"It is a gradual destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure to avoid international outrage that could otherwise be provoked," Iyad Al-Barghouthi, professor of political sciences in An-Najah University in Nablus, told IslamOnline.net on Monday, July 3.
He said Israel feels "very cozy" in prolonging its onslaught.
"If we are to inspect the damage done to the Palestinian infrastructure over the past few days, we will discover a disaster in the broad sense of the word," added the expert.
"It will take long years and millions of dollars to repair and restore what has been destroyed by Israel."
Israel launched its offensive on Wednesday, June 28, destroying the Gaza Strip main power plant, three main bridges, water pipes, schools, universities, football pitches, tombs and the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.
The Gaza Electrical Distribution Company estimates it will take nine months to repair the damage done to the main power station and could cost up to $15 million.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers also devastated vast swathes of olive trees, a main source of income to the Palestinian farmers.
About 5,000 troops and columns of Israeli tanks are stationed on the Gaza border in the largest Israeli offensive since it pulled out of the tiny coastal territory last September, ending a 38-year-occupation.
"You go to bed not knowing whether you and your family would see the light again," said a Palestinian father. (Reuters)
Ashraf Al-Ajrami, a political analyst, said Israel has made it clear that the offensive could last for weeks or months, which proves its ill intentions.
"Israel is making the best of the prisoner issue, using it as a pretext to destroy the Palestinian infrastructure," he told IOL.
"This slow destruction of the infrastructure threatens the existence of a viable Palestinian state in the future," warned the expert.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed on Sunday, July 2, concern at the excessive use of force by Israel.
"I remain very concerned about the need to preserve Palestinian institutions and infrastructure," he said.
"They will be the basis for an eventual two state solution and that's in the interest of both Israel and the Palestinians."
Hani Al-Masri, a political analyst and a writer, said Israel would not heed international reaction to its aggressions as long as it is has a green light from its US ally.
"Israel doesn't care about international condemnation of its actions as it is fully backed by Washington," he said.
The Bush administration US has vetoed countless UN resolutions condemning Israeli atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
"Israel has a carte blanche from the US to do whatever it takes to free the soldier, and consequently it would carry on with its offensive paying no heed to the international community," agreed Barghouthi.
The White House has reiterated support to Israel's Gaza offensive, while the European Union called on both sides to pull back from the brink.
"Israel has the right to defend itself and the lives of its citizens," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters last week.
But he put Israel on guard.
"In any actions the government of Israel may undertake, the US urges that it ensures that innocent civilians are not harmed and also that it avoid the unnecessary destruction of property and infrastructure," he said.
"But Israel's slow destruction of the infrastructure makes it appeared as if it was displaying restraint," averred Masri.
Pundits further believe that Israel is mounting a psychological warfare against ordinary Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who do not know what future holds for them.
It is terrorizing civilians with sonic booms, which the Palestinian health ministry is blaming for countless heart problems, as well as night-time raids and on-and-off artillery shelling.
The United Nations has demanded an end to the tactic, saying it causes panic attacks in children.
The shockwaves have also damaged buildings by cracking walls and smashing thousands of windows.
Over the past days, hospitals, schools, university campuses, soccer fields, TV stations, cultural centers and charities were also targeted by Israeli warplanes.
Israel has made mafia-like abductions of cabinet ministers, mayors and parliamentarians.
"You go to bed not knowing whether you and your family would see the light again," said a Palestinian father.
Source: IslamOnlineLast Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16