Sunday, September 21, 2014
A balanced (somewhat) and unbiased (more or less) look at the Israel-Palestinian latest conflict-4
Initially Israel wanted to destroy Hamas and its tunnel but later on decided that it is the tunnels they want to destroy. They have been warned that something worse than Hamas may take over Gaza Strip and Israel may have a different kind of violent insurrection at their hands. Anyway my point here is that the response by the Israeli military was disproportionately much higher than Hamas. Hamas only had some rockets and no regular army, while Israel used military jets to destroy whatever infrastructure Hamas had built in Gaza Strip. Hamas was and is no match for Israeli military and that is why they had a higher ratio of killings and injuries and as the war dragged on with civilian casualties mounting, Israel had a second thought and now have agreed to a ceasefire. And Donors have now started to pour in with aid and financial help to rebuild Gaza Strip. Despite all the fight, Hamas knows that it cannot military defeat Israel and Israel knows that Hamas cannot be marginalized. So after all the talk and support for Israel and Palestinians, the ceasefire came about with talks and not with guns. And I am sure some lessons will be learned and some will not and until the next flare up comes, lives will again have to be built and defenses will again be raised. But with the new terrorist threat of the IS (Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria, Israel have to worry much more than Hamas to survive. So it is better to deal with the devil you know than to deal with the devil you don’t know whether you like it or not. It is just a bitter pill to swallow for both sides.