by Zafar Bangash (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 43, No. 6, Shawwal, 1435)
Israel cannot win the war on Gaza because Hamas and Islamic Jihad refuse to surrender. The zionists are digging their own grave.
There are two wars going on in Gaza simultaneously; one of these the zionists can never win regardless of the number of innocent people they murder; and the other they always win because they have entrenched allies in different parts of the world. The war the Zionists can never win is the one in Gaza. Every military campaign has a specific objective or a set of objectives. The zionists’ aim has historically been to crush all opposition to its illegal occupation of Palestine. Resistance groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad stand in its way of achieving this objective even while the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas and his band of clowns have been co-opted by the Zionists and the Americans.
Despite the vicious siege of Gaza since 2007 and successive military assaults on the tiny enclave, the Zionists have failed in their military objectives. After each successive attack and murdering thousands of innocent Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have come out stronger. Their strength continues to grow. They have managed to improve the quality of their missiles as well as military tactics. In the latest Zionist assault, the number of Israeli soldiers killed is quite high. The Zionist regime has admitted to the loss of 53 soldiers; Hamas claims it has killed more than 100 so far. Additionally, Hamas has also captured an Israeli soldier. The Zionists can kill innocent people but they cannot face losses. When the shooting stops, there are bound to be pointed questions asked of Benjamin Netanyahu about the war’s objectives. With time, Hamas and Islamic Jihad capabilities are likely to increase and a time will soon arrive when Israel will not be able to bear the cost of its misadventures, a lesson taught to it by the Hizbullah with stunning clarity in Lebanon.
The other war the Zionists always win is that of propaganda. This is because the corporate media in the west work as an arm of the Zionist regime. Perish the thought if anything negative can be said about Zionist atrocities. If Palestinian civilians are killed, it has to be Hamas’ fault for putting them in harm’s way. There is not even a hint that dropping bombs on homes, hospitals or centers for the disabled or killing civilians constitute war crimes. And then there is the ever-ready excuse of Israel’s “right to defend itself.” Under International Law, Israel as the occupying power, has no right to “defend itself” by killing civilians; instead it has an obligation to protect people under its occupation, not murder them. Besides, why is the question of whether the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves or the right to resist their occupiers never asked?
The Zionists are alien invaders in Palestine. Their real homes are in Europe, Russia and North America. Even during the ongoing assault on Gaza, many Zionist mercenaries from North America and Europe went to Israel to join the Zionist army killing innocent Palestinians. There is not even a hint that these are terrorists. One can imagine if Muslim citizens of the US, Canada or Britain, for instance were to go and fight in distant wars. They would immediately be branded as terrorists.
Palestine does not belong to the Zionists. The Zionist state is a colonial settler entity that must be dismantled if there is to be peace in the blood-soaked Holy Land. The unabashed justification for Zionist crimes by western regimes is proof, if proof indeed were needed, that Israel is nothing but a western beachhead in the heartland of Islam. The only solution to the Zionist problem is the removal of this cancerous ideology and the establishment of a state that would respect the rights of all people: Muslims, Christians and Jews, to live as equal citizens under the law. Until that happens, innocent Palestinians will continue to suffer but the Zionists will not be able to perpetrate their crimes with impunity forever. As Palestinians become more self-confident in developing resistance techniques, they will neutralize the zionists’ superiority in weapons and bombs. That will be the beginning of the end of the Zionist project.