Gaza Strip Rebuild Pointless

Gaza Strip

Top U.N. officials are claiming that a deal has been made between Israel and Palestine to allow the Gaza Strip to rebuild, a task that will be long and most likely pointless. This development comes in the wake of a 50 day conflict which devastated the region and has left over 100,000 people homeless. Much of the area now lies in ruin, with an estimation of over 6000 structures destroyed.

But the U.N. brokered deal to rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip will soon join a long list of Israeli-Palestinian agreements that end in renewed conflict. Since U.N. Resolution 242 in 1967, which did little to halt the cycle of violence, the two sides have held countless talks of peace which have had little or no positive outcomes.

This is hardly a surprise, considering Israel’s policy of colonial expansion, which has served to increase the country’s borders since its conception in 1948. Since then almost every conflict and war Israel has fought has indirectly or even purposely served to expand its territory and force submission upon its Palestinian neighbours.

U.N. Resolution 242 called for an Israeli withdrawal from conquered Palestinian territories and recognized the right of political independence for all Sates. While Israel did withdraw from a few areas of Palestine, the majority of occupied territory remained under its control. Resolution 242 was then followed by resolution 338 in 1973, which re-iterated its predecessor and was also suitably ignored. Then, when Israel passed law in 1980 declaring Jerusalem as its capital, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 476, which declared the country’s actions to be in violation of the Geneva Convention and demanded that Israel desist. Like those before it, this resolution had no effect.

This was followed by the Oslo accord in 1993, which was widely regarded as a failure and was perhaps the final kick in the teeth for Palestine. While the Oslo accord was essentially a land-for-peace deal, it did nothing to stop Israel’s continued expansion throughout the negotiations. It began to disintegrate over the next several years and by the turn of the century had all but crumbled into the dust, along with the hopes and dreams of many thousands of Palestinians.

This disregard for the United Nations is helped, perhaps, by Israel’s biggest and best supporter, the United States. Since the relationship began in 1962 the U.S. has gifted Israel with over $100 Billion dollars in military aid, more than any other nation in the world. This relationship has only strengthened the Jewish State’s ability to essentially do whatever it wants with little or no consequences. The U.S. even went so far in its unwavering support for Israel that it vetoed Palestine’s request for membership in the United Nations, effectively denying the Gaza Strip and West Bank their right to participate in world issues as Palestinian states.

One thing the Oslo accord did achieve was the recognition of each party that the other had the right to exist. But this has only changed Israel’s war strategy from one of colonial expansion to one of indefinite and often murderous self-defence. Self-defence, as powerful nations have often shown, is one of today’s best excuses for going to war. Now, thanks to Israel’s aggressive and relentless “defensive measures,” the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip seems almost completely pointless. Militant groups have always posed a threat to the Jewish State and it won’t be long before Israel finds another reason to launch airstrikes within Gaza.

There are many who will forgive Israel’s often heavy hand, the United States included. But the Hamas warriors that launch their rockets over the border are fighting an enemy that has systematically invaded and conquered their territory for the last 65 years, an enemy they believe should not exist. And with Israel’s excessive and violent reaction to almost every tiny moment of aggression, it is easy to imagine how militarized organizations such as Hamas might have little trouble in finding new recruits.

However, it is the civilians in Gaza that suffer whenever Israel launches one of its violent defensive campaigns. Operation “Pillar of Defence” took the lives of 167 Palestinians, less than half of which were believed to have been combatants. Over 1000 civilians died in the Gaza War during 2008-09 and Israel’s latest defensive manoeuvre, operation “Protective Edge” amounted to over 2000 Palestinian deaths in just 50 days.

So the cycle of war will continue. Homes and schools in the Gaza Strip will be pointlessly rebuilt and a fragile ceasefire will ensue. Though Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume talks of peace, Israel will continue to dominate Gaza and the West Bank through superior firepower, ruthless military tactics and U.S. support. Then, when nothing has changed, frustrated and angry Palestinians will be drawn into Hamas or whichever violent organization springs up in its place. Rockets will be launched into Israel, sparking another defensive campaign that will ultimately devastate the Gaza Strip once again, destroying homes and schools and giving the Palestinians another long tally of innocent civilian deaths.

Opinion by Mathew Channer


7 Responses to "Gaza Strip Rebuild Pointless"

  1. Md. Meraj Uddin   September 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Almost every conflict and war Israel has fought has indirectly or even purposely served to expand its territory and force submission upon its Palestinian neighbors.
    Where are the whole world when Israel attacks on GAZA(Palestine).
    why Israel is being allowed to kill thousands of civilians in the name of war against a small group who are trying to defend their owns country land.
    Why their is no resolution by UN to utilize NATO force against Israel.
    All of us know and we all have enough evidence that Israel is killing civilians and torturing them, killing small kids, school going children’s….

    Why no one raise an alarm against Israel…there is no any legal or military action against Israel.


    • ISrel   October 12, 2014 at 2:41 am

      U cannot use small kids,school going children,women as shields and fire the rocket taking in their cover……

      • fiddlestix   October 13, 2014 at 2:41 am

        Security and Peace issues decided by the UN Security Council. Just look at the number of vetoes the US have used in relation to any sanctions against Israel. The strength of the Jewish lobby in the US…The Arab leaders have the supply of oil…if they turned off the taps and said return to 1967 borders….how long would it take to sort out the issue?

  2. Anton Moric   September 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    The Palestinians weren’t causing anybody any trouble in 1905… there is an interesting National Geographic piece from that year covering the native peoples who had lived there for many centuries… perhaps millennia.

    They often get lumped in these days with the radical Muslims (who no doubt are taking
    advantage of the situation), but to me the larger historical reality (for them specifically) is that of a conquered, displaced and disempowered people wanting their place in the
    world back.

    Until that is addressed, of course there are going to be “troubles”. Just like in Northern Ireland. Nobody likes their face shoved in the dirt again and again. It’s human nature to rebel against that. And that is not a bad thing.

  3. Ana Richardson   September 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    That’s what we need… Another retarded article by Hamas troll.

  4. Richard Sanders   September 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Notice how Israels borders expanded as a result of winning a war waged upon Israel by it’s Arab neighbors. Notice how Palestinians keep on poking Israel with sharp sticks. Yes it is pointless rebuilding Gaza, Hamas or a like group will continue to goad Israel. Notice how much more devastation in Gaza compared to the last time. What is the betting that when the next time arises Israel will do an even better job.

    No it is not worth rebuilding Gaza.

  5. Mathew Channer   September 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Anybody with an interest in the Israel/Palestine crisis and how it has developed throughout the 20th century should read Robert Fisk’s “The Great War for Civilization.” A truly breathtaking and tragic account of events in the Middle-East.


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