Nothing could expose the true intent of the Judeocidal riots on the border with Gaza more than the Nazi-style swastikas, brazenly emblazoned on many of the dozens of incendiary kites flown into Israel with the purposeful intent of setting Jewish property — and if possible, Jewish people — ablaze.
Yet, despite the blatantly violent nature of the mob activity on and around the border, and the bloodcurdling exhortations of the Gazan leadership to butcher Jews, Israel is being excoriated in international forums for allegedly using uncalled for lethal force to prevent its borders being breached by a manifestly homicidal horde.
Crucible, Not Victim
Indeed, one needs little imagination to envision the gory consequences if only a few score of frenzied fanatics — perversely dubbed “protesters” — were to breach the fence and break into a nearby Jewish community. There is little doubt that they would butcher the residents, ravage the women, and raze the properties. After all, this is precisely what their leaders urged them to do.
Thus, a week before the head of Hamas had urged the Gazans “to tear out their [the Jews’] hearts from their bodies,” he shifted his anatomical focus somewhat, and called on them to “eat the livers” of Jews across the border.
One can only imagine the outcry had any Israeli leader used such gruesome rhetoric vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Arabs. But when used by the Arabs against the Jews — nary a muted squeal of protest! Is it just me or is that a blatant display of the soft bigotry of low expectations?
Two flimsy excuses are being bandied about in the mainstream media for the ongoing displays of hostility at the Gaza border.
Both portray the inhabitants of Gaza as victims — either as victims of their leadership and/or as victims of Israel’s repressive blockade of the hapless enclave.
With regard to the former, the Gazans are not the blameless victims of their leadership.
Quite the opposite!
They are the very crucible in which that leadership was formed, and from which it emerged.
To underscore this, a poll, conducted less than a year ago by a leading Palestinian survey institute, found that 85 percent of Gazans supported maintaining payments to “security prisoners” (read “jailed terrorists”) who have murdered countless Israelis in cold blood.
Israeli sympathies for the Gazans should, therefore, be tailored to these sentiments.
Confounding Cause With Consequence
Indeed, these revealed preferences of the Gazan public bring us to the other purported “victimhood” claim regarding Israel’s security quarantine.
The refrain currently being aired is that the violence manifested at the border is the result of pent up frustration of the public over the dire socio-economic conditions that prevail in the Gaza Strip: Largely undrinkable water, perennial power outages, raw sewage overflows, and polluted beaches. The blame for this dismal condition is being laid at Israel’s doorstep for the alleged restrictions it imposes on the Gazan economy. Thus, according to this so-called “reasoning,” the only solution is the lifting, or at least the loosening, of the quarantine to alleviate the despair and desperation of the impoverished and suffering populace.
However, it is demonstrably clear that the imposition of the quarantine on Gaza is the consequence — not the cause — of Arab enmity towards Israel.
It is the result of, not the reason for, the Judeophobic incitement and Judeocidal aggression that have become the hallmark of Gaza ever since Israel unilaterally evacuated the enclave, well over a decade ago — and recently so irrefutably illustrated by the swastikas flying over the enflamed mob, chanting slogans calling for the slaughter of the Jews and destruction of their state.
Incipient Anti-Semitism: Expecting Jews to Die Meekly
Accordingly, since the security quarantine was instituted to protect Jews from Arabs who sought to kill them, the demands to have it removed, or made less thorough in discharging that function, are inherently anti-Semitic. For the unavoidable significance of these demands is to undermine the ability of the Jews to defend themselves against those who would eagerly slaughter them — and as such, are in effect, a call for Jews to die meekly, or, at least, not to overly inconvenience their would-be murderers.
For years, Gaza has been the recipient of massive humanitarian aid — reportedly among the highest per capita on the planet — both from international sources and Israel. Israel routinely — some might say, perversely — allows in thousands of trucks weekly, laden with merchandize to improve the welfare of a population, which if it could, would tear its citizens limb from limb.
However, regrettably and routinely, the bulk of humanitarian aid is promptly expropriated by Hamas for its own nefarious purposes and for lining its own nest —and those of complicit cronies.
Thus almost inevitably, any easing of current security restrictions would — as in the past — be exploited by terror organizations to perpetrate further assaults on Israelis.
Current Humanitarian Aid Perpetuates the Conflict
The socio-economic plight is neither the result of scarcity of cash nor of any lack of largesse on the part of Israel. To the contrary, the Gazans have enjoyed a plethora of both. Both have been purposely misused.
After all, the dominant (albeit, mistaken) view in Israel’s political and military establishment is that a prosperous Gaza, which, it is presumed, will also be peaceful, is an Israeli interest. Accordingly, Israel should endeavor to prevent economic meltdown in the Strip.
This is a grave error.
Gaza has descended to its current depths not because of a dearth of dollars, or a deficit of Israeli good-will — but because of the brutal and dysfunctional nature of its society. Greater funding and more Israeli leniency will not remedy that malaise. To the contrary, they will only exacerbate it.
Worse — it will only prolong the conflict, increase the toll of casualties, allow the enemy to enhance its capabilities and extend the suffering it was designed to end.
Need to Restructure Humanitarian Aid
Clearly then, as I have underscored in an earlier Understanding Israel column, the only real way to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is to offer the Gazans a better life elsewhere, out of harm’s way, free from the clutches of the cruel, corrupt cliques who have lead them from disaster to disaster for decades.
Accordingly, rather than pouring millions into inoperative desalination plants and rusting sewage treatment works, the aid should be in the form of generous individual relocation grants to allow non-belligerent Gazans to seek a safer, more secure future elsewhere, outside the “circle of violence” that inevitably awaits them if they stay.
Dr. Martin Sherman is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, dedicated to the preservation and propagation of joint values shared by the USA and Israel as embodied in the U.S. Constitution and Israel’s Declaration of Independence. He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Defense establishment and acted as a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir's government. Sherman lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations, and Strategic Studies. He holds several university degrees — B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), MBA (Finance), and PhD in political science/international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and has authored two books as well as numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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