by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Sunday Mar 22nd, 2009
Israel deliberately destroyed the few factories the Gazans still had functioning, systematically crushing what's left of their shattered economy. But in the majority of instances the Israelis did it simply because they wanted to inflict as much pain and suffering as possible on the Palestinian population of Gaza.
Israeli politicians hate to have to give anything up. When it looks like they might actually have to negotiate with the Palestinians or reach a deal that would involve any sort of sacrifice on Israel's part, the Israeli military gets into the act and starts bullying the Palestinians more than usual, trying to provoke them.
They'll make a raid, or arrest some Palestinians, or bomb someone they've labeled a terrorist, and keep doing that sort of thing until they provoke a violent reaction from the Palestinians. Then, of course, the Israelis don't have to give up anything or negotiate anymore—at least for a while—because, "Look, the Palestinians obviously aren't serious about peace! See how violent and bloodthirsty they are!" But as the man says, it's obvious who the victim is and who the rogue state is as well!