Deradicalizing Gaza

The Gazans must be made to accept the fact that the Jewish people are the indigenous inhabitants of the Holy Land.

By  Jason Shvili, ISRAEL HAYOM  29 Nov 2023

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously said, once Hamas has been eliminated in the Gaza Strip, the territory and its residents will need to be deradicalized. But deradicalized how? The short answer is that Gaza will need to be deradicalized the same way Germany was de-Nazified after World War II.

Gazan society will need to be rebuilt from the ground up. For starters, all symbols of the territory’s previous rulers must be banned, just as Nazi symbols like the swastika were banned in post-WWII Germany. The territory’s media and education system will need to be purged of antisemitism and the glorification of terrorism. Instead of being taught to hate and kill Jews, the Gazans must receive a constant flow of messaging promoting peace and coexistence with the Jewish people and Israel. They must be taught that their future ultimately depends on living side-by-side with their Jewish neighbors.

Thus, an entirely new educational curriculum will need to be created. Children in Gaza must learn that the ideals promoted by Hamas, Fatah, and the other Palestinian factions are wrong. They must be taught to choose life instead of death, tolerance instead of hate, and peace instead of war. Gone will be the hateful messages telling Gazan children that the greatest thing they can aspire to is martyrdom in the service of killing Jews. Instead, Gazan children must be encouraged to pursue fruitful, productive lives. They must also be taught that their future and the future of Gaza depend on working with the Jewish people and Israel to build a better Middle East.


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  2. The problem with expecting results from Gazans like we got from the Germans after devastating Germany in WWII, is that the Gazans are Moslems, and their religion of Islam tells them to make war against the Jews. The mosques will continue to preach that because they have no choice. They must preach what is in the Koran, and war against the Jews is in the Koran.

  3. Palestinians are from birth raised to believe Jews are sub-humans who stole their land and should be killed. This is reinforced when they go to school and in the mosque.

    Believing you can make civilized people of Gazans who are willing to live in peaceful cooperation with Jews is ridiculous. The analogy with Germany is not valid because all Germans were not NAZIs.

    Only realistic option that would work is to remove the Gazans or most of them.

  4. @peloni

    Well, the only way to find out is to test it.

    You cannot deny that the situation in Israel and in the Diaspora is a unique experience since WWII.

  5. @Reader
    Well, it is only my opinion, but I disagree that what suggest will change the outlook of many in America into being Zionists, not such that it would create a ‘very large wave’ of Zionist immigration in any event. Still I don’t disagree that such a venture should be pursued, only that the effect should not be expected to draw Zionist water from an American stone, so to speak.

  6. @peloni

    it may not be practical, but I would question how it would be possible.

    How it would be possible?

    1) Israel must quit artificially restricting aliyah;

    2) Israel must employ straight Zionist propaganda (settling the land, building up the country, escaping antisemitism of the Diaspora, etc.) as opposed to covering up Israel’s problems and attracting only those who the Jewish Agency and NBN consider to be the most desirable olim.

  7. @Reader

    I have a suggestion which may not be a practical alternative but still should be helpful – a very large wave of aliyah, and it should be a real Zionist aliyah

    Good luck with that. Notably you did say it may not be practical, but I would question how it would be possible. The world’s Jews are nearly split between Israel and the US, and the US is overwhelmingly not of Zionist stock which is why they support the anti-Ziionist Dems.

    In any case, the two ‘alternatives’ are not really alternatives. The Arabs must go, and what Zionists you can muster, well send them on. The two policies would be quite complementary, in fact.

  8. @Sebastien Zorn

    I don’t see any practical alternative to expelling the entire Arab population

    I have a suggestion which may not be a practical alternative but still should be helpful – a very large wave of aliyah, and it should be a real Zionist aliyah, i.e. it should be purely ideological which requires some work on the part of Israel and a complete removal of the worst bureaucratic obstacles that currently limit aliyah.

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  10. History fails to be instructive when it fails to be learned.

    If denazification is the process which will be pursued in Gaza, it should be recalled that denazification of Nazi Germany is not what many believe it to have been. The problem in Germany is that there were few experienced non-Nazi judges and govt administrators from whom the new German govt could build a functioning, much less thriving, German state. Simultaneously, with the rise of the Cold War tensions, the concerns over the last war gave way to the concerns over the next war. Indeed, the post war years saw tensions rising and the one thing which East and West agreed upon was their commitment to pursue war crimes trials. Even in this, however, the sentences of the Nazi’s were often revised downward, and despite the millions of victims and millions of Nazi war criminals, only 199 were tried and of this few, only 161 were even convicted.

    Following the 1948 Berlin Blockade, all pretense about denazification was dropped and the denazified German state began renazifying itself with full awareness of the world. Over the next twenty years, a majority of the interior ministry were former Nazis while the judiciary did not only have a majority of former Nazi’s, but an alarming number of them were former members of the Nazi SA which had led the Nazi assault on Jews during Kristallnacht.

    So with the Nazis in the govt and the Nazis in the Judiciary acted in cooperation to provide protection for the old Nazi guard in the ‘denazified’ German state.

    Hence rather than pursuing past crimes against humanity, new crimes of obfuscation were pursued instead.

    This is how known Nazis were signaled that it was safe to return to Germany and walk the streets in which their crimes against humanity were conducted. This was the very outrage which was exposed by the works of Serge and Beate Klarsfeld as well as many other Nazi hunters.

    In fact, there was a very close vote in Germany which ultimately changed the law prohibiting further prosecutions of Nazi war crimes past January 1, 1980. During the ferocious debate prior to this change in the law, the Germans made it quite clear that they were quite indignant about foreigners not understanding the nuances of German interests in ending any responsibility for their Nazi past.

    So with all of this in mind, we should be cautious about wanting to reproduce such a failed policy as denazification in Gaza, but rather we should recognize the truth that denazification in Germany was a great failure. Indeed, is there any doubt that it would be different in Gaza where, unlike in Germany, there are Nazis aplenty in most of the nations surrounding Gaza?

    Learn from the past, but learn the history and ignore the propaganda. In fact, the radicalized cleft in Gaza will not be de-radicalized by using the failed policy of denazification. Rather this political band-aid policy will be quickly overtaken by the reality and those whose interests remain to keep the friction between the Arabs and the Jews in play.

    Instead of denazification, forced emigration should be the goals pursued in the aftermath of this war, but the time to make such goals know is now, not later.

  11. Isn’t that what Israel tried to do before the Oslo Accords? I don’t see any practical alternative to expelling the entire Arab population.