Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his government ministers – as reported by Hebrew media – of the transition to the “third phase” of the war on Gaza, for a period of six months. With the aim of “security control” of the Gaza Strip (as he put it).
In practice, entering into this new phase means the failure of the “ground attack” – which began two months ago – to achieve control over the Gaza Strip, a withdrawal and retreat, a redeployment of Israeli forces, and the demobilization of thousands of soldiers. He also refers to limiting the aerial bombardment of “civilians” and stopping ground operations, which cause heavy losses, depleting the occupation army of soldiers and equipment.
Control the land
“Netanyahu” has not stopped – since the beginning of the war – 110 days ago – repeating his aggressive statements, on an almost daily basis, about Israel’s adherence to “security control” of the Gaza Strip, the day after the war, “after the destruction of Hamas”… as stated in A statement issued by his office following his telephone conversation (last Friday) with US President Joe Biden. While prominent Israeli leaders and generals, and Western politicians, agree on the impossibility of “destroying Hamas,” and that security control over the Gaza Strip is not possible in light of the failure of the Israeli army to occupy Gaza, or to control the land there.
British peace plan
On what basis is Netanyahu building his vision, or this daydream, of “security control” of the Gaza Strip? The transition to the third phase of the war on Gaza coincides with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron’s marketing of a peace plan, which is based – as he told Al Jazeera – on a “temporary humanitarian truce” for the exchange of hostages, the dismantling of resistance missiles, the exit of Hamas from the “Gaza Strip,” and the handing over of its affairs to the administration. A new Palestinian (assuming security control for Israel). It is known that British policy is always subordinate to American positions, or driven by them, within the game of role distribution. A few days ago, US President Joe Biden spoke of a cloudy Palestinian state without sovereignty, army, or armament. European foreign policy official Josep Borrell also proposed an initiative to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, devoid of a ceasefire! Noting that the European role is not effective enough.
Malicious political maneuvers
It appears that the American, British and European proposals are consistent with Netanyahu’s position, which completely rejects a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. These initiatives, then, are nothing but malicious political maneuvers for the purpose of stripping Hamas of the prisoners’ card, the Palestinian resistance of the victory it achieved, and for Israel to win the war, through politics rather than military failure. What follows is the extraction of Israeli prisoners from Gaza, the continued killing of civilians in the Gaza Strip using the infernal Israeli war machine, and political pressure to disarm the resistance and remove it from the Gaza Strip and from the Palestinian equation as a whole.
Kissinger and the ban on oil exports to the Americans
These initiatives biased towards Israel, aiming to liberate the prisoners, after Netanyahu’s failure to liberate them by force, bring to mind the first visit to Cairo, made by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1923-2023), during the October War of 1973. The most important concern was During this visit to Cairo (November 9, 1973), Kissinger wanted to lift the Arab oil embargo on the West, and he asked the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (1970-1981) to intervene in this matter, which is what happened later in the visit.
The Arab oil-exporting countries had decided to ban the export of oil to the United States of America and the Western countries that support Israel, in solidarity with Egypt and Syria in their war against the Zionist entity… at a time when there was an “Arab position,” which is absent now.
A reproduction of Yasser Arafat's exit from Beirut
Also, these malicious plans or attempts for Hamas to leave Gaza and disarm it are a reproduction of the process of the exit of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar), from Beirut, where the Palestinian resistance had been officially present in Lebanon since 1969, and was carrying out its activities against Israel, according to an agreement sponsored by him. The late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956-1970). After the signing of the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel in 1978, and the peace treaty between them in 1979, Israel was determined to force the resistance out of Lebanon, so it invaded the capital, Beirut, and besieged it for 88 days. Under Western pressure, the matter ended with Arafat leaving for Tunisia, and the resistance men to Syria. These events – Kissinger's effort to lift the oil embargo, and the departure of Arafat and the resistance from Lebanon – confirm that the West always cares about its interests and the desires of the Zionist entity, and does not care about anything else.
An unrepeatable experience
Restoring the experience of removing Arafat from Beirut may not be able to be repeated in Gaza with the leaders of the Hamas movement. This is because the movement controls politically and militarily (the Qassam Brigades, along with the Jihad Brigades, and others) over the Gaza Strip… while in the case of Arafat, the resistance was hosted by Lebanon, so replicating the experiments, whatever they may be, always requires the availability of the same environment and conditions surrounding the experiment, which is not the case. In the case of Gaza. Passing such plans – or tricks, it makes no difference – is based on the balance of power on the ground and the will of the warring parties. It is true that the balance of military power is strongly tilted in favor of the Israeli occupation (in numbers, equipment, and technological excellence).
The will to resist
The “resistance” possesses a very strong will, and its men are driven by a powerful spiritual force, an incentive to fight, and a desire for victory or martyrdom, which made it inflict painful defeats on the occupation army, which is ranked highly globally. So far, at least, it prevents the Zionist entity from taking security control over the “Gaza Strip.” Inevitably, malicious Western political tricks will fail, such as Cameron's plan to strip the resistance of its hostages and weapons, and expel it from Gaza.
Victory and glory for the resistance… and peace for the souls of the martyrs.