Forget everything you've read about the �Great Escape� from
Gaza. It's all rubbish. The whole farce was probably cooked up in an Israeli
think tank as way to rid Palestine of its indigenous people.
Here's an excerpt from the Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva
which explains the real motive behind the incident: �MK [Israeli Knesset
member] Aryeh Eldad is hailing the Arab exodus to Egypt as proof that voluntary
transfer is indeed an option.�
�'The Israeli left continues to claim that there is no such
thing as voluntary transfer, and simply ignores reality,' Eldad said."
Voluntary transfer. Bingo.
So the fleeing Palestinians just walked into a trap. Now
they've been banished to Egypt by their own volition. Will they be allowed to
return? We'll see.
The media has played a predictable role in the
Gaza fiasco, trying to make it look like Hamas' "terrorist
masterminds" struck a major blow against Israel. It's just a way of
diverting attention from Israel's role in the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Here's the way Ha'aretz summed it up: �Hamas chalked up a
real coup. Not only did the organization demonstrate once again that it is a
disciplined, determined entity, and an opponent that is exponentially more
sophisticated than the Palestine Liberation Organization.
"Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority are now
forced to find a new joint border control arrangement, one that will probably
depend on the good graces of Hamas. . . . The Hamas action yesterday was
anything but spontaneous. It was another stage in the campaign that began in
Gaza's night of darkness on Sunday. As Gaza was plunged into widely televised
blackness, Palestinian children armed with candles were brought out on a
protest march and organized into prime-time demonstrations in support of the
Egyptian and Jordanian branches of the Muslim Brotherhood.� [�Gaza border
breach shows Israel Hamas is in charge," Ha'aretz]
Nonsense. Israel is not the victim any more than Palestinian
children are "armed" with candles. The candles are a symbol of hope;
something that is sadly lacking under Israeli rule. The truth is that Israel
was getting battered in the media for cutting off food, water, energy and
medical supplies to 1.5 million civilians (some of whom died in the hospital
when the power was turned off on their respirators) so they looked for a way to
do an about-face without appearing weak. Ha'aretz would like us to believe that
our sympathy for starving women and children is the result of the propaganda
we've seen in the "Palestinian-owned� media.
What a laugh; the �Palestinian-owned� media.
Hamas poses no threat to Israel and it controls nothing;
certainly not the border. They've even suspended all suicide attacks since they
won democratic elections a year and a half ago. But that is not enough for
Israel whose goal is to extinguish any trace of Arab solidarity or Palestinian
nationalism. Nearly all of the 4,000 articles now appearing on Google News
follow this same absurd narrative about 'clever terrorists' who've out-foxed
Israel and liberated their people. It's just another way of concealing the
criminal brutality of the 60-year long occupation. In truth, Hamas probably had
nothing to do with the destruction of the wall. It's just part of Israel's
plans to exile more Palestinians.
According to the article in Arutz Sheva, Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak decided to follow orders from Hamas' chief Khaled Mashall and
�ignore Israeli calls to close the border. Mashaal seemed to indicate that
Hamas was asserting sovereignty over northern Sinai, calling upon the Arab
world to take advantage of the Islamist group's new stronghold to provide aid
directly without Israeli interference.�
Now, that's a stretch. In other words, US puppet Hosni
Mubarak, who gets $2 billion a year in aid from the United States, has suddenly
decided to take orders from the head of a group that is on the State Dept's
list of terrorist organizations so that he can fulfill his obligations as a
Besides, Hamas has no interest in northern Sinai or any
other territorial ambitions. Its only purpose is to resist Israeli occupation.
So far an estimated 700,000 residents of Gaza have fled
across the border since last Wednesday. The Egyptian police have done nothing
to stop them from entering the country. "A significant number have
remained in Egypt . . . traveling south to Egyptian population centers.�
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported last Thursday, �Israeli
officials proposed that Egypt take over responsibility for sustaining the Gaza
Israeli media quoted members of the Olmert government as
saying Thursday that, after Palestinians overran the Gaza-Egypt border, there
was an opportunity to demand that Cairo take care of the needs of the coastal
"'We need to understand that when Gaza is open to the
other side, we lose responsibility for it. So we want to disengage from it,'
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Army Radio. 'We are responsible as
long as there is no alternative.'" [JTA]
Are we expected to believe that within 24 hours Israel
decided willy-nilly to relinquish control over parts of the Gaza Strip? Israel
has devoted a considerable amount of time to building settlements in a way that
removes any possibility of creating a contiguous Palestinian state. It is
highly unlikely that their plans for Gaza are taken any less seriously. In
fact, we are probably seeing a manifestation of those plans right now via the
expulsion of hundreds of thousands Palestinians.
The Jerusalem Post's Yaakov Katz clarifies how the
destruction of the border wall serves Israel's long-term policy objectives:
�Without even knowing it, Egypt helped Israel on Wednesday to complete the
disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he
opened the crossing for Gazans since they were 'starving due to the Israeli
siege,' what he did proved to the world that his country is perfectly capable
of caring for the Palestinians when it comes to food and medical care.
"Wednesday's events and particularly Mubarak's decision
to open a floodgate into his country for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,
demonstrated that there are alternatives to Israel when it comes to being
Gaza's provider. " (Jerusalem Post)
That says it all, doesn't it? The Palestinians are regarded
as a mere nuisance and a drain on Israeli resources. Now that the wall has
conveniently been knocked down, the problem appears to be solved.
Hamas had nothing to do with blowing up the wall. And if
they did, they were just unwitting accomplices in Israel's master plan to drive
more Palestinians off the land and to absolve themselves of any responsibility
for the ones that remain.
This is just another grim chapter in Bush's �New Middle
Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at email@example.com.