It’s not about self defence and it’s obviously not about avenging those three teenagers. Those are just cover stories for the naive. What this is really about is natural gas.
It turns out that Gaza has quite a bit of natural gas on its coastline. One of the largest sources in the region. British Gas, which holds a joint exploration agreement for the area estimates that the fields hold at least 1 trillion cubic feet of gas. That gas belongs to the Palestinian people and they should be the ones to benefit from it. Israel disagrees.
“After the death of Yasser Arafat, under questionable circumstances,
Israel has controlled those fields, and British Gas has negotiated with
“With power divided between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Palestinians have been too weak to put up any meaningful, resistance and Israel would like to keep it that way. The Unity Government between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority threatens Israel’s control of those fields, and
as such it has to be destroyed.
“It’s pretty basic really. These are the real motives of all wars: resources, territory and power. They’ll always come up with an excuse, and it’s easy to fall for them if you don’t do your research, but there’s also a really easy way to avoid getting duped: always stand against wars of aggression. Period. Make it a matter of principle, and the facts and morality will always end up being on your side.
And speaking of morality, even if those teenagers had been killed by Hamas, what kind of psychopath thinks that this gives Israel the right to go and kill over a hundred people who had nothing to do with it? We’re talking about little kids here.
No small wonder why China is bullying its neighbours in the West Philippine Sea. They want to keep for themselves its rich marine resources.