Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation; they have been frequent targets of destructive Israeli wars and massacres. If common sense can be our guide in this situation than the solution is to disarm Israel and prosecute its war criminals for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the ICC. Disarming Hamas? Hamas has no army, no air force, no missiles, no navy, no naval gunships, no tanks, no anti-aircraft missiles.
If Israel has played havoc with the homes and buildings of Palestinians in Gaza and killed people then the main reason for the tragedy that ensued lies in the people’s inability to defend themselves.
Ideally, for Gazans to defend themselves against Israel’s military might they need a matching military power and weapons. It is obvious that without this they have no chance to defend themselves and their homes. We have seen what Israel is capable of doing in the 33-day war on Gaza. The Palestinians in Gaza have been at the mercy of Israeli missiles and powerful bombs that pulverised their homes and other structures. Unless Israel lifts the blockade, ends the occupation and develops a new approach towards the people of Palestine the conflict will not disappear.
But how Gazans can defend themselves militarily remains an open question. The leaders of the “New World Order” especially the United States will not allow that. There is no major country that is ready to give substantive material support to the Palestinians. Therefore the prevailing conditions will remain intact.
We need to keep in mind that Gaza is beleaguered by Israel from all sides including its air space. It is the largest open-air prison in the world. Now Israel, by its intentional destruction of the infrastructure of Gaza, has made sure that its people will not raise their heads again against the ongoing occupation and blockade for years to come. But if they do at some stage then they will have Israeli war-machines on their heads again. It is as simple as that if we want to understand the Israeli position.
No doubt, this is a situation that cannot be defended. To my mind the only explanation lies in the fact that it is military might that decides the fate of a subjugated people, not their rights according to international law or humane considerations. Yet the struggle of the Palestinians for their national liberation from the Zionist yoke needs universal support. The public demonstrations in many countries around the world denouncing the Israeli genocide and carnage in Gaza show a growing awareness among the people of the world of the plight of the colonised Palestinians.
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