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The Palestinian Answer to the U.S. Peace Plan is Continued Terrorist Attacks

Penny S. Tee Article

Yes, I do have the Corona Virus on my mind and my heart aches for the suffering and loss of life here in the United States and throughout the world. It is scary, period. But taking a break from the incessant news broadcast predicting unimaginable deaths, my mind wandered to Israel and I thought about what is happening with them. What was the Palestinian reaction to the proposed Peace plan? Unfortunately, more bad news.

Since I’m a Peace-loving kind of person, writing this article was difficult but I felt it was  important to write about what Israel is currently facing.

In 2019 the Palestinians shot 1500 missiles into Israel.1 And as the U.S. proposed Peace plan was rolled out in January 2020, terror attacks continued against Israel in January, February and March. Rockets and mortars have been launched into Israel―sometimes daily.2

Sprinkled in have been balloon-bomb explosive devices,3 shootings of IDF soldiers, car rammings4 and stabbings 5 Unfortunately, these types of attacks in Israel are very familiar to them.

On February 6, 2020 there were three terrorist attacks within twenty-four hours.6 Twelve soldiers were injured in a car ramming in Gush Etzion in the West Bank.7 In two additional separate attacks terrorists opened fire at police officers near the entrance to the Temple Mount and at the border.8

At the end of February, Israel was hit within twenty-four hours with forty rockets from Gaza, so Israel struck targets in Gaza and Syria.9 Why Syria? Israel Unwired explains it’s “because leaders of the Islamic Jihad terror group responsible for the rockets launched on Israel live in Syria.” How much is one small, but mighty nation supposed to take?

Month-after-month Israelis are attacked but it appears few seem to notice―that is, until Israel tries to put an end to it.

One of the reasons Israel has not stopped the terror and rocket threats from Gaza is because attacking Gaza will provoke a much bigger military conflict from the Iranian-backed Lebanon front where Hezbollah has over 150,000 rockets superior to Gaza’s weapons.10

So many Palestinian attacks happened during and since our fateful trip in 2014,11 that led to Operation Protective Edge―the impact of which changed my life forever. It’s the topic of my book “BLASTED from COMPLACENCY: A Journey from Terror to Transformation in Israel.” 

Now Israel’s Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, says military action to stop the Palestinian aggression probably is a certainty. He’s even using the word―WAR, which strangely even after thousands of rockets, mortars and violent attacks, Israel doesn’t often use, Oy.

If only the Palestinians would stop their attacks, but this violence is demanded by the leaders of the Palestinian Authority. If only there were sincere Peace partners in the Palestinian Authority willing to negotiate a lasting Peace…

There is a glimmer of hope for Israel in the type of defensive weapons they have been working on. In the past, Iron Dome, Israel’s anti-missile defense system, my B.F.F. who stopped the Palestinian missiles heading toward us was used to blow up the missiles in mid-air before they could do their intended damage. This is a defensive weapon to stop the violence continually perpetrated against Israel in what the Palestinians claim are non-violent protests against the occupation.

Now after ten years of research and effort, Israel has a new champion to test to protect them called Laser Sword. It would be used against smaller weapons, not instead of Iron Dome. It’s a defensive weapon to knock down Palestinian weapons attacking Israel. The project was revealed after the United States forces were attacked by an Iranian missile in Iraq.12

In January 2020 American Military News reported that Israel has a laser weapon that can destroy missiles, drones and mortars. Amen. It should be ready for disbursement by the end of 2020.13 Benefits of these new systems include a continuous supply since you merely need electricity to create more beams and instead of thousands of dollars per Iron Dome intercepting rocket, the laser beam costs on average only a dollar.14

The Dailymail.com reported “it is part of a three-tiered laser defense system being developed by Israel, which will include a ground-based system to complement Iron Dome, a maneuverable platform-mounted laser system to defend troops, and a laser demo system positioned on air platforms to target threats above cloud cover.”15

It was developed after Israel’s police force unveiled a new laser system, called ‘light blade’, to target incendiary balloons and kites sent from Gaza.16 Palestinians have taken the children’s toys of balloons and kites and made them into fire burning and exploding weapons against Israelis.

It just isn’t looking good for Israelis. Now another type of war has started simultaneously. The Corona Virus is beginning to spread and take lives. Israel once again will be facing multiple enemies.

