Amidst the continuing conflict between Israel and Gaza, tensions continue to rise unabated. However, our focus today shifts from exploring new angles or additional reports on the US or Iran. Instead, today’s discussion centers on holding Israel accountable. Yes, the spotlight is on them, as it is their actions that have contributed significantly to the growth of Hamas.
On October 7th, Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas, initiated an invasion attempt into Israel with the intent to annihilate Israel and its Jewish population.
Disturbing videos emerged depicting Hamas terrorists harassing women and abducting children as hostages. In response, Israel launched a comprehensive offensive in Gaza known as Operation ‘Iron Swords‘ in a bid to eradicate the threat. The situation has led to relentless Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, resulting in a devastating toll, with casualties in Palestine surpassing 1400.
In retaliation, Gaza has fired rockets at Israel, although many have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. The conflict continues to escalate, causing immense human suffering and loss of life in the region.
This is one of the most significant clashes between Israel and Gaza, the most intense since 1973, and tensions have reached unprecedented levels. While minor skirmishes have occurred in the past, the current situation is notably severe.
The escalating conflict has drawn global attention, with Iran and the military-industrial complex being the only beneficiaries amid the chaos. A destabilized Middle East poses a grave concern for the entire world. It is crucial to emphasize that Israel bears responsibility for this situation.
Israel Failed: Not Once But Twice
Firstly, questions arise about how such a significant conflict could unfold without Israel’s awareness. Secondly, Israel’s actions in 1994 contributed to the creation of Gaza, Hamas, and the ongoing Palestinian issue. These factors have exacerbated the conflict, leading to the present crisis in the region.
The conflict between Palestine and Israel has deep historical roots, with the struggle intensifying significantly during the 1960s to the 1990s. After the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the control over Gaza became a focal point of contention.
In 1967, the Six-Day War saw Israel emerge victorious, gaining control of the Gaza Strip from Egypt, among other territories. Despite Israeli control, Palestinian resistance persisted through movements like the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), leading to violent clashes and casualties on both sides.
The situation changed dramatically in 1994 with the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. This agreement aimed for peace, establishing the Palestinian Authority (PA) to govern parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Consequently, limited self-rule was granted to the PA in Gaza, and the Palestinian government was established in the region.
Initially, there were 8,000 to 10,000 Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza, but they withdrew following the Oslo Accords, signaling a hopeful turn toward peace.
However, the optimism was short-lived. The withdrawal of Israeli troops did nothing to bring an end to the conflict. Tensions persisted, leading to sporadic periods of violence between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, notably Hamas, which gained control of Gaza in 2007 after winning legislative elections in 2006. Despite various attempts at peace, including the Oslo Accords, the region remained volatile.
Yitzhak Rabin: The Man Behind Chaos
The Oslo Agreement, a pivotal juncture in Israeli-Palestinian relations, proved to be of limited benefit to Israel. Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the driving force behind this accord, faced severe criticism for his choices. His decision to withdraw Israeli forces from Palestinian territories, including Gaza, opted for negotiations over military force, marking a departure from staunch nationalism.
Rabin’s approach was characterized by a commitment to compromise, influenced by liberal perspectives and a pragmatic pursuit of a two-state solution. For this, he was even applauded by Former US President Bill Clinton. However, his actions stirred controversy as he praised Palestine and shook hands with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who founded Fatah. Many condemned his handshake and signing of the Oslo Accords, unaware that he masterminded both the accord and the troop withdrawal.
Rabin’s endeavors, aimed at fostering peace have come out obseleted. Israel reaped meager benefits from these efforts, emphasizing the enduring challenge of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian issue amid complex political dynamics and historical tensions.
Rabin remained unaware of public sentiment, while the people were resolute about the nations’ relations. During the Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, they faced attacks and pelting stones. Tragically, Rabin was assassinated in response to the Oslo Agreement.
Israel’s error becomes evident now, especially with Hamas terrorists targeting the entire nation. Israel continues to bear the consequences of a blunder made in 1994, a decision that led to enduring tensions and ongoing conflicts, illustrating the high price paid for past decisions.