I denounce the unprecedented violence Hamas has just launched against Israel.
Violence is evil and us at our most failed and flawed.
Hamas must limit its actions to legitimate military targets of the Israeli Occupation or else become the very monster they accuse Israel of being.
The butchery to date by Hamas has been an atrocity beyond justification.
I also acknowledge there are many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many reasons that have led up to this attack by Hamas, and if we want an end to this obscene violence, then those reasons must be examined to form the response, because all violence at this level does now is beget more violence.
No serious commentator is surprised by this attack by Hamas.
I was writing about the likelihood of this in January…
Israel’s brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine is always obscene, but you know shit just got real when ever Israel’s own retiring Military Chief is attacking the new Israeli Government as extreme
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi speaks during a candle lightning ceremony with Israeli soldiers on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in Jerusalem, on Nov. 29, 2021. Kochavi on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 warned against plans by Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition to grant more control to pro-settler lawmakers and make other changes to the Israeli security establishment, joining a loud chorus of criticism against the new right-wing government.
…Israel’s new far right Government are Zionist Fascists who have been ratcheting up more extreme violence against Palestinians and the threat of a new intifada is brewing…
Speculation that Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories are on the brink of a third intifada, or Palestinian uprising, surfaces whenever there is a rise in violence in the decades-long conflict. Unfortunately, the convergence of several different elements means that this grim possibility is more likely in 2023 than ever before.
According to the UN, this year has been the deadliest for Palestinians living in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank since the organisation started counting fatalities in the territories in 2005, with 140 Palestinians killed.
Most have died in an Israeli campaign of near-nightly raids, which began in March and shows no sign of slowing down or stopping. The bloodshed is galvanising a new generation of Palestinian fighters who are too young to remember the peace process of the 1990s.
A surprise three-day aerial offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip this summer killed another 49 Palestinians, and Palestinian terrorist attacks have killed 30 Israelis – the highest number since 2008.
Other developments this year that hark back to the violence of the 2000-2005 intifada include Israel’s return to targeted assassinations in the West Bank, the use of sieges on Palestinian neighbourhoods and entire cities, and the first bus bombings in Jerusalem in years.
On the political front there is also a marked deterioration of affairs. The elderly Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, is in ill health, and his death is expected to further destabilise an already combustible situation.
In Israel in November, the most rightwing coalition in history won national elections: many soon-to-be cabinet ministers in Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming government are bent on expanding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, loosening the rules of engagement for the Israeli police and army, and provoking the Palestinians by expanding the Jewish presence on Jerusalem’s sacred Temple Mount.
With a weak and divided opposition in the Knesset, there is little to stop them.
…the escalating spitefulness of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine has reached new levels of malice because the far right Israeli Government has manufactured a level of cruelty into the Occupation that goes beyond provocations by Orthodox Jews at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Israel has continued building settlements on Occupied Palestinian Land and new restrictions on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were the straw that broke the camels back.
Lack of American Leadership:
America has allowed Israels far right Government to continue punishing the Palestinians while cutting deals with other Muslim Regimes to normalise relations. This has left the Palestinians with no hope and fermented a rage that only violence can sate.
Internal Israeli dissent:
This all is happening at a time of enormous division in Israeli society as the far right lunatic fringe attempt to remove Judicial oversight. This has been met with months long protests as more rational Israelis recoil in disgust at the corrupt authoritarianism the far right Government attempts to ram through.
By signing normalisation treaties with other Muslim Nations, the Palestinians have been ignored and forgotten and my deep suspicion is that Russia through Iran has enabled what Hamas has managed to achieve with this attack because Putin wants to expand the conflict line and take attention from the Ukraine.
The enormous intelligence failure this attack represents suggests a level of sophistication that reeks of Russia.
Will Xi seize this moment to assert Chinese authority in the Pacific?
Israel will be shellshocked by this attack and will want to get eye for an eye Old Testament vengeance, but surely it’s that violence and total refusal to create a two state political solution that has created this violence in the first place, so more violence can’t be a solution here, particularly if Russia’s intention is to sow chaos and disorder while they continue pushing their war in the Ukraine.
The Root of Violence Is Oppression and right now the brutal occupation of the Palestinians is harvesting an obscene wrath.
This violence and hatred is us at our worst as a species.
New Zealand must call for an immediate cessation of all hostilities, the immediate negotiation for the return of hostages and a peace summit to ensure previous roadblocks to the 2 State solution are legitimately removed.
The alternative is a river of blood that never ends.
The possibility of this spinning out of control is very real.
We need peace. Lord do we need peace.
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