For M, who believes Gaza is a wide, Napoleonic battlefield. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 09.11.10 | 17:19 (IST)

    Neat, really neat, squeaky neat and clear cut. But for a Napoleonic war on a wide, uninhabited Belgian field. Have you ever considered that Gaza is one of the most crammed places on earth, M? you are in an alley and ferocious fighting goes one, between IDF soldiers who get fired from within every civilian corner, roof, window, 360º. Israelis are walking in booby-traps every centimeter, and Palestinian women and children are crying and yelling in terror while Hamas "combatants" in civil clothing or whatever clothing, are throwing all their fire power at Israelis, whether they are in an alley, in a house or in a heap of rubble. Bullets, RPG's drone-rockets and qassams fly and explode far and near, and on top of that, it's 5:00 AM and you can't see anything. A "woman" takes out an M16 and starts firing at Israeli soldiers, who return fire, and a blaze starts a few yards away; terrorized civilians run for shelter, there0s screaming and yelling, children crying, an Armed Personnel Carrier winds its way a few meters forward every couple of minutes, the 360º confusing war rages, and yet Israelis try to avoid civilian facilities, until someone sees they are being fired from an UN building. In a matter of seconds he has to make your "end-of-story" clean, neat, orderly decision in a Kasbah or a street where his feet are under sewage water, and so are Palestinians who lift up their arms: some are real civilians who escaped being used by Hamas, and some are Hamas people who smuggled themselves into the crowd of people holding up their hands. You can't shoot, but then from within those people suddenly fire is opened at you, one Israeli returns the fire, then two civilians lay in the street bleeding; an Israeli paramedic and Palestinian family members meet oddly in the middle of the alley, yelling in Arabic and Hebrew, while the bullets and RPG's and booby traps explode in the middle of the night. If you think I make this up, ask Gazans or Israeli soldiers. And then try to apply your Napoleonic standards in Gaza. Oh, how fortunate are those who can preach from the comfort of their neat homes.

    from the article: Hamas admits 600-700 of its men were killed in Cast Lead
    First published 11:24 09.11.10 | Last updated 11:24 09.11.10
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