- Haaretz reported today that IDF Senior officials "believe
that Israel should strive to reach an immediate cease-fire with Hamas,
and not expand its offensive against the Palestinian Islamist group in
- This shouldn't take us by great surprise. Though Israel
has proved beyond doubt that it is rather capable of conducting large-scale
genocide, it also proved that its military forces do not have the answer
to Islamic resistance. The Israeli chief military officials admitted as
well that "Israel achieved several days ago all that it possibly could
in Gaza." The IDF, so it seems, finished its role in Gaza. It turned
its neighbourhoods into piles of rubble. Relentlessly, it even murdered
the civilian population in broad daylight by means of air raids and attacks
from warships. Images of white phosphorus artillery shells bursting over
schools and hospitals are now part of our collective memory. Tanks firing
into schools loaded with evacuees seeking refuge from the bombing of their
buildings is now the image associated with the Hebraic soldier and yet,
the Israelis failed to achieve any of their objectives. I must admit that
it must take a special talent to be an Israeli general. As much as they
are good in committing war crimes, they somehow fail in everything else.
- The Israeli politicians initially swore to destroy Hamas,
they then lowered their expectations, they promised just to destroy Hamas'
rocket launching capabilities, all the while reassuring their excited Israeli
voters that this time the Jewish State will fight till the bitter end.
Seemingly, their promises fell too short once again.
- Hamas is still there; its support within the Palestinian
street is stronger than ever. But it is not only the Palestinian street.
Hamas' message of defiance is spreading all over the Muslim world and
beyond. Last week I was marching in London together with another 100,000
protesters. The support for Hamas was all around. It was on placards, flags,
headbands and loudspeakers. Not only is Hamas far from being defeated,
its rocket launching capability seems to be unaffected. Day after day Hamas
combatants manage to remind Israelis in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Sderot that
they actually live on stolen Palestinian land. Give Hamas the necessary
time and the ballistic message will be carried to every corner of stolen
- Israel is desperate for an exit strategy. I learned today
that Defence Minister Barak is looking for a week long humanitarian ceasefire.
Please do not hold your breath, the notorious mass murderer didn't change
his spots all of a sudden. Being a veteran general, Barak realises very
well that his soldiers on the ground need a break and they need it now.
Being that they are gathered together in a few scattered open areas, they
are currently exposed to Hamas' snipers and mortar fire. In the last few
days, Israeli forces started to suffer a growing number of causalities.
The attempt to step up the battle into Gaza's neighbourhood met with some
severe resistance. The Israeli army is stuck once again.
- If this is not enough, within a few days Obama is going
to reside in the White House and the Israelis are not totally convinced
that the new American president will blindly support their murderous strategy.
Defence Minister Barak realizes that his window of opportunity might be
closing down. He realises that IDF soldiers may have to dig in Gaza city
outskirts without achieving any of the war's military objectives. Barak
needs a few days of ceasefire to create a new reality on the ground. He
obviously prefers to hide behind a humanitarian effort. This is far easier
than admitting that once again the IDF was caught unprepared. Olmert aids,
however were stupid enough to admit the lie. Apparently one of them slammed
Barak earlier on today suggesting that "Hamas sees the scenes and
hears the voices, these comments are a shot in the arm for Hamas and its
- As things stand, IDF soldiers are now stranded in Gaza.
Don't misinterpret me, they are still capable of spreading death and inflicting
carnage, yet they cannot win this war. The IAF ran out of "military"
targets a week ago and the artillery is probably facing the same situation.
As news floods in it becomes evident that once Israeli soldiers leave their
armoured vehicles and Merkava tanks they are subject to the mercy of Hamas.
I have read today on Ynet that some IDF soldiers reported that they "don't
really see the enemy", "we get hit and we do not know by who
- As things stand, Hamas is becoming a symbol of heroic
persistence. Its combatants on the ground fight almost with bare hands
against America's most lethal technology. Similarly, Hamas'political leadership
has managed to set itself as the key to any possible resolution of the
current conflict. The hope that Hamas would be toppled or discredited proved
to be just another Jewish wet dream. Hamas is now becoming a widely accepted
entity by the international community. It is regarded as an elementary
ingredient in any possible solution. Israel, on the other hand, is seen
for what it is for real, a murderous criminal state involved in genocidal
war crimes of the worst order.
- However, there is a new reality that we have to bear
in mind. The damage Israel is leaving behind in Gaza is horrific. It has
flattened neighbourhoods, it has spread white phosphorus in populated areas.
As if this is not enough, the many tons of bunker buster bombs which Israel
was using day and night have shaken the foundations of every building in
Gaza and the question looms large as to whether Gazan houses that are still
standing will be safe to live in. EU officials raised the question today
wondering who is going to pay for the reconstruction of these eradicated
towns, camps and villages.
- In an ideal ethical world, Israel would have let the
Gazans go back to their land. But ethics and Israel are very much like
parallel lines. They somehow never meet. As much as it is clear that Palestinians
will come back to their land, it won't be Israel that that will welcome
the inevitable returning Palestinians.
- Someone will have to rebuild Gaza, and the only name
that comes to mind is the democratically elected Hamas. Such a huge project
maintained by Hamas will be the right answer to Israel's criminal war and
its murderous objectives.