I am curious as to whether Prof. Falk is aware that the Hamas movement does not disguise that its objective is to kill every last Jew. It is only about Israel only in so far as that country is a Jewish state. Hence the perpetual stream of rocket attacks well after Gaza was Jew-less for over three years.
On the basis that Hamas defines itself by its objective of Jewish genocide, how would Prof, Falk suggest that the dialogue of negotiations unfold? For Hamas a dialogue is purely strategic, to buy time without any pressure from people like Falk to have them change their actual objectives. This would offer Israel little.
To understand Israel's response, one must accept that the very civilians whom Falk purportedly cares about elected a regime that had a genocidal objective. The entire Hamas infrastructure from universities to TV stations and offices serves the same objective. Falk claims that the population is being punished for the actions of a few militants. But these were elected by the people of Gaza. They are united in their objectives, whether it is one person who pulls the trigger or twenty.
It is difficult to steer away from the blunt refutation that is required in response to Falk's claim of intentional targeting of civilians. There is simply no evidence supporting Falk, and plenty that he appears to have ignored that confirms the very systematic and careful approach by Israel.
I am a psychiatrist and have visited Sderot. I spoke with families who have been traumatized for years by the continual bombardment coming from Gaza. Many of the children require intensive psychological treatment for their terrifying dreams and regressed development from having lived in continual threat. Falk is predictably silent on issues such as these. He insultingly makes a passing reference to such attacks as being illegal, but minimizes entirely the epidemic of human suffering created by Hamas long after Jews left Gaza. For what purpose? They cannot claim occupation.
Israel should be commended for ignoring the bleating, one-sided hysteria from Falk in favour of a sustained military response that ends when Hamas gives up its genocidal objectives. Israel should use as much force as it can at its disposal until there is a definitive end to the conflict. Until Hamas is comprehensively annihilated, the Gaza's Arab population will have no opportunities for peace or statehood. A renunciation of violence and genocidal objectives would lead to immediate prosperity and freedom for their fellow Gazans. This is where UN pressure should be applied.
When Falk shows a genuine commitment to the fundamentals of the UN rather than encouraging tolerance of the intolerant, he may be more persuasive in peace efforts. Until that time I would respectfully commend Prof Falk to make the most of his peaceful sanctuary at Princeton to reflect on his unbalanced and untrue assertions.
Dr. Doron Samuell
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Jan 1 2009 - 4:07am