It’s hard for me to know exactly how to express myself. I am becoming more disturbed the longer the assault on Gaza continues. The number of dead now stand: Palestinians 800>: Israel: 13.
Who can say that this is a reasonable response to rocket fire that has killed very few people? I am sympathetic to the people of Sderot and the other areas being his by rockets, but the IDF operation does not serve their interests.
This article on Daily Kos is worth reading. There are some in Israel (although an unfortunately small number) who oppose the current military action. There was a joint peace rally held in Israel, with both Jews and Arabs. And there are some peace groups, such as Taayush, that try to cultivate relations with Palestinian. But, as I said, the number is not as large as it should be.
Recently, the IDF shelled a UN school, killing at least 30 people. Initially, the IDF said they were being shot at from the school, but the UN says IDF officers admitted there was no gunfire from Gaza school. So we have an example now of the IDF lying about a mistake. Honestly, I prefer that it was a mistake instead of an intentional action. However, this kind of mistake is what becomes inevitable in urban fighting, and with militaries in general. This is a major reason why the IDF should not attack Gaza. It is guaranteed – as we are seeing – that there will be high civilian casualties.
Human Rights Watch is reporting that the IDF is using phosphorus munitions in Gaza, which is illegal. I really don’t understand. A major problem here is that the IDF feels like it is trying to avoid killing civilians – such as when they drop leaflets warning people – but obviously many civilians are still killed. In this kind of scenario, the end result matters more than intention.
Avi Shlaim has a powerful article in the Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/07/gaza-israel-palestine What Israel is doing is ultimately doing more damage to itself than it is to the Palestinians. I want to stress, and hope people can internalize it, THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION.