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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, January 19, 2009

Israeli motivations.....

The NYTimes takes a first stab at implying the Gaza operation accomplished little but suffering, but two secondary bits on Israel's motivations really caught my eye. First, my "crazy Israel" theory is written out.
The Israeli theory of what it tried to do here is summed up in a Hebrew phrase heard across Israel and throughout the military in the past weeks: “baal habayit hishtageya,” or “the boss has lost it.” It evokes the image of a madman who cannot be controlled.

“This phrase means that if our civilians are attacked by you, we are not going to respond in proportion but will use all means we have to cause you such damage that you will think twice in the future,” said Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser.

, if civilian suffering is intentional as a tactic, it is a war crime.
Therefore, Israeli officials say, an offensive that caused average people to suffer put pressure on Hamas in real and specific ways.

“Hamas is the dominant organization in Gaza,” a top military official said in a briefing last week that was given on condition of anonymity. “They are the regime and feel very connected to the people. They do not want to lose that connection to the people.”


  • Is it possible the entire Israeli war was strictly for domestic consumption? It seems to have pissed of the entire international community... But at home? It's a winner!

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:43 PM  

  • Yeah. I also believe they were trying to damage Hamas' infrastructure as much as possible before they were forced to the table.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:25 PM  

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