On the Latest Violence Between Israel and Hamas

by Ryan on November 19, 2012

in International Relations,Israel,Media Bias,War on Terror

I only have a few things to say about what has been happening the last six days between Israel and Hamas, and none of it favors Hamas.  My whole life I’ve seen the same story play out:  Israel gets hit one time too many and decides to retaliate as suddenly the international community gets apoplectic over Israel’s response as being disproportionate.  Hamas still puts it rocket launchers in civilian neighborhoods, using the subsequent civilian casualties as anti-Israeli propaganda whose impact the international press still propagates.

What’s worse this time around is the absence of Mubarak in Egypt as an arbiter of Palestinian restraint.  Ostensibly, members of the Muslim Brotherhood (the current ruling party in Egypt) assassinated Mubarak’s predecessor unabashedly in broad daylight.  They don’t have a long history of subtlety.  I have a feeling many young Egyptians probably think fighting Israel would be a cake-walk and are emboldened by the prospect of jihad.  At least that is the sense I get from Egyptian President Morsi’s current posturing in support of Hamas.

All this rests on whether or not Morsi is playing populist Mideast politics, or is serious about brinkmanship.

I’m not sure how this episode ends.  Morsi seems ready to galvanize his people, the military, and his new government behind aggression towards its historic foe, Israel, to help the poor Palestinians.  I am sure that Hamas and Morsi are using all the carnage, terror, and deaths of the last week for their propaganda purposes ultimately at the expense of the Palestinian people once again.  Following this train of thought, nothing will end up changing except an increased body count at the end of the day.

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rightonoz November 20, 2012 at 5:20 am

Hi Ryan,

I don’t think Morsi would be stupid enough to take on Israel, though I agree he’s not above using the suffering of the ordinary Palestinian population to push his own agenda. Between Him, Hamas and Iran, with their suicidal policies, ordinary Palestinians are getting further from ever having their own state, or other resolution short of statehood that treats them with respect.

Thankfully Israel have one of the best armed forces in the world, and great tech like Iron Dome to balance the overwhelming odds.

Despite that, Israel is losing the PR war. On the news today “Israel attacks Media Building” with reporters (Aussie included) complaining, fearing for their lives and demanding to know when journo’s became legitimate targets. Only one outlet pointing out that there was also a Hamas military office in the building and the strike was so precise, the worst Journo’s suffered were a few scratches, while the Hamas office was totalled.

Hiding behind women, children and now journo’s, an ‘armed force’ all the world should despise.

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Mike November 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m not sure that Mubarak was ever an arbiter of Palestinian restraint, though it was better when Egypt just kept its figurative mouth relatively quiet on that conflict. With its population the way it is, Egypt was never going to speak up on behalf of Israel and although I don’t think they’ll attack Israel either, I agree with Oz. Egypt’s voice is only going to help Hamas continue to win the PR war in that region.

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