Most of the war
between Israel and the Palestinians goes on out-of-sight. For example, most
Palestinians live in exile, the descendents of those who left, or fled, Israel
in 1948. Few Arab nations accepted these people as migrants (who could settle),
instead they were considered refugees, who must live in refugee camps and
remain foreigners as long as they did. These refugees, as well as Palestinians
still living in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, all (the vast majority) believe
that Israel must be destroyed. This is no secret, in Arabic. But to foreigners,
a softer line, pledging conciliation, is preached. But this is a scam, one that
is becoming harder to maintain. Many Europeans have bought into the Arab
language attitude towards Israel, and agree that Israel must be destroyed
(everyone is a little vague on what would happen to the Israeli Jews, although many
Hamas and Hezbollah members come out in favor of mass murder).
The current mythology in the Arab
world, and much of Europe, is that whatever damage done to Israel is deserved,
and any harm that comes to Palestinians, even terrorists, is not. Good versus
evil and all that. The good guys can do no wrong, and the evil ones are evil in
whatever they do. So when Palestinians continue to fire rockets and mortar
shells into Israel, and Israel responds by cutting off supplies going into Gaza
(rather than launching a military operation to shut down the terrorist groups,
and rescue one of their soldiers), the Israelis are declared the bad guys by
the Arab world, and by many in Europe, and elsewhere in the West, as well.
The Arabs see all this as a victory,
and celebrate it as such. According to Arab thinking, the Israelis are losing
their fight for survival, and it's only a matter of time before the Arabs win.
This kind of thinking has influenced the Arabs for centuries; the idea that
time is on their side and that eventually there will be an Arab triumph,
despite centuries of defeat and failure. So far this hasn't worked, but this
myth is optimistic and future oriented. However, many Arabs are getting tired
of the myth, but the majority continue to believe. This means that, while most
Moslems condemned the recent Islamic terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, many
believed that the slaughter of six Jews there was somehow justified. The Mumbai
massacre has put this entire pro-terrorist media scam in a difficult position.
But it won't matter, because many Moslems believe that it's all God's Will.
All this does not mean Hamas does not
come in for some criticism. Many in Gaza do not care for Hamas attempts to set
up a religious dictatorship, that includes lifestyle police (as in Saudi Arabia
and Iran). Gazans also note that, while Israel allows enough supplies into
prevent starvation or epidemics, Gaza controls the smuggling tunnels, which
carry a lot of non-essential consumer goods, and Hamas taxes this trade
heavily. So Hamas benefits from the Israeli blockade, which keeps out cheaper
products. Hamas also tolerates competing terror groups in Gaza, because Hamas
knows it can depend on these terrorists to help out if the more moderate Gazans
tried to rebel. In short, Hamas, once elected to power in Gaza, is never going
to give up control. Gaza is, in effect, a religious dictatorship like Iran. And
like Iran, Gaza is now dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
Hamas continues its feud with rival
Fatah, which controls the West Bank. This extends to Hamas not allowing anyone
from Gaza from going on the Hajj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi
Arabia). Every Moslem nation has a deal with Saudi Arabia regarding how many
may make the Hajj, and Saudi Arabia issues visas for the two million people
allowed to visit. But Saudi Arabia is hostile to Hamas (which is backed by
Iran, which in turn believes it, and not Saudi Arabia, should control the
Moslem holy places in Mecca and Medina). So Saudi Arabia asked Fatah for a list
of those from Gaza going on the Hajj, and ignored a list from Hamas. In
response, Hamas refused to allow the Fatah approved pilgrims from leaving.
Hamas also denied doing this, despite the many Palestinian and Egyptian
witnesses to it.
November 21, 2008: Palestinian
terrorists in Gaza fired a long range rocket at the Israeli port city of
Ashkelon. There were no injuries. These longer range missiles, if fired in
large enough quantities (at more populous areas of Israel), could trigger an Israeli
invasion of Gaza.