Giora Eiland, "Let's not be intimidated by the world," Yediot Achronot, Nov. 19, 2023.

Eiland is an IDF Reservist Major General, former Head of the Israeli National Security Council, and adviser to the Defense Minister.

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Don't shy away from the world!

The debate over Israel's compliance with international demands to allow the introduction of fuel into Gaza reflects a fundamental conflict between Israel and the US regarding the correct narrative.

According to the American narrative, there are two groups of people in Gaza. One is the Hamas fighters, who are brutal terrorists and are therefore mortal. Most of the people in Gaza belong to the second, innocent citizens who suffer for no injustice at their hands, and therefore Israel must not only avoid harming them as much as possible but also act to make their lives easier.

The other, and more correct, narrative is the following: Israel is not fighting against a terrorist organization but against the state of Gaza. The state of Gaza is indeed led by Hamas, and this organization managed to mobilize all the resources of its state, the support of the majority of its residents and the absolute loyalty of the civil administration around Sinwar's leadership, while fully supporting his ideology.

In this sense, Gaza is very similar to Nazi Germany, where a similar procedure also took place. Since this is the exact description of the situation, then it is also correct to conduct the combat accordingly.

The military struggle, but also with the help of one side's ability to break the opposing system, and the economic ability, and first and foremost the ability to provide energy, is of utmost importance. The collapse of Germany at the beginning of 1945 was mainly due to the loss of Romania's oil fields, and from the moment Germany did not have enough fuel for its planes and tanks - the war was decided.

Israel must therefore not provide the other side with any capability that prolongs its breathing. Moreover, we are told that Sinwar is so evil that he does not care if all the residents of Gaza die. Such a presentation is not accurate, since who are the "poor" Gazan women? They are all the mothers, sisters or wives of Hamas murderers. On the one hand, they are part of the infrastructure that supports the organization, and on the other hand, if they experience a humanitarian disaster, then it can be assumed that some of the Hamas fighters and the more junior commanders will begin to understand that the war is futile and that it is better to prevent irreversible damage to their families.

The way to win the war faster and at a lower cost for us requires the #collapse of #systems on the other side - and not just the killing of more Hamas fighters. The international community is warning us against a humanitarian disaster in Gaza and against severe epidemics. We must not shy away from this, with all the difficulty involved. After all, severe epidemics in the south of the Gaza Strip will bring victory closer and reduce casualties among IDF soldiers.And no, it is not about cruelty for its own sake, since we do not support the suffering of the other party as a goal but as a means. The other side is given the option to end the suffering if they surrender. Sinwar will not surrender, but there is no reason why the Hamas militias in the southern Gaza Strip will not surrender when they will have no fuel and no water and when the plagues will reach them as well and when the danger to the lives of their family members will increase. To say the following: As long as all the abductees are not returned to Israel, do not talk to us about humanitarian aspects.

And yes, we believe that humanitarian pressure is also a legitimate means of increasing the chance of seeing the abductees alive. But we must not, simply must not adopt the American narrative that "allows" us to fight only against Hamas fighters instead of doing the right thing - to fight against the entire opposing system, since its civil collapse will bring the end of the war closer. When senior Israelis say in the media "it's either us or them" it is correct to clarify the question of who is "them".

"They" are not only Hamas fighters with weapons, but also all the "civilian" officials, including hospital administrators and school administrators, and also the entire Gaza population that enthusiastically supported Hamas and cheered in the face of the atrocities that happened on October 7.