Posted in Gaza, Uncategorized, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Gaza, Gilad Shalit, Hamas, Israel, Israel’s response to Hamas rockets, Kidnapped Israelis, Occupation, Palestinian Unity Government, Qawasmeh, right to resist, rockets, self-defense, tunnels, United States, West Bank, What caused the Gaza War? on August 13, 2014|
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With U.S. bombs dropping in Iraq once again and Israeli troops having moved out of Gaza, the fighting between Hamas and Israel has faded a bit from the headlines. The battle for the narrative of the 2014 Gaza conflict is now stepping up its intensity, and, as usual, the truth seems to be losing.
If one wants to understand what has happened in Gaza and in Israel over the past few months, it is important to understand not only the underlying causes, but the immediate triggers as well. It is something of a victory that one of those underlying causes, the siege of the Gaza Strip, has remained in the center of discourse, after spending much of the past seven years off the radar and outside of diplomatic and media discussions.
But one overarching point has become a virtual theme not only in Israel, but in the United States and much of Europe as well. That point is that this latest conflagration started as a result of Hamas rockets being fired upon Israel. It is important to recognize that only a willful misreading of the timeline can bring about this conclusion. (more…)
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Posted in Gaza, tagged Barack Obama, Ben-Gurion Airport, Benjamin Netanyahu, ceasefire, FAA, Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hanan Ashrawi, ICC, Michael Bloomberg, Operation Cast Lead, Operation Solid Cliff, Palestinian Unity Government, Ted Cruz, UNHRC, West Bank on July 24, 2014|
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When Israel, or any country, engages in armed conflict with a guerilla group, even if that group controls significant territory and resources, it is a virtual truism that the longer the fighting goes on, the greater the gains for the non-state actor. In Gaza, Hamas’ quasi-governmental position still leaves it in the role of the guerilla enemy. And with the events of the past few days, it is worth asking if Israel is not losing this “war.” (more…)
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Posted in Gaza, tagged ceasefire, Egypt, Gaza, Gaza Siege, international law, Israel, Muslim Brotherhood, Operation Protective Edge, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Three kidnapped Israelis, Turkey, United States, West Bank on July 18, 2014|
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The two ceasefire proposals aimed at ending the accelerated violence in Gaza and Israel offer one of the best illustrations of the
Relatives and friends of the al-Kaware family carry 7 bodies to the mosque during their funeral in Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. The father, a member of the Fatah movement, and his 6 sons were all killed the day before in an Israeli air strike that targeted their home. Credit: AFP/Thomas Coexthomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images/Used under a Creative Commons license
Israel-Palestine conflict one could ask for. The circumstances and the content of each proposal demonstrate very well why outside pressure is necessary to end this vexing, seemingly endless struggle and just how differently Israelis and Palestinians view both current events and the conflict as a whole.
Let’s look at the two proposals. Egypt, acting as the United States normally does, worked out the details of their ceasefire idea with Israel primarily. The deal reflects the Israeli and Egyptian agenda: it mostly follows the formula of “quiet for quiet,” essentially bringing back the status quo ante of early June. It offers Hamas a vague promise of future negotiations to address the siege of the Strip. But this is hardly something Hamas will put stock in. The 2012 ceasefire agreement, which was negotiated by then-Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, a man much friendlier to Hamas than the current Egyptian leadership, also made such a promise and it never came to anything. Finally, Egypt says it is willing to open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt more widely but only if Hamas allows PA security to police it instead of their own people. (more…)
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Posted in Gaza, Israel, United States, tagged Avraham Stern, Ayelet Shaked, Barack Obama, Baruch Goldstein, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dan Shapiro, Fatah, Gaza, Habayit Hayehudi, Hamas, Hasbara, Hebron, Irgun, Israeli Bombing of Gaza, Jewish Home, JJ Goldberg, Kiryat Arba, Kochav Yair, LEHI, Mahmoud Abbas, Meir Kahane, Menachem Begin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, Operation Protective Edge, Operation Solid Cliff, Palestinian Unity Government, Three kidnapped Israelis, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, war crimes, War of choice, West Bank, Yitzhak Shamir on July 11, 2014|
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The moral high ground is always a tenuous piece of property. It is difficult to obtain and is easily lost. It is seen, however, as crucial because most people, all over the world, cannot accommodate the notion that life is composed of shades of grey; they desperately need to see black and white, good guys and bad guys, heroes and villains, in every situation. Nowhere is this truer than in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It has become even more important for Israel to fight this rhetorical battle because, while it can always count on mindless support from Washington and from the most radically nationalistic and zealous Zionists around the world, the current escalation and ugliness is going to be very difficult to defend to even mainstream pro-Israel liberals, let alone the rest of the world. The hasbara (propaganda) has been flowing at a rapid pace, even more so than usual, as Israel struggles to maintain the treasured hold on the “moral high ground” that its own actions have increasingly undermined. (more…)
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Posted in Anti-Semitism, Racism, tagged ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Camp David II, Gaza, Islamophobia, Israel, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Kidnapped Israelis, MEMRI, Middle east, murdered Palestinian, Occupation, pro-Israel, Second Intifada, West Bank on July 2, 2014|
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The photo you see to the left was found by Jewish Voice for Peace on the Facebook page (since removed) of a group that named itself
“Hating Arabs Isn’t revenge–it’s values.” Hashtag reads Israel Demands Revenge!”
“Am Yisrael Doreshet Nekama,” in English, “The People of Israel Demand Revenge.” The hashtag on the sign is similar, though with an important difference–the word “Am” is removed and it is “Israel Demands Revenge.”
The photo has since gone viral, though not as its creators may have hoped. It has become a Twitter and Facebook symbol for Israeli racism. For me, personally, it is important that the hashtag removes the word “Am” because “Am Yisrael” commonly means the Jewish People, while “Israel” alone more commonly refers to the country.
But what’s really important that people understand in the image is the driving force behind Israeli policy. Yes, these girls or young women may not yet even be old enough to vote or to serve in the IDF. But it doesn’t take a very hard look to understand that they are not fanatical settlers. These are not orthodox young women, and just judging by their appearance and dress (which, it should be noted, is not conclusive), they are probably quite secular, mainstream Israelis, very much of the Tel Aviv culture. (more…)
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