Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

So what’s Israel’s game plan?

Does anyone know what Israel is doing apart from maintaining tension in Israeli society and making life as difficult as possible for Palestinian society? The Jerusalem Post might be expected to know but it doesn’t seem to:

Olmert and Peretz have yet to give a media interview or press conference in which they will frankly lay out their objectives. Instead the public is provided with disjointed statements and oblique speeches in which mixed messages, especially from Peretz, are conveyed.

No one is answering the obvious questions: What’s the connection between the limited operation in the south of the Gaza Strip and Gilad’s kidnapping and if there is none, what exactly is Golani doing there? Has Israel decided to dismantle the Palestinian government and permanently take out the Hamas leadership, or will the legislators be released if a diplomatic solution is reached? And is Israel contemplating an attack on Syrian territory or was the flypast in Latakia simply aimed at reminding us that the IAF is still capable of getting something right without killing civilians?

Ultimately the article isn’t simply aimed at criticising the Israeli government’s lack of war aims here but to criticise the Gaza disengagement. The JP, together with most (maybe all) of the English language media, ignores Ariel Sharon’s assurance that the Gaza “withdrawal” was a “punishment for the Palestinians and not a reward.” So maybe it didn’t punish them enough or maybe it punished them too much, but what did it do for Israel? And what’s Israel doing now?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 30 June, 2006 by in Palestine Peace.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"