Nations that haven’t been forced into an un-proportional confrontation with terror remain naïve to challenges that don’t comply with international code of war, as the public still relies on moral pillars and war ethic such as sanctity of civilian life and neutral mediation factors when debating at the international roundtable.
This place is an anomaly. Always has been. Rising out of the ashes of WWII into a resentful Middle East that instantaneously attempted to abolish it, and never ceased to try, Israel has forever had perhaps the most challenging, unexpected, national dilemmas in modern statehood.
Today, this dilemma isn’t, any more, fighting against neighboring armies, but rather defending against the Global Jihad hangmen like terror organizations “Hamas” and “The Islamic Jihad Movement.”
The problem is that while Israel jealously keeps to international standards and humane conduct, foundations of western society, such as human rights and freedom of press, aren’t at all declared as a desired goal by these organizations, as they lack any moral fiber whatsoever, deliberately causing casualties on their side and convincing the world that its Israel’s doing.
How do you use legitimate means in a war against an illegitimate enemy? How do you stay loyal to conventions put up by the international community when your enemy so blatantly disregards them?
Children die in Gaza because Hamas uses them as human shields in battle; hopeless civilians get caught in the line of fire because Hamas prevents them from evacuating Shuja’iyya neighborhood, causing casualties among women and children for the media to see; hospitals and schools are used to fire at IDF, intentionally so that an armed response will be triggered on them.
But how do you explain all that to the world, that only sees the end result. The casualties. How do you explain to the world that every international standard designed to protect humanity and preserve human life is being shattered, exploited by the Gaza Hamas government to kill Israeli and Palestinian civilians and advance terror?
And thus, the Israeli diplomatic effort is caught between the rock and the hard place. News viewers around the world don’t know they are the victims of an elaborate liar. They can’t accept that a governing form, in this case Hamas, can spread misinformation and “play dirty”. Why, that belongs to the cold war soviet tactic.
Nations that haven’t been forced into an un-proportional confrontation with terror remain naïve to challenges that don’t comply with international code of war, and are unwilling to acknowledge the cynical breakage of conventions by terror organizations. The public around the world still relies on moral pillars and war ethic such as sanctity of civilian life and neutral mediation factors (i.e United Nations) when debating at the international roundtable.
It is time to tell the global audience – you are being fooled, manipulated, led by the nose.
Thousands of anti-Israel protesters in the United States and Europe fill the streets with big slogans on bigger signs against “the Israeli aggressor”, having no solid idea of the reality they are protesting against. They are but stooges of a faraway propagandist, unknowingly succumbing to its hoax.
Reality is, indeed, that Hamas deliberately draws fire to its own population; Hamas is, indeed, using humanitarian funds aimed for civilians to dig assault tunnels into Israel and using UNRWA humanitarian facilities as armories and launching pads; Hamas is, indeed, using small kids as human shields. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Those who cannot believe such evil exists may as well start believing. The Hamas leaders, from their hotel suites in Qatar, are playing them for fools.
The world needs to catch up with the times and rethink conflict reality. The era of a nation-vs-nation conflict is over; the conflicts we do see nowadays are of the un-proportional kind where the smaller, weaker side takes on the media ring as its only real option for a strategic advantage. Hamas is, so far, fooling the western world; a world regulated by norms of morality and logic.
But this place is an anomaly. Always has been. It’s the people’s turn to see that.