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The War Of The Feast “Joy Of Torah”

The New War in Gaza: An Existential Threat to Israel's Democracy

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Hamas’s hatred of Israelis overrides their love for their own citizens and is poor material for constructing a national home. (Photo: Supplied)

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On the day Israel marks the fiftieth anniversary of its surprise attack in the Doomsday War, the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas suddenly launched a war from Gaza against the Jewish state on the Joy of the Torah holiday and massacred the Jewish population in southern Israel. The war, which began on October 7, 2023, showed that the danger was not to Israel’s democracy, as the opposition claimed, but to its existence.

The struggle for democracy since the November 2022 Knesset elections has weakened Israel’s national immunity. This struggle signaled to the terrorists that Israel had become so weakened that a favorable environment for attacking it had been created. It turns out that the main danger to Israel and its democracy comes not from the “wrong” government, but from Israel’s undemocratic enemies, who want neither democracy nor a Jewish state.

This operation against Israel must have been in preparation for a very long time, with intensive consultation of terrorist leaders, and careful planning for an attack on Israeli territory under Iranian patronage. Iran has long been preparing an attack on Israel, which has been promised by the Ayatollahs for years.

Hamas, which is leading the fight against Israel to “grant the Palestinians the legitimate right to establish their independent state” at the expense of the Jewish state, receives weapons and instructions from Iran, which fears a peace treaty between Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States.

Iran’s calculation that Israeli military action in Gaza against Hamas might prevent the conclusion of this treaty probably makes sense. For Hamas, the conclusion of this peace treaty and the accession of other Islamic and Arab states to the peace treaty means the removal of the “Palestinian problem” from the agenda of the Sunni Arab and non-Arab world. Reducing the relevance of the “Palestinian problem” also hinders Iran, because it lessens the significance of the harm that the “Zionist entity” is doing to the “Palestinian Arabs” and removes the reason for attacking Israel.

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In 1973, Israel’s intelligence had a “concept”: Egypt and Syria would not attack Israel because it would be disadvantageous to them. Fifty years later, Israel’s intelligence had a “concept”: Hamas would not go to war against Israel because it would not be favorable to it, since an attack on Israel would threaten its power in Gaza.

The 1973 “concept” was based on the fact that Egypt and Syria are independent countries and therefore they make decisions according to their state interests, but those state interests were misunderstood. The error in such calculations stems from the Western way of thinking: peace is preferable to war. The Middle East has its own rules of the game.

The 2023 “concept” is based on Hamas being driven by its own interests. It does not take into account its vassal dependence on Tehran’s policies. And, of course, neither for Iran nor for Hamas is peace preferable to war. Moreover, “jihad,” war against the “infidels” and “occupiers,” is more important and necessary than reconciliation with the “Zionist entity.”

When politicians say that the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is to create two states for two peoples, do they realize which states and which peoples they are talking about?

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The history of the conflict, borne out by the new war, shows that from Hamas’s point of view, it is not about two states, but a choice between two states: either Israel or a Palestinian Arab state. The Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist movement is not, in its purest form, a national liberation movement for the establishment of a state. It is a movement for the destruction of another state, the Jewish state.

As a nation, the Palestinian Arabs were formed as a challenge to the Israelis, not through national self-assertion, but as opponents of the Jewish people. In the form of Hamas, they are more preoccupied with denying the Israelis than with their own nation-building. Their hatred of Israelis overrides their love for their own citizens and is poor material for constructing a national home.

The motive of the new war is one state for one people, a Palestinian state for the Palestinian Arab people instead of a Jewish state for the Jewish people.

The day of the Joy of Torah holiday, October 7, 2023, was one of the most unhappy days in Israel’s history. The murder of hundreds of Israelis by Hamas militants reminded fellow citizens of those killed that they and their state wanted to be destroyed, that the conflict with Palestinian militants was not territorial but existential.

The long-forgotten word “pogrom,” which used to be relevant only in the Diaspora, has returned to the lexicon of Israelis. In Europe and in tsarist Russia, pogroms were usually committed on the holiday of Passover. This time, the holiday of the Joy of the Torah was also suitable for a pogrom.

Alex Gordon is a native of Kyiv and graduate of the Kyiv State University and Haifa Technion (Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science). Immigrated to Israel in 1979. Full Professor (Emeritus) of Physics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Haifa and at Oranim, the Academic College of Education. Author of 10 books and about 800 articles in paper and online, was published in 85 journals in 16 countries in Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, English, French and German.

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