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David Grossman on the Israel/Gaza conflict

Posted by Adrian on January 14, 2009

I have read articles by David Grossman and have been impressed with his rational measure, especially regarding the conflict between Israel and their Arab neighbours.

Check out his book Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Samson

Below is an exert from an article that he wrote printed in the Guardian newspaper in late 2008:

“Israel’s leaders know very well that, given the state of the Gaza Strip, it will be very difficult to achieve a total, unambiguous military victory. Instead, we are more likely to return to the state of ambiguity we know so well from Lebanon. Israel will then strike at Hamas and get struck, strike and get struck, get caught in all the snares that such a tit-for-tat sets, without achieving any real and vital aims. Despite our military strength, we will be unable to extricate ourselves, and will find that we have been carried away by a tide of violence and destruction.

“So let us stop. Hold our fire. For once, let us attempt to act against our usual reflexes. Against the deadly logic of military power and the dynamic of escalation. We can always start shooting again. The war will not run away, as Barak himself said two weeks ago. If we demonstrate that we can halt, we will not lose international support. We will gain even more if we demonstrate such well-considered self-control, and if we invite the international and Arab communities to intervene and mediate.”

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