How Gaza won their war so well
In dealing with violent anti-Semitism, Israel is severely challenged!
Eighteen months ago, the Israeli Government and the country’s huge NGO-sector (like JAFA and the WZO) came to a number of realisations which had massive implications for the country – and, more importantly – for all world Jewry.
I am personally aware of at least two initiatives that followed as I have attended two high-level conferences over the past seven months and been briefed on these.
Both involved Israel going through a massive change-of-life.
Israel had always seen the Diaspora as a pond to fish in for olim and chequebooks. They admit that. This is not to say that they were not proactive when required, like at Entebbe and Ethiopia, but in essence, for too long, Israel saw the Gola as being responsible for it.
RIGHT: Ant Katz
To be sure, that is how Israel was built. And when things are not broken, we don’t even think of the need to fix them. Changing circumstances and opportunities pass us by. It is human.
Then, the epiphany – Israel realised that it had become the big brother and that it was “sh” who had to take responsibility for the Jews in the Diaspora, and not the other way around.
Israel realised 18n months ago that all it was bigger, better, smarter, and more safe and stable than all the rest of world Jewry put together. It was time for Israel to become the parent and the Gola to become the child in this relationship.
One of their epiphanies, was that European Jewry was under renewed threat of violent anti-Semitism – and that France was at the centre of it all. Israelis don’t sit on their butts – so they formed task teams and jumped into action. Things really started to happen. They even went as far as taking out their old dusty file on an evacuation plan for French Jewry, blew off the dust and updated it.
They hastily convened emergency meetings on combating violent anti-Semitism and held three such conferences in a year – the first, of course (but incorrectly as it turned out) in the US, the second in France and the third, which probably would have been held in France, in Belgium in December. This was a well-placed move to show solidarity with the embattled Belgians, and, as I can attest, it was warmly welcomed.
But it hasn’t helped at all
So where have the world’s smartest people gone wrong? Why have things gone so far south, so quickly? Could they have done things differently? Could they not have at least in some small way turned things around over this period?
In reality, Israel was seemingly sucker-punched by Hamas in July. They found themselves being goaded into an operation which became a war, and it surely cannot be called anything else in hindsight, that they had no option but to fight. Their enemies knew what the outcome would be as they continued to goad the Israelis on by firing ever-more rockets from the rooftops of hospitals and inside UN schools.
Israel was forced to act against a blood-thirsty enemy. But the blood that Hamas and their handlers were thirsty for was not Israeli blood. It was the blood of their own. They knew full-well the impact that this would have on the lives and property of their own people. They knew the hardship it would bring in the short-term to their citizenry.
But this is an enemy that has always been prepared to play the long game; that is prepared to suffer if it suits the cause.
As every drop of Gazan blood was spilled, each building flattened, each picture going out of hungry and frightened children, the leaders, their handlers and the Muslim world in general rubbed their hands together in glee.
The war Gazans wanted to lose, big!
They had no desire to stop this happening – because they knew how it was being perceived in the so-called civilised world. And so they goaded even more, broke promises of ceasefires, allowed, nay, encouraged more of their own blood to spill and property to be destroyed.
Blood can be replaced by new births. Others would rebuild for them. They did not want to win the war physically. They couldn’t. So they chose to lose, and lose very, very big. They won exactly what they wanted to.
And they were ready, willing and able to capitalise on the post-apocalyptic situation. How and why? Because they had planned for that long before they starting goading, the war that they seemed to lose but actually won was simply a strategic part of a bigger plan.
A plan that involved their forcing Israeli’s hand, and then capitalising on their own people’s misery. Their strategic objective, which required them to continue to not cry uncle so they could lose so very, very badly – worked a treat for them. Because that was their strategy all along.
Even as the fighting continued they were mobilising around the world. Sympathy started to turn their way, but enough for them to stop losing. They hadn’t caused enough harm to themselves yet. Their strategic need required even more of their blood to be spilled, even more of their property to be destroyed, and the balance of death and destruction on their side of the fence to still be so much more “disproportionate”. And so they continued to goad. To force Israel’s hand.
Israel knew that their brethren in the Diaspora would pay a price. But what conceivable option did they have?
Where Israel failed…
Israel’s failure, and their failure to their brethren outside, was being ill-prepared for the post-apocalyptic environment. Like George Bush-the-second, he took Iraq and then seemed to wonder what to do with it. His father stopped short of Baghdad.
LEFT – how I see Jews and anti-Semites as they face off against each other now
He knew he couldn’t run the country any more than Israel could halt the hate-fest it had unwittingly and unwillingly caused in the Diaspora.
I believe that:
- Israelis don’t seem to have a deep understanding of modern anti-Semitism because they don’t experience it;
- They seem to think of the US as the representatives of the Diaspora, but it is just not true;
- Every host nation is different, but the US is so much more different, in so many ways, that they maybe know less about world Jewry in general than Israel does;
- Jews are operating like a disparate group of small snails, all in their own little groups and sub-groups, while anti-Semites are as one giant octopus, with a single head and long and strong tentacles
- Something has to be done, and soon, and collectively. There is much, much more to come in this writing…
WZO Conference reads on SAJR.CO.ZA
14 Jan: ISRAELIS TRIED TO ENLIST FACEBOOK’S MARK ZUCKERBERG
ANT KATZ Israel was on the mark but got off to a slow start. Can they beat this disease?
05 Jan: 75% OF VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS GO UNREPORTED –WZO
EITAN BEHAR “Enough of anti-Semitic Violence! Increase legislation to combat anti-Semitism!”
31 Dec: ANTI-SEMITISM REARED ITS HEAD OPENLY IN 2014
ANT KATZ publishes details of hundreds of violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide in 2014
23 Dec: BATTLEGROUND BELGIUM – HOTBED OF ANTI-SEMITISM
ANT KATZ details how over a million Euro-Jews are sitting on their shpielkes, and why
17 Dec: GERMAN JEWRY IS “SITTING ON THEIR SUITCASES”
GABRIEL GOLDBERG of German Fed – on how it feels like to be a Jew in Europe in 2014
17 Dec: DANGEROUS BUT WONDERFUL THING TO BE JEWISH
BARON KLENER, Survivor& head of Belgian Jewry, tells how tough it is on European Jews
10 Dec: EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM HEADING BACK TO 30’S
Introduction to series on December conference of WZO attended & written by ANT KATZ