As we hunker down in the United States with our own Corona Virus rampaging through our states, as we say our prayers for our family and friends to be safe, please say some prayers for Israel. They could use our help.

Peace, שלום, سلام

I invite you to Join Me on My Journey…

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1Ahronheim, Anna, Sharon, Jeremy, Bennett to ‘Post’: 95% chance of large Gaza military offensive in future,” Jerusalem Post, February 25, 2020, https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bennett-to-Post-95-percent-chance-of-large-Gaza-military-offensive-in-future-618777

2Gross, Judah Ari, “Gaza rocket strikes field in south, as Israel threatens harsh response,”, February 9, 2020, https://www.timesofisrael.com/gaza-rocket-strikes-field-in-south-as-israel-threatens-harsh-response/

3Gross, Judah Ari, “After 3 days without rockets, Israel ends ‘sanctions’ on Gaza,” Times of Israel, February 18, 2020, https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-3-days-without-rockets-israel-ends-sanctions-on-gaza/

4“Palestinian car-ramming terror suspect on Facebook: ‘Let them taste instant death,’” Jewish News Syndicate, March 12, 2020, https://www.jns.org/palestinian-car-ramming-terror-suspect-on-facebook-let-them-taste-instant-death/

5Breiner, Josh and Hasson, Nir, “Palestinian Shot Dead in Suspected Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem’s Old City”, Haaretz, Feb 22, 2020, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-attacker-shot-dead-in-suspected-stabbing-attack-in-jerusalem-s-old-city-1.8564432

6Jones, Emily, “A Day of Terror for Israel: Many Injured After 3 Terror Attacks in Just 12 Hours,” CBN News, February 6, 2020, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2020/february/a-day-of-terror-for-israel-many-injured-after-3-terror-attacks-in-just-12-hours

7Jones, Emily, “A Day of Terror for Israel: Many Injured After 3 Terror Attacks in Just 12 Hours,” CBN News, February 6, 2020, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2020/february/a-day-of-terror-for-israel-many-injured-after-3-terror-attacks-in-just-12-hours

8Jones, Emily, “A Day of Terror for Israel: Many Injured After 3 Terror Attacks in Just 12 Hours,” CBN News, February 6, 2020, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2020/february/a-day-of-terror-for-israel-many-injured-after-3-terror-attacks-in-just-12-hours

9Abelow, Avi, “Israel Strikes Gaza & Syria Targets in Retaliation for Massive Missile Attack,” Israel Unwired, February 24, 2020, https://israelunwired.com/israel-strikes-gaza-syria-targets-in-retaliation-for-massive-missile-attack/

10Abelow, Avi, “Israel Strikes Gaza & Syria Targets in Retaliation for Massive Missile Attack,” Israel Unwired, February 24, 2020, https://israelunwired.com/israel-strikes-gaza-syria-targets-in-retaliation-for-massive-missile-attack/

11Ahronheim, Anna, Sharon, Jeremy, “Bennett to ‘Post’: 95% chance of large Gaza military offensive in future,” Jerusalem Post, February 25, 2020, https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bennett-to-Post-95-percent-chance-of-large-Gaza-military-offensive-in-future-618777

12Andrews, Luke, “Israel unveils ‘laser sword’ defense system that can stop rockets and drones, following Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq,” DailyMail.com, January 9, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868267/Israel-unveils-laser-sword-defence-stop-rockets-drones.html

13Morgan, Ryan, “Israel’s breakthrough laser weapon can now stop missiles, drones and mortars says Defense Ministry,” American Military News, January 09, 2020, https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/01/israels-breakthrough-laser-weapon-can-now-stop-missiles-drones-and-mortars-says-defense-ministry/

14Andrews, Luke, “Israel unveils ‘laser sword’ defense system that can stop rockets and drones, following Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq,” DailyMail.com, January 9, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868267/Israel-unveils-laser-sword-defence-stop-rockets-drones.html

15Andrews, Luke, “Israel unveils ‘laser sword’ defense system that can stop rockets and drones, following Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq,” DailyMail.com, January 9, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868267/Israel-unveils-laser-sword-defence-stop-rockets-drones.html

16Andrews, Luke, “Israel unveils ‘laser sword’ defense system that can stop rockets and drones, following Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq,” DailyMail.com, January 9, 2020, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868267/Israel-unveils-laser-sword-defence-stop-rockets-drones.html

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