Are there secret dialects and pyschodynamics to the latest currents of asymmetrical violence in Gaza and Israel out of which one state begins to take shape in Israel-Palestine? Whether one justifies or condemns whichever side to or act in the conflict, I do not see how, when viewed at the surface, this violence will do anything but damage the people of Gaza and to the Palestinian national cause, while, Israel gets itself sucked into Gaza, but with what possible exit strategy? Maybe that’s the point, that what we are looking at is the logic of no exit and compulsion best explored by psychoanalytic theories and categories, not by political or moral ones. When did this dynamic start? Established almost half a century ago in 1967, it begins to accelerate with the failure of the Oslo accords and the Second Intifada as the peoples to the conflict begin to cut deep into the body politic of the other.
Whatever the logics at work, they have nothing to do with cause and effect as we would understand it at as a surface phenomenon based on an exteriorized positioning of friends over here and enemies over there. Each violent surge and counter-surge is as if intended to drive the two warring systems not further apart, but rather as if to draw them more closely together into a single morbid body, at war with itself and out of whack, defined by increasing tempos of abuse, aversion, brutality, contempt, fear, hatred, hurt, murder, racism, rage, resentment, and violence. So yes, politically and morally, Israel has the right to defend itself and Palestine has the right to resist occupation. In war, even asymmetrical ones, there are legal rights to kill the enemy. In the meantime, the force of eros coupling with thanatos continues to constitute a subterranean attraction that runs against the surface current of this or that ideological, moral, and rhetorical posturing.