Can it be that a week into the war we failed? Two prestigious Israeli writers, Shooky Galili and Yossi Gurvitz criticise Miri Regev, the military spokeswoman. Whilst Shooky says that Regev presents her facts unevidented and dogmatic, Yossi Gurvitz not only criticised the incorrect facts presented by the Army, but also explains that this may lead to reducing the publicâ€™s support to the IDFâ€™s activities.
The main reason that the Israeli public, imho, still supports this war is basically defaultance. We know war is the worst form of living in a state; however, we know that violence will not cease if we stop our violence. We do not wish to prolong our endeavours in Lebanon and we do not wish to occupy civilians or territory. The only problem, basically, is that we donâ€™t know any other option to end the conflict. We do not have any conflict with Lebanon (the state or government) since they agree with our position that the Hizbullah has not room as an army in Lebanon and they are the legal entity for negotiations. We also canâ€™t talk to Syria or Iran, since both of them declared that they are not the initiators of this conflict. We canâ€™t talk to the Hizbullah, since they are not the sovereign body over the area which is used to bomb Israel, nor do they acknowledge Israel. So what are we left with?
Thatâ€™s why, unlike what several arab bloggers pointed out we have no interest to have a buffer zone where our soldiers will sit; nor do we wish to move the civilians out of their homes. When Buj says:
Doesn’t this sound all so familiar to what happened in 1948, 1967, 1973, 1982 and the continuing onslaught on the palestinians? For a country that was created to shelter an unwanted people it is disappointing to witness such actions. More than all of the Arab world’s refugees exist because of Israeli agression. […] LEBANON! Perfect.. a country weakened by almost continous wars in the last 60 years and is just about to stand on it’s two feet.. let’s distroy their economy.. let’s bomb their airport… let’s scare a few civilians by bombing their capital while we actually know where hizbulla is.. let’s frighten a few other countries by stranding their citizens in there.. the US is giving us some spare time with the UN and all.. and Condi is not in a rush to come with a solution so we should press on…
I felt like our efforts are problematic. Israel canâ€™t continue bombing â€œin the name of peaceâ€ nor can it stop bombing under this flag. Peace is something you do with your enemies, it is something bought by blood and might take some time. Peace is done after both parties acknowledge that war is not the way, and that bloodshed will continue as long as people wonâ€™t put an end to it.
However, how can i make peace when i donâ€™t know how? I know that bombing is wrong, but what is the better way to stop the Hizbullah from killing two young brothers living in Nazareth? What will make the Israel from doing the same to young Lebanese? If anyone has an answer iâ€™m here to listen.