Israel’s War On Gaza Increases Extremists, and Decreases Moderates, Making It Far More Likely That Israel Will Be Less Safe in the Future

January 15, 2009 at 9:13 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. Why can’t people see this? Why can’t Israelis see this? Why can’t Americans see this? The more you kill Palestinians, the more you push them toward extremists. The New York Times has a helpful article on this point, showing how Fatah, the moderate party of Palestine, currently the only Palestinian group actually trying to make peace with Israel, is rapidly losing power and influence among Palestinians. This of course is not new, and not unexpected. Frankly, it should be remembered that Israel FOMENTED Hamas as a counter to Fatah (because Israel found Arafat so despicable).

Israel hoped that the war in Gaza would not only cripple Hamas, but eventually strengthen its secular rival, the Palestinian Authority, and even allow it to claw its way back into Gaza.

But with each day, the authority, its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and its leading party, Fatah, seem increasingly beleaguered and marginalized, even in the Palestinian cities of the West Bank, which they control. Protesters accuse Mr. Abbas of not doing enough to stop the carnage in Gaza — indeed, his own police officers have used clubs and tear gas against those same protesters.

The more bombs in Gaza, the more Hamas’s support seems to be growing at the expense of the Palestinian Authority, already considered corrupt and distant from average Palestinians.

“The Palestinian Authority is one of the main losers in this war,” said Ghassan Khatib, an independent Palestinian analyst in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “How can it make gains in a war in which it is one of the casualties?”

Stupid, stupid Israel. You play into the hands of right-wing Christian fundamentalists (who tell you they give you 100% American support) and take on the Palestinians not realizing that the only reason why those right-wing Christian fundamentalists give you such support is because they believe Jesus will soon come back and convert you all to Christianity!!! You think they give a damn about Jews and Judaism? They care because Jesus was a Jew. They care because you will eventually convert when you come to your senses and realize that Jesus was the Messiah. They don’t care about what you consider to be the Messiah. It’s not YOUR Messiah that they care about, but theirs.

These Christian fundamentalists want a war with Islam, because it fits in with their Rapture ideology. And you are giving them exactly what they want. You fomented and supported Hamas as a counter to Fatah, and now have to deal with the consequences. Note that it is Israelis that are dying, not Americans. You didn’t have to counter Fatah. But you listened to the American Christian conservatives. You didn’t have to undermine Fatah in the early 2000s during the Intifada. But you did. Instead of punishing Hamas and Islamic Brotherhood for all the suicide bombings, you attacked and undermined Fatah. Why the hell would you do that unless you really did want more war, to kill more Palestinians? Stupid, stupid Israel.

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