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Killing for Votes in Gaza

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hassan Hanizadeh

The relentless attacks on the residents of the Gaza Strip, which have so far led to the martyrdom of about 300 people and hundreds more injured, including women and children, seem to be a show of force by Israeli leaders who are attempting to give the appearance that they are tough on Palestine in order to gain more votes in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Certain regional and international events, such as the so-called interfaith dialogue in New York, which a number of Arab leaders attended along with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s visit to the United States, and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s visit to Egypt, show that the Zionist regime had planned the latest offensive long ago.

The objective of the barbaric attack is to crack down on the Palestinian resistance movement in order to physically eliminate Hamas and deliver power back to the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli war minister Ehud Barak, who will probably be one of Livni’s most serious challengers for the post of prime minister in the next Israeli parliamentary election, is the main architect of the wide-scale attack on Gaza, and he surely wants to use the bloody campaign as a winning card in the election.

In the short run, such attacks may deal a heavy blow to Gaza residents, but the Palestinian resistance movements will eventually regroup for a serious confrontation with the Zionist regime’s army.

At the end of the day, the Zionist regime will have to pay a heavy price for the attack on Gaza. The wave of violence will spread throughout the occupied territories and undermine all Israel’s efforts to strike a deal with the Palestinian Authority and Arab states.

Zionist officials wrongheadedly believe they can sacrifice Palestinians for electoral gains, but their efforts will surely backfire, and they will be the biggest losers again, as was the case after the attacks on Gaza City in 2000.

In that year, Israel faced an international outcry over the Gaza onslaught, and inside occupied Palestine, the Hamas resistance fighters took up arms and caused serious security problems for the Zionist regime.

Undoubtedly, the Israeli army will experience many casualties as a result of the attack on Gaza, and the wave of violence will spread across Palestine, including the territories occupied in 1948.

Source: http://www.tehrantimes.com/

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