As I watch what seems to be a senseless scale of violence, I have to ask myself, what will it achieve? What do they want it to achieve? I decided to do a little research.
Israeli officials say:
It’s unrealistic to be able to stop the rocket fire. -Senior Israeli Military Official
It’s not to overthrow Hamas. -Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
But… then we hear:
“To deal a blow to Hamas and to stop rocket fire into Israel.” – Senior Israeli Military Official
“Israel must not end this operation with Hamas in charge of Gaza.” -Vice Premier Haim Ramon
Now, let’s say that Israel does succeed, and gets rid of Hamas. What will the ultimate human cost be? What will be left of Gaza? It’s no secret that Israel hasn’t been targeting Hamas exclusively. It’s even breaking up government buildings under the guise of “destroying the terrorist network.”
Who would fill the power vacuum? Who would rebuild everything that’s been destroyed?
The human toll in Gaza has already surpassed 500, while the Israeli toll stands at…4. The Israeli figures constantly underestimate the figures of the dead or injured on the Palestinian side (Take for instance this claim in a comment on a previous post, 2nd comment) that the 300+ killed in the air raids was “less than half of 250″). It is almost without fail that the estimates from international aid organizations and the UN are slashed in half or more. This continues as the UN claims 25% of the dead are militants (plus 2,500 wounded), while Israel claims that figure is 80%.
Why would they do that? Why would they try to make it seem like they’re killing fewer civilians than they are?
Let’s look at Hamas goals:
“[...]strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine. -Information Division, Israel Foreign Ministry
An article in Lebanon’s The Daily Star had a smart and thoughtful idea on how we got here in the first place. The author writes from inside Gaza.
I just want to understand how this was the most advantageous path.