Since the first week of the Gaza war, observers already began discussing various scenarios for the 'day after'. We have been bombarded with interviews, seminars, conversations, opinions, analyses, hallucinations, and lies, all while Palestinian blood literally pours onto the streets of Gaza amidst Israel's deliberate destruction of the territory aimed at eradicating its history, heritage and its people.
As the world welcomed the new year, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza were not afforded the luxury, with their souls ripped from them by Israel's medieval bombing campaign likened to the Allied bombing of German cities in WWII.
The numbers are shocking, loud, and thunderous. They do not flatter, deceive, or factor in the language of diplomacy that talks about the 'day after'. It is estimated more than 22,000 Palestinians have been killed, and a further 56,000 have been injured or disabled.
As for the cost of reconstruction, experts have circulated a figure of $50bn.
Was there ever a day in the entire history of Israel that was not marred by war, brutal killing, destruction, extermination, and uprooting? And, one wonders, did Hamas calculate the cost of its actions before it carried out its attack on 7 October?