Symbols of malevolent power

Crikey readers talk Israel and the symbols of IS.

Israel’s end game

Ian Neering writes: Re. “How Mike Carlton got it wrong” (yesterday). ¬†Philip Dalidakis may be correct to be critical of Mike Carlton’s strident tone in his recent criticisms of Israels’s foreign policy, but Dalidakis is being disingenuous when he asserts the invasion of Gaza was all about Palestinian rockets. We have only to look at Israel’s recent announcement that it will expropriate four square kilometres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank to affirm that Israel’s goal is hardly consistent with the much touted two state solution.

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3 thoughts on “Symbols of malevolent power

  1. Robinson

    No disrespect, Ian Neering, but isn’t it obvious how Hamas (not the PA) in Gaza could have provided shelter to Palestinians from Israeli missiles? By using the huge quantities of cement and building materials that entered Gaza for just such purposes, as well as for building homes, schools etc, instead of criminally diverting them to build an underground tunnel network from which to attack Israel. In fact, as they had built the tunnel network, why didn’t they just evacuate their citizens to these, if they wanted to protect them?

  2. Ian Neering

    I’m sorry Robinson but your reply makes no more sense to me than Mr Dalidakis. In the first place, please provide us with some evidence that Israel provided the wherewithal or even permission to build bomb shelters let alone schools and homes. As i understand it the Palestinian economy has been devastated by its enforced isolation.

    As regards the tunnel network. I have no idea about their construction. Can you confirm that bricks and mortar are diverted into making them?

    Finally, can you really believe the tunnels would be a suitable shelter given that they were the primary Israeli targets?

  3. Robinson

    I am similarly perplexed by your response, Ian, as there has been such saturation coverage over the past month of the Gaza conflict in general, and within that context a great deal written in regard to the tunnels. Here are but a couple of examples:

    I don’t believe the Palestinians need Israeli permission to build, and they certainly didn’t ask for permission to build a tunnel terror network extending into Israel, so again I don’t understand your comment.

    As far as destroying the tunnels, Israeli did so as far as it was able from its end, but as one of the articles above points out, parts of tunnels are likely to remain intact at their Gazan end, so yes, people would have been safer sheltering here had they been allowed to do so.

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