I have for these last ten years on this blog been writing that the ultimate goal of right-wing Zionism has always been the creation of a Greater Israel that would ultimately incorporate the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and even south Lebanon up to the Litani River if they thought they could get away with it. I have written over the years that it has never been the intention of Israel to allow any form of Palestinian state to exist. Talks about a ‘two state solution’ and ‘Palestinian sovereignty’ have only ever been conducted by Israel in order to appease the West, particularly the US, in order to ensure the continuing flow of aid and support to Israel. There has been an endless parade of ‘talks’ about ‘peace’ over the years. They have included the Jarring Mission, the Rogers Plan, the Reagan Plan, the Oslo Accords, the Wye River Memorandum, the Camp David Summit, the Taba Summit, the Elon Peace Plan, the Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement, the Arab Peace Initiative, the Road Map to Peace, the Madrid Conference, the Hebron Protocol, the Annapolis Conference, the Beirut Summit, the Peace Valley Plan, etc., all of which have been going on for years and none of which – not one – have amounted to anything, and all the time while these talks and negotiations have been going on, Israel has slowly and insidiously permeated its way onto lands that do not belong to them.
Some Israeli Zionists now believe they are close to their goal if only they could get Netanyahu to cross the point of no return in the Gaza Strip. One extreme right-wing Zionist, Martin Sherman of the Israel Institute of Strategic Studies Zionist think tank, has gone so far as to pen in one of Israel’s most nationalistic papers, The Jerusalem Post, an article in which he suggests that “the only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region”. This should leave no doubt in anybody’s mind what Israel’s true intentions ultimately are.
And Sherman is not alone in coming out with what the Zionists really wish to achieve. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Israel will need to overthrow Hamas and reoccupy the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, another extreme right-wing Zionist, is calling for the government to go forward to “victory” and to “demilitarise” the Gaza Strip which effectively means permanent occupation though he hasn’t quite gone as far as suggesting transfer of Palestinians – at least not yet.
Netanyahu is playing his cards close to his chest. Despite some 95% of Israelis have succumbed to the relentless propaganda and who now support the war against Hamas, and Obama conceding to Israeli requests for more ammunition, Netanyahu is clearly not entirely convinced that America will support an all-out push to finish off Hamas and is certainly not sure what the world-wide repercussions would be if Israel were to reoccupy the Gaza Strip on a permanent basis.
They’re not there yet, and I hope they never will, but the intent is there as it always has been. For now, though, only time will tell what Netanyahu’s up to.