Benjamin Netanyahu reveals his intentions
|Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel|
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, finally threw off the mask to reveal his and his governments true intentions in respect of the current aggression into Gaza. At a press conference held shortly after the fragile ceasefire which had been in place for less than 24 hours broke down with Israeli missiles hitting the Beach refugee camp, killing many civilians including 10 children, Netanyahu told the world how Israel should "prepare for a protracted campaign" in Gaza and how "any solution to the crisis would require the demilitarisation of the Palestinian territory"
.Not too long ago, and now constantly repeated (and misquoted) by Israeli spokesmen, Iran allegedly made a threat to "drive the Israeli's into the sea".This remark has been turned into grim but ironic reality, by Netanyahu and the IDF but the victims are not to be the Israeli's but the Palestinians of Gaza.
During the course of this press conference, Netanayahu made a number of specific points and even threats against the Palestinians and people of Gaza specifically. He started by saying that the Security Council statement, calling for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israelis, did not address Israel’s demands for the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip. Nor did it address the question of destruction of the tunnels between Gaza and Israel.
It was clearly made evident that the Israelis are intent on demolishing vast sections of Gaza and to reduce the civilian population to an existence in an area of land 40% smaller than existed three weeks ago. The Israelis have announced a new buffer zone 3 km deep running around the border between Gaza and Israel which in effect has restricted all 1.8 million people living in Gaza to an area of less than 85 square miles. I repeat less than 85 square miles. To put that into perspective, the Isle of Wight has a population of 139,000 living in an area of 149 square miles. Gaza was already the most densely populated location in the world and now the Israeli's have increased that overcrowding 5 fold.
It is clearly obvious that Palestinians have no place in the new Greater Israel.
|Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor|
Meanwhile at the United Nations, Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, responding to the (UN) statement, said with signature sarcasm that the statement “miraculously managed” not to mention Hamas. Israel has grown tired of being vilified and demonized, Prosor said, particularly as organizations like ISIS and Boko Haram commit terrorist attacks, conveniently forgeting that Gaza has been under continual blockade for nine years, and that Palestine has been under Israeli occupation for at least 47 years.
In the 24 hours since the press conference, Israel has embarked on the most aggressive and vicious bombing campaign using tanks and aircraft and ships, and over 100 civilians have been killed in that period. It has been described by many witnesses to the be the most intense and unrelenting bombardment that has occurred since the Israeli attack on Gaza started three weeks ago. From what Netanyahu said last night and the actions of the Israeli for occupation forces today the long-term objectives of the Tel Aviv government are clearly evident. No matter what may take place in Washington or in Cairo or in other centre in an attempt to broker a ceasefire,the Israelis will continue with the bombardment until not one buildingis left standing in the whole of Gaza and the population has been either killed or smashed into submission.The Israelis are intent on ensuring that this operation "Protective Edge", will achieve the objectives which were denied by previous ceasefires. The Israelis are also intent that there should be no end to the blockade of Gaza and the occupied territories will eventually be annexed and absorbed into Israel.
Hamas and all Palestinians are determined to resist this and no new ceasefire agreement would be acceptable unless there is a guaranteed commitment tolifting the blockade and ending the occupation of Palestinian lands. It seems that these two positions are completely irreconcilable and there is no foreseeable solution to the current fighting. It is however clearly evident that the so-called two state solution lies buried in the rubble in Gaza.