New book takes an in-depth look at Operation Guardian of the Walls

WASHINGTON – When Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, saw Operation Guardian of the Walls on television, he decided to write a book about it. “I saw the war in May and for the first time since the Second Intifada, when I was living in Israel, I was able to see almost the entire war in Hebrew,” he said. I also saw it in Arabic and of course I saw it in English. According to Schanzer, “It almost felt like the American and Israeli media were covering two different wars. The gap was so big in terms of what both parties decided to fill, that I felt like it was time to write a book. “

Gaza War 2021: Hamas, Israel and the Eleven Day War, is the name of his new book, which was produced in-house at “FDD Press” for the first time. “When the war ended, I took a few days off and then wrote the first draft in eight days.” Schanzer then traveled to Israel to interview Israeli officials and lawmakers. At the Southern Command, he met with Major General Eliezer Toledano.

“I initially wrote the book in chronological order,” he says, “but in the end, I decided to jump between the recent war and the history of Hamas dating back to the 1980s. The goal was to help the reader see how the present and the past are inextricably linked. “

“The American media focused almost entirely on Sheikh Jarrah, being the cause of the war, and surprisingly to me, there was no coverage at all of the canceled Palestinian elections and the fact that this was something that enraged Hamas and they were waiting for. to be part of the political conversation again, ”he continued. “I would say that that has as much, if not more, to do with the outbreak of the conflict than Sheikh Jarrah, which, incidentally, still continues today and is clearly not the cause of further wars.

“As I point out in the book, at the end of the day, when you point to a single cause of conflict, you are usually wrong.”

Rays of light are seen as Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, as seen from Ashkelon on May 20, 2021 (credit: REUTERS / AMIR COHEN / FILE PHOTO)

Instead of considering a real estate dispute in Sheikh Jarrah, maybe [should] look at some other things that contributed to it as well, that weren’t part of the discussion, “he said. One example, he notes, is Iran’s role in backing Hamas.

Schanzer says the last war was different from previous conflicts. “It is a different conflict now. It is less Arab-Israeli, it is even less Palestinian-Israeli. This is a Gaza-Israel or Iran-Israel conflict. And the hue there, I thought, was important to me as I watched. I just felt that there were things that were not said here in the US that may have been more obvious to others looking abroad. “

Schanzer, an expert on the Middle East, says the situation could escalate again. “Israeli officials I spoke to in June suggested that war could easily break out again soon. Between balloon bombs and occasional rockets, another conflagration is entirely possible. I think the determining factor here is Israel, which generally does not respond to provocations until a significant ‘target bank’ has been collected. “

The interview takes place during a week in which the Egyptian chancellor is in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Egypt is likely to continue to play the role of mediator in the short and medium term. But its success will depend on the support it receives from the United States. And the progressive left continues to corner Egypt. I’m concerned about this, ”Schanzer said.

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