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For all its barbarity, Israel hasn’t won its war on Gaza

Plus: ‘Everyday our soldiers are killed’ says one of Israel’s former top generals
Issue 2897
Biden and Netanyahu illustrating an article on Israel's war on Gaza

Joe Biden with Binyamin Netanyahu. He’s worried Israel’s war on Gaza isn’t winning (Picture: US Embassy Jerusalem)

After six months of fighting Israeli forces have still not been able to crush the Palestinian resistance. In Gaza and the West Bank Palestinians are still battling against occupation.

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu admitted last Sunday that Israel still hadn’t reached its goal of eliminating the resistance group Hamas.

He claimed that a quarter of Hamas fighters are sheltering in Rafah and said Israel wouldn’t have a victory unless it invaded the area. And, in a vile slur against the Palestinian resistance, he compared the battle against the Palestinian resistance to the fight against Hitler in the 1930s.

“It would be like leaving a quarter of the Nazi terrorist army in Germany and saying, ‘No, we’re not going to finish the last quarter. And we’re not going into Berlin,” he said.

“Our goal in eliminating the remaining terrorist battalions in Rafah goes hand in hand with enabling the civilian population to leave Rafah,” he added.

While Netanyahu has Rafah in his sights, Israeli forces have repeatedly failed to seize other military targets.

Taking al-Shifa hospital in central Gaza has been a military objective for the Zionists since October of last year. In November Israeli forces held the al-Shifa under siege for more than a week. They trapped Palestinian patients and thousands of others who were sheltering inside.

The Israeli army then rampaged through the hospital. Troops withdrew from the hospital shortly afterwards in a temporary truce.

Four months on, and Israeli forces are still conducting deadly raids and bombing the hospital—despite ­claiming that they had pacified the area.

Last Sunday the al-Qassam ­Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, released a video stating that it had killed an Israeli forces commander responsible for the military operation in al-Shifa in November.

The inability of the Israeli state to meet its military objectives echoes the West’s inability to crush resistance during its invasion and occupation of Iraq from 2003 onwards. For years occupying armies were forced out of cities and had to retake them again and again.

Despite Israel boasting that it has one of the most technologically advanced armies in the world, funded by the West, it hasn’t met its military objectives.

It hasn’t been able to seize al-Shifa, return the captives Hamas took on 7 October or completely eliminate Hamas.

This is causing real problems for Netanyahu. United States senate majority leader Chuck Schumer called for new elections in Israel to replace the prime minister. He added that “the Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after 7 October”.

Despite their calls on Israel to ­safeguard civilians, the leaders of the West aren’t bothered by Netanyahu’s murdering of Palestinians.

They are concerned that even with the weapons they have sold Israel, it still hasn’t been able to crush the resistance. And they fear that Netanyahu’s failing war could trigger a rebellion across the Middle East.

‘Everyday our soldiers are killed’—Israeli general

Even one of Israel’s former war generals is saying that Israel is losing its war against Hamas.

Major General Yizkhak Barik wrote that Israel had “already lost the war with Hamas, and we are also losing our allies in the world” in newspaper Maariv last Sunday.

“Everyday our soldiers are killed and seriously injured by booby traps and explosives when they enter houses without any inspection, and without using appropriate measures,” Barik wrote. The former military commander slammed the Israeli chief of staff Herzi Halevi,
saying he was “detached” from reality.

“He lost control of the ground a long time ago, but he started appointing colonels and lieutenant colonels in his likeness,” he said.

“What is happening in the Gaza Strip and against Hezbollah in Lebanon will blow up in our faces sooner or later, and then the truth will be revealed.”

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