Today I read this sentence in a report published by Reuters about last year’s Gaza war:
Some 551 children were killed in Gaza and 3,436 were injured during the conflict, while an estimated 1,500 lost their parents, according to a report by Save the Children.
So what about those who survived? The report states:
More than 70 percent of children in the worst-affected areas of Gaza suffer from regular nightmares and bed wetting and live in fear of further fighting, while half do not want to attend school because they are afraid to leave home, the charity said.
You just have to ask yourself: what will happen to these kids when they grow up? what kind of people will they become?
The repeated wars we have in Gaza are creating traumatized children in Israel and in Gaza. Undoubtedly far more in Gaza.
But here in Israel we know little about conditions there. Gaza is like another world to us.
I strongly recommend watching this two part program about Gaza, after last year’s war.
I am against Hamas, but I think the foot-dragging in Israel and the restrictions we place on the import of building materials there are only making more enemies for us. Yes, Hamas terrorists could use some of the materials to make rockets and bombs. But in my opinion, in the long run, the hate generated from the anguish of 100,000 Palestinians who are still homeless in Gaza could turn into a bigger threat than the rockets and tunnels which Hamas could build with some of the reconstruction material.
For the sake of the long term security of the state of Israel and the welfare of innocent Gazans, the speed of reconstruction in Gaza must increase, significantly and NOW!
If the current war between Israel and the Gaza based militants were to finish today, there would be one winner: Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Today my city of Tel Aviv was attacked twice and on both occasions the Gaza launched missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
Iron Dome has also done much to protect other parts of Israel such as the city of Ashkelon and Beer Sheva.
Despite its brilliance, the Iron Dome is only a temporary, short-term solution.
To defeat Hamas in the long-term we need smarter Israeli policies such as closer cooperation with Egypt and with the PLO. We can start doing so by ending the current settlement expansion drive. One can understand why the current Israeli government would want to undermine and weaken Hamas, but why is it weakening the PLO? Why is Netanyahu making the PLO officials who are cooperating with Israel look like incompetent sell outs by constantly undermining them with more settlements?
To defeat Hamas we also need to end the Gaza siege in its current format. Restrictions against imports and exports except weapons must be lifted. Until then we can not say that we have left Gaza. After Israel left the Sinai in the early 80s as part of the Camp David peace agreement, did it still control what Egypt could import or export through the Sinai? No it didn’t This is why Israel could say that it withdrew from there and no one could dispute it. The same can not currently be said about Gaza.
Implementation of such policies would give more legitimacy and backing to Israel’s right to fight Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who threaten its security and that of its citizens. They would also weaken the extremist’s support base.
Meanwhile I hope the Iranian regime is watching the Iron Dome, because for its Shahab missiles we have an even better anti-missile system, called The Arrow.