From the Israeli mainstream media to Al-Jazeera, it’s been reported that Israel has completely pulled it’s troops out of Gaza. Don’t pull your party hats out yet, the troops have gone back to their stations before the war, with a tight grip on Gaza checkpoints and borders. Israeli spokesperson said to Al-Jazeera:
"The last soldier left the Gaza Strip this morning… However, the army remains deployed all around the Gaza Strip to meet any eventuality."
Ha’aretz quoted Olmert (to the best of my translation):
"I hope that that the quiet will last for a prolonged period of time, but we have neighbors that you can’t always expect their reactions. We must take into account that things can turn out differently."
Reports of Gazans being shot at and arrested (Hebrew), are being buried in the press, but they are there, all you have to do is look. I have to say, at this point, I’m really confused. If all the Israeli government wanted was to continue the status quo, why did over 1300 people have to die? How morally deplorable and politically stupid do you get?! I can only go back to my initial theory that this was all about the elections.
Lest we forget; What this means to the Gazans is that Israel has complete control over what goes in and out of the strip. That includes food, gas, medical supplies and anything else that human beings need, in order to survive. We can only predict that just like this prison situation, the Palestinian resistance will continue.
In light of the situation, I think it’s a good idea to review what oppression creates, so I bring you "Peace, Propaganda and The Holy Land":