Weeks before Israel's 2009 elections, Cast Lead was launched. Over 1,400 Gazans were killed. Around 5,000 were injured. Enormous damage was caused. Parts of Gaza remain barren. Broken lives aren't the same.
Netanyahu may have Cast Lead 2.0 in mind. Stoking fear, talking tough, and attacking civilians called militants may be his reelection strategy.
It wouldn't be the first time Israel waged aggressive war called self-defense. Targeting Gaza again is very possible and perhaps likely.
On November 11, Reuters headlined "Israel says ready to escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes," saying:
Israeli broadcasters quoted Netanyahu saying:
"The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit with arms crossed when faced by attempts to hurt us. And we are prepared to harshen the response.''
Netanyahu is a belligerent warmonger. He's a world class thug. He menaces Israelis, Palestinians, and others regionally. He represents the worst of rogue governance. Anything ahead is possible with him in charge.
Palestinian activist Derek Graham told Press TV that Israel's strategy is "slow genocide." They intend to "wipe out the Palestinians."
They're doing it multiple ways. Illegal weapons and munitions are "used in civilian areas but Israelis use them with impunity. It is unjust and they are allowed to do this and get away with it because they have the Americans backing what they do."
He also mentioned a recent UN report. It said Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. It's practically that way now. Crippling siege and blockade causes enormous hardships. Enforcing it has nothing to do with security.
It's about committing slow motion genocide. It's been ongoing throughout Palestine for years. Nations able to stop it turn a blind eye. Gazans suffer most.
December 27 marks Cast Lead's fourth anniversary. Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons caused mass slaughter and destruction. Parts of Gaza remain devastated.
Israel uses illegal weapons regularly. Densely populated areas are targeted. Toxic white phosphorous residue and depleted uranium contaminated large parts of Gaza. A spring 2012 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health report said:
"Children with BD (birth defects) were born with higher frequency in families where one or both parents were under 'white phosphorus' attack, than in the general population."
"Bombing of the family home and removal of the rubble were also frequently reported by couples with BD occurrence."