Three facts stand out starkly in connection with the murderous assault by Israel on Gaza:
- An UN Security Council statement condemning the carnage was blocked on Tuesday by the USA.
- The military asymmetry means that, for example, on Tuesday night 26 more Palestinians were killed, compared to two Israelis. Any ground assault would further exaggerate the imbalance of power.
- Netanyahu is facing an election, and the attack on Gaza has boosted his standing in the polls.
The reason given by the USA for blocking the UN security Council resolution is risible, as they claim it did not address the “root cause”, which they claim is the rocket attacks on israel.
The whole world knows that the “root cause” is the inhuman siege of Gaza by the Israelis; a policy as illegal as it is immoral, and one which bears within it no prospect of ever reaching a peaceful resolution.
Let us be clear. Israel does not want peace. Their trajectory is based upon permanent war, upon illegal settlements in the West bank, upon house demolitions, upon the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, upon the Apartheid wall, upon the gaoling of elected Palestinian MPs, upon assassinations and murder. And Gaza, which dared to elect a government that would not bow its knee at the proud feet of the Israeli conqueror, has been subjected to years of isolation and blockade, in a cruel and desperate attampt by the Israelis to crush the spirit of resistance through collective punishment of the civilian population. Furthermore, Israel has long pursued a policy of destabilising and discrediting any possible Palestinian interlocutor who might be prepared to negotiate peace.
In the short term, Israel may prevail. Their greater military power, their better diplomatic connections, and their Faustian pact with American imperialism, means that Might will temporarilly triumph over Right. But the cost of perpetual warfare distorts Israeli society, and as long as Israel acts as an arrogant subaltern to American interests in the Middle East, then it is stoking fires of hatred that may one day return upon it like a whirlwind.
Some 60 years ago, Israel looked at the world and saw that Britain’s star was waning, and hitched itself instead to the Americans. As the power of their American sponsor and protector declines over the next decade or so, then Israel may live to regret making only enemies in the region.