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Israel's strategy in Gaza « Previous | |Next »
July 19, 2006

Petty has it about right. Whatever may be the the Israeli army's war in Gaza is not about fate of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The Israeli army was preparing for an attack months earlier with the goal of destroying the Hamas infrastructure and its democratically elected government.

Bruce Petty

David Knoll and Geoffrey Zygier, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, had an op. ed in the Sydney Morning Herald in which they say that:

Israelis are tough and determined, and Israel will continue to offer a two-state solution to the Palestinians, but to achieve that, the Palestinians have to learn to love their children more than they hate their neighbour.

Is that the case? Do Israeli actions in Gaza suggest that Israeli is working towards a two state solution?

Tanya Reinhart, a lecturer in linguistics, media and cultural studies at Tel Aviv University and the University of Utrecht, says that:

Israel does not need this piece of land, one of the most densely populated in the world, and lacking any natural resources. The problem is that one cannot let Gaza free, if one wants to keep the West Bank. A third of the occupied Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip. If they are given freedom, they would become the center of Palestinian struggle for liberation, with free access to the Western and Arab world. To control the West Bank, Israel needs full control of Gaza. The new form of control Israel has developed is turning the whole of the Strip into a prison camp completely sealed from the world.

Ironic isn't it. A democratically elected government is being attacked by Israel in a way that goes beyond the self-defense jusfitication routinely advanced by Geoffrey Zygier. Israel continues to systematically target infrastructure and governmental institutions, to undermine the Palestinian political system.

As Israel and the United States use the capture of three Israeli soldiers to justify civilian massacres in Gaza and Lebanon, nearly 9,000 Palestinians are held in Israel's detention facilities. Of these, 126 are women and 388 are children below the age of 18. Reinhart says that:

Since ending the occupation is the one thing Israel is not willing to consider, the option promoted by the army is breaking the Palestinians by devastating brutal force. They should be starved, bombarded, terrorized with sonic booms for months, until they understand that rebelling is futile, and accepting prison life is their only hope for staying alive.

Both Israel and the Bush administration conjoin the escalating wars in Lebanon and Gaza into a single war against a unified "axis of terror", linking Hizballah and Hamas to Damascus and distant Tehran. By lumping together the different struggles of Hizballah and Hamas, Israel casts resolvable political crises as unfathomable, irrational hatred.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:33 AM | | Comments (0)