Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel (By Gideon Levy in Haaretz)

..This war ended in utter failure for Israel. This goes beyond the profound moral failure, which is a grave matter in itself, but pertains to its inability to reach its stated goals. In other words, the grief is not complemented by failure. We have gained nothing in this war save hundreds of graves, some of them very small, thousands of maimed people, much destruction and the besmirching of Israel’s image.

What seemed like a predestined loss to only a handful of people at the onset of the war will gradually emerge as such to many others, once the victorious trumpeting subsides.

The initial objective of the war was to put an end to the firing of Qassam rockets. This did not cease until the war’s last day. It was only achieved after a cease-fire had already been arranged. Defense officials estimate that Hamas still has 1,000 rockets.

The war’s second objective, the prevention of smuggling, was not met either. The head of the Shin Bet security service has estimated that smuggling will be renewed within two months…

Israel’s ability to achieve its third objective is also dubious. Deterrence, my foot. The deterrence we supposedly achieved in the Second Lebanon War has not had the slightest effect on Hamas, and the one supposedly achieved now isn’t working any better: The sporadic firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip has continued over the past few days.

The fourth objective, which remained undeclared, was not met either. The IDF has not restored its capability. It couldn’t have, not in a quasi-war against a miserable and poorly-equipped organization relying on makeshift weapons, whose combatants barely put up a fight…

We have not weakened Hamas. The vast majority of its combatants were not harmed and popular support for the organization has in fact increased. Their war has intensified the ethos of resistance and determined endurance. A country which has nursed an entire generation on the ethos of a few versus should know to appreciate that by now. There was no doubt as to who was David and who was Goliath in this war…

So what was achieved, after all? As a war waged to satisfy considerations of internal politics, the operation has succeeded beyond all expectations. Likud Chair Benjamin Netanyahu is getting stronger in the polls. And why? Because we could not get enough of the war.

Gideon Levy / Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel (By Gideon Levy in Haaretz)

Gaza success proves Israel is strong, not right (By David Grossman in Haaretz)

The plot against Gaza (Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 17 January 2009)

Fatah fears Gaza conflict has put Hamas in the ascendancy (By Patrick Cockburn in The Independent / ICH)

Opmerking

Helemaal mee eens met Jonathan Cook’s evaluatie.
Hoe zal president Obama ‘het’ conflict in het Midden-Oosten aanpakken? Zijn keuze van George Mitchel ipv (de zionist) Dennis Ross als ‘special envoy’ , geeft hoop.

Hoe zal president Obama’s Midden-Oosten beleid zijn?

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5 thoughts on “Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel (By Gideon Levy in Haaretz)

  1. Gideon Levi schrijft met regelmaat kritische stukken, die hem gezen de commentaren niet in dank worden genomen.

  2. @ Party_Dog,
    Haaretz geeft de ruimte aan opponerende opinies – dat is lofwaardig.
    De beschuldigingen tegen Hamas die in Uw link staan, dienen ook te worden onderzocht:http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1057672.html
    Ongetwijfeld hebben beide partijen zich schuldig gemaakt aan oorlogsmisdaden.
    Maar de directe schuld aan deze oorlog ligt bij zionistisch Israel vanwege haar voortdurende blokkade en het breken van de wapenstilstand met de aanval in zuid-Gaza op 4 november die tien Palestijnse levens kostte.
    Zoals Jimmy Carter schreef: Israel had deze oorlog gemakkelijk kunnen voorkomen als zij de 700 dagelijkse vrachtwagens had doorgelaten, zoals bij de staakt-het-vuren afspraken was toegezegd. (Israel heeft hiervan gemiddeld 15%
    doorgelaten).
    Bovenal treft Israel schuld wegens haar bezetting, apartheidsbeleid
    en territoriale uitbreiding vop de Westelijke Jordaanoever.
    De nieuwe Amerikaanse ‘special envoy’ George Mitchell heeft acht
    jaar geleden het beeindigen en afbreken van die nederzettingen als noodzakelijk deel van een oplossing van het conflict, geeist.
    Het wordt interessant om te zien met welke adviezen hij nu komt.
    Het feit dat hij is gekozen door president Obama i.p.v. de zionist Dennis Ross, geeft hoop.

