Israel Ends Yet Another Disastrous, Pointless Assault on Gaza With no remaining military targets, Israel's 'strategy' is to inflict sheer misery on Gaza civilians
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.
This screenshot of the Haaretz home page pretty much sums up all that this miserable disaster has been.
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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Israel is doing her utmost to spare civilian lives, whereas every Islamic Jihad rocket is targeting Israeli civilians, but especially those in nearby communities like , Sderot, Nirim, Ashkelon and Ashdod.
Richard, the Gazan woman you quote admits that Israel warned her and other civilians to flee a pending attack. Has IJ or Hamas ever done the same?
Question: How many times have you had to stop action because of civilians?
“Dozens of times. But it’s not black or white. When there are civilians near a certain attack you stop, in another you move further away. It’s delays or cancellations, and mostly adjustments. If I discover that there is someone on a certain floor who shouldn’t be hurt, I can bring another plane. When I see children running in the field, I will cancel. Wherever we know there are civilians, we do not act or adjust the action.”
How much do you see them using it (human shields)?
“You see it all the time. When they launch from schools during the day in the middle of the week, when they walk around with weapons in populated areas. You see the children playing outside while bombs explode near them, it’s not natural. It’s not accidental that they are near children. And we must say one more thing – because of the targeted killings and the feeling of being persecuted, they start to make mistakes and behave differently.”
1500 of the 2,300 Palestinians Israel murdered in Operation Protective Edge were civilians. That in turn led to the current ICC investigation which is taking testimony about Israeli war crimes. Of the 35 Palestinian Israel murdered in this go-round, 6 were children. Including 4 children and their mothers murdered for no other reason than their father was an Israeli assassination target. Don’t you dare even try to make such a disgusting mendacious argument.
IJ rockets don’t ‘target’ anything. You think when a rocketeer launches a rocket he’s aiming it at a particular building in a particular city? That’s laughable. The only thing they can do it point the rocket launcher in the right direction and hope it hits something.
What an excellent idea. IJ will phone every Israeli whose homes it might hit, warning them that there’s a 1 in 1,000,000 chance they might hit their residence. Or would you prefer perhaps a mini-rocket launched as a “tap” on building in Rehovot warning residents to flee because another rocket will hit them in 5 minutes. Really your analogies are laughable,
The rest of your comment and quote from the Ynet article is total bullshit. Oh how Israeli reporters eat up these stories of profound moral conscience and how drone operators, the Shin Bet and military commanders wrestle with deepl questions of life and death. And how they move heaven and earth to avoid civilian casualties. The drone operator had his finger on the triger and suddenly a little boy weaves his way into the firing zone and he stops his attack with barely a moment to spare. Such drama. Such sacrifice for the sake of preserving innocent life! I’ve literally read scores of these puff pieces that insult the intelligence of any person with any sense or reason. The first one I read with in the LA TImes going back 20 years or more. That’s how old & stale these genre pieces are. I say “genre” because they are a particular form of journalism in service to Israeli militarism.
Not only is this state terrorism, criminal and inhumane as well as in the name of Jews, it’s stupid stupid stupid, assuring there will be more retaliatory attacks on Israel and Israelis and escalation to better weapons on the Palestinian side. This time IJ reached further into Israel. The Biden administration is deeply disappointing on the issue of Israel.
If we are talking about Shooting Fish in a Barrel. Why is there no metnion of 1,400+ rockets launched at civilian areas?
@ James: So the IJ rockets which barely hit anything in Israel, killing one person; as opposed to Israeli F-35s which murdered 35, including 6 children. A death toll of 35-1 and you complain about Palestinian rockets.
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Richard’s 35-1 ratio is off kilter insofar as it doesn’t distinguish between Palestinian civilians and combatants.
Six, at a minimum, of the dead were jihadist combatants.
Four dead civilians, including children, were murdered by errant Islamic Jihad rockets.
“One of the incidents occurred when a rocket from a failed launch landed in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza killing Rami Shadi Hamdan, 16, and Ahmed Muhammad a-Shabaki, 51. In a second incident, a failed rocket launch in Gaza City killed Layan Bilal Mohammad Abdullah Mdoukh, 10, and Yazan Jawdat Fathi Elayyan, 16, according to the IDF.”
Also, a Gazan civilian working in Israel was killed by a rocket, so Richards ratio is more like 15-1.
No it isn’t. 35 Palestinians have been murdered by Israel. Combatants are human beings, so they deserve to be included in the death count. If 35 Israeli were killed in a rocket or resistance attack would you claim that the 5 who were soldiers shouldn’t be included in the death count? Of course, you wouldn’t. But you can see your racism in the way you approach Palestinian dead.
You apparently don’t know enough about this blog. We don’t trust anything the liars at the IDF say. Not a word. It’s an army built on lies, distortion and deception. And that’s been proven scores of times by reporting I’ve done here. And even if what the IDF claims is true, it was Israel that provoked the Palestinian rockets both with the decision to let Khader Adnan die, and the murder of the 3 IJ commanders. So yes, Israel is to blame for the Palestinian resistance, including the rocket fire which may or may not have killed Palestinians.
Really? That’s what you’re going to go with as a final convincing argument? That the death ratio was “only” 15-1. Quite an “improvement.” So instead of 35 separate acts constitution war crimes, there were only 15 war crimes.
“IJ rockets don’t ‘target’ anything. You think when a rocketeer launches a rocket he’s aiming it at a particular building in a particular city? That’s laughable”
IJ rockets do indeed target Israeli cities, which cities are made of roads, buildings and the people who use those roads and inhabit those buildings.
Every IJ rocket that targeted an Israeli city was meant to hit that city’s peoples and structures.
Just as a side note. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system only engages those Palestinian rockets that the system’s algorhythms determine may strike an Israeli city or town.
I hope for the day when Israel develops some sort of directed energy weapon, maybe lasers, that can swat all incoming terror rockets and missiles and zap and kill armed terrorists while sparing innocent lives.
I give it ten years to develop.
I can say with certainty that the I/P conflict will still be raging in ten years and that Israel will continue to have her detractors, whether online or in the media or in the diplomatic arena.
Again, no they don’t. There is no targeting of these rockets. No navigation system. The humans who launch them have no idea where they will land. They know approximately how far they will go. Perhaps they have the coordinates of specific targets and can point the rocket in a general direction, they have absolutely no idea where they will land. This is established fact by rocket experts whose work I’ve read and who I’ve also consulted with regarding the case of Dirar Abusisi. You, on the other hand know nothing about rockets. So you will not opine on technical matters you know nothing about.
I despise people who advocate developing weapon systems. I despise people who advocate murder. This was you last comment here.
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