On Sept. 22, 2005, Israel completed its unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. It did not take someone with the power of an Old Testament prophet to predict what would come next. Hamas almost immediately filled the vacuum and began planning a series of terrorist attacks on civilian targets within Israel.
The latest attack, on Oct. 6, the 50th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, which nearly overwhelmed the Jewish State, has resulted (so far) in the deaths of hundreds of Israelis, the wounding of many hundreds more, and the taking of hostages by Hamas. These include Israeli soldiers and civilians, some of them women, children, the elderly and disabled.
The Biden administration and several European governments condemned the attacks (and predictably, Iran, which reportedly gave the green light to Hamas, praised them), but they and previous administrations encouraged the terrorists (can we stop calling these murderers “militants” as some in the media do?) by pressuring Israel over many years to “do more” to seek peace with the Palestinians. The more concessions Israel has made, the more the terrorists are encouraged in their pursuit of eradicating Israel.
Saudi Arabia has offered to pump more oil,