That is the big question .
I had my own opinion even before the final cease fire and the last Israelis killed.
I refrained from putting my gut reactions on paper because I wanted to be in an intellectual and not emotional mode.
So, who won? Normally, this question is not a very difficult one to answer. It is the zero sum game of the history of conflict. History books are full of winners and losers..
However, in Israel, since the Six Day war, winning has become a very complicated and controversial term. What is the definition of winning?
If it means that Israel denied our Arab foes their ultimate war aim – our destruction, then Israel has won each time. Clearly, the first war that the Arabs “really” win, is the last one Israel fights. In this light, Israel has won each encounter because we still exist. to the chagrin of our foes..
So why are Israelis not thrilled after this latest victory? After all we really socked it to them – for the third time in five years. We killed a lot of bad guys and destroyed lots of menacing tunnels. Gaza ain’t lookin very pretty after we got through with it. – once again. We were hardly scratched compared to them. Isn’t all the above measures of victory?
I don’t think most Israelis feel so. We realize that as long as the enemy who is absolutely dedicated to our destruction remains standing, they will decide when the next round will commence – and commence it shall. There is no bribing or threatening them. As long as they can, they will strike, like a poison snake. This is not logical to the Western mind but the ISIS folks are helping us believe.
During this last round, many familiar phenomenon have come into sharper focus, such as the unprecedented unabashed anti Semitic expression by growing sectors of the world and the enthusiastic defense of our enemies by self hating Jews here and abroad.
No matter how Israel defends herself she will be attacked for doing so. Israel may not defend herself as other nations do. Never, never, has a country tried so hard to please the world, thus paying with our soldiers lives once again, and yet, encounter only ever increasing hatred and disdain. Israelis scratch their heads and search for the magic appeasing potion
Most sad, I can not stop thinking of the families. Their losses, it would seem were in vain, as were the ones of the first two “rounds”.
I can not see a reason for optimism unless I look to the word of God and His prophets.
The totality of the miracle that is an Israel very beneficial to the world, and the global assault on it, has never seen. This is because it is not a dialectic historical process but rather one of the God of history.
That is why I retain hope.