Saturday, November 17, 2012

From Stalingrad to Gaza with Love

By Gilad Atzmon

Benjamin Netanyahu, is made of different material than Barak. Unlike Barak, who is obsessed with the banal implementation of military power, Netanyahu is concerned with the power of deterrence and he is also intelligent enough to realise that the consequences of a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip may mean the total eradication of such a power. A large scale deployment of infantry is a complicated thing.

It would lead to violent clashing with hostile civilians in a heavily populated urban territory, endless cases of inevitable war crimes and crimes against humanity, international condemnation, unavoidable conflict with Israeli allies and so on. Also, such an escalation will prove, once again how resilient the Palestinian society is, as opposed to the vulnerable Israeli people. Let me tell you, this is not what Netanyahu had in mind two weeks ago when he decided to slaughter just a few Palestinians in order to win the next Israeli election.

Netanyahu prefers to kill Palestinians from afar, to missile them from Israeli Navy battle ships, drones and F16s. Israel had initially a limited operative plan ahead of Operation Pillar of Cloud. But, it didn’t take more than a few hours for Israeli generals to realise that they were ambushed by the Hamas. Like Lebanon 2006, Israel was far from being ready for this conflict. It failed to realised that the Hamas has been preparing itself for this battle. Earlier on today, I saw on BBC News, a Palestinian flag waving on top of a wreckage of house in Gaza that was flattened by Israel during the night. The message was clear: Hamas is ready to make Gaza into Stalingrad. The Israeli generals realise it, some of them are clever enough to grasp the fate of their soldiers if they decide to move in. They are not prepared to be Netanyahu’s ‘6th Army’

The Hamas clearly won this round of violence, it has managed to push Israel to the corner. The Israelis are now expecting Netanyahu and Barak to dissolve the ‘immanent’ ballistic threat. Yet, the IDF doesn’t have a magical military solution except offering full land invasion.

But can the Jewish State redeem itself, can Israel actually win this hopeless situation? Of course it can. All it would take from Israelis is to learn to love their neighbours, to accept the Palestinian cause, to grasp that the rockets are actually a love letter to stolen land, cities, villages, fields and orchards. But can the Jewish State look in the mirror and grasp it all? Can the Jewish State understand its original sin, it own reality as a plundering oppressive entity? Yes, of course it can, only if it stops being a Jewish State.



  1. Rockets are love letters. Really,this type of romanticised rhetoric completely underpins the level of bias in your argument. Think hard about it, to take the moral high ground by claiming that hundreds of rockets fired was an act of reason/logic and a barbarian response is to retaliate. Lets be realistic here, it's not a fair fight as Israel could wipe them off the map(to coin a phrase from a nearby fascist dictator). What honest reasoning could there be to fire hundreds of rockets into civilian areas, other than to provoke an over the top response. No one side can take the absolute moral high ground when violence is involved.

  2. Okay anonymous lets first address your blatant dishonesty or ignorance. Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a democratically elected leader not a dictator. Iran’s elections were monitored with no evidence of tampering. Unlike the unmonitored elections in the fabricated regime of “Israel or the two-party dictatorship that calls itself America. He also never said he would wipe the fabricated regime off the map that is just a lie.

    “Israel” is wiping the Palestinian people off the map and has been doing so for sixty five years now, and you are either a part of it or you approve of it. You also clearly know nothing of “honest reasoning” as there are no civilians in “Israel” only invaders with no history, claim or right to exist in the land of Palestine. Everyone that identifies themselves as “Israeli” is an illegal settler. Every. Single. One.

    Additionally, the word “Israeli” is synonymous with the following: murderer, killer, thief, uprooter, usurper, rapist, occupier, colonist, settler, fanatic, supremacist, terrorist, criminal, butcher, massacrer, chauvinist and racist. As the indigenous people of the land, the Palestinians and only they have the sovereign right to decide who is allowed entry into their land and who will be denied entry into their land. As the indigenous people of the land, they have the sovereign right to resist any act of aggression by any means that they deem necessary. Anyone who suggests that the Palestinians do not have these rights is irrelevant, an enemy or both.