When planning the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military leader, did Defense Minister Ehud Barak think this was a chess game that ends when you get rid of the king? Did Barak expect that after the assassination, the Palestinians would run around lost like a herd without a leader? Do those sitting up there making decisions genuinely believe that Gaza will be brought to its knees and wave a white flag to welcome the victors?
People here don't learn from history, and the word "capitulation," especially for the residents of the Gaza Strip, exists only in the lexicon where archaic words are kept. Moreover the Palestinians have no other choice when Israel has no proposal other than to continue with the existing situation.
Were the residents of Gaza to take to the streets en masse waving white flags, would Israel remove the maritime blockade? Would it solve the problem of the refugees that it created with its own hands - those refugees who have been living in hell for 63 years? Would the gates of Gaza - the biggest prison in history - be opened? What can be heard right now is the demand from Shas leader Eli Yishai to "send Gaza back to the Middle Ages." Only the devil could think up a proposal like that.
This is a policy of force at its purest. Merely to hear the interpretations of the silence coming from the Palestinian Authority, which is supposedly the result of the language of force, proves there is nothing new under the sun of the Israeli leadership. What lying arrogance. This silence is the result of a conscious decision on the part of the Palestinians to transfer the campaign for independence and freedom to the field of popular and diplomatic struggle, a field in which Benjamin Netanyahu and his supporters appear to be dangerous refuseniks of peace. The intimidating Israel is fighting against this silence with all its might. It is also possible that the bombing of Gaza is part of a move to reject the Palestinian effort to gain non-member status at the United Nations.
At present, Israel's generosity in awarding rank to Palestinians is remarkable. They "appointed" Jabari as "chief of staff" even though his previous title had been "arch-terrorist," and the weapons of yesterday are already being called "the Qassam missile batteries." It appears that in the hasbara campaign they decided to equalize the two sides: on this side there is a chief of staff, and on that side too. Here there are missile batteries, and there too. Thus, for the time being there is supposedly a balanced war going on.
But on the first day, we watched from one side as a missile chased after a car that was traveling fast, until it caught up with it; and on the other side, two days later, we saw a missile that missed a city the size of Tel Aviv. It is a good thing that it missed. It would have been better if it had not been fired at all.
And when someone said once about the Qassam that "it is merely a pipe," he was asked to apologize because it didn't jibe with the propaganda about thousands of Qassam rockets that were fired at the south of the country. They forgot to add then that one bomb dropped by Israel killed more Palestinians than all the Qassams.
In the "divine" jargon that the Israelis have adopted for themselves, there is not only the term "dead man," but also the "man who may live." But even a man lucky enough to be allowed to live can be harassed to death. One time he is called a chicken that has lost its feathers, another time they brag that he is a collaborator to make him despicable, still another time they threaten to choke him economically.
What is going on in the heads of the leaders here? A "dead man" is no answer and neither is a "man who may live." Let them tell us what sort of man they're looking for. But it seems the current leaders loathe every man and woman there is on the other side. Yalla, let's drown Gaza in the sea.