Paul Eisen

Paul Eisen

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall by Norman Finkelstein

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel has just suffered a historic defeat.
One only had to watch the international news coverage.

BBC persisted in its typically awful reportage on the Israel-Palestine conflict during Israel’s latest rampage.

But tonight it had to acknowledge that the people of Gaza were out in the streets celebrating.

It desperately sought some “balance” by positing that “some people in Israel are probably also celebrating.”

Fat chance.

CNN aired Christiane Amanpour’s “exclusive” interview with Khaled Meshal.

Despite, or perhaps because of, her silly histrionics (“What do you want?” she tearfully pleaded), Meshal came across as remarkably articulate.

It could not have failed to register even on the terrifyingly stupid Abu Mazen that the PA Comedy Hour will soon be cancelled.
Meshal also explicitly endorsed a settlement on the June 1967 border, which won’t please the BDS/One-State cultists.

CNN then televised the Israeli news conference of Netanyahu, Lieberman and Barak.

They looked like three sixth-graders called down to the Principal’s Office, counting the minutes until the humiliation was over.

Israel suffered a double defeat.

Its announced goal when it went into Gaza was to restore its “deterrence capacity.”

But at the end of the day its deterrence capacity had been drastically reduced:

The once mighty Israeli army that caused the whole Arab/Muslim world to tremble could not even defeat the impoverished and weaponless tiny enclave of Gaza.

Israel demanded an unconditional and unilateral secession of Hamas “rocket” attacks.

But Israel had to accept a mutual ceasefire. It also had to make promises regarding the siege of Gaza.

It is highly improbable that anything will come of these Israeli promises, but still, Israel could not unilaterally impose its will.

Let it, finally, be said:

In praise of the ever-martyred but ever-heroic and ever-renascent people of Gaza.

May they live to see the full brightness of dawn.


  1. Isn't it interesting that the only Iranian newscaster that works in American television is a Christian. Christians are a small minority in Iran.

  2. I dissent on a few points. Obviously we need something to celebrate so the cease-fire (which Finkelstein more or less predicted) is worth drumming up, as he does. On the other hand, the Israelis possess overwhelming military and technological superiority. They can holocaust Lebanon or Gaza (or Iran) at any time and no government would stop them. What restrains them is the Internet, the Arab Spring that produced a new Egypt, and the Turks who are trying to prove their Islamic credentials while flattening the Kurds, and the Alawaites and Christians of Syria. However, if the meshugenah Shas party gets a greater hold over the Israeli government (just as the frum are filling the ranks of the Israeli army), we may yet see a return to the more reckless military policy of massacres of Arabs. Had Romney been elected we might have been witnessing such overkill this week. And let us remember that 200 some Palestinians have been killed in the last ten or fifteen days, and at least 3 Israeli civilians, so any celebration must be tempered by those deaths.