The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it is calling for the evacuation of all Gaza City civilians from their homes “to the south.” The IDF has stated that it will “operate significantly in Gaza City in the coming days” and that Gaza residents “will only be able to return to Gaza City when another announcement permits” which, let us not kid ourselves, will never happen. The shamelessness of Israel and its government has crossed the Rubicon of good taste the moment, according to an agency note, it lets it be known that the IDF has declared, addressing the inhabitants of Gaza, that “This evacuation is for your safety” warning them “not to approach the fence zone with Israel.”
Apparently, the evacuation order would seem to concern, contrary to what the UN stated it had previously learned, only the inhabitants of the Gaza municipality (677,000 people according to NBC) and not all the inhabitants of the northern Gaza area, amounting to more than 1,100,000 people. Who knows if for the UN the possible “discount” is such, if confirmed, to consider the measure taken by the IDF possible without humanitarian consequences, just to paraphrase its reaction that it had limited itself to considering it “impossible without devastating humanitarian consequences.”
The whole thing, if there are no changes in “course” which I sincerely doubt, will blatantly take place under the protection of the U.S. Navy’s air and sea attack squadron stationed off the Israeli coast headed by the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (in the photo)
One wonders if this massive deployment of U.S. perhaps is accidental or was promptly implemented in anticipation of such an action by the IDF.
The question is not idle because if the second hypothesis were confirmed, many things would have to be reviewed, starting with who really pushed Hamas to do what it did and why Israel gave little weight to the repeated reports it received from Egyptian intelligence about something very serious that would occur by Hamas within three days: weighty questions that both Israel and the United States should answer without limiting themselves to a convenient, too convenient “No comment!”
I also state this in the light of another strange coincidence: the location of the Festival in the Negev, the one that claimed 200 lives in the first Hamas attack, was allegedly changed at the last moment without explanation by having it take place in an area close to the border with the Gaza Strip instead of in a more inland area close to a U.S. base : given the Egyptian intelligence reports, one has to wonder why since … Lusitania docet!
And as for the right of war: what about the time allowed for the exodus of hundreds of thousands of civilians consisting of 24 hours (which some genius in the military apparatus assessed as perhaps not sufficient even if not yet modified according to what we know)? And all this with the support of the U.S. whose President communicated through Lloyd Austin “The U.S. is the most powerful country in the world. We will stand by Israel just as we stand by Ukraine!”
A phrase that, in light of what is happening in Ukraine, sounds more like a threat than a promise!
What can I say? The worst choice in the worst moment!
All this is not a discount for Hamas, but the fruit of a willingness to understand what game is being played at a stone’s throw from our doorstep.