In our Arab heritage, the footnote – which is an explanation in the body of the book – may become more important than the original work itself. The footnotes of “Al-Aqsa Flood,” some of which can be captured from the midst of genocide and ethnic cleansing, can be pointed out in the following three snapshots:
First: Armed resistance – like jihad – is not a nihilistic act; Because it has a comprehensive horizon and goals that concern the individual and the group
Was the prostrate martyr facing the Merkava tank – the pinnacle of Israeli and Western military technology – committing an act of nihilism? What was he thinking when he fell prostrating? On the other hand, What was the goal of the Israeli military commander who made the decision to broadcast the tape?
Western politicians and media like to imagine that the armed Palestinian resistance is an ISIS-style nihilistic cadre holding Palestinian society hostage and facing an army with which the balance of material power is completely out of balance. It is an invincible army. Palestinian armed groups are, in fact, multifaceted political movements rooted in the fabric of Palestinian society and its national aspirations. They embody a belief confirmed by decades of Palestinian experience that armed resistance constitutes a central element of the Palestinian liberation project; Because of the structure of the Zionist project itself and its subsequent developments.
Perhaps the prostrate martyr – as he met his Lord satisfied and pleasing – was thinking about future generations of Palestinians who cherish even small victories against impossible odds, and perhaps he was seeing with certainty rather than reality the restoration of Jerusalem. He certainly realizes that the long-term results may not be seen in our lifetime.
From the differentiated perception arose the goal gap between the resistance and Israel. The declared strategic goal of the Israeli government – as presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – was to eliminate Hamas, assassinate its leaders, and prevent it from continuing to rule Gaza. Objectives devoid of any politics, although Israel's failure to anticipate October 7 amounts to a political failure to understand the consequences of a system of violent repression that leading international and Israeli human rights organizations have described as apartheid.
At a time when the Arab countries were indicating that they would no longer defend the Palestinians, Hamas and other resistance factions in Gaza were defending the West Bank and Jerusalem. By launching its “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, Hamas showed that Israel is not an invincible state
The Hamas-led raid shattered myths that said; Israel is invincible, and its citizens' expectations are calm even as the state strangles Palestinian lives. It is true that the Israelis are now more strict; But at the same time, they have become more distrustful of their national leadership after the massive failure in intelligence and battle management, and we do not know yet whether they – or at least a significant sector of them – will lose confidence in the project on which their state was founded?
Israel's goals – as announced by Netanyahu – do not address the goals of the resistance, as presented by Hamas. Hamas has a comprehensive Palestinian perspective, not a Gaza-specific one, and therefore intended October 7 to have transformative effects throughout Palestine. It aimed to connect the areas of Palestine that were separated by Netanyahu’s policies of separating Gaza from the West Bank and Jerusalem. It also sought to restore the Palestinian issue to its priority on the Arab and international agenda, and to liberate the people of Gaza from their prison, in addition to improving the negotiating position with Israel. The resistance believes that nothing can be achieved from the negotiating process without a force that forces Israel to make concessions.
Did Israel deal with the goals put forward by the resistance and the repercussions that resulted from the “flood,” or did it remain trapped in Netanyahu’s policies that ensure his continued rule so that he does not go to prison on corruption charges?
Much of the American establishment supporting the Israeli war assumes that violence emanating from an oppressed society can be eliminated by using overwhelming military force against that society. But even Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, from his experience in Iraq, expressed doubts about this hypothesis, warning that Israeli attacks that kill thousands of civilians risk “driving them into the arms of the enemy and exchanging tactical victory for strategic defeat for Israel.”
Second: Human dignity in the face of economic pragmatism
The writer of these lines claims that the common project among the peoples of the region – as demonstrated by the Arab Spring uprisings – is to achieve human dignity. These peoples are thinking about improving their economic and living conditions; They think of it as an inherent component of human dignity.
But what is proposed by the Arab regimes and their alliances in international capitalism is economic growth, devoid of any symbolic or value considerations.
At a time when it has become an option for Gaza – as a solution to its dilemmas – to be like Dubai; The Palestinian national struggle has become the cause of justice demanded by the disadvantaged around the world. The Palestinian cause has been embraced as an extension of powerful movements for racial, social, and gender justice that have emerged, especially in the United States, since 2020. In 2021, the Black Lives Matter movement issued a statement declaring “solidarity with Palestinians” and opposition to “settler colonialism in all its forms.”
At a time when the Arab countries were indicating that they would no longer defend the Palestinians, Hamas and other resistance factions in Gaza were defending the West Bank and Jerusalem. By launching its “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, Hamas showed that Israel is not an invincible state.
It may seem important to point out that a group of irregulars – numbering in the thousands, besieged and with little access to weapons – is comparable to one of the most powerful armies in the world, supported and armed by the United States and other Western countries.
Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden focused on “normalization” with Arab regimes that were willing to leave Palestinians vulnerable to strict Israeli apartheid.
The uprising taking place now is a restoration of popular interest in the issue again, and an affirmation of one of the components of legitimacy in Arab political systems, but with a new awareness that goes beyond the experience of the nationalist regimes in the 1960s and after, which used the issue to confiscate the peoples’ demand for freedom and political participation. “There is no voice louder than the sound of battle.” “.
A significant sector of the Arab peoples have come to realize the unity of their arenas of struggle. These governments that failed and abandoned the Palestinians are primarily responsible for their impoverishment and poor living conditions. The latter have become part of globalized neoliberal projects that benefit only them and their narrow ruling coalition, but not the people.
The normalization card is no longer reshaping the Middle East. Resistance in all its civil and armed forms is the most important. There are now limits to normalization, even if it is carried out by regimes that are essentially similar to the Israeli entity. The ultimate normalization is an alliance of neoliberal authoritarians, gravediggers of the poor and their bloodsuckers.
This deal was based on three foundations: normalization agreements, recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, and the possibility of peace with the Arabs without recognizing the rights of the Palestinians. The agreements make the opportunity to achieve a just, equitable and sustainable peace almost impossible, but at the same time they removed the normalization card from the Palestinians as a bargaining chip against Israel, and put forward a new concept of peace in the region based on the formula of economics and security. Any physical formula he spends is based on the instincts of hunger and fear.
The plan overturns the principles of the political process between Israel and the Palestinians over the past three decades. It challenges the assumption that; Time is on the side of the Palestinian national endeavor, and over time the international community will force Israel to accept the Palestinian conditions for reaching an agreement, presenting economic interests as a way to reformulate and overlook Palestinian rights.
The current uprising has brought the issue of Jerusalem back to the forefront as one of the most important components of the conflict. Its name is “Al-Aqsa Flood,” as it is a symbol of the conflict. It overthrew the philosophy on which the “Abraham Accords” were based, and affirmed the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their state. Most importantly, it cast a heavy shadow on the possibility of the Zionist entity being part of the collective security arrangements in the region, and affirmed What multiple Arab opinion polls have concluded is that Israel is the primary threat to the region, as its peoples perceive it.
The hearts that yearn for Palestine, cling to Abu Ubaida, and celebrate the prostrate martyr, now have the upper hand over economic pragmatism. This process succeeded in undermining the pragmatic model of the deal of the century, and with it the gap emerged between the position of the governments in the region, which prevailed over the interests of their ruling elite, and the position of its peoples, who renew the meaning of their common Arab and Islamic affiliation, and see the link between Palestinian liberation and their freedom from political oppression, economic exploitation, and subservience to the United States. .
Third: The smaller one is more beautiful
Because we are influenced by modernist thinking; Our aspirations have always been for the strongest, the biggest, the biggest. The purpose of this was to negate the individual man and his social and cultural formations in search of grand patterns that the modern nation-state could deal with.
But since the beginning of the millennium, the role of the individual and small groups that can unite for specific goals and network with smaller groups active at the international level and in their regional surroundings has begun to emerge. The spread of technology and its ability to have small powers have a significant impact on the overall events and developments of an interconnected world.
With advanced military technologies – such as drones – becoming more readily available, smaller players can wield more power and project it more widely than ever before, enabling their choices to influence the world. The spread of social media and the ability of individuals and groups to harness it has contributed to challenging the prevailing narratives of traditional media, which is controlled by big capital and controlled by political interests.
Just look at how shipping companies around the world are forced to reroute their traffic and pay higher insurance rates today; Because the Houthis – Yemeni tribesmen whose power is no match for the United States and its Western coalition – have acquired drones and missiles and have begun disrupting maritime traffic around and through the Red Sea in support of the Palestinians.
Weak parties can fend off strong parties and bring about big changes with the right strategy. “The war in Gaza would be the first war in Israel's history that the military fought and lost. Such a loss would be catastrophic for Israel and deeply damaging to the United States,” noted John Alterman, who holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security.
In today's interconnected world, the war on the Gaza Strip — roughly twice the size of Washington, D.C. — could determine the next president in Washington, D.C.
thus; The flood of resistance –Resisting helplessness, as I wroteIt carries the seeds of a strategic clash between two distinct perceptions and perceptions, embodied in the prostrate martyr and the pragmatist devoid of any value.
Firstly, you are a martyr; Because you are defending your honor, your money, your home, your land, and your sanctities – even if your body is destroyed – and the martyr is alive with his permanent testimony – symbolically and nationally – against those who made the cause. As for the second; You are looking for direct benefit, even if your humanity is exhausted. It is a strategic clash between different schools, approaches, worldviews, and camps, but its essence remains the clash between the heart – that is, the power perceived in the human being of mind and heart – and dehumanized pragmatism.