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Why Israel did not win its latest war on Gaza

Why Israel did not win its latest war on Gaza
26 November 2012     Adam Shatz     Palestine and Israel
The killing of entire families and the destruction of government buildings and police stations, far from encouraging Palestinians to submit, will only fortify their resistance.

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By Adam Shatz

London Review of Books
23 November 2012

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.

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? 22 November 2012 John Rees Palestine and Israel

All ceasefires in Gaza are temporary but what stopped Israel invading this time?
22 November 2012 John Rees Palestine and Israel
The question, is how did a ceasefire get declared just at the moment when by all the ordinary laws of Israeli politics bombardment should have been followed by invasion of Gaza.
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By John Rees
Stop the War Coalition
22 November 2012

Over 150 were killed in Israel's eight-day bombardment, but Palestinians still saw the ceasefire as a victory for Gaza.
ALL CEASEFIRES in Gaza are temporary and unstable because the underlying problem, the continuing expropriation of Palestinian land by the Israeli state, continues. But each ceasefire marks a particular balance of forces which should be carefully examined.
This ceasefire was declared on the day that a bus bomb exploded in Tel Aviv, after a campaign in which rockets hit Tel Aviv for the first time, and when 75,000 Israeli troops were massed on the borders of Gaza ready for the order to invade to come from what is, even by the extraordinary standards of the state of Israel, a very right wing government.
So the question is how did a ceasefire get declared just at the moment when by all the ordinary laws of Israeli politics bombardment should have been followed by invasion. Rather like the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze where the 'dog that didn't bark in the night' is the vital clue, this is all about something that didn't happen when it should have done.
The vital difference is that Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 happened before the Arab Revolutions and the current misnamed Operation Pillar of Defence has happened in a political landscape still being transformed by those revolutions.

Robert Fisk: Journalistic Cliches: 'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality

Journalistic Cliches: 'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality
By Robert Fisk

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. The Economist, 201112.

Fact Sheet: Grim statistics behind Gaza grief
20 November 2012     Palestine and Israel

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?

The Economist
19 November 2012

SEE UPDATES 20.11.12 BELOW.

Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza between January 1st 2012 and

November 11th 2012: 1
(Source: Wikipedia)

Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire during the same period: 78
(Source: United Nations)

Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza, November 13th-19th 2012: 3
(Source: press reports)

Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire, November 13th-19th: 95
(Source: IDF)

Number of those killed in Gaza under 15 years of age: 19
(Source)

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
(Source: United Nations)

Number of targets in Gaza struck by Israel, November 13th-19th: 1,350
(Source: IDF)

Number of projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza from November 13th-19th, 2012: 848
(Source: IDF)

Number that did not fall in "open areas": 35
(Source: IDF)

Number intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system: 302
(Source: IDF)

Percentage of projectiles targeted by Iron Dome shot down, as claimed by Israeli military: 80-85%
(Source: IDF)

Reported cost in dollars of one interceptor missile fired by Iron Dome: 62,000
(Source: Ha'aretz)

NEW PHOTOSTORY: Gaza buries its children as Israeli attacks intensify

NEW PHOTOSTORY: Gaza buries its children as Israeli attacks intensify bit.ly/UbU2K0 #GazaUnderAttack via @intifada

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