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Monday, December 29, 2008

Why is Israel bombing Gaza?

Why? The upcoming Israeli elections? Because they can?

One and a half days after Israel attacks Gaza killing hundreds and still no email news alerts from the NY Times and when it isn't being deliberately down-played the coverage on this from America is biased to the max:

Slate says Israel "strikes back" - against what? a few days of skyrockets which had killed no-one up to that point. Taking Israel's side explicitly is what they are doing, using Ehud Barak's quote as the headline:A pledge to stop smuggling weapons... while Israel has nuclear weapons that America encourages... while the US sends, lends and finances Israel with its top of the range military equipment. The hypocrisy of their media is on display everywhere.

Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper has less biased coverage than what is coming out of America. They report:

By the end of Monday, the third day of Operation Cast Lead, Israel will be close to exhausting its target bank for aerial bombing. At that point, it will have to either launch a ground operation or bring the campaign to a speedy conclusion. Thus far, however, Israel has been sending conflicting messages about where the operation is headed.

On the one hand, despite its stated goal of a limited operation ending in a new and improved cease-fire, Israel has so far not sent Washington its outline of an acceptable formulation and asked it to begin mustering the requisite international support. And since that process is likely to take several days, if the goal were to end the fighting quickly, Israel's diplomatic initiative should have been ready to go at the same time as its military initiative.

This is especially the case because, unlike in the Lebanon war, it does not have the excuse of having been caught by surprise.

On the other hand, the military mobilization so far is not nearly enough for a major ground operation - and even if the requisite several divisions were called up, they would need a few days of training before they were ready to enter Gaza.

At the moment, therefore, neither a full-scale invasion of Gaza nor a quick diplomatic solution seems in sight.

So why has the Israeli government done this? Why now?

The upcoming election may account for the timing - Barak and Livni know that in Israeli politics as in American politics as in all politics anywhere for that matter, War plays well to the electorate, it forces the opposition and the public into backing any attack against the enemy - regardless of how punitive, stupid or counter-productive - and rewards the leaders prepared to terrorise the other side. The Israelis are very quick to use terrorism - it is their preferred form of warfare. Only they use an organised and technologically superior American military machine to do the terrorism for them.

The continuing Palestinian persecution and subjugation and containment inside a besieged refugee ghetto is one thing - shooting Palestinian fish in an Israeli barrel, but as Olmert proved when he invaded Lebanon (on another similarly flimsy pretext) if it goes wrong and the opponent makes a credible defence (in Olmert's case it was Hezbollah, in this case Hamas) then it plays very poorly with the Israeli electorate. Olmert's haste and mishandling crucified (if I can use that term) his popularity. That is why the IDF targeted the rockets in Gaza. The fact that so few have been fired back in response would indicate that they were taken out (or that their were not that many). Given they are of little tactical value in a military sense a lot of the considerations in this attack are political. Israel wants "regime change" in Gaza as well as a firmer stranglehold over the ethnic enclave and they are prepared to terrorise and bomb the Gaza government - and the Gaza people - into oblivion to do it.

America just says try to avoid civilian casualties while you bomb and destroy the human and physical infrastructure of the democratically elected government of Palestine (in Gaza). But, don't let the odd dozen or so civillian casualties here and there stop you. Don't let that stop you. That was the American official message yesterday. Meh, just so many dead Arabs, what's another thousand or so?

America is in favour of it. In favour of terrorism and aggression. If 300 Jews got killed in 48 hours by Hamas we know how the US would have reacted. 300 rag-heads? Fuck'em. They don't exist. Those lives are about 100-1 less valuable than Jewish lives. That's if you believe the American media. Look at the NY Times website column [at right]. This is their sickening "News Analysis":
With Strikes, Israel Reminds Foes It Has Teeth
Israel’s military operation in Gaza aims to expunge the ghost of its flawed 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and re-establish Israeli deterrence.

Now the aggression is called "deterence" and Israel, according to the sub-editor's heading, has "foes". Well what about: "With Strikes, Islamists Remind Foes It Has Teeth" for the September 11 2001 attacks? No, because it's supportive isn't it. So the stories in the NY Times: First: it's a campaign against "Palestinian militants" - it's far wider than that. Second story Israel has teeth, third Obama and Middle East policy, and the last story: "Israeli Foreign Minister Says Hamas Is to Blame". So it's all those awful Gazan's fault and Israel is tops. That's the word from New York City.

Washington Post reporting:
The goal is to break Hamas's military capacity. "We will continue to attack as long as they fire," said a senior Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Israel's military, he said, intends to pressure Hamas to the point where the Islamist movement either "runs out of will or runs out of capability to launch more attacks."

Well what the fuck does that mean? Runs out of will to do what? Be the government? Like maybe they will all resign as a democratically elected government and let the corrupt collaborateur Fatah party take over the government - on behalf of and at the insistence of the Israelis!? That will never happen. "Capability to launch more attacks"? - a small rocket (range maximum of 40km) can be "smuggled" in and then stored and then used at any location, and can be manufactured in many locations. They can't do that.

