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Will We Ever Know What Really Happened During the Hamas Attack on Israel?
As we find out that over 1,400 Israelis have been killed from the Hamas terrorist attack and over 10,000 Palestinians (more than 4,000 of which are children) are dead as a result of the Israeli revenge bombings (disproportionate killings that have led to the mass destruction of the Gaza Strip, which can be seen by comparing before the attacks with the aftermath), we are forced to patiently wait to see if a broader Middle East or global conflict will spawn from the violence. Even if the conflict does stay in the Israel-Palestine-Lebanon-Syria area, which seems unlikely given the cold war tensions rising throughout the world, and a ceasefire agreement is reached, it will just delay the cycle of violence for a future time when superpowers will take sides.
If the Israel-Palestine conflict has the potential to lead us into World War III, what really occurred during the October 7 Hamas attack? Was it simply an intelligence failure, or is there something a little more sinister taking place? Although we cannot be completely confident at this time, there are certainly answers that Americans, Israelis, Palestinians, and citizens of other countries need. There are too many things about the attack that do not make sense.
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For starters, how is it that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad), being one of the most powerful military and intelligence forces on the planet, were not able to detect, deter, and mitigate the Islamic Resistance Movement’s (Hamas) acts of terror? Was this just a matter of incompetence, or did the Israeli government want the attacks to occur for political purposes (or worse, help plan the attack in conjunction with Hamas)? Should the IDF and Mossad be reorganized and defunded since they were unable to protect the Israeli citizens from a low-tech attack?
The IDF has a system of conscription and an active duty force of 169,500, and it has 465,000 members on reserve, with an additional 8,000 paramilitary operators. It also has the Iron Dome, which is a mobile air defense system partially funded by the United States government, that can detect and destroy enemy rockets being launched into Israeli territory. You would think that an annual $23.4 billion per year expenditure, plus a boost from American taxpayers of $3.8 billion per year in defense aid (started by President Barack Obama) and an additional $1.5 billion annually to help maintain the Iron Dome, would yield some kind of positive results. President Joe Biden and the new Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson are proposing an additional $14.3 billion for this year because of the Hamas attack, but I guess the Israeli military just needs more money to battle and prevent attacks from a Hamas army of 30,000 men armed with primitive rockets, equipped with vehicles without armor (pickup trucks), trained in a subpar manner, and operating through tunnels with guerrilla-style tactics. Additionally, the entirety of the Gaza Strip is cut off from the world (currently including food, electricity, and gas), with a blockade on the Mediterranean Sea and a defense wall along the Israeli border. Even if the Israeli soldiers were entering vacation or holiday mode and were taken unaware, the Mossad should have done something.
The Mossad takes up another $3 billion of the Israeli budget, and with its 7,000-member staff and sophisticated intelligence-gathering abilities, it is difficult to think that the second largest espionage apparatus in the world could fail at anything so consequential as an attack from a not-so-powerful terrorist organization. Not only do Mossad agents spy on Americans, as the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does on citizens of allied and enemy nations, and know everything that goes on in the Middle East, but it is very possible that the Mossad knew that the horrific 9-11 attacks were going to happen (see the “Dancing Israelis”). However, it could not see an attack by its regular enemy of Hamas (just like even though the CIA was tracking some of the Saudi hijackers before 9-11, somehow it was not able to stop them, and if the CIA really does monitor all global events, how was it also not aware of the October 7 Hamas attack)?
On top of this, it was said that the Egyptian intelligence services were continuously warning the Israeli government that something was going to occur around Gaza, but the Mossad ignored the warnings and focused on analyzing areas around the West Bank. Is the less sophisticated Egyptian intelligence more competent than the Mossad? Well, there are also reports that the Mossad did know that plots of some sort were brewing and may have been sitting on the information. Did the Israeli government keep the information hidden because it secretly wanted the attack to occur so that it could have an excuse to slaughter Palestinians and begin a process of their removal from the Gaza Strip?
It is difficult for the average American (or Israeli) to understand why his or her government would kill its own citizens or allow terrorist attacks to occur in order to achieve some political goal, and unfortunately, false flag operations run deep throughout history. When people just simply disregard conspiracy theories involving such things without any critical thinking, not only do they do so at their own detriment, but they ignore historical reality. Some people, including a veteran soldier from the IDF, believe that the Israeli government had a hand in creating a scenario where Hamas would attack so that there was opportunity for action.
There is certainly motive for allowing terrorists to kill Israeli citizens. In fact, shortly after the October 7 attack, a “concept paper” was written by the Israeli government showing that its intentions were to force all 2.3 million Gazans toward the Egyptian border and into the Sinai Peninsula. Of course, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed the charges of genocide against the Palestinians and suggested that it was just a proposal and had no serious considerations, but if that is the case, why would such a paper even be written and put in the official record?
Additionally, the Israeli government issued warnings to the citizens of Gaza to move toward the southern half of the strip to avoid the upcoming ground invasion and destruction of their homes. Although the ground invasion has so far been delayed, it does appear that the Israeli government is following the policies in its genocide proposal and attempting to force the people toward the Sinai Peninsula so that it can bomb the northern part of the strip into oblivion. How the majority of Americans (and particularly conservatives) can be onboard with such actions is difficult to understand. At least Israel gave the people a twenty-four-hour deadline, they say. Well, if Russia or China came in and started bombing American cities, I do not think that these people would take too kindly to having their homes destroyed (but Russia and China gave Americans a warning before the bombardment, so it is all good).
