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Roy Tov: Pillar of Cloud Ends Unfinished

He said "the difference between an intelligent and a smart person is…

The Hebrew media reports on Operation Pillar of Cloud after it ended on November 21, 2012, were truly odd. Unofficial figures claimed that during the eight days of the attack on Gaza, Israel spent $400 million per day in bombs. Considering that Gaza has an area of just 365km2, this event has probably become one of the most dense bombings in history. In comparison, the Palestinian bombing was 1,000 times smaller. David was trult tiny in comparison to this New Age Goliath. Despite this horror, Israelis answered polls in a bestial fashion, claiming that the operation was left unfinished and that Prime Minister Netanyahu surrendered to international pressure. One of the most accurate comments belongs to Hagai Huberman, a journalist working for the extreme right. He said "the difference between an intelligent and a smart person is that the intelligent one learns from his own errors while the smart one learns from the errors of others. Israel does not rate even as intelligent."

The operation was opened with two parallel strikes by Israel. The first one was part of Israel's "focused foiling" ("sikul memukad" in Hebrew) policy, a polite name for "targetted assassinations." Ahmed al-Jabari, commander of Hamas' militant wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an air-strike. The second part of the operation was an attempt to destroy the Palestinians' long-range unguided surface-to-surface artillery rockets Fajr-5, developed by Iran. With a range of 75km, they can reach Tel Aviv from Gaza. The following day, two of these missiles hit Tel Aviv.

Assassinated Palestinian Child


Pillar of Cloud – November 15, 2012
Assassinated Palestinian Child

Gaza City | Operation Pillar of Cloud

Gaza City | Operation Pillar of Cloud


Palestinian Child


Pillar of Cloud – November 20, 2012
Palestinian Child hit by Israeli Fire

By then, the assessment of Mr Huberman was proved truth. Israel hadn't learned even from its own experience. "Focused foiling" is a synonym for "terror," it never works. Its victims always emerge strengthened and more determined to defend themselves. Israel killed the Commander in Chief of Gaza, but couldn't stop Gaza's right and determination to defend itself. The event reminded the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. After the initial Israeli attack, the other side recovered and answered with a rain of missiles on Israel. Despite all its antimissile propaganda, Israel proved unable to stop the event, to the extent it was forced to deploy even its training systems. Israel was swiftly forced into a new War of Attrition, the war that slowly consumed Israel between 1967 and 1970. The unbalanced bombing abovementioned shows that Israel did not change. The “asymmetrical response” is a policy dubbed and defined by Prime Minister Golda Meir, wherein Israeli retaliation was disproportionately large in comparison to any Egyptian attack. It failed in both occasions. Israel didn't learn.

The same happened in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead. Israel was not able to produce a fast destruction of its targets; the attack went on and on, eventually bringing to Israel's definition as a "terror inflicting" organization by the Human Rights Council of the UN on October 16, 2009. The IDF cannot perform prolonged operations mainly because it depends on reservists for them. Recruiting reservists stalls the Israeli economy, backfiring on the aggressor. Eventually, this limits the Israeli government capability to continue attacks until a military end is achieved. Moreover, the Israeli subservient Egypt of 2009 doesn't exist anymore. Egypt mobilized the international community and forced a ceasefire. Israel didn't learn.

Moreover, Israel handed an easy victory to Hamas. The latter answered the Israeli attacks with roughly 1,000 missiles; 700 of them landed in Israel. Nine of them were Fajr-5 rockets, six of them landed in Tel Aviv. The other three landed in Jerusalem's southern outskirts. Hamas successfully transformed Tel Aviv and Jerusalem into battle zones. The effect of this on the Israeli morale is significant. Israel destroyed much of the Hamas reserve of the long-range rockets, but was unable to diminish the Hamas short-range capabilities. Israel didn't learn.

Hebrew media praised Israeli achievements in Gaza. It reported on the destruction of the Hamas Headquarters, the police station in Gaza City, the Internal Security Headquarters, the Military Intelligence Headquarters, an unmanned aerial vehicle's factory, and several similar targets. They are so busy rejoicing in their violence that they fail to understand this destruction means nothing. They can be restored almost immediately, as it happened in Lebanon. Israel didn't learn.

The focused foiling attacks weren't restricted to Ahmed al-Jabari. Israel also assassinated Yunes Shaluf, who was responsible for the firing of rockets on Eilat a few months ago, of Yehia Abyia, Head of the Hamas Rocket Corps, of Muhammad Klab, Head of the anti-aerial defenses in Southern Gaza, and of Abu el-Atta, Head of the Gaza City Brigade. By doing so, Israel gave inspiration to hundreds of young boys to replace the dead. Israel didn't learn.

Ghetto Gaza

There is no “Holocaust Day” in Israel; officially, the country commemorates the “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day.” Outside Israel, the “heroism” part of the name is often overlooked; yet, within the electronics and cement walls surrounding the Zionist state, the “heroism” is well emphasized. There is no other option; this institutional celebration of death would be unbearably suffocating otherwise. Despite formally encompassing several events, the heroism refers mainly to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The name “Warsaw Ghetto” is Jewish. The Nazis had created in October 1940 the “Jüdischer Wohnbezirk” or “Wohngebiet der Juden” (German), both translate as Jewish Quarter. Yet, the term “ghetto” is neither mistaken nor offensive, it was first used in Venice to describe the area where Jews were bound to live; nowadays, it is used in reference to a part of a city predominantly occupied by a particular group. The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all Jewish Ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.

On January 18, 1943, the Germans entered the Warsaw Ghetto resolved to perform forced deportations. However, they found resistance that deteriorated into a long battle. The final struggle started on April 19, 1943, when several thousand Nazi troops entered the ghetto. Their approach was systematic, destroying all the buildings, block by block. Significant resistance ended on April 23, and the uprising officially ended on May 16, with the demolition of the Great Synagogue of Warsaw. The official Nazi report claimed more than 56,000 victims.

By imposing a blockade on Gaza, Israel has created a new Warsaw Ghetto, this one four times larger than the original one. Like the Germans, the Israelis will fail to force its inhabitants to surrender. Israel also failed to learn that out of this Ghetto ashes, a new phoenix will emerge…

Warsaw Ghetto | Final Picture

Warsaw Ghetto | Final Picture



Source: Roy Tov

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