Editor’s Note: The following is Michael Huling’s weekly Highlight.
Most of the projectiles were successfully shot down by the Israeli Iron Dome defense system. However, one of the mortars landed in a kindergarten, leaving Israel with no choice but to retaliate in defense. Thankfully, no children were at the school during the attacks, not that it would matter to the Palestinian terrorists. Israel responded within hours, launching airstrikes at several terrorist training bases across Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of his retaliatory strikes, “The army will respond with great force to these attacks. Israel will exact a heavy price from anyone who tries to attack it, and we view Hamas as responsible for preventing such attacks against us.”
Hamas has made it common practice to launch attacks from inside of hospitals and schools, putting children and the sick at risk in order to carry out their terrorist attacks. While the Palestinians use women and children as human shields, Israel continues to protect its people at all costs, despite constant international Antisemitism and UN condemnation.
This was the second Palestinian attack on Israel in as many weeks, following an attempted invasion of Israel through its border fence on the Gaza strip. Palestinians lit hundreds of tires and other objects on fire during the raid, using the smoke as cover to infiltrate the Israeli border. Hamas organized the attack, providing Palestinian protesters with weapons such as grenades, knives, and meat cleavers to attack Israeli citizens upon breaching the border fence.
The Palestinian rioters also made “kite bombs” to launch into Israel, some of which even featured Nazi symbols. But don’t worry, this has nothing to do with Antisemitism. Forget the fact that the Hamas Covenant openly states “the basic HAMAS goal of destroying the State of Israel through Jihad.” Or that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” There’s also that infamous point in Article 7 of the Covenant, noting “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.'”
No Antisemitism here at all.
Some of the startling video footage from the Hamas-led Palestinian attacks can be seen here:
Israeli was successful in fending off this attack as well, killing 62 total rioters, at least 50 of whom were Hamas terrorists. Palestinian terrorism and aggression has been increasing significantly in recent months, and more attacks are likely to follow.
Perhaps most shocking has been the media coverage of these particular incidents. The media has been rather quiet about Hamas launching into Israeli schools, instead focusing on the Roseanne controversy and President Trump’s meeting with Kim Kardashian. Yes, really.
However, the media broadly condemned Israel for defending its border during the mass Palestinian riots earlier in the month, accusing the Israeli Defense Force of shooting “unarmed protesters.” The same unarmed protesters who were throwing grenades, storming the Israeli border with knives, and yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
It wasn’t just the media standing firm with Hamas, as the always reliable Bernie Sanders joined in on terrorist-emboldening.
The nauseating United Nations continued its grotesque history of Antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, launching a war crimes investigation. Not against the Palestinian terrorists attempting to invade Israel and slaughter Jews, but against Israel for having the audacity to protect its people from the Holocaust-like intent of Hamas. United Nations human rights officials also criticized Israel’s use of force against the Palestinians. Some notable member nations of the UN Human Rights Council include Qatar, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. All bastions of human rights, equality, and legitimacy, of course.
Despite the best wishes of the two-state solution dreamers out there, there is one guarantee that remains as true today as it has always been. If Israel laid down its arms and said it would fight no more, Israel would be wiped off the face of the Earth within weeks, fulfilling the dreams of Hamas, Hezbollah, and virtually all Islamic jihadists. If the Arab nations and terrorist organizations agreed to lay down their arms, there would be regional peace instantaneously. Only one side has the stated mission of wiping the other off the globe, and it’s the same side that the media and radical Left continue to defend.
The Fun Stuff:
First off, I want to apologize for not having a Highlight the past few weeks. It has been a very busy time for me lately, to say the least. In the last nine days alone, I finished an internship with California State Senator Joel Anderson, turned 21 years old, completed my last semester at community college —earning an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences— and committed to University of California San Diego as a political science major.
I celebrated my 21st birthday as any fun-loving guy would, by taking a couple of final exams. In all seriousness, I had a wonderful family dinner (and drinks of course). I went out with some of my best friends last weekend to celebrate more properly. At the time of the publishing of this column, I will be on the way to Las Vegas for what is sure to be an unforgettable (unmemorable?) weekend with some great company once again. I’ve been to Vegas several times in the past for various and sundry reasons, but this will be my first time there as a fully legal adult.
I won’t go into too much detail on the sports punditry, mostly because I still haven’t packed for this weekend and we’re hitting the road in a few hours. I’ve never been very good with punctuality, as my friends can attest to.
In any case, the Yankees look decent lately, finishing up another series win over the Astros. Ace pitcher Luis Severino continues to show his Cy Young ability, while rookie Gleyber Torres has taken the league by storm, hitting .319 with nine homers through his first 33 games. He already has two walk off hits this season as well, displaying a clutch attribute that brings back memories of my childhood hero, Derek Jeter. The Red Sox seemingly refuse to lose a damn game, with Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez having uncomfortably great seasons. Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched for the first time in several weeks yesterday, but suffered yet another back injury that is likely to put him back on the disabled list. Angels slugger Mike Trout continues to clearly be the best player in the game, dominating at the plate, on the base pads, and in the field.
The NBA Finals began last night, with the Cavs dropping a heartbreaking game one to the Warriors, losing in overtime. The game was close throughout, and the Cavs had the game just about won before a few blown calls and unbelievably poor plays. LeBron James continued to do what he has all postseason, carrying a team that has no business being as far as they are. He finished the game with a remarkable 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists on 19-32 shooting. It simply doesn’t get much better than that. James is the first player to ever score 50 in a finals game and have his team lose the game. It’s hard to see the Cavs recovering from this devastating loss to win the series, which was extremely unlikely to begin with. The consequential sequence in the last few seconds of the game can be seen below. The Cavs are down one before George Hill makes his first free throw to tie the game. He misses the second, and J.R. Smith gets the offensive rebound. Rather than put up a possible game-winning shot from the paint, or even call timeout, Smith dribbles to the half court line and passes the ball as time expires. It’s one of the most embarrassing and oblivious plays you’ll ever see in professional sports, especially from a player who has been in the NBA for 14 years.
I know I promised a book review of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, but I haven’t gotten around to finishing the last couple chapters of the book given how hectic these last few weeks have been. However, we now have a Book Recommendations section on The Classy Libertarian, where you’ll soon find interesting and compelling books that have influenced myself and our contributors. I should have my review of Dr. Peterson’s book sometime next week, assuming I survive this weekend in Vegas.
For anyone who missed it and would like to read my piece on Memorial Day, it can be found here. I tried to do something a little different with that article, so hopefully it came out somewhat coherently. I always love receiving feedback from my readers, provided they’ve read the piece and have something useful to say. You’d be surprised how often neither of these criteria are met.
Next time you hear from me, I’ll be on the other side of a wild Vegas weekend. Be sure to check out next week’s Highlight, where I’ll give all the fun details of how this weekend goes. Or will I? As I recall, there’s some ubiquitous saying about what that happens in Vegas staying in Vegas.
Have a great weekend (I know I will) and God bless.
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