Anticipating Israel’s Doom

A common thread in many of the critical reactions to Israel’s counter-attack against the Hamas terrorists in Gaza is the fact that no matter what Israel does, it loses. If it hits back, it is accused of building support for Hamas. It is told not only that it can’t defeat Hamas militarily but that it shouldn’t try. Boston University professor Andrew J. Bacevich takes this tack in a piece in the Boston Globe yesterday which not only takes Israel to task but sees it as a failed model for America’s own ill-conceived “war on terror.” For Bacevich, the Jewish State’s conflict with the Palestinians is a one-way tale of Israeli error. He writes:

Ever since it seized Gaza and the West Bank at the time of the 1967 War, Israel has assumed that allowing Palestinians to freely exercise their right of self-determination is incompatible with Israeli security. With expulsion infeasible and absorption unacceptable, a succession of Israeli governments set out to dictate the conditions under which Palestinians would live.

The problem with this formulation is that long before 1967 and ever since, “Palestinian self-determination” has been defined solely by the urge to extinguish Israel’s existence. Had that not been true, there would have been no war in 1967 and no need for the Israeli “occupation,” he laments. Specifically in the case of Gaza, Israel withdrew completely over three years ago, leaving its people to determine their own fate and hoping for, at the very least, a peaceful border. What they got was a continuation of a terror campaign whose goal is to make those portions of Israel that are within rocket range (an area that is growing in tandem with the sophistication of Hamas’s arsenal supplied by Iran).

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