This headline is the closest rendition of the Dutch saying “Een kat in het nauw maakt rare sprongen,” which laterally translates as: A cat cornered makes strange jumps. It implies: When someone is in trouble, he might do things that are unpredictable.
Hamas is in deep trouble. The Gaza population is sick of the junta. Hamas tried to sell off its bankrupt’s estate to the PA but failed. That was its last way out.
What option does Hamas have but to provoke yet another war from which they can emerge as victims and plead for the world’s sympathy as supposedly the true victims.
What should Israel do?
Letting them shoot rockets with impunity at the Jewish state is clearly not an option. Another Gaza war is neither. Then what should we do?
Basically, I don’t know.
But maybe we can borrow from what one does with a powerholic in a relationship or at work:
- Cut your losses and get yourself to safety
- Only corner him when he has no way out. If he has, he’ll hit back as a ton of bricks. He might drop by to kill you.
If that’s any good advice, the first point is done. We have the iron dome. We have advanced warning systems. We have shelters.
What doesn’t fit here is deterring strikes. They don’t deter. Hamas has no sympathy, power or money to lose. (No, Israel’s strikes are not in “retaliation,” which word is rooted in the old anti-Semitic imagery of an eye for an eye accusation, opposite of the Christian Bible of Love and Turning the other Cheek.) Its only hope is deflecting the focus from their failure to being victims – again. In fact, it wants us to hit back.
Rather than returning fire, we should play victim – we are. Demand that the UN sends troupes to enter Gaza and dismantle all military structures, distribute food and safeguard free elections. (Parties who do not respect human rights or who are for war are not eligible.) Or hand the area over to Egypt where they know what to do with terrorists.
The PA itself is about to lose all US (and Israeli?) moneys. Unless it stops paying murderers and their relatives. Which would leave them without public support. So the PA is stuck between a rock and a hard place itself.
We should give all Arab Palestinians of the West Bank the option of moving to: Jordan, the Sinai, Gaza or Europe (paid travel expense, compensation for what they leave behind).
Those who want to stay must learn the laws of democracy, that killing is not an option and love for Jews. After they learned that and pass the state exam, they can receive full Israeli citizenship.
Crazy? Well, then maybe I’m on to something, because the normal doesn’t work in the Middle-East.