Notes and Sources

February 6, 2009

Here is the classic article on the planning behind Israel’s Operation Cast Lead:

The minister added: “Everyone fully understood what sort of period we were heading into and what sort of scenarios this could lead to. No one could say that he or she did not know what they were voting on.” 

While Barak was working out the final details with the officers responsible for the operation, Livni went to Cairo to inform Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, that Israel had decided to strike at Hamas. 

In parallel, Israel continued to send out disinformation in announcing it would open the crossings to the Gaza Strip and that Olmert would decide whether to launch the strike following three more deliberations on Sunday – one day after the actual order to launch the operation was issued. 



Laila’s heart-breaking article:

With Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza, imposed as punishment for the election of Hamas and backed by the US and Europe, my grandfather’s life was transformed yet again… Bakeries now had to resort to baking bread with animal feed and sewage treatment plants were crippled as fuel ran out, forcing the water authority to dump millions of liters of waste into the Mediterranean Sea… Israel’s blockade caused a slow starvation of the entire population, as malnutrition rates spiked upwards of 75 percent among the strip’s 1.5 million residents. As in most siege situations, children suffered the most from hunger and disease.

I asked my mother why my grandfather did not leave Gaza while its gates were still open… “Because that’s where he feels he belongs,” she said. “He was always homesick before. Gaza is where his parents were buried. It’s where he wants to die.”