Those Who Thirst for Blood

Gideon Levy
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Rescuers and people gather in front of the debris of Al-Sharouk tower that collapsed after being hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, yesterday.
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

Every “round” brings with it its own bloodthirsty ones, during every round they exit their holes like mice, remove their politically-correct masks, and their true face is exposed to all: All they want is to see blood. Arab blood, as much as possible – blood, the more the better – blood, the main thing is that Arab blood is spilled. Residential towers are collapsing like houses of cards in Gaza, and ruined worlds beneath them are a mild joke for them. They want to see blood, not only ruins, fear and destruction.

Dozens of dead during the first 24 hours, about half of them women and children, are nothing to them. They want much more blood. Until rivers of blood flood Gaza, and with it Lod, if possible, their appetite will be only partially satiated. Until the Palestinians get down on their knees, bow down before Israel and surrender to it without conditions, for eternity – they won’t be satisfied. They want a victory photo, the victory of the lie that they so greatly desire, and that will never be attained.

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Those who thirst for blood ones are divided into two groups: the security mavens and the racists. They flood the TV and radio studios and the social networks with large forces, generals, commentators, experts – during wartime there are no other spokespersons – and everything incites towards more and more of this thing, war, never mind why, never mind for what purpose. The main thing is that we’ll drink their blood.

The security mavens want as much war as possible because in their heart of hearts they like wars, those are their strongest memories. A war that is never enough for them, just to hit them, to prove that we’re strong. All the wars in Gaza and Lebanon, which didn’t accomplish anything, didn’t teach them anything either. They stick to their guns. If only we had listened to them at the time, there would have been tens of thousands of dead, and only then would the desired victory have been attained, which will never be attained.

Like fata morgana in the desert, they approach victory, and it distances itself from them. It will never be attained by force. Since we didn’t listen to them, they’re trying again. To strike and smash, a ludicrous caricature from the mouths of those who were once generals, or those who dreamed of being generals and weren’t.

The statesmanlike journalist Danny Kushmaro, who ordinarily won’t reveal his opinion about anything, innocently asks: “Why does Yihya Sinwar [Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip] still have a home?” If only people would listen to the voice of the man on the motorcycle, Sinwar would no longer have a home, a wife, children, neighbors, like all his deceased predecessors, and then we would win.

Of course we would win. From journalists Nahum Barnea (“hit hard, forcefully”) to Roni Daniel (“Let’s stop being amazed by some sight or other”) and Amir Buhbut (“That’s not how to land a harsh, painful blow”), every guy can be a soldier, they all want only more and more combat action by men’s men who never cry, not even at night. They sit on the hilltops surrounding Gaza like a chorus of cheerleaders and cheer the forces who will kill civilians and fighters in the penned-in ghetto, just give them more and more.

The second group is the racists. “Two Arabs were killed in Lod by a missile launched by Hamas. I call that poetic justice. … Too bad it was only two,” tweeted journalist Shimon Riklin on Wednesday regarding the killing of two Israelis, a father and his daughter. “Why don’t they reduce the electricity in Gaza to 10 percent? Let them sit in the dark and suffer. Let them stand in the heat and suffer, and in general let them suffer.”

Riklin has an objective, which is both a contemptible war crime and pointless as well. Ben Caspit, on the other hand, is presumably a centrist journalist, and he screamed at the imam of Lod: “We really have to hit you hard, and show you who’s the boss here, show you that you don’t burn anything belonging to Jews in Israel.”

The lordly, ugly face is bared. Who’s the boss here, you don’t burn what belongs to the Jews. You don’t wake them up in the middle of the night with sirens either.

The Jewish state, the 2,000-year dream. Let the IDF win already.

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