2006/06/29

What would constitute "extreme action" for Israel?

Israel's response to the capture of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli Army corporal, plays out like a temper tantrum...backed up by tanks:
  • A sustained artillery barrage of towns in Northern Gaza
  • Tanks occupying southern Gaza
  • Missiles fired at Gaza City
  • Electricity knocked out after Gaza's main power station is bombed
  • 8 of 24 cabinet ministers and 20 government officials captured and detained
I guess Israel considers this a "measured" response since they've warned that if Cpl. Shalit is not released immediately and unconditionally they will escalate the conflict. The question is: Escalate to what? The economy in the territories has already collapsed. So what's left? A pogrom on all 1.3 million residents of Gaza?

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I am reliably informed that the US does not negotiate with terrorists.
Does this mean they will cut relations with Israel?
It has always amazed me how people who are discriminated against are so quick to shit on someone else first time they get the chance.

I agree, escalate to what? These people have lost their country, their homes, their lives. Now they are under a crushing embargo designed to break them. Not to mention murdering children having a picnic on the beach. But they said sorry!
Cartledge, now that would be something. Though wouldn't that mean cutting relations with ourselves? I mean we supported Israel's cutoff of the monthly payments to the territories and in doing so hastened the economic collapse in the terrorties.

Sothis, I agree with you. I don't understand the propensity to find someone else--another people--to oppress.
Israel doesn't care how many Palestinians they kill because they don't consider them to be people. What a difference 70 years hasn't made in oppressing people for being born into the wrong race/country/religion.
Though wouldn't that mean cutting relations with ourselves?
The thought had occurred. But I expect it's not so much talking to yourself, speaking administratively; a splaying with yourself. No personal reflection here by the way.
Escalate to what?

There's lots they could do. They might occupy Palestinian territory and build Israeli settlements there. Then they could fire rockets at Palestinian leaders, killing them and the odd child or two. They might even go so far as to build walls around Palestinian territory, require Palestinians to wait in long lines to pass through military checkpoints to get between home and work - or a hospital. They could destroy Palestinian homes and orchards. They might even refuse to allow Palestinian refugees back to their homes, which have long been taken over by Israelis.

But they'd have to be really, really pissed to do any of that.
There's lots they could do... But they'd have to be really, really pissed to do any of that.

I know. It was rhetorical, as I see your response is as well. :-) Though I wonder if the scale of the response is due to the fact that it's Gaza-- essentially a nowhere place with a few nice beaches but most importantly no Israelis anywhere nearby?
Heh. Just blowing off steam. You're right - this "extreme action" Israel is threatening is a little mind-boggling, given what they've already done.

Funny how things always seem to go to hell just after an apparent breakthrough, like Hamas saying its willing to accept a 2-state solution.
Funny how things always seem to go to hell just after an apparent breakthrough, like Hamas saying its willing to accept a 2-state solution.


That is quite a coincidence, huh? [wink, wink] Don't suppose anybody would want to sabotage a friendly move by Hamas? [nudge, nudge]
I'm thinking nuclear testing.... in the West Bank.
both sides are assholes. you reap what you sew and clearly neither side deserves peace.


personally,i grew weary of this israel/palestine narritive years ago.
personally,i grew weary of this israel/palestine narritive years ago.

But amazingly, the Palestinians and Israelis don't seem to tire of it. I can only conclude that both sides are missing something so fundamental that it outweighs the sheer weariness of the conflict.

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