THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – While Israel might continue to claim to ever-lasting righteousness, drawing strength from its scriptures to justify its right to existence, forever recalling the horrors which were committed against its people under Nazi Germany to silence its critics; its thirst for blood, its disregard for Palestinian life and its officials’ crazed desire to crush the very notion of a Palestinian state under the boots of its army has become much to self-evident for anyone to deny, let alone question.
As Israel soldiers advance on Gaza it is genocide they all have on their mind. When Tel Aviv calls for a protracted war against Gaza it is not to protect its people or even its land from oppression or terror, rather it is to see obliterated a people whose very existence carries within an inherent threat to Israel’s grand claim to the kingdom of God. Ultimately Israel’s Zionists, Israel’s neo-cons aim to re-create and reclaim Greater Israel. It is such reality the world will need to reconcile with if ever it is to understand what truly is at stake.
Beyond the lies and propaganda, the manipulations and the tears, Israel is a cold-blooded killer which craves power.
“I give unto them the land where they have sown their seed, from the river of Egypt unto the great river of Euphrates “(Genesis 15:18).
Amid the violence and bloodshed which have engulfed the Middle East, the idea that darker forces could stand in the shadows, pulling strings and wiping out borders to see rise uncontested an Israeli empire, a new kingdom of old, no longer seems so far fetch. After all, we stand at a juncture in time when from the river of Egypt to the great river of the Euphrates (Iraq) wars have but laid waste all governments, and all nations standing in between. As the Levant burns, as the Levant crumbles under the weight of Islamic radicalism, Israel could soon rise as the only potent military power in the region. This once small slither of land lost amid hostile Arab powers will be reborn a regional superpower. Greater Israel will be no more a dream but a brilliant reality.
But for Israel to ever reclaim what it understands as its legacy, its divine inheritance, Palestine would have to become but a distant memory, Palestinians as a people would have to be annihilated, all hope of resistance obliterated.
Here enters, Israel’s most sickening and reprehensible strategy to date – the Dahiya Doctrine –
To better understand how Israel came about devising the Dahiya Doctrine it is crucial to grasp the level of contempt and almost irrational hatred the state holds against Palestine. Can anyone forget Golda Meir’s remark back in 1996? “Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate us. We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.”
But if this wasn’t enough Zionist Israel has as well worked to deny not only the humanity of Palestinians, but their very identity. After all if Palestine was never actually a country, a nation; then how could Israel have stolen its lands?
Golda Meir did say in 1961 before the Knesset, “There were no such things as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there were a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.”
This is the ideology which slowly has led Israel to imagine the most despicable and inhumane of all military strategy – the genocide of a people to better assert the rise of a chosen people.
The Dahiya Doctrine
The brainchild of former Israel Defense Force Northern Commander Gadi Eisenkot – the man is now deputy chief of general staff for Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu – the Dahiya Doctrine provisions for the destruction of an entire civilian area rather than the targeting of specific objectives in order to minimize military losses – troops and material.
Inherently at odds with international law since the focus is on the obliteration of civilian populations for the sake of military advancement, Israel’s Dahiya Doctrine has been embraced by the IDF and politicians as the only strategy to be had.
Under such new military paradigm Israel has been able to rationalize the targeting of unarmed civilians – women and children included – by arguing that it seeks to destroy elusive dissident elements. Rather than spent time, energy and resources hunting down Hamas militants, Israel simply chose to create a new narrative where all Palestinians became guilty by association and thus fair game for the military to shoot down. This so-called revolutionary modern warfare strategy was first tested in Lebanon in 2006, when Israel ordered the destruction of an entire neighbourhood to strike a blow at its enemy – Hezbollah. A suburb of Beirut, Dahiya was levelled to the ground by Israel air force, hence the name.
Since Israel was never challenged by the international community, the IDF estimated that such strategy should next be directed against Gaza and eventually the West Bank, as part of the state’s global plan to disappear Palestine. Having successfully fragmented Palestine into small pitiful enclaves, Israel wants now to turn whatever is left of the Palestinian people into eternal refugees, the prisoners of war of the great state of Israel.
If ever one was to doubt that such is Israel’s new warfare strategy, one has only to look with what ease the IDF willingly and knowingly targeted hospitals, UN designated shelters and schools, all the while arguing that it had intelligence proving the presence of Hamas elements in the premises.
For years Israel has systematically rationalize its war crimes by arguing that Hamas forced its hands. Israel has alternatively accused the Hamas of using civilians as human shields and turning schools and hospitals as launching pads for its rockets.
Interestingly the fact that UN experts have categorically rejected such allegations seems to have fallen into deaf ears. According to the Goldstone Report which was drawn by a UN fact-finding mission of experts no proof of Israel’s claims against the Hamas were ever established. The report read, “On the basis of the investigations it has conducted, the Mission did not find any evidence to support the allegations that hospital facilities were used by the Gaza authorities or by Palestinian armed groups to shield military activities and that ambulances were used to transport combatants or for other military purposes.”
But Israel is not one state to play by international rules, let alone suffer criticism from its peers.
It is likely Israel will continue to strike hard and fast at Gaza as ultimately it seeks its utter and absolute destruction. The real question is – will we allow it?