Amos Oz: ‘Lose-lose situation for Israel’      

The questions Oz asks seem valid, and the vast majority of (Jewish) Israelis apparently think they are. He also says the IDF actions are “excessive” and is in favor of ending the blockade. It seems equally valid that some Gazans consider launching rockets at Israel an appropriate response to the silent but crippling violence of the blockade.

Disproportionate action and collective punishment have long been Israel’s MO against Palestinians. Support of an IDF offensive with the qualification that it be of an appropriate intensity would likely be considered naive, particularly with someone like Netanyahu in charge, if it came from someone other than the thoughtful, realistic “peacenik.” I am not sure what to make of it.

The calculus of showing Gazans the consequences of electing Hamas is probably at work. Oz does allude to it in how he distinguishes the outcome in West Bank of the agreement with Abbas that he recommends. It would make Gazans “jealous,” he says.

Amos Oz: ‘Lose-lose situation for Israel’      

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.