The difference between the 'Palestinians' and Israel
Evelyn Gordon shows that 'Palestinians' take pride in hurting Israelis
while Israel takes pride in defending its citizens.
To truly understand the current fighting in Gaza, it’s important to
listen to Jamal Zakout. Zakout, a secular resident of Ramallah, is no
fan of Hamas, as Amira Hass noted in her report in Haaretz last
week (Hebrew only): He has held various positions in the Palestinian
Authority, including spokesman for former Prime Minister Salam Fayyad,
took part in the Geneva Initiative (a nongovernmental effort to draft an
Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement), and opposed the “militarization”
of the second intifada. Nevertheless, Hass writes, the fighting is
bolstering Hamas’s status even among Palestinians like him, because
“when Hamas manages, despite everything, to continue launching missiles
at Israel and disrupting normal life there, Zakout says this restores
their feeling of human dignity.”
This, in a nutshell, is why the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains unsolvable, and why it produces
spasms of violence with monotonous regularity: For too many
Palestinians, including “moderates” like Zakout, “human dignity” derives
from hurting Israelis–even knowing full well that the resultant Israeli
counterstrikes will cause far greater harm to Palestinians.
This is something you would simply never hear an Israeli say, because
Israelis see human dignity as stemming from saving life, not taking it.
This doesn’t mean they oppose using military force in self-defense.
Indeed, they overwhelmingly support the current operation: After
absorbing 13,000 rockets from Gaza over the last nine years, they want
the rockets stopped; they want children in the south to be able to grow
up normally, instead having 45 percent suffer
from post-traumatic stress disorder due to constant rocket fire, and
they want people all over Israel to be able to lead their lives without
disruption. But they would never say that dropping bombs on Gaza
enhances their “human dignity”; they view war as an unpleasant necessity
which they would much rather not have to engage in.
This difference in Palestinian and Israeli attitudes is epitomized by
two technological developments that have become the darlings of their
respective peoples: the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the M-75
The M-75 is a technological marvel–a homemade medium-range rocket
capable of striking Tel Aviv, developed despite stringent Israeli import
restrictions aimed at preventing Hamas from doing just that. It’s a
purely offensive weapon with no defensive purpose, and Palestinians love
it. An enterprising Gaza merchant even named a perfume after it two
years ago, when it was first deployed, and Reuters reported that sales promptly soared.
Iron Dome is also a homegrown technological marvel. But it’s the
M-75’s mirror image: a purely defensive weapon with no offensive
purpose. And that’s precisely why Israelis love it: Its purpose is to
save lives rather than take them.
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. It shows why for the foreseeable future there won't be peace. It's not just the fascist 'Palestinian' leadership that is only interested in offensive weapons (as Gordon goes on to show). It's the fact that developing an M-75 instead of an Iron Dome makes Hamas more popular.
Labels: Hamas, Iron Dome, M-75 rockets, Palestinian education to hatred