Came by these articles on Alternet that help place the Gaza conflict in a broader context further illuminating growing evidence that not only was the violence avoidable,but is a partof larger machinations by Israel to grab more land.Why bust up illegal settlements while allowing others to spread? A faked pullout to disguise a big push to expand and cement their homeland? It is well documented that Israel has turned down and sabotaged their own chances for peace intentionally on several occasions.Why? The proof is becoming very damning. Now they seem to no longer care how they are seen, as propaganda becomes increasingly difficult. Israeli Arabs have now been refused the right to be represented with the banning of Arab parties in the Knesset. Will their supreme court knock that down as unconstitutional? The view of Israel as South Africa is further cemented with this further alienation and disenfranchisement of its second class citizens. Israel clearly doesn't care how that looks. Will other rights be removed from Arab Israelis? Will the Arab Israelis and surviing Gazans share the same fate as oppressed minority subjects of a racist,fascist state----to be expelled or exterminated to purify a truly Jewish-only Israel? There is talk that PNA president Abbas may be overthrown. Could a collapse of that government be on the way? Are we witnessing the Final Solution to the "Palestinian Problem" for Zionism? How Israel Used Deception to Justify Its Gaza Aggression by Ira Chernus:All of the suffering in Gaza -- indeed, all of the suffering endured by Palestinians under Israeli occupation for the last eight years -- could have been avoided if Israel negotiated a peace agreement with Yasser Arafat when it had the chance, in 2001.What chance? The official Israeli position is that there was no chance, "no partner for peace." That’s what Israeli leaders heard from their Military Intelligence (MI) service in 2000 after the failure of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at Camp David. Arafat scuttled those talks, MI told the leaders, because he was planning to set off a new round of violence, a second intifada.Now former top officials of MI say the whole story, painting Arafat as a terrorist out to destroy Israel, was an intentional fiction. That’s the most explosive finding in an investigative report just published in Israel’s top newspaper, Ha’aretz, by one of its finest journalists, Akiva Eldar. http://www.alternet.org/audits/119488/how_israel_used_deception_to_justify_its_
This is what Noam Chomsky had to say about the subject recently:
Speaking in Watertown, Massachusetts on December 6, 2009, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky delivered a talk entitled “Gaza: One Year Later.” Source Democracy Now!