This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.
Is it time for commentary on Israel’s war that is just beginning and has never ended?
The airwaves are full of pumped up pro-Israel armchair warriors. It’s also full of moral outrage on behalf of Palestinians. A virtual war. Don’t be distracted. The real war isn’t on TV or Facebook. The real war is on the ground. The days and weeks ahead are going to be brutal.
No mercy will be allowed. War is like that.
As per usual, America has Israel’s back. Egypt does too. The United Nations has much more bark than bite. Israel has a free hand.
The hope for change, well, it hasn’t arrived. Not even close.
Some refer to the rockets from Gaza as “resistance missiles.” Nice touch. But Israeli warplanes hitting targets in Gaza and soldiers gathering on Gaza’s borders are the real deal.
Netanyahu wants to finish Hamas off as part of his legacy. Or is it his intention to set Hamas back enough to keep it in place?
As for Secretary of State John Kerry, now you have it – the predictable, logical and official end of your vaunted final, settle all claims peace process.
On the moral outrage and appeal to humanity front, save it. We’ve been through this countless times. The world is even deafer today than it was when outrage was first ramped up during Israel’s various military adventurers in the 1980s. Lebanon and the first intifada are distant memories. The lessons weren’t learned. The openings weren’t taken.
Action alerts and appeals for a cease-fire are important to produce and distribute. Even so, Israel will stop when it’s in Israel’s interest to stop. Not before.
As for the notion that Gaza is Israel’s quagmire, somewhat like America in Vietnam, try a different angle. Gaza is Israel’s military testing ground. Tried and true. Always available.
Depressing for those of us watching Israel’s war machine once again exert its control? Worse for those who are being targeted. Much worse.
The days ahead, blood and more blood. And more blood beyond that.