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Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel – By Gideon Levy – Haaretz, Israeli English Daily

January 22, 2009

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1057670.html

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Gideon Levy / Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel

By Gideon Levy

Tags: israel news, gaza, hamas, IDF

On the morrow of the return of the last Israeli soldier from Gaza, we can determine with certainty that they had all gone out there in vain. This war ended in utter failure for Israel.

This goes beyond the profound moral failure, which is a grave matter in itself, but pertains to its inability to reach its stated goals. In other words, the grief is not complemented by failure. We have gained nothing in this war save hundreds of graves, some of them very small, thousands of maimed people, much destruction and the besmirching of Israel’s image.

What seemed like a predestined loss to only a handful of people at the onset of the war will gradually emerge as such to many others, once the victorious trumpeting subsides.

The initial objective of the war was to put an end to the firing of Qassam rockets. This did not cease until the war’s last day. It was only achieved after a cease-fire had already been arranged. Defense officials estimate that Hamas still has 1,000 rockets.

The war’s second objective, the prevention of smuggling, was not met either. The head of the Shin Bet security service has estimated that smuggling will be renewed within two months.

Most of the smuggling that is going on is meant to provide food for a population under siege, and not to obtain weapons. But even if we accept the scare campaign concerning the smuggling with its exaggerations, this war has served to prove that only poor quality, rudimentary weapons passed through the smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

Israel’s ability to achieve its third objective is also dubious. Deterrence, my foot. The deterrence we supposedly achieved in the Second Lebanon War has not had the slightest effect on Hamas, and the one supposedly achieved now isn’t working any better: The sporadic firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip has continued over the past few days.

The fourth objective, which remained undeclared, was not met either. The IDF has not restored its capability. It couldn’t have, not in a quasi-war against a miserable and poorly-equipped organization relying on makeshift weapons, whose combatants barely put up a fight.

The heroic descriptions and victory poems written abut the “military triumph” will not serve to change reality. The pilots were flying on training missions and the ground forces were engaged in exercises that involved joining up and firing weapons.

The describing of the operation as a “military achievement” by the various generals and analysts who offered their take on the operation is plain ridiculous.

We have not weakened Hamas. The vast majority of its combatants were not harmed and popular support for the organization has in fact increased. Their war has intensified the ethos of resistance and determined endurance. A country which has nursed an entire generation on the ethos of a few versus should know to appreciate that by now. There was no doubt as to who was David and who was Goliath in this war.

The population in Gaza, which has sustained such a severe blow, will not become more moderate now. On the contrary, the national sentiment will now turn more than before against the party which inflicted that blow – the State of Israel. Just as public opinion leans to the right in Israel after each attack against us, so it will in Gaza following the mega-attack that we carried out against them.

If anyone was weakened because of this war, it was Fatah, whose fleeing from Gaza and its abandonment have now been given special significance. The succession of failures in this war needs to include, of course, the failure of the siege policy. For a while, we have already come to realize that is ineffective. The world boycotted, Israel besieged and Hamas ruled (and is still ruling).

But this war’s balance, as far as Israel is concerned, does not end with the absence of any achievement. It has placed a heavy toll on us, which will continue to burden us for some time. When it comes to assessing Israel’s international situation, we must not allow ourselves to be fooled by the support parade by Europe’s leaders, who came in for a photo-op with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israel’s actions have dealt a serious blow to public support for the state. While this does not always translate itself into an immediate diplomatic situation, the shockwaves will arrive one day. The whole world saw the images. They shocked every human being who saw them, even if they left most Israelis cold.

The conclusion is that Israel is a violent and dangerous country, devoid of all restraints and blatantly ignoring the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, while not giving a hoot about international law. The investigations are on their way.

Graver still is the damage this will visit upon our moral spine. It will come from difficult questions about what the IDF did in Gaza, which will occur despite the blurring effect of recruited media.

So what was achieved, after all? As a war waged to satisfy considerations of internal politics, the operation has succeeded beyond all expectations. Likud Chair Benjamin Netanyahu is getting stronger in the polls. And why? Because we could not get enough of the war.

It is the old egg and chicken dilemma – RE: Jerusalem Post report – ‘India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict’

September 15, 2008

 

Monday, September 15, 2008

 

It is the old egg and chicken dilemma

 

 

RE: Jerusalem Post report – ‘India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict’

 

 

Whether India opted for Israel Defense Force connections first or the turmoil in Kashmir was organised to give a reason / cover for the Israelis to step in.

 

Indian government is getting some international exposure as to how the US and Israel manage conflicts. Will Indian people go for the genocidal carnage of its civilian population on foreign agenda?  How can a democratic nation allow a foreign army to attack its territory in the name of war on terror? How does India now differ from Pakistan, which has seen its territory bombed from across the border — on the pretext of war on terror? Is this ‘war on terror’ – a convenient red-herring to invade other countries, with or without the nation’s government’s knowledge / permission?

 

At another plane, It is quite possible that having lost Georgia as staging ground to attack Iran, US/Israel are planning to use Indian territory to attack it neighbouring country.

 

Indian people should be alert to such international conspiracies that will make their lives hell.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

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India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict

 

Sep. 14, 2008

 

Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST

 

OC Ground Forces Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi paid an unscheduled visit to the disputed state of Kashmir last week to get an up-close look at the challenges the Indian military faces in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

 

Mizrahi was in India for three days of meetings with the country’s military brass and to discuss a plan the IDF is drafting for Israeli commandos to train Indian counter-terror forces.

 

Under the proposed agreement, the IDF would send highly-trained commandos to train Indian soldiers in counter terror tactics, urban warfare and fighting in guerrilla settings.

 

Mizrahi’s visit to Kashmir was reportedly kept secret at the time since India feared it could spark violence in the disputed state; it was subsequently reported widely in the Indian and Pakistani press.

 

Media reports said Mizrahi spent several hours at the Akhnoor Military Base in Kashmir where he gave a lecture to senior officers on counterterror operations.

 

India is the largest importer of arms from Israel and since 2002 has bought more than $5 billion worth of equipment.

 

While Mizrahi’s visit did not spark violence it did upset Kashmir nationalists. The Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has recommended that Israelis refrain from visiting Kashmir.

 

Farooq Ahmad Dar, a senior leader of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, told an Indian Qeb site the visit was “part of plan under which India intends to suppress the ongoing intifada movement in Kashmir by dint of power, and change Kashmir’s demography.”

 

On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslims participated in pro-independence rallies across Indian Kashmir, leading to scattered clashes with government forces that left at least two protesters dead and dozens wounded.

 

Separatist leaders have warned Indian authorities that the situation could spiral out of control if they “use force to break peaceful protests.”

 

More than two months of angry protests, some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two decades, have left at least 43 people dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir, most of them killed when soldiers opened fire on Muslim protesters.

 

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, where most people favor independence from mainly Hindu India, or a merger with Pakistan.

 

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, when the two countries fought their first war over the region in the aftermath of Britain’s partition of the subcontinent. Both countries continue to claim all of Kashmir.

 

Separatist movements in Indian-controlled Kashmir remained peaceful until 1989, when Islamic insurgents took up arms.

 

An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

 

AP contributed to this report.