(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
Israel has looked for a Gaza policy that preserves its security, undermines
Hamas and reduces international criticism – in that order of priority. Thus, the
cabinet has approved an altered strategy on the Gaza Strip.
principle can be summarized as emphasizing anything that can be used for
military purposes but easing up on the destabilizing effort. This makes sense,
since the international community’s protection of the Hamas regime – even though
it is a revolutionary Islamist, terrorist, genocideintending, anti-Western
client of Iran that will fight Israel and subvert Egypt – makes its overthrow
The June 20 cabinet decision states: “Israel’s policy
is to protect its citizens against terror, rocket and other attacks from
In seeking to keep weapons and war materiel out of Gaza while
system by which civilian goods enter Gaza...”
Thus, the first principle
is: Publish a list of items not permitted into Gaza that is limited to
and war materiel, including problematic dual-use items. All items not on
list will be permitted to enter Gaza.
This is a great contraction of
previous lists. A range of construction materials – cement, which can
used for military bunkers; pipes that can be used for making rockets –
Hence, point two: Enable and expand the inflow of
dual-use construction materials for approved PA-authorized projects
health facilities, water, sanitation, etc.) that are under international
supervision, and for housing projects such as the UN housing development
completed at Khan Yunis. Israel intends to accelerate the approval of
The theory is that international agencies will make sure the
material is used for building nice things, not pillboxes or reinforced
No doubt Israel will report on whether this promise is kept (though
the contrary will probably be ignored). The land crossings will be
admit more materials at a faster rate, and procedures for letting people
for medical treatment or other purposes will be streamlined.
Israel get in exchange? The decision states: “The current security
Gaza will be maintained. Israel reiterates that along with the US, EU
others, it considers Hamas a terrorist organization.
community must insist on a strict adherence to the Quartet principles
In other words, there will be the continued political isolation
of Hamas which, by the way, is still holding Gilad Schalit captive.
does Israel give up? The entire strategy of trying to reduce Gaza’s
the rewards that Hamas can give its supporters. In other words, while
military capacity is kept as low as possible, it can stay in power for
While this represents a considerable “retreat,” it is not so meaningful
practice since – as noted above – nobody is going to allow Israel to
the regime in Gaza.
So this is the future: A revolutionary Islamist
statelet, a long-term outpost of Iran, a base for spreading terrorism
subversion, a source for genocidal anti-Semitic propaganda has been
on the shores of the Mediterranean. For all practical purposes, one
made this declaration two or four years ago. Now it is clear.
might find the above paragraph controversial. But it is all
Hamas will be in power in the Gaza Strip for a long time. Who is
going to remove it? It is a client of Iran. Certainly it is under
arms, but it functions a lot like an independent state for practical
It will return to war against Israel at the first opportunity. It
people to kill Jews and to be terrorists.
That doesn’t mean all Gazans
support it, but those who don’t can do nothing about it.
Hamas regime receives indirect aid because the Palestinian Authority
of its civil service, and Western projects are designed to help its
Yes, of course there are limits on what it can do, given its size
and the pressure still put on by Egypt and Israel. But this is an
description. Putting it bluntly sounds harsh, but the reality is
And what could be more ironic than the fact that Western
governments, frantic for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, have just helped
more gigantic roadblock in the way? Even without Hamas ruling almost
those under Palestinian rule, the PA probably wouldn’t be able to make
The consolidation of a Hamas state makes that inability a
While a change in Israeli policy can be said to mark this new
era, the outcome should not be blamed on the government, since the
made inevitable by Western policy. The world has no idea what it has
how much blood will flow as a result of this failure. People will write
this being true in five or 10 years.
You are reading about it right
The writer is director of the Global
Research in International
Affairs Center and editor of
Middle East Review of International
Turkish Studies. He blogs at www.rubinreports.blogspot.com.