to-surface artillery rockets Fajr-5, developed by Iran. With a range of 75km, these were the rockets that reached Tel Aviv. Shortly after, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the government had authorized the call of 30,000 reservists for a possible incursion of the IDF into Gaza, as part of the already announced Operation Cast Lead II. This time the main target will be the killing of Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader acting as Prime Minister in Gaza.
Israel’s naming of the campaign that resulted in the bombing of Tel Aviv is preposterous. It originates in a verse related to the Exodus from Egypt. In Exodus 13:21 we read And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. Israel performed a vain attempt to manipulate the public into believing that its deplorable act of violence is backed by God. Sadly, this is a dominant theme among heretic American Zionist-Christians, who had become the Pillar of Vanity supporting Zionist violence; this is nothing but self-idolatry. In a comic fast answer, the snake was reminded of that with two missiles. Instead of an invisible pillar of cloud, we are witnessing a solid Pillar of Punishment towards Israel.
About two weeks ago, I published The Rebirth of the Stern Gang, where the new Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance was analyzed. One of the oddest answers I got supported Labor as an answer to the expanionist policies of Likud. “Zionist parties all support similar policies,” was my answer, expanded in Israel’s Big Bang. Operation Pillar of Cloud supported this claim. Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich, Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, and former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni are among these appaluding Netanyahu’s violence; they had no choice, otherwise they will lose votes. In past election campaigns, one of the Haredi parties coined a catchy slogan “Right and Left are only sand and sand,” meaning secular-Zionist parties are all the same; in Hebrew, “sand” is a synonym for “valueless” and “common.” I dislike nagging, but reality is simple. Israel goes to elections in January. Netanyhau cannot solve the social protests plaguing his violent fiefdom; instead he needs a war that will unify the voters behind a militaristic leader. The American election results shocked Israel, ruining Netanyahu’s dream of a war with Iran; moreover, President Obama didn’t answer the Israeli provocations analyzed in Obama’s Victory Shocks Israel. The next best thing is a reproduction of Operation Cast Lead; a few missiles on Tel Aviv would only increase the support for Netanyahu. In sin, Operation Pillar of Cloud was born.