They cannot achieve either of those stated military objectives by military action. It isn't possible. So then it's not true, or the Israelis are delusional. I would put money an a bit of both. It is a short-term political gimmick at the expense of hundreds of Palestinian lives. The way that thick Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, was going on yesterday he was saying the attack was to correct Hamas' behaviour. Like it was a lesson, not just revenge, or an ancient ethnic/religious antipathy played out under America's guidance, but an educational opportunity for the Arabs to learn about how the Jews play in the sandpit. And above all else for them to respect the Zionist Authority and swallow some more bitter containment medicine that Israel has cooked up and now wishes to force feed the unwilling, but shackled, victim.

NZ should have a naval vessel off the Gaza coast.


At 29/12/08 1:12 pm, Blogger Advocatus Diaboli said...

Palestinians (Cockroaches) need to be finally dealt with. Just a pity IDF isn’t using more lethal weapons.

Long Live Israel

At 29/12/08 2:04 pm, Anonymous mighty quinn said...

I for one am 100% for Israel bombing these low lifes ...how much should Israel take ? Hamas and their ilk are sworn to Israel's destruction...how long should they wait to deliver the only thing the Arabs understand? What should they do? More diplomacy? More talk? Arabs view talking and deals as weakness. They have no interest in talk.Only killing. When Israel defends herself the arab world protests...the UN condemns them....eventually the US and Britain ask for restraint too. But, when hundreds of rockets are hitting Israel from Gaza, or from Lebanon, or When buses explode with innocents on board, a bomb at a shopping mall goes off all is ok at the UN. At Arab embassies. In Britain (where even their culture is being watered down through immigration) Arab immigration. No outrage when Israelis die, but God forbid Israel responds with the same force and the world gets in a hissy fit!!!!!! DOUBLE STANDARD

At 29/12/08 2:26 pm, Blogger Uroskin said...

Not only Haaretz is less biased, so is Aljazeera TV.

At 29/12/08 2:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a protest outside the U.S. consulate (Quay street) at 4pm tomorrow.

At 29/12/08 2:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How then do you explain these statistics mighty quinn:

123 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,050 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.

1,062 Israelis and at least 4,876 Palestinians have been killed since September 29, 2000.

8,341 Israelis and 33,034 Palestinians have been injured since September 29, 2000.

Israel has been targeted by at least 65 UN resolutions and the Palestinians have been targeted by none.

1 Israeli is being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 10,756 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel.

0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 18,147 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967.

Israel currently has 223 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on confiscated Palestinian land. Palestinians do not have any settlements on Israeli land.


At 29/12/08 3:01 pm, Anonymous Kerry said...

Jews need to get out of Arab lands and they will be left alone!

Palestinian's are being downtrodden and had their lands stolen from them by foreign invaders...end of!

Typical US, the only ever support corrupt regimes.....like the Israels....


At 29/12/08 3:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel retaliates against Hamas and NZ protesters are going to demonstrate outside the US consulate in Auckland? A rent-a-mob of dipshits and anti-semetic, pro-terrorist arse-wipers. Are Brewer, Karlos and Sahar leading the demo?

At 29/12/08 3:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not Arab land you retard. Moses led the Jews in.........

At 29/12/08 4:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Its not Arab land you retard. Moses led the Jews in........."

Weren't the Muslims supposed to be the religious nuts?

At 29/12/08 4:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam is the byproduct of an illegitimate relationship....

At 29/12/08 6:01 pm, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

The biggest mistake all sides are making is failing to understand that Rome created Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and everyone has been deceived into fighting over lies. Contemplate Machiavelli...

Wake up to the truth and help me now by helping others understand.

When the Vatican ceases to be, so does all of this evil !!!

Here is Wisdom...

At 29/12/08 8:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is Israel being artificially propped up by vast US funding.

Cut off all the outside funding and illegitimate Israel would collapse in a month.

At 29/12/08 10:35 pm, Blogger karlos said...

King Herods mother was an Arab!

At 30/12/08 8:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you don't automatically side with the lands original inhabitants Tim, and see fault in using violence to settle land disputes.

Perhaps you could apply some of that objectivity towards this country.

At 30/12/08 8:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Arab-Israeli posts always bring out the crazies.

Both Israel and Palestine have a right to exist peacefully. Israel needs to surrender the occupied and disputed territories and the hardline Palestinians need to stop doing Irans bidding and renounce terrorism.

Tim also absolutely correct - the Israeli government is playing domestic politics with Palestinian lives and they need to stop this monstrous action. Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket attacks, but what they are doing is a complete overreaction.

At 5/1/09 3:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing I hate more than a prophecy... is a self fulfilling prophecy. ~Bill Maher ... I hope everyone's children are safe tonight... you never know when you will be attacked by the minion of a religious group or power hungry leader.


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