The Telegraph reports that...
Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly rebuffed international pressure for a ceasefire in Gaza on Monday and instead vowed to extend Israel’s three-week offensive against its Hamas rulers into a “lengthy campaign” that would bring more “difficult days”.
The Israeli prime minister said the military campaign in Gaza would not end until a network of tunnels Israel says have been dug to launch “terror” attacks against its citizens had been destroyed.
I knew nothing of these tunnels before, so read the National Geographic's article from 2012 on the subject. Are we to assume that these tunnels, which bring militants guns and ammunition, and the Palestinians, food and medical supplies are to achieve both the end of ammunition supplies for the militants and food and medical supplies for the Palestinians? Is it possible that the not only will the militants be 'starved out' like 'rats' from their tunnels, but the Palestinian people as well. Of the Gaza tunnels, which are said, now, to be the chief reason for the continuation of Operation Protective Edge, the National Geographic had this to say...
After Israel introduced the blockade, smuggling became Gaza’s alternative. Through the tunnels under Rafah came everything from building materials and food to medicine and clothing, from fuel and computers to livestock and cars. Hamas smuggled in weapons. New tunnels were dug by the day—by the hour, it seemed—and new fortunes minted. Families sold their possessions to buy in. Some 15,000 people worked in and around the tunnels at their peak, and they provided ancillary work for tens of thousands more, from engineers and truck drivers to shopkeepers. Today Gaza’s underground economy accounts for two-thirds of consumer goods, and the tunnels are so common that Rafah features them in official brochures.
“We did not choose to use the tunnels,” a government engineer told me. “But it was too hard for us to stand still during the siege and expect war and poverty.” For many Gazans, the tunnels, lethal though they can be, symbolize better things: their native ingenuity, the memory and dream of mobility, and perhaps most significant for a population defined by dispossession, a sense of control over the land. The irony that control must be won by going beneath the land is not lost on Gazans.
There is nothing in the National Geographic article, which is well worth reading, about children being used to make these tunnels, which seems to discuss the tunnels issue as one would many an impressive man-made geological feature, albeit a feature which can be used for purposes good or ill. This appears to be a 'revelation' from the Israeli Government seen fit for release during their extensive bombing campaign.
The vast majority of wars are wars of conquest and plunder: Is this one any different?
We all must know by now that the war in Iraq, orchestrated by the US and the UK, was about oil and the pursuit of natural resources and wealth. That war had no possible justification since even the reasons given for it at the time were found to be bogus. Is it possible that the war currently escalating in Gaza is running according to the driving principles of the vast majority of wars that the powerful of this world undertake?
The allegation has been raised that this war is first and foremost about a gas field 30km offshore from Gaza. I think it is a potential motive for conflict worth examining.
Already, British Gas has issued a statement that the company itself has no involvement in the region, as has been reported. The Washington Institute confirms, in its PDF, that...
BG Group is the operator of the license and discovered the Gaza Marine field about 36 kilometers offshore in 2000, in water about 600 meters (2,000 feet) deep. A second successful well was drilled the same year to confirm the size of the field at around 1 tcf.
BG Group is 'nothing to do with us'. In its statement, British Gas maintain that...
British Gas, as it exists today, is the trading name of Centrica plc’s retail energy and services business in the UK.
Centrica plc was formed in 1997 following the privatisation of and subsequent demerger from British Gas plc, formerly the nationalised utility British Gas Corporation. The original company was split into two - Centrica kept the rights to the British Gas name in the UK, as well as the Gas Sales and Gas Trading, Services and Retail businesses, together with the gas production business of the North and South Morecambe gas fields in the UK North Sea.
As part of the demerger, the transportation and storage business (Transco) and the Exploration and Production (excluding the North and South Morecambe gas fields), International Downstream, Research and Technology and Properties businesses remained with British Gas plc which was renamed “BG plc” at the same time. BG plc was renamed BG Group plc in December 1999. BG Group plc (which is a separately listed company and not a part of nor affiliated with Centrica) retains certain rights to the ‘British Gas’ name outside of the UK, which may have caused some confusion.
So that's clear then. Nothing to do with British Gas, the formerly public utility handed over to be sold off by Lord Rothschild's NM Rothschild banking and investment firm by the late Margaret Thatcher. Apparently, in Britain, NM Rothschild is after our motorways as well. Is nothing sacred!? Anyway, I digress...the claim being made is that some particular 'group' with interests in the region wants access to this gas supply without any concerns of having to share ownership of or entitlement to it with anybody else.
I don't mean my blog to become a commentary on the war in Gaza, reading about it wearies me, I should be praying, rather than writing. I have no time or sympathy for the ambitions of Hamas, or their murderous hatred of the Jews.
I'm just wondering whether in light of the destruction of the underground network there might be a double impact on the Palestinians, involving a dramatic decrease in food and medical supplies, as well as ammunition and guns. I hope I am just worrying excessively and that Israel wishes to ensure that food and medical supplies reach the civilians with whom we are assured they are not at war. I write this not to side politically with any one side of this conflict, but just because in the 'fog of war', with propaganda inevitably emerging from both sides, it is very hard to see the truth, which, they say, is war's first casualty.
|Lord Jacob Rothschild: Fingers in many pies|
...you, like the world and all its land and its treasure are not the property of the tyrannical elite, or the world powers, but Almighty God. What sufferings shall be endured before we acknowledge that one, simple truth!? A Third World War?