Israel Will Keep Gaza…but it can’t keep Israel

Barry Gander
7 min readNov 9, 2023

Zionists have no prospect of long-term dominance in either Gaza or Israel itself.

A not-unexpected announcement from Netanyahu says that Israel will hold on to Gaza after the shooting stops.

His longer-term problem is that the Zionist population of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank will soon fall below that of a Palestinian majority, and will stay below it permanently.

In this reality, holding on to Gaza is a mistake, says former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. It comes because Netanyahu has been “destroyed emotionally” by his massive failure on the Gaza attack and is extending that failure by trying to keep Gaza. What we need instead, says Olmert, is a return to talks on the formation of a Palestinian state — an end game that holds a reward for everyone.

Including a land where Israelis will be outnumbered.

The exact phrase Netanyahu uses to describe the “overall security responsibility” for Gaza is that it will continue for an “indefinite period”.

The declaration is a bit at odds with America’s understanding of what will happen next: “Israel cannot reassume control and responsibility for Gaza,” the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said last week, adding it was his understanding that “Israel has made clear it has no intention or desire to do that”.

It is also at odds with Israel’s defence minister, Yoav Gallant, who has said exactly the opposite: that after the fighting is completed in Gaza, Israel needs to end its involvement in responsibility for life in the territory.

In 2005 when Israel withdrew troops from Gaza in under PM Sharon, it said it had ended its occupation. It was concerned with controlling the intifada — the Palestinian uprising. He removed some 9,000 Israeli settlers who had taken land in Gaza.

Israel has always maintained effective control over 2.3-million people in the small territory. Its military has now encircled Gaza City and is bombing the area intensely. Officials say at least 10,000 people have been killed, including 4,100 children.

UN experts have accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes. The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Volker Turk said “It has…

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Barry Gander

A Canadian from Connecticut: 2 strikes against me! I'm a top writer, looking for the Meaning under the headlines. Follow me on Mastodon @Barry