Why on earth would the Israeli government want to relocate Gazans? In addition to ridding the nation of Hamas rocket bombardments (which generally do little damage and are very costly to the Palestinian citizenry given the retaliation) and having fresh new land to build Israeli settlements on (like what occurs in the West Bank), there is the possibility of being able to reroute the Ben Gurion Canal, which is a proposed project to rival the Suez Canal and allow for Israeli control over a large swath of global trade (this new canal would be capable of two-way travel and have less maintenance due to being built on rocky instead of sandy soil, and it would allow tourism opportunities to arise on the banks). Currently, the plan moves out of the way to go around the Gaza Strip, but what if Israel could build the canal right through the middle of that land? This would be a real estate opportunity of a lifetime, but it would come at the cost of another Palestinian genocide. This is speculation, of course, but it seems to all add up if you take into consideration the “concept paper,” warning to push Gazans into the southern portions of the strip toward the Sinai Peninsula, and the proposed canal project. These could be coincidences, but given Israeli’s history of forcing Palestinians out of their homes (particularly in the West Bank), we should at least be suspicious and consider sinister intentions.
Even if you consider that Hamas is a terrorist organization, which it is, and is unjustified in killing Israeli citizens, you have to understand the full picture. You can be pro-Palestinian civilians and not anti-Semitic, or even anti-Zionist. In fact, Palestinians are Semites, so if you have hatred toward them, you are just as anti-Semitic as someone who hates Jews. Jews are an ethnicity and religion and not inherently a nation. You can criticize the Israeli government without hating Jews. It is possible to do if you are capable of seeing nuances and not blindly following narratives.
If you would like to condemn Iran for funding Hamas and Hezbollah and say that the Persian nation is the largest supporter of terrorism, you need to consider that the largest terrorist organization in human history is part of the United States government. In fact, the CIA has overthrown possibly a hundred governments worldwide that it does not like, tortured and assassinated people (likely including former American President John F. Kennedy, Jr.), spied on Americans and citizens of almost every nation on earth, experimented on populations for the purposes of mind control, influenced corporate media and reporting on global events, rigged foreign and domestic elections, and been involved in the 9-11 attacks. Before condemning radical Muslim terrorist actions around the world, perhaps we should first look within.
But even if that does not get you thinking deeper on the issue, consider that Hamas, which was an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was created in part by the Israeli government in the first place. At the time, Israel was hoping to counterbalance and perhaps fade out the influence of Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) by allowing Hamas to gain strength. In fact, Israeli Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev acknowledged that his military helped finance the rise of Hamas. Then, by 2006, the organization became a political force to be reckoned with in the Gaza Strip, and it gained a plurality of votes (not a majority). In fact, only 44% of the voting-aged population approved of Hamas at the time, versus 41% support for Fatah. Hamas gained a supermajority (seventy-four to forty-five) of the legislative seats during the election but only squeaked by with the popular vote, and as a result, a civil conflict erupted between Hamas and Fatah for control of the government. Hamas secured control by force and has not allowed for another election since.
Did the people who narrowly elected Hamas know that the organization would shoot rockets into Israeli territory or murder or kidnap innocent Israeli citizens when they cast their ballot? The answer is probably not, but even if so, consider that Hamas is the only organization that stands up for Gazans’ rights in a world that overwhelmingly supports Israel, or at least does nothing when that country evicts Palestinians from their homes or bombs their neighborhoods. If people feel like they have nowhere else to turn (the United Nations does nothing, and the United States is bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby), what do you expect them to do?
Seventeen years ago was the last time that Gazans were permitted to vote, and since a large portion of the population today was too young to vote back then, saying that the civilians are guilty because of who they voted for is not only factually incorrect, but it is to disregard humanity altogether. What if Russia or China said that since Americans voted for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, or Joe Biden (collectively), we all deserve to die in bombings. We should have voted for better candidates, after all, and we would have been spared from violence if only we made different choices on election night. Americans all deserve collective punishment, right? You would probably say that that is not fair and that not all Americans voted for those politicians, and you would be absolutely correct. Whether we live or die should not be determined by our political views or the majority vote of the country in which we live. Otherwise, we will continue being subject to a constant cycle of violence and revenge.
So, why, then, does Israel get a free pass when it bombs Palestinian homes and disproportionally kills civilians? Israel can and probably has a responsibility to take action against Hamas, but it could do so proportionally and send in members of its elite special forces to take out the leadership and those who participated in the murders and kidnappings. The fact that the Netanyahu regime is quick to destroy the Gaza Strip shows that Israel is looking to kill as many Palestinians as possible in revenge attacks.
Will this conflict spill over into other regions? Iranian-supported Hezbollah is fighting the IDF along Israel’s northern border (and near the Golan Heights), and as a result, Israel has bombed Lebanon (and Syria), thus bringing up concerns of a two-front war that will inevitably lead to more violence. The United States military has deployed two aircraft carrier groups (the USS Gerald R. Ford and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower) to the Mediterranean Sea to act as a deterrent (but really act as a bully) against Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthi-controlled portion of Yemen, which has now officially declared war on Israel. More American deployments to the Middle East are in the works, and the never-ending wars in that region continue.
Within the last month, there have been around forty attacks against American soldiers in Iraq and Syria (why does the American Empire still have troops in these countries?) by Iranian-supported groups, and the Biden administration has retaliated with reciprocal attacks against pro-Iranian terrorists operating in Syria. It seems as if all it will take is one wrong move and the entire region will go up in flames, thus possibly leading toward World War III. The war hawks in the United States are salivating over the opportunity to go to war with Iran, and the defense contractors will stand to make a pretty penny on the bloodshed in this conflict, which comes at American taxpayer expense. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will subside any time soon, and even Prime Minister Netanyahu (who is up on corruption charges and is attempting to consolidate power through judicial review, and now, Israelis will forget about that and support him) has declined a ceasefire and has opted to continue destroying as much of Gaza as possible. Americans should think about these things before quickly raising the Israeli flag in support of genocide.
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