Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Latest Gaza Op: Groundhog’s Day? Or Frozen?

The nightmare returns. It starts with Israelis killing Palestinians, Palestinians killing Israelis, whomever.  Israel decides that it “has to” kill Hamas militants. Or it “has to” round up the usual suspects. Eventually, Hamas “has” to retaliate by sending rockets that traumatize the heck out of people but rarely injure anybody.  This annoys the hell out of Israel, which “has to” escalate by killing more militants, often senior ones. Then Hamas really sends barrages of rockets. And at the end of the day – and the night is still young – some Israelis are wounded, on very rare occasions there are fatalities,  and tens, maybe hundreds, of Gazans are killed, many of them civilians, most of them non-combatants. And the destruction in Gaza is horrific.

And the world? Well, the world reports two things: the number of rockets fired against Israel, and the number of casualties on both sides. Nobody cares that that the firepower that  hits in Gaza in a few days  is more deadly and horrific than what falls in Israel in a few years.

And, like the movie Groundhog’s Day, we condemn ourselves to repeat this ritual of death and killing periodically.  Some cynics call it “spring cleaning,” the need  to deplete periodically Hamas stockpile of weapons.  And Hamas “has to” play the game, even though they know they are going to lose, because they have to retaliate, right? I mean, they aren’t exactly a peace movement, and they can’t lose face, can they?  We wouldn’t sit still; why would they?

It is 10:30 in Jerusalem. A siren half an hour ago sent our  two grandchildren, who came to us for safety from Tel Aviv, to the reinforced room. Maybe tomorrow we’ll stay with my daughter in the South.

Netanyahu decided that we have to escalate.  I mean, we have to do something, don’t we? We can’t just sit here!

There is nothing inevitable about this. We didn’t have to kill two innocent Palestinians in May at the Beitunia protest, and then suggest that the video which captured the killing  was faked.  We didn’t have to round up Hamas political leaders and imprison prisoners released in the Shavit swap after the murder of three Jewish students, when we had grounds to believe that they were murdered. When we suspected that two members of a rogue Hebron clan were involved, and Hamas did not take responsibility, we could have kept out of Gaza. We were playing with fire when we thought up ways of undermining the Fatah-Hamas unity government.

So, as usual, we are reaping what our leaders have sowed. Sure, Hamas leaders  bear some responsibility.  But while they are safe underground, the Gazans are suffering and dying. Every hour the numbers of their fatalities will go up, until we decide that too many fatalities will just get another Richard Goldstone involved.

Remember how yesterday the whole Jewish world mourned the death of an innocent Palestinian child? Today, how many of those “mourners” give a damn about the deaths of innocent children in Gaza?

Groundhog’s Day? Or Frozen?

5 comments:

Geoff Kl said...


"We didn’t have to kill two innocent Palestinians in May at the Beitunia protest, and then suggest that the video which captured the killing was faked"

"we" didnt kill anyone.

no one claimed the video was faked...the vid was real

the claim that anyone died from live fire from the idf, wasnt

unless you have evidence to the contrary, and there is no independent autopsy saying they were hit by idf weaponry, you are guilty of libel

if you would like, i have tons of video evidence that proves that neither were nor could have been hit by live fire from the idf...unless the idf now uses bullets that can also cauterize wounds on contact

as for the rest of your moral equivalence clap trap...it is just that

im sorry for your grandchildren...too bad they must find shelter with the enemy

Jerry Haber said...

" i have tons of video evidence that proves that neither were nor could have been hit by live fire from the idf.."

I'm sure you do, Geoff. Right next to the video evidence that the Muhammad al-Durrah shooting was filmed on a backlot in Hollywood, and that no gas was used in Birkenau.

Seek treatment, man. Sorry I have to ban you from the blog till you do.

suzukicourt said...

"When we suspected that two members of a rogue Hebron clan were involved, and Hamas did not take responsibility, we could have kept out of Gaza. We were playing with fire when we thought up ways of undermining the Fatah-Hamas unity government."

You are the first I have encountered saying this. The implications are staggering, as the death count rises.

eli b. said...

"Remember how yesterday the whole Jewish world mourned the death of an innocent Palestinian child? Today, how many of those “mourners” give a damn about the deaths of innocent children in Gaza?"
'Collateral damage' of military operations, nominally 'defensive' or 'preemptive', don't feel like gruesome revenge attacks that need be forcefully declaimed. I'd wager the the line between the two doesn't matter much to the victims, and that's what we need to remember.

faceless said...

If only your voice wasn't such an uncommon one amongst Israelis.

All the best.