The practical decision to exterminate Palestinians was conscious, planned and pursued with implacable resolve at the very top and carried out with savage enthusiasm by Israel’s ‘citizen army’… The purpose of this essay is 4-fold:
1. To identify the nature of the crime – the genocidal character of the armed assault and the sequence leading up to it;
2. To identify the direct perpetrators of the war crimes and their domestic and international accomplices;
3. To explain the ties binding leaders, policymakers, propagandists, accomplices and followers, including their ideologies, material interests and organizational structure which make these crimes not only possible, but met so far with impunity and
4. To identify the larger imperial interests with which Israel allies with the US, and in pursuit of which, the Gaza assault is a horrifying dress rehearsal.