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  • Reading Amos Oz on Gaza
    • What if "going all in" results in the same stalemate at present.

      What would Israel and the US do if all that would be accomplished is another 1,000 murdered Gazans and hundreds of slain IDF soldiers. Not counting the bombardment of civilians, all the ordnance Israel has thrown against HAMAS has failed to stop the rockets or dented their will and capacity to resist.

  • In photos: Over 1,000 New Yorkers protest Israel's attack on Gaza
    • The American, republican system of politics & governance is geared to the squeaky wheel. American Muslims & Arabs are a recent mix of immigrants who had at first preferred keeping a low profile politically while earning & making a good life was the way to go. 9-11 and its immediate aftermath taught them that was a bad idea.

      Today they are fully engaged in US civil society and political activism, learning and making common cause with other established minorities & civil liberties organizations, like JVP for instance. For decades Zionists had a free road with no opposition and got all the grease, but now there is a youngster making noise and you better believe those in power are paying attention.

  • 10,000 march on Qalandia in solidarity with Gaza
    • The Israelis have accomplished what they had sought to destroy, Palestinian unity. The oppressed either side of the green line are learning they don't need the US, fellow Arabs or the world to liberate them, they merely need themselves. HAMAS, by refusing to go quietly into the night, like a Palestinian David against an Israeli Goliath is indeed a turning point in the I/P conflict.

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
    • >>>I think Israel will collapse before relevant change happens in the US<<<

      There is nothing more Byzantine and inscrutable than American politics.

      What you think may very likely be what sits at the center and purpose of American policy in the Middle East, because the 'collapse' of Israel would solve a considerable chunk of the headaches the US experiences domestically and in the region.

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    • >>>An ability on the part of the Hamas/IJ fighters to inflict casualties on the IDF would raise the public image of the Palestinians in America.<<<

      Israelis and their supporters can smudge, distort and rewrite the battle fought in Shejaiya, but its they who disengaged & withdrew from the fighting leaving HAMAS still in possession of the contested places. That's going to be about as impossible to bury as Hezbollah's victory over the IDF in the 2nd Lebanon War.

  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
    • HOW HAMAS WON
      link to foreignaffairs.com

      The more I reflect on this the more I'm becoming convinced the game is up for Israel in Gaza, and that they have suffered a tactical as well as strategic defeat no less serious than what they suffered in Lebanon II.

      The Israelis have withdrawn from the fighting, though they continue with the terror bombing of civilians and hospitals. The full facts that will become known regarding this current IDF SNAFU, may likely prove that Israel is done parading through Gaza as they are done launching flying columns of armor through Lebanon.

  • Hamas wants to pile up 'telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause' -- Netanyahu, on television
    • Netanyahu’s grandstanding to the contrary, does not disqualify HAMAS fighters as an effective and competent asymmetric fighting force. It’s a deadly error to make judgments regarding HAMAS combat capabilities against the conventionally armed forces of Israel, which has led to massive underestimation of HAMAS by the Israelis.

      The Israeli incursion into Shijaiyah, a Gaza suburb, is piling up scores of dead and wounded Palestinian civilians, a part of Gaza city where Israel claims its fighting HAMAS and destroying tunnels. However this may be, HAMAS has continued to launch a counter offensive of its own by invading Israeli territory by means of tunnels and killing IDF soldiers under the hostile conditions of a war fighting environment.

      Despite Israeli Push in Gaza, Hamas Fighters Slip Through Tunnels
      link to nytimes.com

      >..."The morning clash was the first time in the current war that the militants killed soldiers inside Israel. It came just days after 13 Hamas gunmen poured from another tunnel into Israel in an attempted assault. Israeli officials framed the encounters as successes in thwarting attacks on Israel. But they were also an indication that Hamas could strike even during the invasion through a tunnel network that Israeli officials just revealed they had been studying for a year to plan a way to destroy them"...<

  • In Photos: Activists clash with Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces during protest in Bethlehem
  • This Jew can't support Israel
    • This is how the end begins, at the sinews of civil society that's the engine and driver of the evolution of governance & policies in western societies. This is not happening for Palestinians as rapidly as some would prefer, but neither had the liberation of other oppressed peoples been achieved in a day.

      No oppressor state can survive without the patronage of a great power, and the US has supported many tyrannical states only to see that support diminish and many of them fall. Marcos/Philippines, Shah/Iran, Afrikaner/S. Africa, Somoza/Nicaragua and many others.

