When is an invasion not an invasion? When it’s the IDF and they’re killing Palestinians. Then it’s a defensive operation (“Protective Edge”) solely meant to protect Israeli citizens from terrorists. The objectives of the campaign aren’t to kill Palestinians, but solely to root out ‘nests of terrorists’ and destroy the purported tunnels they dig to snatch IDF soldiers (though one hasn’t been snatched in years). And by all means, the IDF would never expel 100,000 Palestinians from their homes in northern Gaza. That might be collective punishment, a violataion of international law. Instead, it seeks to ‘create a buffer,’ a demilitarized zone from which the terrorists can’t launch rockets against Israel. No mention of where the displaced new refugees will go. As it is Gaza is one big refugee camp, since most of its residents flocked here after the 1948 Nakba, during which they were expelled from Israel. That means Israel has devised a mini-Nakba for them, turning them into internal refugees within Gaza.
So through a combination of hocus-pocus and smoke and mirrors, Operation Protective Edge morphs itself from a vicious assault on Gaza’s 1.8-million imprisoned civilians into a war to protect the mothers and babies of Israel. As the song says: “It’s nice work if you can get it.”
Today, marked the first IDF fatality. But he wasn’t killed by Hamas. No vicious firefight with terrorists. Just an errant shell from an IDF tank took his life: friendly fire. This isn’t the first time this has happened either. Friendly fire has cost the lives of Israeli soldiers in many of these mini-wars Israel fights against it’s enemies. Four of the ten troops who died during Cast Lead were killed by friendly fire.
Now that Israel has allowed itself to get sucked into a ground invasion, how will it extricate itself? Will it go on till the world tires of the mayhem and Israel gives in and asks for a ceasefire? And what will make this ceasefire different from all the other previous ones which only led to the next war?
One gets the distinct impression that we’re moving into pathological behavior. It’s going to beat its head against the wall until it stops hurting. That makes as much sense as Israel’s current military strategy (which is no strategy at all).