What Netanyahu’s government is doing to Gazans is inexusable.
The situation in Gaza is destabilising Israel, argues Kevork.
In other words, Israel’s retaliation is backfiring.
Countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, who are traditionally at odds, are now looking for peace through Chinese mediation.
Furthermore, Russia is also playing a mediator role between Turkey and Syria.
Put another way, Israel is creating a monster.
Kevork suggests that what is happenining in Gaza has become a symbol of resistance against colonialism and occupation, attracting support from around the world.
In fact, it’s bigger than that, he says.
It’s a fight for self-determination.
What does ‘occupation’ mean?
It’s complicated and depends on who you ask.
In June 1967, Israel invaded and occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, areas previously under Jordanian and Egyptian control. Shortly after, the UN Security Council’s Resolution 242 emphasised the inadmissibility of acquiring territory by war and called for Israel’s withdrawal from these territories.
Many countries around the world, based on the aforementioned, consider these territories – including East Jerusalem – as ‘occupied territories’ subject to the 4th Geneva Convention.
The Israeli government (to which I simply refer as ‘Israel’) then imposed repressive measures against the Palestinian civilian population in these territories and began attempting to change the status and demographic composition, which included
- collective punishment,
- arbitrary detention,
- deportation, illegal land acquisition and
- exploitation of natural resources.
Israel also established a dual legal system, applying some of its laws only to Jewish settlers.
The occupation led to the transfer of Israeli civilians into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, on illegally acquired Palestinian land, forming Israeli settlements.
Furthermore, the occupation has also resulted in the destruction of the Palestinian economic and social structure, transforming the West Bank and Gaza into ‘captive markets’ for Israel and causing a dependency on Israel for employment.
So, for clarity:
- Israel invaded and occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967.
- Much of the world views these areas as ‘occupied territories’.
- Israel imposed repressive measures and attempted demographic changes.
- Israeli settlements in these territories violate the 4th Geneva Convention.
- The UN has repeatedly condemned Israel.
Israel’s abysmal strategy
One must understand that Netanyahu’s objectives are:
- to wipe out Hamas and
- ethnically cleanse Palestinians.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly stated that he wants the people of Gaza to leave (so that Israel can take full control of the strip).
The obvious problem is that this will escalate to something much bigger and deadlier.
For example, there is now increasing tension between Hezbollah and Israel.
And let’s not forget about the United States, who are full-throttle behind Israel, but now pushing Israel to scale back on its bombings. In fact, public sentiment in the US appears to be shifting towards a ceasefire.
Hilariously, according to Zionists, calling for a ceasefire equals antisemiticism.
Palestinian refugees should have a right to return to their homeland, Kevork says, and that this right is recognised by the UN (but has yet to be implemented).
To be clear, I have no time for the UN. I only mention the UN because it forms part of the geopolitics and, as such, is relevant.
As an aside, Kevork makes an interesting comment about the use of smart technology, such as smartwatches, by Israeli forces for surveillance and targeting individuals in conflict zones. Put another way, if you plan to fight against the IDF, then don’t wear a smart watch (or another device) using any of the major technologies (like Google and Apple).
Here’s my conversation with him.