While Israel has been telling the world that it has the right to defend itself against foreign aggression, arguing that no country should ever be made to tolerate systematic terror, even though under international law such narrative holds no legal ground as Israel has been de facto occupying Gaza, rendering null and void the notion of Gaza as a foreign entity, and yet very little has been said of Israel's real motives.
First lets settle Israel’s argument that (Israel) it legally and morally has a right to defend itself against aggression supposedly coming coming from Gaza and Hamas, who they claim to be a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel, it is important to understand that the Gaza Strip is not, under international law, a sovereign state, it is an occupied land, therefore Israel cannot declare war on its people, rather it owes its people if you like protection.
"Military occupation is a recognised status under international law and since 1967, the international community has designated the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as militarily occupied.
As for Palestinians in Gaza they do however have an inherent right to resist foreign occupation. Such right is again, protected under international law.
Israel is so keen on levelling Hamas because Hamas has categorically refused to discuss an energy sharing agreement whereby Israel would have access to Gaza's gas resources. Israel faces an energy crisis of biblical proportion and that Gaza's untapped and unexploited billions of dollars represent a fortune and a lifeline which Tel Aviv will not tolerate to go to waste
Operation Protective Edge is the war of a colonial state dedicated to expanding its theft of Palestine's natural resources ... incarcerating and bombing its people in the world's biggest open air prison, while growing rich at their expense that is the simple plan truth!
What Israel really seek in Gaza is access to Palestine's underground riches. Whatever happens on the surface is just there to act as a public distraction, a ploy designed for the masses so that Israel could commit grand larceny in perfect impunity under the very nose of the ever pliable world community.
Palestine's vast natural resources
Back in 2000 British Gas (BG) discovered that Gaza sat on an estimated $4 billion worth of natural gas. Needless to say that this discovery came as a shock to Israel, as suddenly Gaza, this little slither of land which Palestinians have been discarded upon, if you like an open prison in which to punish and crush the Palestinians.
Since BG made its first estimation, it has now been established that Gaza's gas reserves are far greater than first anticipated. Seemingly and according to some experts Gaza is basking in as much wealth as the State of Kuwait.
Rather than live in abject poverty, Gaza should be a vibrant business hub, a brilliant economic success. Instead, it has been withering away under Israel's blockade, forced to scrap and beg for its daily bread, its people reduced to servitude.
Let us remember that Israel's maritime blockade coincides with BG's discovery. Let us remember that it is since 2000 that Israel has denied Palestine access to its territorial waters, thus infringing on international law and de facto putting Gaza under siege; all because Israel wants to pillage Palestine's resources.
So why a war now
So why a war now? To put it bluntly, Israel cannot wait any longer. Plagued by high unemployment and rising inflation, Israel needs to find a viable solution to both its energy crisis and mounting economic difficulties.
According to Israel's own projection, the state will face an aggravated energy crisis by 2020.
Israel is quite simply running out of time. If recent mass protests in Israel in regards to depreciating living conditions and social injustice are anything to go by, officials indeed feel a great sense of urgency.
As Israel's needs increase, so has its determination to bypass international law.
Whatever Israel cannot negotiate it will obliterate, beginning of course with Hamas, the war on Gaza came as a natural development to Israel's geo-strategic realities.
just one other thing to remember is that the last time Israel marched on Gaza, in 2008, its military deployment also aligned with its contracting of BG to discuss critical negotiations around Gaza's natural gas. A coincidence?
This new war on Gaza is a colonial war. This new war on Gaza has little to do with self-defence or terror or sovereignty... it has however everything to do with Israel's neo-imperialistic ambitions.