Will Meinen | The Tattler
WASHINGTON, D.C. — News outlets have entered into non-stop discussion about the winners and losers of the violence between Israel and Palestinian militants.
Israeli defense forces could argue that they won the Battle for Gaza Strip, having hit 1,600 targets, killed 100 Hamas commanders, destroyed 26 weapon caches and 200 supply tunnels.
Hamas on the other hand fired 1,500 rockets at Israel, dared the Israeli Prime Minister to invade, and emerged politically intact and, one could argue, stronger.
Egypt President Mohammed Morsi, has a good argument to declare his administration the victor after brokering a cease-fire between the two sides. Or how about Iran, the country that by proxy experts believe Israel was truly fighting.
When discussing who won or lost politically or strategically, one group’s voice has been conspicuously absent- dead civilians.
“I feel like I am one of the clear losers,” said a dead Palestinian mother of three. “I mean, I’m dead, which I would prefer not to be. I believe in Allah of course, but still, I’d prefer to be alive.”
The same sentiment was expressed by a deceased teenage Israeli girl.
“I understand that my death is just one casualty in a long battle over land and tradition, but to me my death was very personal. While I was dying from a Hamas rocket that landed on my house, I really wasn’t thinking about Israel returning to the pre-1967 borders. I was just thinking, ‘I’m dying right now from some pretty horrific injuries and I don’t want to die. I want to live a long life with a husband and kids. I want to see another sunset and eat delicious food. Please, God, don’t take me right now.”
In fact where they couldn’t agree in life, all of the civilian casualties from the November 2012 Battle for Gaza Strip were of the consensus that they would be better off if the fighting never would have occurred and they were still breathing and struggling daily to enjoy their time on earth.