Ten More Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza

News Commentary — July 28, 2014

IDF battle-weary and shaken by level resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

IDF battle-weary and shaken by level resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

The Israeli military says ten of its soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Gaza Monday.
According to Israeli military spokesmen, four IDF soldiers were killed in a mortar attack earlier Monday. While a further six soldiers were killed during ongoing combat operations in Gaza.
The announcement brings the total of Israeli soldiers killed during the current campaign against Hamas to 53, almost five times more casualties than the last major Gaza offensive in 2009-2009.
Hamas has proved a formidable foe for Israel, partly with help from Hezbollah and Iran, which have provided sophisticated new weapons; and partly through a combination of new tactics and fighting techniques.
In response Israel has simply killed more Palestinians, so that for each Israeli soldier killed nearly 20 Palestinians have died, most of them civilians, particularly children.
In fact in the last week Israel has targeted areas were non-combatants would be most likely to congregate: such as hospitals, schools and United Nations run refugee compounds. Of course the Israel claims that these were either hit by mistake or that Hamas fighters had been using them as “shields”.
But as Israeli military death have climbed so too have those among Palestinian civilians and one can’t help wondering if the mounting death toll isn’t a form of retribution.
So while ten Israeli soldiers were killed Monday another ten Palestinian children were killed the same day when Israeli forces bombed a park near the beach in Gaza City.
The Israeli Defence Force appears to have met its match so what does it do? Being unable to defeat its adversaries on the field of battle, it does the next best thing, for a coward. It kills their women and children.
Indeed one wonders it this isn’t a manifestation of Jewish law in action? An example of an “eye for eye” Talmudic law in operation.
Unfortunately, this is far from over. In fact it may only just be beginning.
On Monday night Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the IDF may be about to embark on a prolonged campaign.
“It has been a difficult, painful day,” Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation.
“We need to be prepared for a protracted campaign”.
Meanwhile Israel has castigated Washington’s envoy to the Middle East for his efforts to promote peace in the region. Leading Israeli lawyer Yoram Sheftel, a personnel friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu, declared that the “U.S. Secretary of State is an enemy of the Jews“.
While according to columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack.’”
The U.S. was reportedly fuming over the Israeli criticism but what can America do? The Zionist lobby has the U.S. media and political process so firmly in its grip that any change is unlikely to come without sweeping and fundamental transformation within America itself.

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