The Left called us "hysterical warmongers".
Feelings here in Israel are very mixed. On the one hand, we of course pray for a successful IDF operation against the Arab enemy; on the other hand, we have no trust in the real intentions of the Livni-Barak leftist government. People are furious that this government has done nothing for years against the Kassams and the missiles, has done nothing to free Gilad Shalit, has agreed to give the Hamas months of quiet which enabled it to arm itself with the most modern missiles that can reach Ashdod and Beersheva. And now that elections in Israel are around the corner and all polls show that Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni will be shamefully thrown into the opposition, all of a sudden they are waking up and are doing something. Something they should have done years ago.
The fear in Israel is that this is just a brief and cynical show of strength by Barak and Livni to try to gain some political points, or even worse - to justify postponing the elections completely. Likud MK Yuval Steinitz warned that a postponement of the elections will be a victory for terror.
Another fear we all have is that one of the secret purposes of this military operation is to bring down Hamas only in order to reinstall Fatah. Since the Oslo agreements, Israeli governments have tried to convince us that Fatah members, led by the Holocaust denier and arch-terrorist Abu Mazen, are really "partners" that we can talk to and make agreements with. Yet , we have not been fooled and we know that this is a big lie. Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah and Al-Qaeda are all one and the same: Arab terrorists who work towards one goal - the destruction of Israel as a first step in a global Islamo-fascist jihad against the Western world.
We, parents of IDF soldiers, are sending our children to the army knowing full well the price that we might pay; and this, on condition that our IDF soldiers will be sent to fight for the people of Israel and the Land of Israel. On the other hand, we do not agree to have our children used as canon fodder for Abu Mazen and Fatah. On the contrary, we believe that all Fatah, Hamas and other terror leaders must be killed and their organizations destroyed once and for all.
So on the one hand, we all pray for the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters in the south, for our IDF soldiers and for a successful military operation against the Arab enemy. On the other hand, we must remember who is responsible for all this.
Let's remember that the Israeli Left laughed at us in 1993 when we warned that the criminal and shameful Oslo agreements would bring Katyushas to Ashkelon and Ashdod. The Left even called us "hysterical warmongers".
Let's remember that when the IDF had full control over Gaza, and Jews lived and flourished in Gush Katif, there were no Katyushas on Israel at all. Only when the IDF abandoned Gaza in the year 2000 did the rockets start falling; first on Gush Katif and Sderot, and after the expulsion, the Arab Kassams reached Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Let's remember that it is Israel's abandonment first of Gaza and later Gush Katif that enabled the Arabs in Gaza to arm themselves like an army and launch missiles and Kassams at Israelis. Yes, let's remember that Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert. Tzipi Livni, Ehud Barak and all other pro-Oslo and "pro-Disengagement" (expulsion from Gush Katif) politicians have created this mess, have created the monster of Hamastan in Gaza.
And thus, let's make sure that we will have elections in Israel on February 10th. In those upcoming elections, let's make sure that we punish all those politicians who have enabled the Arabs to take over Gaza. Let's make sure Livni and Barak will be thrown far into the opposition. And let's make sure that this time the Israeli people elect a proud Jewish Zionist government that is not scared to tell the world: "The Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel. No one has the right to give it away."
Luckily, lovers of the Land of Israel will have whom to vote for in these elections. Finally, the real National Camp united and formed one party. Members of Hatikva, the National Camp and Erets Israel Shelanu joined and recreated the Ichud Leumi (National Union), after the Bayit Hayehudi party revealed itself to be a new version of the old wishy-washy Mafdal (National Religious Party).
The renewed National Camp (Ichud Leumi) has an excellent list. Number one, Yaakov Katz ("Ketzele") from Bet El; then MK Uri Ariel; MK Arieh Eldad; Dr. Michael Ben-Ari from Karnei Shomron; Uri Bank from Gush Etzion; Alon Davidi from Sderot; Dr. Ron Breiman from Tel Aviv; and so on. Women in Green wishes this new party, which proudly waves the flag of Eretz Israel, lots of success.
As for Gaza, the time has come to free Gaza from its Arab occupation, to destroy Hamas and all other terror organizations once and for all, to reinstall Israeli sovereignty over Gaza, and rebuild the 25 beautiful Jewish communities of Gush Katif. The expelled Jews must be able to go back. Back home.
In these times of war, may HaShem protect the People of Israel in all of the Land of Israel.
Nadia Matar is co-Chairwoman of Women in Green (Women for Israel's Tomorrow).