      Israelis and Zionists proclaim the world is against them, but that's a self fulfilling prophecy due exclusively to their own arrogance and aggressions. The fanatical justifications for today's mass murders is strengthening and expanding BDS and the movement for justice for Palestinians that Ellen Davidson and other activists champion in the "Vineyards of liberty" of the grand American Experiment. Israel cannot win that debate.

  • Israel warns media they are at risk of 'injury or death' because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’
    • Targeting and killing war correspondents and journalists is not only a war crime, its a strategic blunder that would yield high negatives for Israel in spades.

  • Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack
    • Great video Dan!

      This event excellently shines light on the craven, cowardice that suffuses American politics. Murphy states he would speak on the issue, but dodges the subject and than runs away from it. Its this kind of confrontation in the public square that will ultimately turn the tide, because sooner or later the Murphy's of politics are going to have to explain their support and justification for the reprehensible, why they have sold their souls to the devil for privilege and power. There are no good answers.

  • Israel is in a pickle
    • The fact that AIPAC and other Israeli front groups could not prevent a reversal of NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin's return to Gaza has likely prompted these threats. Whether they act on them and willfully slaughter journalists would be a very unwise move.

    • The Israelis are trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

      Except for far more limited objectives, this current invasion of Gaza is not much different from the 22 day 'parade' through Gaza the IDF made in 2008/9, a war of terror against civilians. The so called vaunted Israeli war machine is steering clear of HAMAS redoubts.

      Post Cast Lead after-action reports detailed the surprise IDF commanders had at the tactical competence and disciple HAMAS fighters displayed on the few occasions of actual combat. It became clear that the day's when several hundred HAMAS fighters would rally, shouting "Allahu Akbar," charging insanely into walls of steel and lead were over.

      To take HAMAS out means literally taking the fight into the densest populated areas of Gaza, where HAMAS is dug in deep and prepared to fight a last stand to the death. This will be a battle like Fallujah, where heavy ordnance and fires are only useful in suppressing enemy fires, allowing maneuver elements to close the distance to where the real and decisive fighting begins, muzzle to muzzle. Urban environments make combat worse. Rubbelized urban environments are exponentially worse.

      This of course means many thousands of civilian casualties, far more than the cost free, discriminate terror killings of children and non-combatants the Israelis are addicted to. Even should the Israelis allow civilian evacuation as the US did before commencing operations in Fallujah, most civilians likely can't because they have no safe place to go with the IDF rampaging and blasting its way throughout the rest of Gaza.

      I believe there will be no decisive combat in Gaza simply because such combat is always casualty intensive. The Israeli public and its government have no stomach for what it will take in IDF dead and wounded to crush HAMAS and settle the issue. This failure of nerve means HAMAS will continue to survive, fighting asymmetrically, exploiting Israeli weaknesses and long term getting stronger. That I believe is the “pickle” Israel is in.

  • Obama humiliates Muslim guests at White House Ramadan event, endorses Israel’s Gaza assault and NSA surveillance
    • Since everything out of the mouths of politicians from that 'Hall of Mirrors' on the Potomac is written or proofed by Lobbyists, its no surprise to me that Obama parrots Zionist propaganda as if he were Netanyahu himself.

    • >I think he [Obama] was very naive when he made that speech.<

      No way Kay! Obama is fully informed of the terror war waged by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza and the W. Bank. Its domestic politics that makes him turn a blind eye to heinous war crimes perpetrated by the Israelis. It just proves that Obama is no different from the previous two obscenities that have occupied the White House and much of the political sphere that passes for governance in the US of A.

  • Amira Hass predicts Israel's 'colonial project' will eventually fail--but at what cost?
    • "...The Palestinians can win. The only question is how long it will take."

      Much sooner than most imagine.

  • Obama doesn't talk to Jimmy Carter -- because of Israel
    • "...Or maybe he’s a coward...."

      All American politicians occupy the second rank of the 'greatest cowards in the universe,' just barely beating out capitalist for the top slot. The last people in all of creation who will turn against the Zionists will be those weird, little creatures who inhabit the environs of the Potomac.

  • Florida Jewish leader quits a Hillel board to protest bar on free speech
  • Obama warns Israel about delegitimization, and Oren suggests annexation
    • Not to worry Woody, the teeth may be long in coming, but as sure as the sun also rises so will the teeth.

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