Israel-Palestinian Conflict Timeline & Analysis
Section: Middle East
The Israeli-Palestinian 45 year conflict continues with both sides adopting similar strategies for 45 years. Most agree the solution must be that the Palestinians need a homeland and Islam requires sharing of areas where both have sacred sites. Most also agree that Israel requires security that cannot be assured just by its superior military force but by a fundamental change in the policies, hearts and minds of the Islamic countries that surround it. Thus far, wise leadership has not prevailed over militarism, nationalism, racism and terrorism. Each time Israel attacks and kills innocents, the Palestinian militants know that new recruits will be lining up to join their causes and most of the world will condemn Israel. Thus, one recurrent pattern has been militant attacks on Israel countered by stronger attacks by Israel’s military which breed more hostility on both sides. Israel then becomes more fearful of future attacks and imposes more sanctions on the Palestinians which in turn creates more Palestinian hostility and Palestinian militants.
Internationally, most agree there is only one possible solution. Both sides must begin to show concern for the other and work toward solutions that end the frustrations and indignities of the Palestinians that fuel the militancies and in return Israel must see a reduction in threats to its security.
Jan 2012 For over a decade Israel continues to block air and sea trade with Gaza which Palestinians view as a violation of prior agreements but Israel argues that continued militancy prevents them from lifting the blockade. More recently, Palestinians have refused to engage in peace talks until Israel halts its settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians views as their homeland.
The WashingtonPost reports that Gaza rockets hit sourthern Israel for three days straight.
LA Times reports that Palestinians seek elevated status from observer entity to nonmember state at the United Nations which could allow the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court, which has previously rejected their complaints against Israel.
In the past, the Palestinian Authority has attempted to become a full member state but this action was blocked by the Obama administration. A vote for non-member status doesn’t require U.N. Security Council approval. A call from President Obama over the weekend to the President of the Palestinian Authority on the 10-11th weekend isn’t successful in halting the bid. The U.S. and Israel issue threats of financial sanctions such as withholding tax revenues. Israel began lobbying European Nations to reject the Palestinian Authority bid.
Israel newspapers state that Israel will topple the President of the Palestinian Authority over his attempt to obtain nonmember status for the Palestinian Authority YNet News, Jerusalem Post and this is also confirmed by US sources.
Militant Hamas leader Ahmed el-Jabar is killed in an Israeli air-strike.
Palestinians say 15 dead, 118 wounded in 20 attacks along the Gaza strip as part of what Israel refers to as operation “Pillar of Defense.” The article provides a detailed timeline.
The Daily Beast explains why they believe Israel started the war and gives statistics on the relative numbers of lives lost by each side. They argue a military solution is not possible. The conclusion is
“Why, then, would Israel choose to revert to a failed strategy that will undoubtedly only escalate the situation?”
A second Daily Beast Editorial by Gershon Baskin gives a detailed analysis of the situation and argues the killing of Ahmed al-Jabari a known militant leader was a mistake as he may have been able to broker a peace deal.
Only one US ally, the Netherlands, states it won’t support the Palestinian bid for nonmember status.
November 17th Israeli newspaper time line for the day. Three Israelis and 35 Palestinians have died so far.
A New York Times Editorial argues that peace looks doubtful because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focuses on security, continued settlement building and rejects the two state solution.
War propaganda starts to appear in Israeli newspapers. An editorials appear in The Jerusalem Post arguing that Palestinians not involved in the rocket attacks deserve to die more that Southern Israelites.
The Daily Beast reports that eight reporters were injured by an Israeli rocket targeting Hamas communication devices which raises questions about whether Israel is following standard conventions to protect journalists.
CBC reports the Palestinian death toll reaches a hundred as Egypt seeks a Gaza truce. The Israeli death toll remains at three. CBS reports that the Palestinian death toll rose because Israel targeted homes of militants.
World leaders call for a cease fire. Over 700 Palestinians are wounded including 200 children.
Turkey labels Israel a Terrorist State. Turkey has not been happy with Israel who has never apologized for nine Turkish citizens killed while associating with Palestinian activists in 2010.
A State Department Press Briefing announces that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made calls to Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr, Jordanian King Abdullah. On Saturday, she talked on this subject to Egyptian Prime Minister Qandil after his visit to Gaza. She talked to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French Foreign Minister Fabius before their scheduled travel to the region today. She also talked to Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu and Qatari Prime Minister Hamid bin Jasim Al Thani.
The State Department also said they had been in contact with the Palestinians. They also said
“The Egyptians have been playing a leading role in trying to get this de-escalated. We’ve been supportive of those efforts. We’ve been in close contact with them at all levels – Morsi, Qandil, Amr, et cetera.”
