What's Arabic For "Chutzpah?"

“Chutzpah” is one of those words that’s hard to define in a single English word. It’s nerve, it’s gall, it’s effrontery, it’s ballsiness, it’s audacity — and not strictly any one of those things. The classic definition of chutzpah is the man who’s been convicted of murdering his parents asking for mercy from the court because he’s an orphan.

Well, among all the other things the Palestinians have attempted to steal from the Jews (along with the Temple Mount, the term “holocaust,” the land of Israel, and so on), it seems now they’re making a move on that term.

There is considerable hue and cry right now about the poor starving and freezing Palestinians because Israel has shut down fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip. Why, it’s downright appalling, this form of collective punishment.

Until you dig a little deeper into the full story.

All of the fuel that Israel transfers to Gaza goes through Nahal Oz. And just last week, Palestinian terrorists attacked through that terminal.

So Israel decides to shut it down until they can improve security — no sense having workers there at risk, or the whole place getting blown up, right?

Cue the howls of protest.

Then others start talking about how quickly Gaza starts running out of fuel. That’s when people start taking a closer look at just how fuel gets into Gaza, and quite a few things are revealed — the kinds of things that should get a LOT of attention.

First up, Hamas basically skims off about half of all fuel that enters Gaza for its own use.

Next, we learn that the Palestinian distributor is the one who ordered an immediate halt to the distribution, because he’s worried about being able to replenish his stocks.

Which are full.

Which means that even if Israel were to turn the flow of fuel back on, there’d be nowhere to put it.

So, essentially, the Palestinians attack the fuel terminal that supplies them with the fuel (half of which gets shanghaied into terrorism support), then complain when Israel shuts down the terminal, then demands the fuel be turned back on when they have nowhere to put it.

And, of course, this is all Israel’s fault. As usual.

This is so far beyond “biting the hand that feeds you” that we might have to invent a whole new term for it.

(Hat tip: Meryl Yourish, who — as usual — is the go-to person for stuff like this.)

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