In the wake of the unprecedented Hamas attack that killed 1,400 Israelis, Israeli officials have made several statements about what kind of response and goals Israel was planning to reach in Gaza.
All of those, suggest that the massive Israeli aerial campaign against Gaza, which has already led to large-scale Palestinian casualties, displacements and destruction, are just the beginning. But as Israeli officials responded emotionally to the Hamas attacks, some voices have also warned that going into Gaza without a serious plan could prove disastrous.
Parallels have been drawn between the US response to 9/11, and the Israeli response to the October 7 attacks, with multiple commentators and officials (chief among them President Biden), warning that mistakes could easily be made — and civilians are most likely to pay the price for those mistakes.
This requires an examination of Israeli statements, and what they actually mean. The Israeli conflict is often entirely discussed on a narrative level, with both sides blaming each other. But for both sides’ sake, a vision of what the future entails — even at this darkest time — should be discussed.
Netanyahu under mounting public pressure
One thing to understand is that public pressure in Israel is at its maximum. TV channels still show witness accounts of what happened on 7 October, and images are still being distributed.
Kids are grieving their parents on TV; some have lost their entire families, the body parts of burnt victims are still being analysed, and people are still missing. The shock has not been absorbed, nor has it fully been comprehended by most. This is compounded by the extreme lack of trust expressed by most Israelis towards their government.