This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about “restoring Israel’s deterrence,” as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”
More than 700 Palestinians killed, mostly civilian including children, by the Israeli war machine because Hamas rockets killed about dozen Israelis, some of those soldiers. The message is not only to Palestinians that they are a defeated people, but to all Arabs and Muslims. Unfortunately defeatism has inhibited our consciousness and became a way of life witnessing such atrocities as silent bystanders.