Why Israel did not win its latest war on Gaza
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London Review of Books
THE CEASEFIRE AGREED by Israel and Hamas in Cairo after eight days of fighting is merely a pause in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It promises to ease movement at all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, but will not lift the blockade. It requires Israel to end its assault on the Strip, and Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets at southern Israel, but it leaves Gaza as miserable as ever: according to a recent UN report, the Strip will be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. And this is to speak only of Gaza.
How easily one is made to forget that Gaza is only a part – a very brutalised part – of the ‘future Palestinian state’ that once seemed inevitable, and which now seems to exist mainly in the lullabies of Western peace processors. None of the core issues of the Israel-Palestine conflict – the Occupation, borders, water rights, repatriation and compensation of refugees – is addressed by this agreement.
The fighting will erupt again, because Hamas will come under continued pressure from its members and from other militant factions, and because Israel has never needed much pretext to go to war.
Civic offices bombed in Gaza within the supposed safe zone that the IDF had directed Gazans to retreat to. It’s the video clip on the right on this page.
http://news.sky.com/story/1014721/gaza-israel-and-hamas-ceasefire-under-way - Video: Damage After Gaza Air Strikes
Sky's Stuart Ramsay reports on the blast damage caused by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City.
All ceasefires in Gaza are temporary but what stopped Israel invading this time?
By John Rees
Over 150 were killed in Israel's eight-day bombardment, but Palestinians still saw the ceasefire as a victory for Gaza.
Journalistic Cliches: 'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality
November 19, 2012 "The Independent" -- Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to “root out Palestinian terror” – which it has been claiming to do, unsuccessfully, for 64 years – while Hamas, the latest in “Palestine’s” morbid militias, announces that Israel has “opened the gates of hell” by murdering its military leader, Ahmed al-Jabari.
Hezbollah several times announced that Israel had “opened the gates of hell” for attacking Lebanon. Yasser Arafat, who was a super-terrorist, then a super-statesman – after capitulating on the White House lawn – and then became a super-terrorist again when he realized he’d been conned by Camp David; he, too waffled on about the “gates of hell” in 1982.
Fact Sheet: Grim statistics behind Gaza grief
After 1,643 Israeli missile strikes in six days with 364 missiles fired by the Israeli navy, 1,114 air strikes and 165 artillery shells: who was killed? how many were injured? how many buildings were destroyed?
SEE UPDATES 20.11.12 BELOW.
Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza between January 1st 2012 and
November 11th 2012: 1
Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire during the same period: 78
Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza, November 13th-19th 2012: 3
Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire, November 13th-19th: 95
Number of those killed in Gaza under 15 years of age: 19
Total number of Israelis killed by rocket, mortar or anti-tank fire from Gaza since 2006: 47
(Source: Wikipedia. This is disputed; another source says 26)
Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire from April 1st 2006 to July 21st 2012: 2,879
Number of targets in Gaza struck by Israel, November 13th-19th: 1,350
Number of projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza from November 13th-19th, 2012: 848
Number that did not fall in "open areas": 35
Number intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system: 302
Percentage of projectiles targeted by Iron Dome shot down, as claimed by Israeli military: 80-85%
Reported cost in dollars of one interceptor missile fired by Iron Dome: 62,000
NEW PHOTOSTORY: Gaza buries its children as Israeli attacks intensify bit.ly/UbU2K0 #GazaUnderAttack via @intifada