Surprise! A new poll by the independent Jerusalem Media and Communications Center shows that Israel's slaughter in Gaza has boosted support for Hamas, both in Gaza and in the West Bank. That's hardly a surprise and definitely plays to Israel's longer game -- maintain Gaza as a convenient concentration camp for Palestinians, but keep expanding the settlements in the West Bank.
As Bashir Abu-Manneh eloquently said at a recent talk in Toronto, a country that expelled 850,000 Palestinains and demolished hundreds of Palestinian villages is not interested in peace. A country that occupies Palestinian land without giving Palestinians a vote; that takes Palestinian land, expelling Palestinians and demolishing their homes; that humiliates Palestinians with a daily ordeal of checkpoints; that builds a worse-than-apartheid wall to separate Palestinians from each other and from Israel; that maintains a siege on Gaza, blocking humanitarian shipments and economic necessities (a siege is an act of war), even during a ceasefire; that country does not want peace. Ma'ariv recently published a polls showing that 80% of Jewish Israelis strongly supported the Israeli slaughter in Gaza and 17% supported it -- meaning 97% of Jewish Israelis supported a brutal massacre of civilians in Gaza. Yet somehow the view that "Israel wants peace" is given credibility in North American media.
Two articles are worth looking at. One is by Henry Siegman in the London Review of Books, called Israel's Lies. Siegman is a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America. The other is by Patrick Seale, and summarizes the political fallout for Israel from the war on Gaza.
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