Harris Zvi Green
Harris Zvi Green

Whatever will be, will be

I’m sitting in my TV den. The television’s playing in the background. It’s been doing so continuously for the past 48 hours. One panel of experts after another. It’s way beyond the point of being interesting or intellectually stimulating. Air raid sirens occasionally break the monotony as Phyllis and I take refuge under the concrete staircase in our basement.

I’m 75 years old. I want to enjoy the quality of life while I can. I’m heading into the final straight. I want to enjoy the successes of my children. I want to enjoy the laughter of my grandchildren. Instead, the banner at the foot of my television updates me that during the past 48 hours, nearly 2,000 missiles have rained down on Israel. Judging from the frequency of the barrage, the end isn’t in sight.

I’m preoccupied with the tidal wave of hatred and hypocrisy engulfing the world in which we live. I’m appalled by what’s being said. I’m even more appalled by what’s not being said. Why do I have to ask the questions? Why isn’t the media asking the questions? Why aren’t they providing the answers?

The International Community claims Gaza is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis. If that’s the case, then how is the Hamas-controlled government in Gaza able to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art network of terror tunnels? How has Hamas managed to accumulate an arsenal of missiles that puts countries with genuine security needs in the shade?

The UN coordinates regular funding to Gaza under the guise of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). UNRWA’s stated aim is to provide essential services including health, education and social services. All noble and rational aims. But that’s where the good intentions end.

The UN administration and the contributing countries – the US, the EU and Qatar – know their funds are being diverted to the building of a sophisticated military infrastructure to attack Israel, a fellow member of the UN. They know Hamas uses UNRWA’s infrastructure including hospitals and schools to launch their missiles.

The same contributing countries created a bureaucracy to ostensibly prevent this from happening but the real aim of the bureaucracy is to distance themselves from the crime scene. I know it. Even they know it. Yet the major media networks with their panels of military and academic experts don’t. Not only do they have a serious problem but so do we when we rely on their credibility to provide us with reliable reporting of what’s really happening on the ground.

Iran, the world’s leading exporter of international terror, is behind Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza in exactly the same way as it’s behind its other terror proxies — Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and a multitude of guerilla movements in Iraq and Bahrein. Iran supplies these terror groups with arms and military know-how including missiles with a range of 250 kilometers. Iran’s aim is to create instability in the Middle East.

The same Iran is engaged in a military nuclear program. What’s to stop them from making the fruits of this program available to their terror proxies as yet another user-friendly military toy? The media and their panels of experts haven’t yet gotten around to addressing this.

The members of the UN Security Council recognized the danger.

In December 2006, they unanimously adopted Resolution 1737. The aim of the resolution was to stop the export to and the import from Iran of material and technology potentially connected to nuclear weapons including missiles and technologies for use in conventional and nuclear military applications.

In 2015, the permanent members of the Security Council, led by President Obama, dropped the embargo regulations as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). President Trump tried to reinstate the UN sanctions. The other permanent members of the Security Council refused. They preferred a piece of the action and the trade opportunities. Trump reinstated the sanctions as a US initiative but President Biden is committed to canceling the sanctions and returning to the JCPOA despite the ongoing Iranian violations.

In exactly the same way as the contributing countries set up a bureaucracy to distance themselves from the scene of the crime in the matter of misappropriation of UNRWA funding, so, too, is the JCPOA an escape route for its signatories. Here, too, the media and their panels of experts haven’t yet gotten round to addressing this. The commercial breaks are more important.

What’s happened to the International Court of Justice and to its Chief Prosecutor? Her deafening silence on the Hamas missiles raining down on civilian populations in Israel indicates her belief that this is in accordance with International Law.

Where’s the problem? Is it with the Court? Is it with the Chief Prosecutor? Or is it with so-called International Law? It’s an all-inclusive package deal. The whole system is corrupted.

When the UN urges Israel to “exercise restraint” and when the EU warns Israel that its “response shouldn’t be disproportionate”, they acknowledge Israel has the right to respond to the missile bombardments from Gaza.

Unfortunately, what they consider “proportionate” is ridiculously inadequate. They fail to recognize that what’s inadequate is also disproportionate. Simply because it perpetuates the problem and achieves nothing.

I’m still sitting in my TV den. The television’s still playing in the background. Panels of experts continue to follow panels of experts. The missiles continue to rain down.

Que Será, Será.

About the Author
Harris Zvi Green was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Aged 75, he made Aliyah 51years ago. An accountant by profession, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of a number of Israel based hi-tech companies. He is married to Phyllis. They have 3 married children and 13 grandchildren. Harris Zvi Green is a founder member of Truth be Told, an organization engaged in public diplomacy on behalf of Israel.
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