The above graphics recently posted by the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) twitter account has made the rounds in the media and it is worth some public discourse. On seeing the tweet, my first instinct was to re-tweet … I mean the tweet made sense – Hamas is using resources which would have been better served in infrastructure development for other sinister objectives; but for some strange reason, I went-on to read the mentions linked to the tweet.
What I saw provoked this article and to be honest, made me do some thinking. To put things in context, here is the original tweet by the IDF:
“What is the price of Hamas’ tunnels? The welfare of its own people”
And a sample of the replies:
“So you can blow them up?”
“ah! Yes, so you could later bomb those homes, mosques, schools and medical clinics.”
“are you serious? You are destroying I don’t know how many times the amount you mentioned.”
“they build everything back, you’ll destroys it all over again. Then show to the world that you are the good one. Moron.”
“why don’t you f@#kers rebuild all that you have blown up”
The Israeli side argues, why expend these crucial resources to build tunnels while your people are lacking basic amenities such as Hospitals and Schools. In a vacuum, this sounds like a legitimate statement and the Palestinians (or any reasonable person) should be receiving this with good intentions.
On the other hand, the Palestinians counters that argument with, why build Schools with our meager resources, when all you do is destroy them? We prefer to use our resources to build tunnels that will aid us in procuring weapons to put up a fight against you. Yet again, in a vacuum this sounds legitimate.
And now you see the quandary.