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WSJ: Scene of massacre in Israel now staging ground for revenge

  |   By Polling+ Staff

BE'ERI, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 11: A soldier walks past an area where tanks are positioned near the border with Gaza on October 11, 2023 in Be'eri, Israel. More than 100 civilians were killed at Kibbutz Be'eri which is about 12% of the kibbutz's population. Israel has sealed off Gaza and conducted airstrikes on Palestinian territory after an attack by Hamas killed hundreds and took more than 100 hostages. On October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza by land, sea, and air, killing over 700 people and wounding thousands more. Israeli soldiers and civilians have also been taken hostage by Hamas and moved into Gaza. The attack prompted a declaration of war by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Well this was inevitable.

The Wall Street Journal headlines: https://www.wsj.com/

Scene of Massacre Becomes Staging Ground for Israel’s Invasion of Gaza. ‘I Am Looking for Revenge.’ 

Survivors describe Islamists’ onslaught against communities in southern Israel

The story reports:

“KFAR AZA, Israel—This small farming community near the Gaza Strip was the scene of one of Saturday’s deadliest attacks by Hamas militants who killed more than 1,200 people across Israel. Now it is a staging ground for Israel’s counterstrike.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers were assembling near bloodstained homes, abandoned Hamas pickup trucks and the bodies of residents and militants in the fields to prepare for what the military is calling a paradigm-changing offensive against Hamas’s Gaza stronghold.

Across southern Israel, Israeli soldiers said they were ready, even impatient, to fight. ‘I’ll give it to you straight,’ said a soldier who declined to give his name. ‘I am looking for revenge. We are all out for revenge.’

….Officials said they found the mutilated bodies of women and children scattered across the kibbutz. Some residents, Israeli soldiers said, had been decapitated. 

‘It’s not a war or a battlefield,’ Maj. Gen. Itai Veruv, head of the Israel Defense Forces Depth Command, told reporters at the kibbutz. ‘It’s a massacre.’” 

The obvious question: What would anyone expect? Hamas invaded a peaceful community and set about murdering men, women and children in cold blood. And decapitating children – babies.

Humanity has been around for thousands of years. One would think by the 21st century something like this massacre and its instant summoning of revenge would never happen.

Sadly, decidedly not so.