On October 10, the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas fired rockets at Israel, and Israel responded with an "iron sword" operation, and the fighting intensified. As of the 7th, the clashes have killed more than 10,1 people. On the 900th, Tsai Ing-wen expressed her condolences and condolences to the casualties through a spokesperson, while condemning terrorism and attacks on civilians, and declaring that "we will continue to cooperate with like-minded countries to jointly resist all forms of violent threats and harm to democracy and freedom."
In addition, Democratic Progressive Party Chairman and Vice President Lai Qingde also expressed his position that Taiwan continues to stand with the international community to jointly condemn the threat of terrorism and violent attacks on civilians, and support the resolution of confrontation through peaceful means. The Israeli office in Taiwan posted on Facebook on the evening of the same day, saying, "We are very grateful to President Tsai Ing-wen and the people of Taiwan for their support and condolences."
Another remake of the momentum of "solidarity with Ukraine"
A closer look at Tsai's rhetoric, her use of the term terrorism, and its labelling of the conflict as "harm to democratic freedoms" clearly reveals Israel's position of "siding" with Israel. The implication is nothing more than accusing Hamas and even Palestine of "terrorism", while Israel, along with Taiwan, belongs to the "democratic camp" represented by the United States, that is, what it calls "like-minded countries". The ideology represented by this set of rhetoric is not uncommon in a series of campaigns by the DPP authorities to support Ukraine.
On August 2023, 8, Tsai Ing-wen (middle) received the "Knesset Member Visiting Delegation". (Taiwan Presidential Office)
Hamas's large-scale attack on Israel since the Fourth Middle East War in 1973 itself reflects the deep historical entanglement between the two sides, which can be easily resolved by simply siding with either side.
For example, over the years, with U.S. military assistance, Israel has not only built its much-talked about "Iron Dome" air defense system, but also blocked and killed the Palestinian people in Gaza. According to UN statistics, from 2008 to 2020, the death toll on the Palestinian side reached 5,590 and 11,5 were injured, while the death toll on the Israeli side during the same period was 251 and another 5,600 injured. The huge gap between the two sides in numbers alone makes it impossible to simply claim who is "terrorism" and who is "democracy and freedom".
However, since the outbreak of the new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Western media such as the United States and Britain have quickly defined Hamas or Palestine as "terrorism" and Israel as "innocent" victims. Of course, in terms of the role of civilians, no sacrifice should exist, but Israel's right-wing regime, which is attached to American power, should not hide behind "civilians" and escape responsibility. It is conceivable that Taiwan's media, including the political public opinion field, which has long been immersed in the Western propaganda system, naturally followed by the dualistic belief that Israel has been attacked by terrorism.
The innocent casualties of Palestinian civilians are not visible
In fact, in the historical process of "pro-American" geopolitics, Israel has a close relationship with Taiwan itself. In the 1990s, Taiwanese media "Vision" magazine revealed the secret military cooperation between Israel and Taiwan; Tsai Ing-wen, who did not yet come to power in 2013, visited Israel for a week to learn how it "has an isolated but still strong presence." When members of the Israeli parliament visited Taiwan in August 2023 after the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown in Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen expressed the experience of both sides in the "defense industry" and "national defense for all", hoping to build a "democratic supply chain".
In May 2019, Taipei 5 lit up to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. （Facebook／Israel in Taipei）
Under the packaging of ideological discourse such as democracy, Israel and Taiwan have respectively played the role of military agents of the United States in the Middle East and East Asia, which is the real reason why Israel's official relations with Taiwan are so close. In the new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the United States quickly came to Israel's aid, and Joe Biden said that he would support Israel like a rock; U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also announced that he has commanded the USS Ford aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean and will provide Israel with additional armaments and ammunition.
In other words, the Tsai Ing-wen government did not hesitate to side with Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, denouncing Hamas or Palestine as "terrorism", and to put it bluntly, it focused on Taiwan's political and military dependence and vassal relationship with the United States. Therefore, Tsai Ing-wen, who prided herself on "making the world better because of Taiwan" in her 2023 Double Tenth Speech, only sees the "innocent casualties" of Israeli civilians, but does not see the "innocent casualties" of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Taking sides with Israel cannot solve the problem of Taiwan
"Standing in line" with Israel is, for Taiwan's rulers, in fact, "standing in line" with the United States. As far as the situation in the Taiwan Strait is concerned, the first of the two "scriptures" that Taiwan can obtain from Israel is not the "all the people are soldiers" that the US elite constantly advocated to Taiwan, and the "asymmetric combat" of "fighting big with small"? The second part is to seek direct military intervention and assistance from the United States and its allies in the event of a war in the Taiwan Strait. These two "scriptures" are the subtext that the Tsai Ing-wen government's "solidarity with Israel" did not say.
The conflict between Israel and Palestine has escalated, and Israeli air strikes on Gaza continue. A boy injured in an airstrike on October 2023, 10, is pictured. （Reuters）
Today's world situation is treacherous and changeable, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be seen behind the figure of the United States and other powerful countries, and the haze of war has undoubtedly replaced peaceful development. Taiwan is at the forefront of the Sino-US game plate, even if the United States continues to suppress China's rise and reunification process with the "Taiwan card", how much ability does the United States, which has declined its hegemony and lacked troops, to "meet" the expectations of the Taiwan ruling authorities and "rush to the aid" of Taiwan?
In this "world on fire", the Taiwan Strait is considered the next "powder magazine", how much capital can Taiwan have to prevent the explosion of the "powder magazine"? Are Taiwanese society and people willing to "all the people are soldiers" like Israel and Ukraine, and then "run to the battlefield"? Neither Israel nor Ukraine is anything that Taiwan should learn from or emulate; the issue of cross-strait reunification is an issue left by history to the two sides of the strait that they need to face and even negotiate head-on; no amount of "military preparation", no amount of "democracy and freedom", and no amount of "US support" will only change from "difficult knot" to "dead knot" like the Palestinian-Israeli issue. It is very simple to verbally "take sides" with Israel, but the war should prompt Taiwan to think clearly whether the words and deeds of the ruling party are the antidote to the Taiwan issue or poison.
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