Huge Hamas Victory! (With an Update)

Big (Muslim) brother Egypt orders Hamas to stand down in Gaza. Hamas more or less obeys. Gazans have lost about 150 people, including children but also including two high-level leaders, in a few days. One of the gone leaders was a head-terrorist who had been threatening mass death on civilian Jews for years while dressed in a nice civilian suit. After a while, the Israelis got pissed off and they did the unspeakable act of ridding themselves of the threatener. Go figure! (Plus, it was election season. Deuh!)

Nearly all of the hundreds of rockets fired on Israel from Gaza (about 1500) missed any target at all. I am even ready to bet good money that in the past week, the overall death rate of Israelis was down as compared to the same week last year. Oh, and by the way, of the three Israeli killed by Hamas fire, one was an Arab.

On the announcement of the “cease-fire,” Gazans come down into the streets in their throngs, waving flags, to celebrate their staggering victory. In this war of attrition, the score this time is:

150/3

Update 11/23/12:

163/6 including among Palestinians, 71 civilians, including also 21 children. Israel thus killed 92 armed terrorists. Some of the Palestinian victims were killed by rockets fired from inside Gaza.

Hamas taught the friking Jews a lesson, they did!

By the way -and I know I am repeating myself – how can you shoot from planes inside a dense city at specific individual targets and commit so few collateral casualties? Is the Israeli air force, its pilots, its surveillance systems, that good? Or is there another, more prosaic explanation to their formidable precision?

To ask the question is to answer it, I think.

Update: Here is a partial answer four days later:According to AFP, seven Gazans in a week were executed for collaborating with Israel. (See ref. below.)

A personal note: I didn’t like much most of the Israelis I have known. I have found them brusque to the point of rudeness, like people who would have been brought up in a garrison. I like Arabs in general. I knew many Palestinians in the US when I was teaching. I like the Palestinians I have known and the Palestinians I know now. I wonder why have trouble taking them seriously when they analyze or assert anything of a political nature!

Update 11/23/12: From Le Figaro on-line. (Use Google Translate)

L’opération a fait au moins 163 morts palestiniens dans la bande de Gaza, selon un dernier bilan de l’AFP. L’agence Reuters parle, elle, de 161 morts. Le nombre de civils tués s’élève à 71, soit 43% des morts palestiniens. Au moins 26 enfants ont perdu la vie dans les bombardements israéliens, selon le ministère de la Santé du Hamas.

Au moins 91 hommes armés, militants du Hamas et d’autres organisations terroristes, ont été tués. Sept personnes accusées de «collaborer avec Israël» ont été exécutées par le Hamas. Selon le New York Times , plusieurs Palestiniens seraient morts à cause de roquettes palestiniennes qui ont atterri à l’intérieur même de la bande de Gaza.

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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7 Responses to Huge Hamas Victory! (With an Update)

  1. Martin Anding says:

    I’m not so ready to declare a winner of this week long attack. Sure Hamas lost 150 souls but the leadership places very little value in a soul. On the other side the Israelis place a high value on a soul. And then there is the real out-of-pocket cost of using those anti-rocket batteries. Every intercepted rocket cost thousands to intercept. In the long run will the Israel run out of money before Hamas runs out of souls?

  2. wbwise says:

    This was a case of perfect timing – Hamas declares victory because Israel did not send ground troops and Israel declares victory because it didn’t send send ground troops.

  3. This is nothing new. Nasser did the same thing back in the 1950’s. In those days, though, Washington was closer to the Arab states than they were to Israel (“a bunch of commies”). Ho hum.

  4. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Is the Israeli air force, its pilots, its surveillance systems, that good? Or is there another, more prosaic explanation to their formidable precision?”
    I don’t know that it is ‘prosaic’ but you need to consider all aspects of military intelligence including old fashioned people not just hardware.

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