David Rubin is the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund dedicated to healing the trauma of children who have been victims of terrorist attacks and is the author of several books including, 'Peace for Peace: Israel in the New Middle East' and 'The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama'.
According to David, rocket attacks by Hamas have been taking place for six years with little Israeli response, so the movement into Gaza by Israel wasn't planned although the kidnapping of the three teenagers was a spark for a search. That search, however, was carried out to a great extent in the Hebron area of Judea whereas little was carried out in Gaza.
So who is this group we keep hearing about that is known as Hamas? According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Hamas is a humanitarian organization as has been explained to her by Qatar. That's no surprise because, as David noted, Qatar is a regime that has been one of the greatest sponsors of Hamas and Suni Muslim terrorism.
Hamas is actually an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood which was founded about 100 years ago. It's active throughout the Middle East in financing and encouraging the spreading of Islamic fundamentalism.
Were Israeli ground troops justified in entering Gaza? Is the Israeli drive into Gaza connected to the Gaza 'terror tunnels'? How does David feel about the White House response? What's the latest regarding any cease-fire plan? These and other questions are answered as David presents his perspective on the turmoil in Israel.
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