March 4, 2024

What do you call an Israeli who lives in the Cordilleras? Mountain Jew!
In the biblical Exodus which was a hit movie I watched with papa at the Pines Theater, Moses parted the Red Sea so he and the Israeli slaves could flee Egypt and travel to the Promised Land.
Initially, the Egyptians agreed to let them go but changed their mind on the rash decision. The Pharaoh tried to recapture them by deploying 600 chariots but the convoy never made it as the sea returned to its form after the slaves crossed. Some skeptics say the water was only six inches deep so there was no parting but only wading. Might be true but how could the Egyptians, their horses and chariots drown in six-inch water was a better question than a joke.
No laughing matter though is the recent terrorist attack on Israel with a multitude of casualties.
Here, Mossad, the best intelligence unit in the world, was literally caught with its pants down as the attack was done without it having a hint.
I am sure though that their intelligence fund was being used properly unlike here where it goes “puff the magic dragon.” Ay apo! Only in the Philippines.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right to call to arms not for retaliation but for invasion-war and once and for all end the terroristic activities.
I don’t claim to be a historian but from what I learned and subject to correction, here is my take on the matter:
The Palestinians then led by Yasser Arafat and Israel are in conflict over the West while Hamas (acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya, or Islamic Resistance Movement) was in conflict over the Gaza Strip because of its occupation more than 50 years ago.
Hamas was created in 1987 at the start of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Two years later, it carried out its first attacks on Israeli military targets.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization was more moderate and negotiated for peace in Oslo in 1993. Of course, Hamas opposed the peace process, and to derail the accords, it went on a spree with bus bombings and gun attacks in Israel. Thus, inevitably, no agreement to end the conflict was achieved.
The tense situation over the years worsened when Israel tried to evict Palestinian families from their homes near the Old City in Jerusalem and the battle of dignity to defend the Masjid al-Aqsa, or simply Al-Aqsa, meaning “the farthest started”.
Two Filipinas have died in the conflict, thus this backgrounder.
The Israelis say the attack is the beginning of war and they intend to see it ‘til the end.
Lesson learned, “Don’t start what you can’t finish.”
Sigh.