Prose of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Kanata in search of arguments to support his story to continue his war on the Palestinians in Gaza stripInvoking ancient Biblical texts was his supportive arsenal to incite religious feelings among the Israeli public.
In a televised speech on Wednesday, October 25, Netanyahu summoned “Isaiah prophecyIn the context of his endeavor to continue the war of extermination on the Gaza Strip, he said, “We are the children of light while they are the children of darkness, and light will triumph over darkness.”
Netanyahu added, “We will fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. You will no longer hear about devastation in your land. We will be a reason for honoring your people. We will fight together and we will achieve victory.”
He also invoked another religious text, when he said, “You must remember what Amalek did to you, as our Holy Book tells us. And we remember that already, as we fight with our brave soldiers and divisions who are now fighting in and around Gaza and in all other areas of Israel.”
Amalek and ironing consciousness
The word Amalek refers to a tribe of nomadic Bedouins who inhabited the Sinai Peninsula and southern Palestine, and in Jewish culture it came to mean “the height of physical and spiritual evil.”
That is why we read in the first book of Samuel, “Go and fight against the Amalekites. Completely destroy them, them and all that they have. Do not spare them. Kill all the men and women and children and infants, and kill their oxen and their flocks and their camels and their donkeys, and fight against them until they are consumed.”
It seems that the term “cauterization” was used by former Israeli Army Chief of Staff Gen Moshe Yaalon The first one to use it, it fits this description perfectly.
This term refers to the use of tyrannical force in fierce revenge against resistance forces, by implementing policies of collective punishment against civilians, shedding blood, destroying homes on the heads of their owners, and bringing life back centuries.
This term also includes the use of a policy of siege and humiliation, eliminating sources of livelihood, preventing freedom of movement, preventing health services, and launching arrests and torture, in an attempt by the occupation army to psychologically defeat the Palestinian and make him feel helpless so that he can surrender to the status quo.
Justification for the war of extermination
Since the occupation leaders were always trying to confirm the saying that the Israeli army “is the most moral army in the world,” they resorted to these biblical statements to justify their war in Gaza and consider it a “moral war” aimed at exterminating “a group of gangs that do not understand the meaning of humanity.”
However, Rabbi Manes Friedman – perhaps he was more reconciled with himself – when he spoke frankly about what he called “the values of the Torah” or the “Jewish way” in moral warfare, rejecting what he called “Western ethics” in war.
He said the only way to fight a moral war was the Jewish way: “Destroy their holy places, kill their men, women, children, and livestock.”
He continued that these are the values of the Torah that will make the Israelis “the light that shines for the nations suffering defeat because of this destructive (Western) morality that man invented,” and he affirms that it is the method that constitutes “the only real deterrent to getting rid of the Palestinians’ persistence and continued resistance.”
Gentiles in the Torah
These were not the statements of the Israeli Minister of Heritage Amichai Eliyahuin which he called for dropping a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip and rebuilding the settlements there, outside the context of Talmudic thought. Rather, it expresses a large current that permeates Israeli society and has influence within political decision-making circles.
This trend – led by distorted biblical teachings – justifies violence against what it calls “gentiles” from non-Jews, expelling them from what they claim to be the Land of Israel, or killing them. These gentiles have no choice but extermination or displacement, according to their beliefs.
In his book “The Holy Crime,” Dr. Issam Sakhnini stated that the Zionist extermination discourse used the Torah and its books to legitimize its crimes and practices in Palestine.
Despite the stark contradiction between Zionism as a secular movement and the Torah as a religious text, the former exploited Jewish law in order to achieve its colonial ambitions in Palestine.
Israeli officials believed this idea, so this David Ben-Gurion The first prime minister of Israel says that “there must be continuity from Joshua bin Nun to the Israeli army.” And Joshua – in their belief – had committed genocide, according to the texts of the Old Testament.
The conversation leads us to a recently released song titled “Children of the Victory Generation” It is a modified version of the song “Evils”, written by the late Israeli Haim Guri.
This song does not seem to be outside the general political context in Israel, whose leaders call for the extermination of the population in Gaza, as this song is performed by a group of children, in which they urge the occupation soldiers to exterminate everything in Gaza, and its words include an explicit call for genocide.
Geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen commented on the song’s lyrics, saying, “Americans need to understand that Zionism is a racist and genocidal ideology, just like any other movement or sect of racial superiority.”
Recent Israeli history is full of many massacres and massacres carried out against Palestinians over the course of decades. For example, but not limited to, Israeli military historian Aryeh Yitzhaki states that “in just one year, between 1948 and 1949, Israeli forces committed more than 10 major massacres” against Palestinians. The population of the Earth, but these massacres were rarely described at the political level as a war of extermination.
In the first days of the current aggression on Gaza, the Israeli Minister of Defense announced Yoav Galant He ordered the imposition of a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, and stressed that for the Strip’s population of 2.3 million people, this translates into “no electricity, no food, no water, and no gas. We will suspend everything.”
The Israeli Ministry of Defense also announced that it had ordered an “immediate” cut off of water supplies to Gaza, and Israeli Infrastructure Minister Yisrael Katz issued a decision to “immediately cut off water and energy from the Gaza Strip.”
These provisions were literally applied to the population in the Gaza Strip, as the imposed siege and the policy of displacement, thirst and starvation in light of continuous bombing resulted – so far – in the martyrdom of more than 13 thousand Palestinians.
These blatant extermination laws were not affected by the exposure of hundreds of thousands of residents to the risk of famine in light of a major humanitarian crisis, a severe shortage of food supplies, and an interruption in drinking water, in addition to the spread of diseases and the absence of shelter.
Here, the Mediapart website points out in an article that the term “genocide” has proven its political dimensions and has become synonymous with what the Israeli army is committing in the Gaza Strip, and indicates the liberalization of tongues in the West and the beginning of the use of the term on a broader scale among politicians, researchers, and others.