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A 44% Solution

Israel Bulldozes Buffer Zone Into Gaza Strip

3 Km Wide No-Go Zone Will Protect Against Tunnels, Rockets

Gaza Nearly Halved; Area Reduced by 44%

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To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

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“Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use. Israelis shy away from using the phrase to describe what they are doing because, in Israel, it brings to mind the strategy of the Nazi retreat from Russia at the end of the Second World War.

According to Hebrew University political scientist and longtime analyst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Yaron Ezrahi, with or without the phrase, the idea does have a certain logic. Ezrahi says there is a military and political calculation behind this devastation. Some in the Israeli government believe it will create enough Palestinian suffering so that Gazans will rise up against Hamas or force the leaders to come to terms with Israel when they come out of hiding.

But that is an assumption that greatly underestimates the resolve of Gazans to see an end to their seven years of Israeli blockade and rid themselves of the Israeli presence that controls the strip like guards positioned around a prison yard.

At the same time, said Ezrahi, the practice of systematically flattening neighborhoods is focused on saving the lives of Israeli soldiers, who might otherwise be more exposed to hit-and-run attacks.

“Israel is more sensitive than any other country in the West to the death of its soldiers,” said Ezrahi. “The death of [Palestinian] civilians is a moral crisis but is without political impact.”

Actually, the Israelis are just copying what the Egyptians started doing back in February, building a razed earth buffer zone. It’s just that theirs is several times wider, since Egypt isn’t under actual constant attack from Hamas in Gaza. And Egypt built their 1/2 km wide buffer zone by giving up their own land, something Israel has done time and time again. But not this time. This time, the land comes from Gaza.

It sounds like a good start to me, although it’s actually an enlargement of a plan started 6 years ago. Not that it will do much good, other than to give the IDF time and space to locate and destroy every attack tunnel they can. And when the attacks continue (or start up again, I’m guessing this could be about the end of this iteration of that never ending war), they can bulldoze another buffer zone 1.5 km wide. Which would leave the Gaza Strip just a little bit wider than the boardwalk at Atlantic City NJ. And that will, in my opinion, be a good second step in the three step program. Because these animals will never ever learn to live in peace.

http://972mag.com/not-about-tunnels-israeli-tanks-take-aim-at-central-gaza/94582/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/as-israel-enforces-its-buffer-zone-gaza-shrinks-by-40-per-cent.html
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/30/palestinians-accuse-israel-striking-un-school-in-gaza/
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-plans-buffer-zone-north-gaza-strip/2208

Wasn’t it old Aesop who wrote the fable about the fox and the fleas? Somehow this reminds me of that.


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