Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has written an op-ed piece for the Jerusalem Post in which he refers to the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in making a case for 'flattening' Gaza.
Sharon: "We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too."
Since Gazans failed to exercise their democratic options in accordance with Sharon's preferences they must be made to suffer - "The residents of Gaza aren't innocents, they elected Hamas... they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences."
You will know when Israel has won according to Sharon when you hear the following... "A Tarzan-like cry that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated."
There are shades of genocide in his final sentence: "This needs to end quickly – with a bang, not a whimper."
Sharon isn't a lone psychopath... quite a few ultra-nationalists in Israel would likely endorse his blitzkrieg solution. Many likewise seem determined not to feel guilty about the human suffering in Gaza because that just gets in the way of what they would like to see happening. After all you can't be queasy about incinerating babies while engaged in "reformatting" - a term used by Israel's Minister of Front Defense, Avi Dichter. It is a cold, rather clinical term. Dichter explained that Gaza needs to be reformatted "like a computer hard drive."
It must take guts to fly over an open-air prison like Gaza with no air defences to speak of and drop bombs on homes that contain women and children along with that elusive "militant" you want to nail. What brave warriors. The IDF even tweeted a picture of Ahmed al-Jabari after they incinerated his vehicle in an airstrike. The strike occurred following the IDF lie that they were compliant in a truce. The word "eliminated" was pasted right under al-Jabari's photo in an IDF tweet. What tough guys... what heroes!
No, the Israelis aren't going to feel even a little guilty this time. A YouTube video of a nationalist rally in Tel Aviv shows warmongers chanting "Nakba! Nakba! We did Nakba to you!". They aren't guilty.... they are proud of ethnic cleansing, just the way Gilad Sharon seems mad keen on the prospect of annihilating Gaza.
Sharon isn't the only public voice making dire statements about what needs to happen to the people of Gaza. Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai is reported as saying: "We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water." Who gave these people weapons anyway?
It reminds me of that other advocate of extreme solutions, the late Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. During the last Israeli onslaught on Gaza - Operation Cast Lead - Eliyahu cited something called "Jewish war ethics" in calling for the carpet bombing of Gaza. His son Shmuel Eliyahu even had a sort of numerical system worked out for eliminating Gazans:
If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.
During a visit to a Jerusalem yeshiva chief rabbi Eliyahu told the students that the life of one yeshiva student wasn't worth the lives of a thousand Arabs. I'm sure Gilad Sharon and chief rabbi Eliyahu would have seen eye-to-eye on a lot of things.
All this "reformatting" talk and talk of 'flattening' people trapped in a ghetto-type prison is starting to jog the memory... but let's not go there.
Meanwhile captain drone, Barack Obama, repeats the mantra that the "US is fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself." Perhaps he should consider rephrasing that as the "US is fully supportive of Israel's right to commit war crimes" - especially if Gilad Sharon's "solution" gets any traction.
One man who saw where things were headed was Albert Einstein. This excerpt from a speech in New York, 1938, makes it clear where he stood:
I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. …the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power….I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain – especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks…
At a later date, January 1946, he gave testimony at the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, which was examining the Palestine issue. When asked about the need for a Jewish state Einstein replied: "... The state idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed. It is connected with many difficulties and narrow-mindedness. I believe it is bad."
In 1948 Einstein co-signed a letter to the New York Times that protested the visit of Manachem Begin to the US. When he was contacted by the New York based representatives of the militant Zionist group Lehi seeking his support, he wrote back "I am not willing to see anyone associated with those misled and criminal people." The original type-written letter with Einstein's signature - in which he refers to a "final catastrophe" still exists... check it out here.