After Israel had to deal with the fallout of international condemnation because the IDF thought bombing a school that was being used as an United Nation’s shelter for Gaza’s children was totes okay (which the US also made tsking noises about but then agreed to give Israel more ammunition), the Israeli government and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire today. As you probably knew, or could guess, It ended less than four hours later.
One of the sticking points to a truce in the first place was the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was going to keep on keepin’ on busting up the tunnels in Gaza – which present a potential threat to Israeli citizens if they are used to infiltrate Israel — “with or without a ceasefire“. Soldiers on the ground and bombs in the air is not so much with the “ceasefire”, no? Well, no sooner did the shame of the school bombing force Netanyahu to the table for talks, some asshats in Hamas killed two soldiers and kidnapped another one, effectively pissing away what little hope the ceasefire had.
WTF Hamas? Have you lost your damn minds? Are you unaware that the Palestinians they are supposed to represent are up to their lips in shit? For God’s sake, 1/4 of Gaza’s population (about 425,000 people) are now refugees. Surely you know more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bombs, and that most of the dead and wounded were innocent civilians. What good could possibly come of breaking the ceasefire?
While I am on the topic of dumb, WTF is wrong with your mind for ordering the attack in the first place Netanyahu? Those tunnels have yet to prove a significant threat and are a piss-poor excuse for an invasion. Now at least 58 Israelis have been killed (56 were soldiers and two civilians) to ‘keep Israelis safe’. Even more Israeli citizens would have died if most of Hamas’ rockets weren’t being destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system before they can touch the ground.
Of course, the people who are suffering the greatest number of casualties due to the joint stupidity and obstinacy of Netanyahu and Hamas aren’t Israeli soldiers or Hamas militants. Nope. It’s the non-combatant adults, children, and babies of Gaza, who are dying that’s who.
The grief of Palestinian families:
is the same as the grief of Israeli families:
The agony of a parent feels upon losing a child is no less whether that child is a baby or adult, Palestinian or Israeli.
Israel, you cannot “win” this war with bombs. The tunnels are less of a potential danger to you than the current damage you are causing to your own people, and your own interests, by continuing this conflict. Do you have any idea of how repulsive the bombing of schools and hospitals makes the IDF seem? Do you want the stain of ethnic cleansing on your nation? (Yes, it is ethnic cleansing and has been outed as such.) Do you think that will increase your security among your neighbors?
Hamas, you cannot win any war with Israel, period. Start to emulate Gandhi or Liberian women by the nonviolent protesting Israeli/Palestinian apartheid or watch more of your children die. You should be fighting in the social media, not in the streets. The only way to get your assess out of the alligators is by making the average Israeli utterly reject the option of assault. As long as Netanyahu can offer evidence of a threat to Israelis, some Israelis will see war on Gaza as an option for defense.
As for the rest of the world, Australian Jewish freelance journalist and author Antony Loewenstein said it best, “What you need is more people in the public arena to not be scared, to say I’m critical of Israel, I’m not anti-Semitic, I support Jews’ right to live freely and openly as I do as a Jew but we will not tolerate our politicians failing, and therefore civil society must act … Growing isolation and boycotts and divestment and sanctions [against Israel]; that is the only way … I can guarantee after this current Gaza massacre ends, BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) will grow.”