Obliterate them all now, do not let one Islamonazi stand among another.
Israel’s victory over Hamas must be more decisive now
Although the U.S. has now lifted the flight ban on Israel’s Ben Gurion airport (as of this morning, 24 July), the die has been cast. Hamas succeeded in getting the airport closed. Doing that put Israel’s economy in jeopardy for a period that – for all Israel knew two days ago – would be indefinite.
The principle that Hamas can do that at any time is incompatible with security for Israel. In terms of what Israel must do to prevent a recurrence of this dynamic, it doesn’t matter that the ban has been lifted. If it can happen again, Israel is not secure.
That means, in case it’s not clear, that the status quo ante has been irretrievably breached. It can’t be restored now. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.
Nor is there any use in pretending thatHamas breached the status quo. Hamas is a terrorist organization that subsists within a status quo maintained by others. The breacher of the status quo was the United States.
The U.S. could have issued a warning about the Hamas rocket that caused an impact near Ben Gurion airport (it hasn’t been made clear what actually struck in the nearby neighborhood; reports suggest that Iron Dome intercepted the rocket and that what fell was shrapnel from an in-air detonation). That would have been a proportional aviation-safety response. Instead, the Obama administration banned U.S. flights to the airport.
Contrast this with the situation in Syria where a heavily-armed civil war is raging. The Obama administration’s FAA has not banned U.S. flights to Syria. It has issued special notices suggesting that U.S. airmen “should avoid” flying there, and requiring that U.S. carriers and pilots, if they do fly there, get pre-flight threat briefings, and notify the FAA of their intent to operate in those nations’ air space.
In Iraq, where a civil war also rages, the FAA has placed restrictions on U.S. civil air operations in the country, but their effect is not to prohibit overflight or landing operations in most of Iraq. Operators must observe a “hard deck” of 20,000 feet and must obtain prior authorization to conduct flights (as opposed to merely notifying the FAA).
For Somalia, Yemen, and the Sinai Peninsula, the FAA says airmen “should avoid” the air space, and imposes a hard deck of 24,000 feet and requires the pre-flight threat briefings and prior notification.
Note in all these instances that the U.S. government goes to great lengths to make flights possible, if Americans deem them necessary, rather than taking the much simpler policy stance that air operations are prohibited outright.