Over the past month, I’ve argued repeatedly that Israel is hurtling toward a strategic defeat.
My projection was based in part on Israel’s total abandonment of restraint in its attacks on the civilian population of Gaza.
For decades, Israel systematically violated the laws of war, but never was its contempt for those laws – and for basic principles of human decency – so extreme and transparent as it is now.
Yesterday, Israel’s primary enabler, the Biden administration, publicly warned Israel of the consequences of its depravity. The warning came from none other than U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin:
I learned a thing or two about urban warfare from my time fighting in Iraq. Like Hamas, ISIS was deeply embedded in urban areas. And the international coalition against ISIS worked hard to protect civilians and create humanitarian corridors.
The lesson is not that you can win in urban warfare by protecting civilians. The lesson is that you can only win in urban warfare by protecting civilians. In this kind of a fight, the center of gravity is the civilian population. And if you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat.
On the day that Austin issued his stark warning to Israel, I spoke with U.S. documentary film-maker Regis Tremblay about the apartheid regime’s looming demise. You can watch and listen to our discussion here: