The so-called “war” in Gaza, from the end of December 2008 until the beginning of January was suitably exposed by Norman Finkelstein for what it really was in his book “This Time we Went too far”; it was, of course, a massacre. However, any hope that Israel might think that it did, indeed, go too far, is rapidly disintegrating.
In today’s ‘Guardian’ we can read under a headline that informs us that a bomb aimed at a Hamas official has wiped out eleven members of the same family, including four children, that “84 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed in the five-day onslaught and 720 have been wounded”, while three Israeli civilians have been killed and if that is three too many, which, in human terms, it is, then it is only indicative of the fact that there is still resistance to Israel coming from Gaza and therein lies the problem.
All Palestinian resistance is to be broken and only then will we have peace, but the Palestinians should have no illusions as to the nature of the peace that awaits them. Confined in what Rashid Khalid terms an “iron cage”, locked up, monitored, kept in check at every turn, in their “Bantustans” the once inhabitants of a land that is now Israel will be allowed to breathe, but make no mistake about it the “diktat” from their masters in Jerusalem will be a “Carthaginian Peace”. Unfortunately, in order for that to happen, it will be revealed that us thinking they went too far back some three years ago is nothing but wishful thinking.