  3. Het is u waarschijnlijk ontschoten waarom de grenzen soms werden gesloten.
    Laat ik u derhalve nog even op de hoogte brengen van de feiten..gelooft u mij niet,google het.
    # De overgangen werder tijdelijk gesloten om de druk op de hamas op te voeren…tijdens deze sluitingen gingen basis produkten evengoed de grens over,maar bleven ander,niet urgente zaken,bij de grens achter.
    # Als er dus weer,zoals u dat steld,vuurpijlen de grens over kwamen ging ook dat laatse gaatje dicht voor een paar dagen.
    # De grenzen zijn open,en gaan volledig open voor o.a bouwmatrialen als:
    # De hamas zich aan het staakt het vuren houd.
    # Stopt met de smokkel van wapens.
    # En uiteraard onze soldaat,die van zijn grondgebeid werdt ontvoerd,weer terug over de grens wandeld.
    Zoals u ziet erg makkelijke voorwaarden waarvan de hamas al heeft verklaard geen boodschap te hebben.
    Collectieve straf?…men is ook collectief verkoezen zoals ik me voor de geest kan halen.
    Carter?…tja…in tijden van zijn presidentschap al een van de,zo niet de,zwakste president….buiten dat hij wel eens huizen in elkaar zet,wat te bewonderen is,is het verder een figuur met weinig waarde daar waar het onze mening aangaat…

  4. ‘Finkelstein on war’is een fraaie bijdrage om mogelijk zicht te krijgen op Israel’s motieven.Lezenswaardig. (http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2542)
    Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel. The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by "revenge and the thirst for blood,"[1] where killing Arabs is a sure crowd-pleaser. (Polls during the war showed that 80-90 percent of Israeli Jews supported it.)[2] But as Israeli journalist Gideon Levy pointed out on Democracy Now!, "Israel went through a very similar war…two-and-a-half years ago [in Lebanon], when there were no elections."[3] When crucial state interests are at stake, Israeli ruling elites seldom launch major operations for narrowly electoral gains. It is true that Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s decision to bomb the Iraqi OSIRAK reactor in 1981 was an electoral ploy, but the strategic stakes in the strike on Iraq were puny; contrary to widespread belief, Saddam Hussein had not embarked on a nuclear weapons program prior to the bombing.[4] The fundamental motives behind the latest Israeli attack on Gaza lie elsewhere: (1) in the need to restore Israel’s "deterrence capacity," and (2) in the threat posed by a new Palestinian "peace offensive." ……
    Opmerkelijke uitspraken over militaire strategie, zoals hier de "Dahiya strategy" wordt geduid, en aanwijzingen dat tegen Iran kernwapens van Israel zou kunnen worden overwogen, en ook tegen anderen in de wereld indien nodig, geeft een cynisch beeld over Israel en haar levensbedreigende intenties in de regio en daarbuiten
    During the 2006 Lebanon war Israel flattened the southern suburb of Beirut known as the Dahiya, where Hezbollah commanded much popular support. In the war’s aftermath Israeli military officers began referring to the "Dahiya strategy": "We shall pulverize the 160 Shiite villages [in Lebanon] that have turned into Shiite army bases," the IDF Northern Command Chief explained, "and we shall not show mercy when it comes to hitting the national infrastructure of a state that, in practice, is controlled by Hezbollah." In the event of hostilities, a reserve Colonel at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies chimed in, Israel needs "to act immediately, decisively, and with force that is disproportionate….Such a response aims at inflicting damage and meting out punishment to an extent that will demand long and expensive reconstruction processes." The new strategy was to be used against all of Israel’s regional adversaries who had waxed defiant — "the Palestinians in Gaza are all Khaled Mashaal, the Lebanese are all Nasrallah, and the Iranians are all Ahmadinejad" — but Gaza was the prime target for this blitzkrieg-cum-bloodbath strategy. "Too bad it did not take hold immediately after the ‘disengagement’ from Gaza and the first rocket barrages," a respected Israeli columnist lamented. "Had we immediately adopted the Dahiya strategy, we would have likely spared ourselves much trouble." After a Palestinian rocket attack, Israel’s Interior Minister urged in late September 2008, "the IDF should…decide on a neighborhood in Gaza and level it."[13] And, insofar as the Dahiya strategy could not be inflicted just yet on Lebanon and Iran, it was predictably pre-tested in Gaza.Reactie is geredigeerd

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