In response to the following question
“Okay. But Gaza is fast sliding into a catastrophic humanitarian situation. Are you prepared to aid Gaza directly or to take some sort of urgent measures to alleviate the suffering, perhaps lifting the blockade?”
The State Department said
“The most important urgent matter is to de-escalate this conflict on both sides to – including the fact that Hamas is still firing rockets into Israel.”
Several questions were not answered
“Okay. For the second day straight, the Israelis bombed a Shuruq media tower and killed and injured some people that are not affiliated with Hamas or Hamas militants. According to Protocol I, Article 79 of the Geneva Convention, that is a war crime. Do you concur?”
" I’d like to ask about your – the conversations you’re having with Israel about this. Isn’t there – are you not at any point asking them to sort of maybe rein things in? There is an issue of proportionality here. I mean, I think we had something like 1,350 targets in Gaza have been struck by the Israelis as opposed to 570 rockets that were struck into southern Israel."
“I mean, there is a difference there, isn’t – the difference there, but – and also about the technology that’s being used. Could you tell us whether the U.S. is asking Israel to at least have a proportionate response to these attacks?”
CNN polls that election results suggest are somewhat skewed toward Republicans, finds most Americans believe attacks against Palestinians are justified. This poll, however, is not so much an opinion poll as it is a complacency poll or an indicator of the effectiveness of war propaganda in the US.
A large number of reports from U.S. allies also attack the status of the Palestinian Authorities President who wants to make a bid for U.N. nonmember status on the 29th. For example, The New York Times gives a report that attempts to completely discredit the President of the Palestinian Authority and his attempt to apply for non-member U.N. status on the 29th. It’s clear that the administration and Israel would like to see the President replaced with someone who doesn’t want to make the UN bid. The article concludes by suggesting that both Israel and Hamas would like to see the Palestinian Authorities leadership derailed.
With talk of a cease-fire, alleged Hamas gunman kill six alleged Israeli spies.
Aljazeera argues that Islamic outrage at Israel’s attempts to “crush” the resistance have lead to atrocities that outrage the Arab world. The story argues that Israel’s aggression will lead to publicity about the untenable conditions in Gaza and lead to Israeli concessions. However, others argue that Israeli will view any concessions as giving into militancy.
VOA reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and is expected to see Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah today before flying to Cairo for talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Some sources report that Gaza may also be asking for a time line for the lifting of the six year Israeli blockade of Gaza.
The Nation reports on the absurd response of MSNBC to the conflict.
The U.S. blocks a U.N. resolution for a cease fire claiming the resolution is too one-sided against Israel.
The Economist breaks down all the shocking causalities from this war and others in the Middle East.
The Huffington Post has a great report about the Israelite citizenry being kept from seeing the true Gaza strip.
Glenn Greenwald for the Guardian makes a strong argument why explains why the status quo is what the Netanyahu-led government wants and that is why the blockade that stifles Gaza strip economic development has continued.
Thus, far 136 Palestinian have been killed and five Israeli lives have been lost.
A Hamas militant bus bombing wounds 27 Israelites in Tel Aviv.
News sources report a truce between Hamas and Israel that will begin at 2pm EST where Clinton and Egypt will manage the talks. President Obama issued two statements
“President Obama spoke to President Morsi today. The President thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal. President Morsi expressed appreciation for President Obama’s efforts in this regard.
President Obama and President Morsi agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza.
President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi’s commitment to regional security. "
In a second statement, President Obama said
“President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security.”
The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians."
The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem."
The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself."
The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs."
No thanks were issued to the President of the Palestinian Authority.
The asymmetry of the reporting is obvious. In fact, most stories linked to in this report, which represent the most insightful analyses The Impartial Review News could find, only report one side or the others body count and not both.
The central role of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. bid has been ignored in the press. It’s likely that if Clinton succeeds in her attempts to bring about a truce, a central issue will be the U.N. bid and it’s also seems likely that the bid played a role Israel’s recent military escalation.
Israel clearly feels they need strong control over Gaza for its own security and Gaza as a UN nonmember state could go to court and lift Israel’s blockade and even charge Israel with war crimes. However, a wise man might argue that if you grab an ice cube with too much force, it will slip away from you. A blockade that allows economic development in Gaza while allowing Israel to inspect goods for weapon may be the best solution to the current crisis but if the Palestinian Authority believes they can get more from becoming a nonmember state, then the conflict could become protracted because the U.S. and Israel would attempt to make a strong case that a Gaza entrance to the US would great an endless war. No a very strong argument, given 45 years of conflict but one that will certainly be made.
by Todd Miller
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