As the sounds of
Israel's destructive war machinery and armored tanks receded in a cloud of dust
following the mayhem and massacres committed by its troops during relentless
bombings, Gaza faces a daunting task of rebuilding lives and
Operation Protective Edge, a deceptive military campaign to inflict pain and
suffering on the Occupied Territory, was launched by Israel by leaning on an
equally deceptive trigger: the murder of three Israeli settlers blamed on
A ruse and a distraction of the real goals which appear to be varied yet
converge neatly within Israel's regional strategy shared by Egypt and Saudi
Analysts and Intelligence experts familiar with sociopolitical dynamics of
Israel and its neighbourhood concur that Gaza has been bludgeoned for a variety
One such expert is Andre Zaaiman who argues that the principal tactical goals
* The division of the Palestinians, geographically and organisationally to
fragment and ultimately conquer the West Bank rendering the establishment of a
viable Palestinian State impossible.
It is an old colonial tactic of divide and rule. The recent rapprochement
between Hamas and Fatah was the real trigger and one of the principal reasons
why Israel decided to go after Hamas now.
Zaaiman maintains that Israel is still pursuing the defeat of the Palestinian
national movement, the reduction in numbers of the Palestinian population in
the area as a whole, and the obliteration of any forms or traces of Palestinian
* The re-establishment of the regional status quo ante bellum - meaning as it
was before the Arab Spring.
The axis of troika which exists between Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia seek a
return to the regional situation where Islamic Movements such as Hamas and the
Muslim Brotherhood are internationally isolated and turned into outlaws.
They cannot afford a situation of real majoritarian democracy based on free and
fair elections in which all their citizens participate freely and
Zaaiman states that in the case of Israel, until it has reduced the non-Jewish
numbers through a process of social and geographical attrition to such an
extent, that it would never pose a threat to the ethnic concept of a Jewish
In other words until the Palestinians are bludgeoned and weakened to the point
where they accept this exclusivist, ethnic and Jewish character of Israel and
permanently give up any historic claims to the land of their birth, there can
simply be no peace, explains Zaaiman.
He further claims that a third component of the ruse by Israel and shared by
Saudi Arabia is the targeting of Iran as a grave "threat" - in much
the same vein as Saddam Hussein's Iraq was portrayed until it was militarily
attacked and invaded by the US.
While Iran has successfully navigated around the web of deceit spun by
Israel and gradually convinced Europe and the US of its inalienable right as a
sovereign state to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, the Netanyahu regime
vehemently opposed it.
Zaaiman correctly states that Israel suffers from the cancer that all projects
based on dispossession and violent occupation suffer from and finally succumb
to moral degeneration from within.
The stark failure of Operation Protective Edge to attain any of its political
or military goals is an opportunity for key international actors to reposition
Whether its a collective such as the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), the African
Union (AU) or individual countries like South Africa, Israel's belligerence and
hostile defiance of International Law provides fresh opportunities for
calibration and configuration of power balances.
The massive mobilisation of global outrage against Israel's barbarism and
bloodbath in Gaza points the direction the world needs to go. Anti Israeli sentiments
the world over are beginning to shape an international movement to isolate and
punish the zionist regime.
Modelled on the legendary anti-Apartheid movement, BDS or Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions has been given a major boost by heart wrenching images of the
bloody carnage in Gaza.
So as BDS intensifies, countries in Europe, Asia and Africa are under
tremendous pressure by their populations to fall in line. Whether they do so is
entirely speculative, though in the case of South Africa, the government of
President Zuma refuses to respond to demands seeking an unconditional
suspension of ties with Israel.
Again as Zaaiman surmises, Israel suffered a very serious intelligence failure
to detect a sophisticated network of underground bunkers despite possessing
sophisticated surveillance technology.
The question confronting key actors and power brokers is whether Gaza's demand
for the lifting of the seige and the Occupation is not an essential part of
basic humanity requiring courage and a steadfast determination to reconstruct
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