Mon 11 Dec 2023 7:02 am - Jerusalem Time
Israeli News analysis | Between racing towards a breaking point in Gaza and reaching a dead end
The optimistic Israeli scenario means that Israel's victory in the war will lead to the re-occupation of Gaza and the unification of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which it worked for years to separate, under its control, and to return the Palestinian issue, which it almost succeeded in eliminating, to the forefront of the world.
“Gaza: Place and Imagination in the Israeli Space” is the title of a book published on the eve of the attack of last October 7, and it included a collection of articles by Israeli writers, covering various topics, converging on the basis of an attempt to understand and comprehend Gaza as an “Israeli place.”
Noam Sheizaf, who presented the book in the Haaretz newspaper supplement, in light of the political developments and the current war on Gaza, believes that the book wanted its readers to think about Gaza as a matter that concerns and concerns the Israelis, but this hidden and critical goal was translated at that time in a “violent and painful” form. Very,” referring to October 7 and the war on Gaza.
“Gaza is an artificial strip formed by the 1948 war and is not a natural geographical area.” It also constitutes the heart of the Palestinian issue, as described by the poet and right-wing man, Elhai Solomon, who writes in his article included in the book, that the majority of the population of the Strip are refugees from the 1948 areas, some of whom are from Jaffa. From the villages and cities of the Western Negev, they live in neighborhoods bearing the names of the villages and cities from which they were displaced, and their presence in Gaza turned into a symbol of the Palestinian cause, and the refugees from Gaza were the ones who created the guerrilla operations in the fifties, and it was from Jabalia that the first Intifada began, which represented the Palestinian climax and from it emerged Yasser Arqat's family and the founders of Hamas.
In this context, literary researcher Uri Cohen says that Israeli culture saw in Gaza its opposite, an open and successful society in the face of a hostile and failed ghetto, a small closed sector and hostile neighbors. Hence the expression “Go to Gaza” which is said to everyone who does not like “us.” The desire that Ben-Gurion was the first to express was that Gaza and the entire Palestinian issue would disappear into the sea.
But Gaza refused to disappear. After it separated from Israel in 1948, the latter returned and occupied it in 1956 and left under pressure from the great powers after a few months. It then reoccupied it in 1967 and imposed a siege on it for two years. However, it retreated and encouraged its residents to work in Israel and then gradually returned to the policy of closure since In 1991, it evacuated its forces from its cities in 1994, then evacuated the settlements in 2005, and now it is returning, as Shezaff says, to write the next chapter, by occupying them again.
In light of the current displacement attempts, the writer recalls the transfer plans that followed the occupation of 1967, which are mentioned in the article of historian Omri Shefer Rafif, included in the book, pointing out that Israel hoped to succeed in reducing the number of Palestinians in Gaza and annexing it to Israel, and encouraged the migration of Gazans to the east by not improving living conditions in the Gaza Strip, and economic grants were granted to those wishing to immigrate to the West Bank and from there to Jordan.
However, Jordan quickly discovered the plan and prevented the immigration of Palestinians to its lands. Then came the agreement with Paraguay to absorb 50,000 Palestinians, under which Israel pledged to provide financial grants to the immigrants and to the Paraguayan government, but it also failed.
Regarding the ongoing displacement in Gaza today, the writer says that the Palestinian issue is being reborn today in Gaza and in front of the eyes of the whole world, as the number of refugees from northern Gaza exceeds the number of all the refugees of 1948, and the majority of them do not have homes to return to, noting that the world may provide them with humanitarian aid. But no one will take on the responsibility of policing or managing their political issues, and the separation of Gaza from the West Bank has ended, as Israel is uniting them again under its control.
We must realize that this is perhaps the optimistic Israeli scenario, and yet it means that Israel’s victory in the war will lead to the reoccupation of Gaza and the unification of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which it worked for years to separate, under its control and the return of the Palestinian issue, which it almost succeeded in eliminating to the forefront of the world.
As for what is happening in the field, it seems less optimistic for Israel and its army, which is still searching in vain for an image of victory in vain, and even the image of civilian men who were stripped and tied to market such an image, claiming that they were Hamas fighters, was turned against it after it was confirmed that they were civilians. Their pictures reminded the world of Nazi practices against the Jews.
While the military analyst for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Ron Ben Yishai, is searching for a breaking point in the besieged Khan Yunis, in the form of killing or arresting Sinwar and Deif, between the necessity of not harming the kidnapped and preventing a humanitarian catastrophe, his colleague, Amir Oren, believes that Netanyahu who has set a high ceiling for his war goals will fail just as he failed on October 7, and he says that until Christmas comes, the dead end to which Netanyahu has taken the State of Israel and who his partners will become clear.