Israel’s Controlled Demolitions Are Razing Neighborhoods in Gaza

A resort hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. A multistory courthouse built in 2018. Dozens of homes, obliterated in seconds, with the pull of a trigger.

The damage caused by Israel’s aerial offensive in Gaza has been well documented. But Israeli ground forces have also carried out a wave of controlled explosions that has drastically changed the landscape in recent months.

At least 33 controlled demolitions have destroyed hundreds of buildings — including mosques, schools and entire sections of residential neighborhoods — since November, a New York Times analysis of Israeli military footage, social media videos and satellite imagery shows.

In response to questions about the demolitions, a spokesperson for the Israeli military said that soldiers are “locating and destroying terror infrastructures embedded, among other things, inside buildings” in civilian areas — adding that sometimes entire neighborhoods act as “combat complexes” for Hamas fighters.

More Israeli misinformation about all these buildings containing terrorist infrastructure. They should show some proof of terrorist infrastructure in these building.

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I have nothing to do with Israel but I have been straightforward. Hamas has never and will never negotiate for a full peace with Israel. Temporary is no longer good enough. The simple conclusion after the first weeks of this war Israel is forcing the Gazans out. Palestinian estimates for getting electric power to new homes are about five years.

Hamas is doing something that was widely supported declaring war on Israel since 2007. The attack on Oct 7 was a full-out war effort. There is fighting block by block as of now.

Combat is combat. There is massive destruction.

Hamas could all along in good faith stop this. In good faith meaning an end to all their statements of war. Also to grow up a bit and admit Israel does exist. It would save thousands of lives today going forward. It would save the territory for the Gazans. Later some of the southern desert could be given over as an expansion. Because the Israelis can be very good people in peacetime.

No warring nation really gets a choice neither the winner or the loser. Hamas actually has the most power to make a choice. Israel has the least. The population in the area has sworn to no matter what destroy Israel. It won’t be coming out of the Gaza Strip.

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There have been comments on this board before, about demolition of buildings in Gaza. Seems consistent with plans to make Gaza uninhabitable.

Meanwhile “Bibi” is calling for UNWRA to be entirely shut down. UNWRA, with it’s thousands of personnel, is the only means to distribute what little humanitarian aide does arrive in Gaza.

So, what will Egypt do, if a couple million Pals, desperate, pushed up against the border by the IDF, start streaming across the border? Gunning them all down would look bad in the papers.

Steve

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I would think if Palestinians wanted this to stop a good first gesture would be to give up all the hostages. Seems reasonable.

Andy

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When the Israelis evacuated all their settlements in Gaza, a number of years ago, my first impression was they were creating a “free fire zone”.

If Hamas gave up all the hostages, without a solid agreement, what would their recourse be if Israel resumed the war, at a greater intensity?

Steve

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If they wanted a solid agreement they probably shouldn’t have taken hostages in the first place. If they didn’t have a plan for how this would end when they started it, well then Israel will probably be the ones who decides when it ends.

Andy

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Their possible recourse seems to fair less relevant than the fact that they have kidnapped civilians - a war crime.

Your question amounts to a plea/justification to keep committing war crimes because of the fear of what might happen if they stopped.

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Or maybe it is simply realpolotik?

noun: realpolitik

1. a system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.

Steve

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Nothing else done over the last 75 years has given a satisfactory result. Israel keeps on doing as it pleases, regardless of the impact on the Pals.

Steve

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Ahhh so this is a trial to see if they can change Israel’s stance? How is it working so far? Do you think this was a smart trial?

Andy

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@steve203 The dispute here about how many militants are dead is crazy. Because plenty of them are dead. Either way hostages or no hostages. There has been talk of a ceasefire but it is slow coming.

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Expect a LONG wait. Israel demands Hamas release all hostages first. There is no incentive for Israel otherwise.

Hamas does not care if they die. They caused Israel to make their response a big bloody massacare. That is what Hamas wanted. Hamas now considers themselves as martyrs.

How will Israel ever live down their big bloody massacre of women and children? The world opinion is not with Israel as we can see.

Net favorability—the percentage of people viewing Israel positively after subtracting the percentage viewing it negatively—dropped globally by an average of 18.5 percentage points between September and December, decreasing in 42 out of the 43 countries polled.

China, South Africa, Brazil, and several other countries in Latin America all went from viewing Israel positively to negatively. And many rich countries that already had net negative views of Israel—including Japan, South Korea, and the U.K.—saw steep declines. Net favorability in Japan went from -39.9 to -62.0; in South Korea from-5.5 to -47.8; and in the U.K. from -17.1 to -29.8.

The U.S. remains the only rich country that still had net positive views of Israel. Net favorability dropped just 2.2 percentage points, from a net favorability of 18.2 to a net favorability of 16 from September to December.

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You do know the world sees that as complete nonsense. There are bigots who love it but still see it as complete nonsense.

It is up there will Hamas leaders having their kids in Swiss boarding schools as this goes on.

Why is it the purest people are the least pure?