UPDATE: Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza have confirmed a ceasefire. The only benefit they seem to have earned is Israel opening one of the crossing points to permit entry of fuel trucks. Islamic Jihad had conditioned a ceasefire on a commitment to stop targeted assassinations:
[IJ political leader] Al-Hindi said Islamic Jihad had agreed to cease firing in exchange for Israel agreeing to stop targeted killings.
Even if Israel agreed to it, it would be meaningless. No promise Israel makes is kept. It violates the few agreements it signs, with impunity.
Netanyahu, in confirming the ceasefire added yet another lie to the pile of them he’s amassed: “Quiet will be answered with quiet.” Nonsense. Israel will resume such killings at the first opportunity.
The US response is deeply offensive. We are in Israel’s pocket. A slave to a vassal state:
“The United States reaffirms our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, as reflected in our ongoing support for Iron Dome and other Israeli missile defense systems. We will remain engaged with our partners to promote calm in the weeks and months ahead. We also will continue our efforts to improve quality of life for Palestinians and we urge the swift delivery of fuel and other critical supplies into Gaza. The United States believes that Israelis and Palestinians both deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy,”
There you go. We offer Israel Iron Dome and the Palestinians get to turn their electricity back on–thanks to a few truckloads of fuel for the power plant. Seems like a raw deal.
This response is shameful. Israel has murdered 35 Palestinians in five days, 6 of them children. And we promise it ever more lethal weapons so Israel can kill even more. It makes me sick.
There were no weapons. No militants. Just mothers and babies. Living in Fatima Bashir home. Now it’s gone.
The IAF dropped explosive devices, which warned them they had moments to flee before their home would be wiped out. They ran into the street. They couldn’t save anything: mementos, photographs, family heirlooms. Now it was a pile of rubble. Other family members took them into their home till they could figure out what to do.
This wasn’t the first time Israel left her homeless. In 2014 during Operation Protective Edge, during which it murdered 2,300 Palestinians, they bombed her house. That was the first time. Yesterday was the second. Bashir told a Reuters reporter: “They destroyed our homes before and we rebuilt it, and this time we will rebuild it too,” she added.
Her message is clear: sumud. You can attack us. But you will never defeat us. It is our land. It was ours before you came and you can never drive us from it. This is a message which falls on deaf ears among Israel’s political and military echelon.
Perhaps, a Israeli military-intelligence officer could argue that the assassination of Islamic Jihad commanders was an attack on a military target. Perhaps s/he could even justify attacking those firing rockets into Israel.
But how do you justify destroying a home with mothers and children? How do you justify murdering people asleep in their beds, in order to assassinate IJ military leaders? Even worse, how do you do this when you know that they are also in the home? Is this what Israeli strategy has come to? Killing babies or, if they’re lucky, making them homeless.
Israel destroyed not one home, but 50 separate apartments in 15 different apartment blocks. Nearly 1,000 other homes, either fully destroyed or partially damaged. How is that even remotely a military target? Clearly, the IAF has no more such targets to hit. Now it’s shooting fish in a barrel. Targeting civilian homes simply because it can. Figuring if it destroys enough in Gaza, residents will turn against IJ. A ludicrous thought. But Israeli military “strategy” is filled with such misplaced assumptions.
Similarly, such smart strategists have suggested that if the world punishes Iranians enough that they will rise up and overthrow the Ayatollahs. The purpose of sanctions, nuclear sabotage, assassinations is to bring Iran to its knees. To make life so miserable Iranians will either beg for mercy, or turn on their rulers. It’s a barren bankrupt strategy. It’s really no strategy at all. It’s a failure of strategy.
If Iran attacked Israel and wreaked maximum damage on both military and civilian targets, including homes, businesses, etc. Would Israelis blame the government or the IDF? Would they topple it and sue for peace, as Israel seems to believe the Gazans will do. I think not. So why would Palestinians be any different?
The only explanation for this twisted approach to the Palestinians must be a conviction by Israeli military strategists that the Palestinians are different than other humans. That if you kill enough of them, make enough of them homeless, they will do what no other people would.
An alternative explanation is that Israel’s assault on Gaza is pure sadism of the variety Itamar Ben Gvir advocates. Kill as many of them as you can. And when you’ve weakened their will sufficiently, expel them from the Promised (to Jews) Land. Simple solutions from simpletons.
This is the shame of Israel’s assault on Gaza. It is yet another war crime for which it will (hopefully) have to answer in The Hague.
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