So the latest Israeli blowhard to enter the arena, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, states that Israel is closer than ever to entering Gaza to attain security for Israel’s citizens.
Let’s see how tough he talks in a few months after Israel decides to undertake this mission.
Will Israel win? Well, it depends upon how you define win.
One thing is for sure, Hamas and the Palestinians have nothing to lose.
Given the horrid conditions they are living under, given Israel’s determination to take the West Bank, given growing world support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it should be clear to the Palestinians that they have little to fight for save honor.
They’re certainly not fighting for Lady Gaga to give a performance. No, luxuries are not at the top of their list.
I would say they are fixing their bayonets right now.
Israel should be prepared for that.
The problem that Israel faces is not its own means or determination but its overconfidence.
Their young anonymous soldiers have been fed a steady diet of lies about Palestinians for fifty years now.
Israelis have come to accept Palestinians as subhuman cockroaches who celebrate a culture of death.
I don’t think that’s true. I think Palestinians very much love their children and neighbors. And like Jews they want to be part of the future world.
Any people under siege and outgunned will resort to suicide bombers. The Japanese did, the Vietnamese did, the Palestinians did.
And what do you know? The very first suicide bombers were the Jewish Zealots who conducted knifings against Roman soldiers in the first century.
So the Jews wrote the book.
The Palestinians are the students.
They learned from their teachers and engaged in suicide bombings.
They’ll do it again
They have nothing to lose.
They’ll do what they have to do.
And more. Humanity is inventive, and necessity is the mother of invention.
Missiles once directed at cities will be more efficiently directed at patrols.
It’s a closer shot with a greater chance of success
Is Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan ready for this?
Is he ready for house to house combat?
I suppose that with proper planning and careful attention to detail it is possible that Israel can achieve a sweeping victory over Hamas with a minimum of bloodshed.
One of Israel’s assumptions may be poor: That Hamas and Hamas alone is responsible for the instability in Gaza.
In other words, get rid of Hamas and the problem goes away. This seems to be the same logic that the US bought into during Vietnam: Get rid of the Viet Cong and the Vietnamese will be peaceful.
Well, the Vietnamese people were the Viet Cong.
In Gaza, I suspect, the Palestinians are Hamas.
Israel, prefers to believe its own bullshit. They prefer to believe the lies they’ve been promoting through the Western media about Hamas surrounding themselves with unwilling human shields inside nursery schools.
It fits their narrative.
Israel also prefers to believe in their own superiority and the unassailability of the IDF. This confidence is bolstered by their rabbis infusing them with the nonsense that they are God’s chosen people and that God gave them Israel.
Well, 1) God picks no favorites, 2) God doesn’t give any land to anyone, and 3) God distributes intelligence evenly throughout the spectrum of humanity. You’re here after millions of years of evolution; if you were that genetically inferior, you and your people wouldn’t be here.
Still Israel believes its own bullshit. It points to its Nobel Prize winners as proof of Jewish superiority never once asking itself whether other religions emphasize awards and accomplishments let alone Nobel Prizes.
Suppose other cultures emphasize a renunciation of wealth, possessions and awards. What then?
Hey, here’s a thought: Shouldn’t a master race consider such and temper its arrogance.
And if it does not?
Well, wars aren’t fought on paper or in the minds of the self-deluded as Israel is about to find out.
Yes, they can kill many Palestinians and “win”.
But at what cost to themselves and the future Israel?
It’s important to ask questions. The more high quality questions you ask, the better the result generally is.
Does God see everything? Does God see what hardships Israel has inflicted upon the Palestinians in Gaza? Do we live in a moral universe?
These are but a few questions the Israeli blowhard, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, might ask first.
Intelligent people ask questions.