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Israeli Minister: “The Goal Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”

Israeli Minister: “The Goal Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”

November 18, 2012 - Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, in a moment of disturbing candor, revealed what is for many in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government the ultimate goal of its escalating military campaign on Gaza:

“The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”

Now, part of Yishai’s bombast comes from the fact that, as a known racist and head of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, he’d feel much more comfortable in the Middle Ages himself.

However, his statement reveals an essential truth few Israeli leaders dare to articulate. And that truth is this: the current military throttling of Gaza has less to do with security and more to do with destabilizing Gaza as much as possible.

Put another way, the military campaign is less about destroying Hamas’s weaponry and more about creating a situation in which Hamas remains both militant and strong.


Israel has engaged in its current, escalating military campaign not to protect Israelis from a militant Hamas, but in order to ensure that Hamas in Gaza remains militant.

So, why? The answer is simple and twofold: a) Netanyahu’s government wants a militant Hamas in Gaza; it wants a situation in which Gaza becomes isolated from the West Bank, hoping eventually Greater Israel will be obtained with Gaza becoming a separate entity, and b) with Israeli elections set for January, electoral motivations are undeniably in play with regard to this sudden military barrage.

Now, nobody is questioning whether Israel should be able to defend itself from rocket attacks on its citizens. But the tactics of bombing hundreds of Hamas strongholds and assassinating Hamas leaders is part of a larger strategy meant to maintain the status quo, not make Israelis safer in the long run.

As Janine Zacharia wisely wrote in Slate:

To be sure, Israel will once again achieve many of its short-term tactical goals, assassinating a handful of Hamas leaders, leveling militant safe houses, and eliminating scores of Hamas military installations or weapon depots. And, in the end, Israel will be no safer, although it will surely be more alone in the world and living in a neighborhood that is less tolerant of its aggressive countermeasures.

It’s time to declare Israel’s policy toward Gaza and Hamas a failure.

This is not an anti-Israel statement. Rather, it is an honest acknowledgment of the facts, which are simply too numerous to avoid.

Which brings us back to Yishai: The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.

Translated? The goal is not to protect Israelis from rocket fire, but to make Gaza as archaic and poor a place as possible to live. A place where extremism can continue to thrive.

Sources and more information:

Israel attacks Hamas media operations in Gaza

GAZA CITY: The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. The Israeli military also appeared to take over the frequencies of the radio stations of...

Israel Destroys Hamas Government Building

( via alternet.org )


  • Gillison#

    Gillison wrote November 18, 2012 11:58:38 PM CET

    And we are expected to believe that these Israelis are people of God? The whole thing disgusts me.

  • Sevens#

    Sevens wrote November 18, 2012 9:32:54 PM CET

    I believe there is only one solution and it lies off the coast of Syria, the discovery and verification of 1st Eden for all the people with all the truth of the new revelation written by the angels of this planet.

  • Sevens#

    Sevens wrote November 18, 2012 9:22:44 PM CET

    So is there any evidence of this except for an article under bias, what do you mean, they are in the dark ages of thinking by sending all the rockets provoking response using the people as a tool to create worldwide condemnation thus gaining more leverage. Its all part of the dark age plan and everyone knows it.

    Action, reaction with more action in justification, I think its the radical salifs from Egypt causing all this in their new found confidence and is only a fortaste of the future given the tools.

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