Dan Ehrlich

As War Widens, Israel Faces a New Gaza Reality

The UN has estimated that the civil war in Yemen had killed 377,000 people by the end of 2021, through direct and indirect causes. But, now the death toll is probably closer to 500,000.

Yet there have been no mass rallies or weekly marches against this human disaster. No threats of genocide charges against the Iran backed Houthi rebels who now control most of the nation that was in dire poverty before the war.

But, let the US and UK use minimal justified military force against the Houthis to safeguard shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf, and on que mass rallies and marches took place in several major cities, this time conflating the Gaza War with the attack on the Houthis, who have been attacking and hijacking international shipping in the Red Sea.

Now the cry from the rebels is death to America, Britain and Israel. What’s worrying is these schmedricks may try to make good on threats to even up the score, bringing home the fear of a wider conflict.

On a side note, two things are evident from widespread protests over the Middle East conflicts: 1-The growing Muslim presence in the West working in concert with Left movements to spread antisemitism. 2-A growing feeling of insecurity of Jewish populations in these nations which is likely to result in further Jewish immigration to Israel.

Yet, no one can escape the growing feeling that while this conflict began in Gaza, something hasn’t gone according to plan there.

As idiotic as the South Africa genocide case may be, it once again points a finger at Israel’s Gaza bombing campaign which has killed many civilians and by Israel’s own estimates, not so many Hamas terrorists.

This is a key point in the entire post October 7th onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

The IDF and Israeli political leaders have long maintained that Hamas members hide among Gaza civilians and in various buildings on the Strip, buildings that were targets for Israeli aircraft.

But, has time has revealed, leveling much of Gaza has not yielded the desired results with only about 10,000 terrorists killed in three months of intense fighting, with most of those deaths in ground combat, according to IDF sources. That’s said to be only a fourth of the Hamas troops numbering from 35,000-40,000. But, it doesn’t take into account any number of plain dressed terrorists included as part of the reported civilian death toll.

These figures, along with the massive tunnel discoveries, would help to invalidate Israel’s targeted bombing approach to fighting Hamas. Many Hamas members don’t take cover in buildings, as thought, but hide like the rats deep in underground tunnels during Israeli bombing runs, leaving civilians to endure the horrors of war.

If this is actually the case, then leveling much of Gaza has been more for show and revenge than destroying Hamas.

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