Writing from The Israel Project this morning, Omri Ceren draws our attention to a notable development (reported here) in Hamas’s war against Israel: “Yesterday Hamas launched – and then bragged about launching – three long-range M75 rockets targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the city Dimona. Iron Dome had to knock one of the rockets out of the sky; the other two landed in open areas.”
Omri comments: “A terrorist attack against a nuclear reactor is straightforwardly defined as nuclear terrorism by the UN’s 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. This isn’t a close, debatable interpretation. It’s part of the black-letter definition at the very top of the convention[.]”
Hamas is likely to try again; if they succeed, writes Omri, they will have pulled off against an Israeli city what the UN considers to be an act of nuclear terrorism: “The Israeli reaction to an unconventional terror attack is impossible to completely foresee, but it’s safe to say that Israel’s missile defense system prevented a catastrophe yesterday.”
If Hamas were to succeed in hitting one of Israel's nuclear reactors the resulting fallout could cause a Chernobyl-like disaster. Is it any wonder that Israel is acting aggressively against Hamas? They were literally moments away from a potentially country-destroying catastrophe. (Chernobyl, lest we forget, resulted in the creation of a 30 km radius "exclusion zone" in the Ukraine. That's slightly more than 1,000 sq. miles. The entire nation of Israel is only 8,000 sq. miles. Is the Dimona reactor larger or smaller than Chernobyl? Would its destruction by missile cause a larger or smaller release than Chernobyl? Do you know? Does anyone?)
Oh, by the way, could all of the liberal Democrats who ridiculed Ronald Reagan for his proposal in the 1980s to build an anti-missile shield please forward their apologies to the Reagan family? They called it "Star Wars" and called Reagan a dunce for fantasizing about it. The Israels call it the "Iron Dome" and it may have just saved their country.
Meanwhile, here's what our current President is spending his time doing: