Another pointy-head academic, who happens to be Jewish, appears to have his head up his ass when he argues that Israel’s Iron Dome system helps to perpetuate the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Does this stupid schmuck not understand reality? Is he asking for Israel to take more civilian casualties to see if Israel can be forced to negotiate with terrorists?
(1) The purpose of a terror campaign is to force afflicted civilians to negate military force to effect a solution favorable to a hostile enemy.
Vladimir Lenin once famously said that "the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize."
Although terrorism employs violent means, and often uses military weaponry to execute attacks and massacres - the objective of a terrorist act isn't military victory. In fact, military forces are almost never the target of terrorist attacks. The objective of a terrorist attack is political reaction. The strategy behind such attacks is for them to be the catalyst, direct or indirect, for political change that weakens the enemy.
In classic political/strategic theory, the purpose of terrorism is to create a political psychology of fear and anger that persuades a government to undertake repressive and violent activities against its own populace, gradually losing their support, and eventually causing its own demise. Like a mite irritating a scorpion enough to persuade it to sting itself to death - the real weapon of terrorists isn't their bombs and guns - it is the the reactions they provoke. The harsher, more violent, brutal, and unreasonable those reactions are - the more successful the terrorist campaign becomes.
In essence terrorism is a form of political/military ju-jitsu - using a larger and more powerful opponent's strengths to weaken and defeat them. It allows a small group of ruthless individuals to disrupt and potentially destabilize a much more powerful state or society. History shows that despite the distaste and moral outrage that "civilized" society has always voiced for such tactics - they can be quite effective. <Source>
(2) Hamas is a terrorist organization that controls Gaza. A portion of their charter is to reject all negotiated peace settlements and destroy the State of Israel.
The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement, HAMAS, was issued on August 18, 1988.
The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: 'O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him." (Article 7)
The exclusive Moslem nature of the area:
"The land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [Holy Possession] consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. No one can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it." (Article 11)
"Palestine is an Islamic land... Since this is the case, the Liberation of Palestine is an individual duty for every Moslem wherever he may be." (Article 13)
Rejection of a negotiated peace settlement:
"[Peace] initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement... Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint the infidels as arbitrators in the lands of Islam... There is no solution for the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility." (Article 13)
The call to jihad:
"The day the enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In the face of the Jews' usurpation, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised." (Article 15)
"Ranks will close, fighters joining other fighters, and masses everywhere in the Islamic world will come forward in response to the call of duty, loudly proclaiming: 'Hail to Jihad!'. This cry will reach the heavens and will go on being resounded until liberation is achieved, the invaders vanquished and Allah's victory comes about." (Article 33)
[OCS: This makes a mockery of CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) assertion that “Jihad” does not mean ‘holy war.’ Literally, jihad means to “struggle,” strive and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g., – having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.” <Source>]
(3) There is no other way to bring peace to the area than to (a) engage in some form of détente; (b) kill the malignant Hamas cockroaches that pervert their religion; (c) surrender Israel, unlikely give Israel is a nuclear state willing to fight for its existence; or (d) reform Quran and Islam, unlikely because the Quran is the literal word of Allah and is not subject to change.
So why is this schmuck complaining about Iron Dome?
Yagil Levy is a professor of public policy and political sociology at the Open University of Israel.
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system protects Israeli lives. It also perpetuates the Israel-Gaza conflict.
By Yagil Levy
Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza and other militias, has fired more than 1,700 rockets into Israel since Monday, in response to the threat of eviction of Palestinian residents in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and violence in the al-Aqsa Mosque.
[OCS: Clearly, Levy does not understand the use of pretext in politics.
It is not about the rock-throwing at Israeli security forces from the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is under the control of the Muslims through the Islamic waqf trust, which is independent of the Israeli government and administered by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Muhammad Ahmad Hussein is the head imam and manager of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
It is not about the eviction after a 50-year court battle of four homes in the Sheikh Jarrah area.
It is about the struggle and popularity contest between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is up for the first election in 16-years, an election Abbas, once again, postponed and is most likely to lose to Hamas. Abbas is in the 16th year of his original 4-year term.
And, most certainly, it is about Iran-funded and directed proxy, Hamas. Iran needs to keep both Israel and the United States off-balance to prevent an Israeli strike (with agreement and cooperation of its Arab neighbors) on Iran’s nuclear facilities. At the same time, Iran takes advantage of an addled President Joe Biden and his Obamacon puppet-masters.]
The Israeli-made and U.S.-funded anti-rocket “Iron Dome” intercept system claims to have stopped about 90 percent of these missiles.
Israel has responded with a massive air campaign against Gaza reminiscent of the wars in 2009 and 2014. This cycle of conflict suggests that the success of Iron Dome may have the perverse consequence of helping to perpetuate the Gaza-Israel conflict.
[OCS: The only thing perpetuating this conflict are the terrorists that control the region, many of whom are billionaires and live in mansions while the majority of their fellow Arabs struggle for daily subsistence. Consider the Knesset Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu’s observation, "if the Arabs lay down their arms there will be no more war, but if Israel lays down its weapons there would be no more Israel."]
When President Barack Obama granted $225 million to Israel in 2014 to help fund the Iron Dome, the White House press secretary declared that the “United States is proud that the Iron Dome system … has saved countless Israeli lives.” But the unintended consequences of this protective system complicate the story — by reducing the expected costs of bombing Gaza, Iron Dome allows Israel to act with less concern for civilian casualties, and gives Israel less incentive to find a political solution to its conflict with Gaza.
[OCS: This is a slanderous lie. No nation has struggled mightily to keep civilians from becoming casualties even when used as human shields. The terrorists co-locate their rocket-firing launchers next to hospitals, schools, mosques, and residential areas. It is not unknown that dead Hamas soldiers are dressed as civilians and posed in the wreckage to give corrupt journalists a phony photo-op. (Like those carried by the Associated Press and other international wire services. ]
I find it morally repugnant that anyone would mischaracterize terrorist aggressors and bemoan the fact that a besieged nation has an effective self-defense system against random rocket attacks on its civilian population.
This is pure propaganda, and I call bullshit. Have you ever noticed that most mainstream news stories are not about Palestinian aggression or actual war crimes but about Israel's reaction to being attacked and defending itself?
We are so screwed when we are told self-defense complicates the peace process. Let the aggressors put down their weapons.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS