Question: What would you do if rockets were raining down on your country every day for years?
My response: I would bulldoze Gaza to the sea.
....silence. The person I was talking to wasn't expecting this answer from me, but the truth is that for Israel to rest truly on its stolen land, it must annihilate every last Palestinian who continues to claim that this is his country. There are no two ways about it and the fact that Israel is the region's only nuclear power confirms that they are there to fight to the bitter end. When the Israeli's withdrew from Sinai after Sadat's shameful capitulation they bulldozed and detonated all the equipment from refineries and the canal facilities that they could not take back. Water supplies to Sinai were cut by bulldozing earth across a five mile stretch. In Qunaytra, the Israeli's bulldozed and demolished as many buildings as they had time to before withdrawing whilst in Gaza, their unilateral withdrawal was also preceded by them tearing down anything which could be of use to the Palestinians. This is a nation which knows it is hated, and which hates back with unbridled fury. The fact that the Arab nation hasn't been able to repel them is because they have never really been used to this kind of ferocity in warfare before. Like bringing your fists to a knife fight, till recently most conflicts with Israel have been responded to with their "Iron Wall" policy, first coined by Ze'ev Jabotinsky the founder of the Irgun. Israel has never hesitated to use overwhelming and murderous brute force against its foes and is under no illusion that it would use nuclear weapons if the Zionist state is threatened. There is a crucial difference which is appearing now however, and this is that as ferocious as the Zionists are, they are not prepared to die, to spill Jewish blood, which they consider to be completely sacred. Fighting against Hezbullah, against Hamas, they are facing a foe who wants to die and who is prepared to be annihilated, but not to surrender. Connecting these is Iran, which is aiming for a nuclear weapon. It is this which is keeping people in Israel's paranoid security establishment awake at night, and rightfuly so. It is one thing threatening others with annihilation when you have the biggest stick, but do they have what it takes when push comes to shove? Can they stomach the Samson option?
There is an old story of the prophet Abraham speaking to some angels who were on their way to destroy the people of Lot for their wickedness. They told Abraham to look at the stars in the sky, that his descendants will be as numerous as these one day. He did not take them seriously, as his wife Sarah was old and he had not yet taken the slave girl Hagar as a wife. I think of the story which says that his descendants will have the lands between the Nile and the Euphrates till judgement day, and I think of all the Muslim's who venerate Abraham as a father figure with his name - Friend of God - خليل الله. Like the Philistines, the Zionists too came from across the sea and laid waste to the land. Could Delilah have been a member of the IDF or the Mossad? There to seduce and weaken Samson? Perhaps the Zionists should revisit these old stories, and see who the descendants of Samson and Abraham really are.