Avnery: "Operation Short Memory"
By Gush Shalom
November 16, 2012 "Information
- The name chosen for the new war in Gaza is "operation
Cloud Pillar". A far more appropriate name would have been
"Operation Short Memory" Said former Knesset member Uri Avnery,
Gush Shalom activist. "Prime Minister Netanyahu is counting on
the public's short memory. Netanyahu counts upon people
forgetting that dozens and even hundreds of "liquidations" had
been carried out and they did not solve any problem - always
there was somebody replacing those who were killed, and more
than once the new one was more capable and more radical.
Netanyahu counts on people not remembering that four years ago
Israel went to war on Gaza, killing 1300 civilians in three
weeks – which otherwise did not make any significant change in
the situation. Netanyahu counts on people failing to remember
that just yesterday morning the media reported on people in the
communities of the South heaving a sigh of relief at the
complete cessation of missiles from Gaza. .
"Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have taken the decision - for
the second time in a row the State of Israel will conduct
general elections under the shadow of war on the Gaza Strip. The
cease-fire which already started to stabilize had been broken
and shattered to pieces. The inhabitants of the communities of
southern Israel, who just started to breathe freely, are sent
right back to air raid alarms and the running to shelters.
At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the
government's aim had been accomplished: the social issues, which
threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been
pushed aside and removed from the agenda of the elections
campaign. Forgotten, too, is the brave attempt of Mahmud Abbas
to address the Israeli public opinion. In the coming weeks, the
headlines will be filled with constant war and death,
destruction and bloodshed. When it ends at last, it will be
revealed that no goal has been achieved and that the problems
remain the same, or perhaps got worse."
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