Why Israel doesn’t win the war
By Joel Bainerman   January 11, 2007

When the expulsion from Gaza was taking place, I tried to tell anyone who would listen: “there is a reason these actions are taking place and it isn’t because all of a sudden Sharon became a lefty.” Today, I am trying to tell people that Ehud Olmert isn’t telling the Palestinians “you’ve won: we’ll give you everything” because he’s “gone mad” or because he’s being “naive.”

Olmert and Sharon before him and Rabin before him are doing exactly what they are told: create the conditions for future conflict.

Here is how the game works:

Jews were forced to leave Gaza was for their own good. A low-intensity war was planned (the one taking place right now) between Israel and Hamas. The new plan was to introduce a whole new batch of instability into the area. Just as has been the “program” for the past 80 years in this region.

As a result, the Jews could not be allowed to remain in their homes.

Why not? Because if you want to have a manageable battlefield, you can’t have Israeli citizens in the middle of it. Hamas needed space to set up their operations — training grounds and firing zones. They couldn’t do that in crowded Gaza streets. So Jewish settlements were torn down and Hamas training facilities and rocket launch sites were erected in their place.

Israel could destroy Hamas tomorrow, just as it could have destroyed Hezbullah in less than three days had the army been allowed to. Every Israeli knows this. So how come that didn’t and doesn’t happen?

It’s not because the Israeli national leadership is worried about “world public opinion.” The citizens of the US and the rest of the civilized world would not have a problem ending the continued existence of Hamas. Yet Israel doesn’t do this.

Israel doesn’t exterminate Hamas for the same reason America never caught Bin Laden.

The reason why the US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 was because the Taliban didn’t hand over Ben Laden. But five years later — the Americans still can’t say for sure whether he is even alive or not. With all the might and power the US army and armies throughout the western world, and intelligence agencies throughout the world, this one guy cannot be apprehended.

He’s either superhuman, or the Western world is incompetent. Or: the West lets him get away.

Same thing with Israel: can the IDF not know exactly where the rocket launchers are in Gaza — and knock them out from the air? Of course they can. So why aren’t Israeli leaders doing this? Because doing so would dramatically improve Israel’s position and strength, and those from abroad who are pulling the strings don’t want a strong and committed Jewish State. They thrive on Israel being divided and weak.

It wouldn’t be possible for Hamas to exist if the Israeli national leadership did not allow it to exist. It does exist because having Hamas and Hezbollah around allows the foreign elements to intervene freely into the affairs of the region — through the national puppetships of Olmert, Abbas, and Seniora — from all sides. That is how the foreign elements force their way into the domestic affairs of the countries — and pressure national leaders to do the bidding of foreign masters.

Why do they do this? Take your pick: To control the events. To keep the region in a state of permanent conflict. To sell arms. To keep the price of oil high.

The “why” may be less important than the fact — not appreciated by all — that this is just the way it is. And always has been. Hamas and Hezbollah and Bin-Laden, by being allowed to survive, serve a common purposes of the elite masters of war: intimidate, divide and rule. Not just the Middle East. The “democracies” of the West as well.

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