‘Tis a conflict that has now seen the ruthless fanaticism of the (rightwing) Israelis, their callousness* with Palestinian lives and their determination at all cost to deny relief to Palestinians whether in the world’s biggest prison Gaza or the bigger but segmented 'other prison', the West Bank.
* In 1994 mass murderer Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Israeli, slaughtered 29 Muslims at prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs and wounded another 150 with a machine gun. At his funeral, Rabbi Yaacov Perrin stated that even one million Arabs are ‘not worth a Jewish fingernail.’
That’s how fanatic the rightwing Israelis are, that’s how callous they have been with Palestinian lives.
They’re no different from the Nazis. I have written on this in my post Australian Opposition Leader became stupid for Israel where I pointed out:
The Israelis have become no different from the Nazis who massacred their forefathers in Europe during WWII.
Then the Nazis ghetto-rised Jews in European; now the Israelis ghetto-rise Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
Then the Nazis imposed punitive group punishment on Jews; now the Israelis do likewise to Palestinians.
The the Nazis murdered Jewish children; now the Israelis massacre Palestinian babies.
At the heart of the tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, exist 2 words!
And what are they?
Judea & Samaria.
No matter what peace talks have been/are/will be proposed, or who pushed/pushes/will push these, the Israelis have no intention of participating in any such peace talks sincerely.
They want Judea and Samaria, the religiously scared lands of their ancestors back under Israeli flag. Any peace talks or a Palestinian State would put paid to that. That their so-called ancestral lands were stolen from others and therefore could hardly be religiously sacred is irrelevant – religious fanatics cannot be reasoned with.
Short of genocide - and we cannot put this beyond the rightwing Israelis as we have already seen dark glimpses of their willingness to perpetrate such by stealth in Lebanon (see my post Children of Qana) and recently Gaza - rightwing Israelis’ aim is to make Palestinian lives so bloody miserable that they would be demoralized and persuaded into migrating away from ‘Judea and Samaria’ - another form of ethnic cleansing.
In fact some years ago Ariel Sharon had openly and pointedly told the Palestinians to cross over to Jordan and make that their home.
On Gaza, some may point out that Ariel Sharon pulled the Israelis out of there, but that was only a tactical redeployment, to rationalize, facilitate and consolidate the Israeli defence until eventually they are ready to move forward again, and if they haven't succeeded in persuading those stubborn Palestinians to leave, then to push or pull the Arabs out completely from Judea and Samaria (West Bank as well).
It helps when they have a USA in their religious pockets.
Worst case scenario for the Israel would be for them to remain in a superior position to retain large tracts of Palestinian land (but sacred Hebraic Judea and Samaria) and control a vassal state of Palestine, preferably within Israel.
The biggest prize of all would be Jerusalem. Israelis and their kindred Jewish supporters have been secretly buying up large chunks of property in Jerusalem particularly from Patriarch Irineous of the Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Church, which have infuriated Palestinian Christians and indeed Muslims.
The Israeli local authority has also been evicting Palestinians living there for eons, claiming that the Palestinians were illegal squatters. At the same time the Israeli government has been promoting illegal Jewish settlements around the city.
The aim is blatantly obvious, to secure Jerusalem totally in Jewish hands one way or another.
Yes, Jerusalem - King David stole this town from the Jebusites as he stole another man's wife, that of his most loyal general, Uriah before machiavellian-ly sending Uriah into battle to be killed, so as to secure Bathsheba completely for his sole enjoyment.
His descendants have the same propensity to break God's 8th commandment 'Thou shalt not steal'.
Jews (and most certainly Israelis) deem Jerusalem as the holiest city. I would not be entirely surprised that the Israelis have plans to re-build the 3rd Temple after the 'accidental' or convenient collapse of the al Aqsa mosque.
Coincidentally, each time the Israelis or their forefathers built a Temple, this was followed by a foreign invasion and a subsequent Diaspora. Could it be due to an ancient Egyptian curse made 4,000 years ago? For more, see my 2005 post The Curse of Jerusalem?
It's hardly surprising the Israelis have now resorted to Nazi-like atrocities to prevent the peace flotilla from reaching Gaza with relief aid – and their usual mantra? They were only preventing secret arms cargo (with their level of security they could easily check the cargo but no ... they're determined to deny at all cost any relief to Palestinians in the world’s biggest prison Gaza) and that they were only defending themselves against Palestinian attacks - machine guns against allegedly knives.