"Israel has failed militarily, politically, and morally in Gaza"

Israel's prolonged military engagement in Gaza has culminated in a comprehensive failure across military, political, and moral dimensions, shifting from anticipated victory to absolute defeat, say analysts for Al Jazeera

by Sededin Dedovic
"Israel has failed militarily, politically, and morally in Gaza"
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During eight months of war in the Gaza Strip, Israel has achieved nothing but failure, disgrace, and international arrest warrants. The latest severe blow came from UN Secretary-General António Guterres's decision to blacklist Israel among countries harming children in conflict zones, reports Al Jazeera.

Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, acknowledged this failure, stating, "After eight months of war, we have achieved complete disgrace instead of complete victory." According to Dr.

Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), Israel has experienced failure in military, political, economic, moral, and ethical terms after eight months of war against Gaza. Currently, it faces isolation due to the increasing number of countries recognizing the state of Palestine (148 countries).

Speaking on Al Jazeera’s program "Gaza: What's Next?", Barghouti listed decisions made against Israel by international bodies, including the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor's request for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant, and the International Court of Justice’s decision regarding genocide committed by Israel.

Additionally, Israel was placed on the "blacklist of countries killing children." Barghouti stated that Israel, with its government and army, is now on the UN blacklist alongside the armed group ISIS. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, reported receiving official notification from Guterres that the Israeli army was listed among global perpetrators of violence against children, describing the decision as “shameful”.

: António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Visitors Plaza in© Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images

Failure to Maintain Deterrence Capability

Despite military, political, and moral failures, there remains a consensus in Israel on the necessity to continue the war, according to political analyst Ehab Jabareen.

He noted that those calling for an end to the war and a ceasefire only aim to allow Israel to recover and retrieve prisoners held by Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Writer and political analyst Iyad al-Qara said the Israeli army has been going in circles for three months, as confirmed by its generals, lacking clear objectives.

Practically speaking, Israel failed to achieve “complete victory” or eliminate, as Netanyahu claimed, "24 Hamas brigades in the Gaza Strip." It also failed to end Hamas's rule in Gaza. Al-Qara pointed out that October 7 revealed that the Israeli army is not an invincible force, as it portrays itself.

He added that the decision to place Israel on the “blacklist of countries killing children” is evidence of the crimes it commits.

Israeli Media Call the War in Gaza an Absolute Failure

Israeli media report on the situation on the ground in the Gaza Strip war, with former Israeli security and military officials stating that the fighting is driven by party interests, as the performance of the Israeli army has shifted from “absolute victory to absolute failure”.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers walk through Kibbutz Beeri where days earlier Hamas militants killed over a hundred civilians nea© Alexi J. Rosenfeld / Getty Images

Israel’s Channel 12 quoted former Mossad intelligence department head Amnon Sofrin, who said he “sees no possible option to free the captives in Gaza, as the military pressure we keep talking about has come to an end”.

Sofrin questioned, “What else do we have left? To cross from Rafah to Sinai? That’s not an option. We have reached the end of the road and haven’t brought any of them (the captives) back home”. Former Israeli Minister of Internal Security Omer Barlev said, “The war ended three months ago, and the last three to four months of fighting have been solely for party interests”.

Barlev confirmed to Channel 13 that “if the war and fighting in the south (Gaza) are not stopped, the abducted (captives) will not be freed, and people will not return to the north”.

Dichter Blamed the Army

Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter blamed the army for focusing on Gaza instead of the north, saying, “We are fighting a war in the south and a heavy war of attrition in the north”.

“There’s no problem for the army to fight fiercely in both Gaza and Lebanon,” he told Channel 14, adding, “But the army decided to focus its efforts on Gaza and finish military operations there before dealing with Hezbollah”.

Israeli journalist Natan Zahavi mocked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise to restore security to settlements in the north, just as he promised for settlements near the Gaza Strip. “We moved from talking about absolute victory to absolute failure.

Millions of Israeli citizens are depressed, thousands are leaving the country and buying properties in Greece, Cyprus, and Portugal, and an economic disaster is looming,” Zahavi told Channel 13. He concluded by explaining, “Business owners and farmers are screaming for help, the cries of despair from the families of the kidnapped (captives) fall on deaf ears, and the line in the Israeli anthem: ‘Our hope is not yet lost’ is no longer realistic”.