January 5, 2009, - 12:13 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
All along, I’ve been wondering where the heck Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barack, both candidates for Israeli Prime Minister in a soon-to-be-held election and both orchestraters of the current Israel-HAMAS war, were for the last several years as HAMAS rockets hit the working class poor of Sderot. As I noted, they ignored this constant attack on their citizens for years and did nothing. . . until now.
And I’ve noted that they were supporters of giving HAMAS their base in Gaza in the first place. I’ve concluded that the only way this war can be “won” is if most of the Palestinians in Gaza–and the so-called “West Bank,” too, where HAMAS has a lot of support–are decimated, which the world will never allow Israel to do, and which Livni and Barak (and Olmert) don’t have the guts to do.
Therefore, this war can only be a loss, as many Israeli soldiers’ lives will be lost in a ground war, and HAMAS will survive. Already, this is echoing the Israel-Hezbollah war of 2006, where the soldiers who were killed were mostly religious Jewish settlers (some of them Ethiopian Jews), whose homes Livni/Olmert/Barak et al want to take away and give to the HAMAS-supporting Palestinians. That war could have been won, but Olmert didn’t have the will, nor did he and his generals issue the commands to beat Hezbollah fully, by running an effective ground war. The same thing will happen again here.
While I want Israel to beat HAMAS, there is only one way to do so–total annihilation of the Palestinians, who are all HAMAS. And again, Israel neither has the guts to do this, nor the ability to do so with its unfortunate dependence upon America and the international community.
And now there is proof that this costly campaign commercial is working. Reader “I Am Me” sends these poll results:
“We have no interest in a long war. We do not desire a broad campaign. We want quiet,” Olmert said. “We don’t want to display our might, but we will employ it if necessary.”
Ordinary Israelis are not eager to see the operation expand beyond the air-based campaign, a poll Thursday showed.
The survey of 472 people showed that 52% want the air assault to continue, while only 19% wanted to see a ground offensive. Twenty percent favored a truce.
The same poll showed dovish and centrist parties would get 60 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament if elections were held today, up from 53 before the operation. The big winner was Labor, led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the Gaza operation’s mastermind. Hardline and religious parties dropped from 65 to 60. The Dialog company poll had a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.
Are these numbers worth Israeli soldiers’ lives, when HAMAS will likely survive and be strengthened? Is the “war” worth it, when Olmert–who has, as my father pointed out, always said he no longer wants to fight to survive or to be courageous or have victories–won’t commit to a long war, which is necessary to win (unless they will drop massive bombs and decimate everyone, the only other way to win)?
As I Am Me notes:
So maybe that tells us how long this war will last, ie., until Labor (Barak) or Kadima (Livni) gets elected.