That is the big question .
I had my Â own opinion even before the Â final cease Â fire and Â the last Israelis killed.
I refrained from putting my gut reactions on Â paper because I wanted to be in Â an intellectual and not emotional mode.
So, who won? Normally, this question is not a Â very difficult one to answer. It is Â the Â zero Â sum game of the history of Â conflict. History books are Â full of Â winners Â and Â losers..
However, in Israel, since the Â Six Day war, winning has Â become a very complicated and Â controversial term. Â What Â is Â the Â definition of Â winning?
If it means that Israel denied our Arab foes their ultimate war aim – our Â destruction, then Israel Â has won each time. Clearly, the Â first war that Â the Â Arabs “really” win, Â is the Â last one Israel fights. Â In this light, Israel Â has Â won each encounter because Â we Â still exist. to the Â chagrin of our Â foes..
So why Â are Israelis Â not thrilled after this Â latest victory? After all we Â really socked Â it to them – Â for the Â third time in five years. We killed Â a lot of bad Â guys and Â destroyed lots of menacing tunnels. Gaza Â ain’t lookin very pretty after Â we got through with it. – Â once Â again. Â We were Â hardly scratched compared to them. Isn’t all the Â above Â measures of victory?
I don’t think most Israelis Â feel so. We realize Â that Â as long as the enemy who is absolutely dedicated to our destruction Â remains Â standing, they will decide when the Â next Â round Â will commence – and Â commence it shall. There Â is Â no bribing or threatening them. Â As Â long as they can, Â they will strike, like Â a Â poison snake. This is not Â logical to the Â Western Â mind but the ISIS folks Â are Â helping us believe.
During this last round, many Â familiar phenomenon have Â come into sharper Â focus, such as the unprecedented Â unabashed anti Semitic Â expression by growing Â sectors of the Â world and the enthusiastic Â defense of our enemies by Â self hating Jews here Â and Â abroad.
Â No matter how Israel defends herself she Â will be Â attacked for Â doing so. Israel Â may not defend Â herself as other nations do. Never, never, Â has a country tried Â so hard to please the Â world, Â thus Â paying Â with our soldiers lives Â once Â again, and yet, encounter Â only ever increasing hatred and disdain. Israelis scratch their heads and Â search Â for the Â magic Â appeasing potion
Â Most sad, I can not stop thinking of the families. Their losses, Â it Â would Â seem were in vain, as were the ones of the first two “rounds”.
I can not see a Â reason Â for optimism unless I look to the Â word of God Â and His Â prophets.
The Â totality of the miracle Â that Â is an Israel very beneficial to the world, and the global assault on it, has never seen. This is because it is not Â a dialectic historical process but rather one of the God Â of history.
That is why I retain hope.