The „useful victims“ of Hamas
On May 14, 2018, the inauguration of the US American Embassy in Jerusalem took place, whereby President Donald Trump fulfilled one of his election campaign promises. The announcement of the move from Tel Aviv and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital provoked controversial reactions. „…Therefore, I have determined that it is time to recognize officially Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (…) Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.“
PM Netanyahu repeatedly exhorted in these words: „In order to promote peace, move your embassies to Jerusalem“. Guatemala will move on Wednesday following the appeal, Paraguay will be moving the embassy to the capital in the course of this month… (and did so today!!) Honduras and the Czech Republic are planning to move gradually. The former US American ambassador in Israel, S.E. Dan Shapiro also said that moving the embassy to Jerusalem might help to put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On June 4, 2008, after becoming a presidential candidate, Obama declared to AIPAC: „Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.“ By now what he wanted has become clear, he wanted the votes of Jewish Americans – and he got them, 80% at his first election and 70% at the second.
President Trump obtained only 20% of their votes. So, it is no wonder that 80% of American Jews are against the move. Nevertheless, it is beyond question for them that Jerusalem is the eternal indivisible capital of Israel. But they are afraid that America is thereby endangering its up-to-now important role of mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. President Trump mainly addresses his evangelical and mostly pro-Israeli voters. Election promises are a political matter, and not to keep them is certainly no trivial offense: it means defrauding the voters.
Jerusalem is celebrating. Out of 86 invited delegations, only 32 accepted the invitation. Out of 28 EU members, only the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary accepted. The Austrian ambassador took part in the event at the Foreign Office but was absent from the inauguration itself. This is a typically Austrian solution. Was it due to reasons of state? Was it a EU dictate? A BDS dictate? Or a little bit of both?! How embarrassing!
While in Jerusalem there are celebrations, in the territories of Judea and Samaria there are protests against the Embassy inauguration, though the numbers are much lower than expected. Some 5,000 people marched with green and black flags from Ramallah to the border crossing Qalandyia near Jerusalem. There were individual attacks but no rioting. The border crossings between the territories of Judea and Samaria and Israel remained open all day long.
What the Jewish and Arab inhabitants think of the Embassy’s move and what should be the capital of a Palestinian State when it is established, was a question asked by i24 News. Some of the numbers are astonishing.
The death toll in Gaza was preposterous. The number of participants – around 40,000 – was much lower than the Hamas terrorists expected. To them this probably meant that they had to compensate for the lack of manpower by special aggression.
And here it is, the UN Security Council’s harsh complaint against Israel. No word, not the least remark against the Hamas terrorists, the actual cause of this day’s horrible events. At 4 pm, the Security Council announced that today or tomorrow an initiative by Kuwait would be discussed. The result is known beforehand; the travel expenses should be saved and spent on charitable institutions.
In the morning, Hamas again made financial promises: 100 US$ for anyone nearing the fence, and 1,000 dollars for any break-through. The place and manner of payment was not published. Anyway, where does the money paid in Gaza come from? In Islamic Law, there is the notion of „blood money“ (Diya). That is the money by which the victim’s family is compensated by the perpetrator’s family. The law is still valid in Iran today…
In February, US chief negotiator in the Near East, Jason Greenblatt, already pointed out that the money paid by Iran to the Hamas terror organization only accelerates the spiral of violence and is no help at all to the Palestinians. One billion US Dollars flowed into the terror funds. The Hamas terrorists invested that money exclusively in the construction of tunnels and the purchase of arms. All in order to attack Israel.
At the time, he had already warned the Palestinians not to leave the negotiating table. Now the latter announced that they would no longer accept any contact with the USA. Maybe they have thereby closed the last door that still had a small crack open.
In recent weeks, several Hamas members were arrested. Their detailed interrogation by the Internal secret service confirmed a picture that was long known.
Young people, ideologically misused for years, but also children, women, even invalids, are being sent forward. Their tasks have been known since the beginning of the „protests“. They must by all available means disturb the peace at the border and give the impression that it is a popular rising. Almost any means are allowed. Injuries, even death are condoned. The actual masterminds, in civilian dress, remain in the background. Sometimes, like last Friday, there may be a media-effective picture of one or the other of them. They give their orders by modern communication methods. Between this line and the excitable youngsters, stand the „combatants“. Their time comes once the smoke is thick enough and the breach in the fence big enough. Then they can perpetrate their lethal job in Israel, among the population.
Until now, the IDF was able to prevent any serious break-through into Israel. After fire was opened on IDF soldiers in several instances, the IAF destroyed training camps of Hamas terrorists in the north of the Gaza Strip. Because of the tense situation, the IDF is getting ready to counter missile attacks from the Gaza Strip. Several Iron Domes have been set up along the border.
At 6 pm, the Hamas leadership asked the protesters to leave the border area.
There is hope that the Nakba Day will be more peaceful.
The last day’s terrible balance: 62 dead and far more than 1,000 wounded.
Qui bono? There is only one answer to the question – it helps no one!
© esther scheiner, israel
© translated by: Translations International, Herzliya, firstname.lastname@example.org