South Korea took exactly the opposite lesson from Israel and Gaza

I wrote last week about the South Koreans who occasionally float Choco Pies over the Korean Demilitarized Zone (“My delicious vision for Israel’s border looks a lot like North & South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone“), and expressed the wish that Israelis and Palestinians might follow the nonviolent example set in that other seemingly-intractable conflict:

I imagined a world where Gazans express their frustration with the Israeli soldiers stationed just across the border — and the small kibbutzim and towns they protected — by floating over falafel balloons on Jewish fast days. Or that all through Ramadan, Israel’s Air Force had periodically dropped enormous bags of Bamba into Gaza.

No, I don’t expect that either side would fully appreciate the foods dropped on their fasting heads — but I do imagine they would prefer that sort of care package to the rockets and bombs they’ve already got.

The Koreans appear to have read what I wrote — but seem to have drawn precisely the wrong conclusion.

Rather than helping turn Israel’s border with Gaza into a more peaceful, if also more passive-aggressive place, South Koreans appear most interested in making their own border look more like Israel’s. Via Haaretz:

South Korea is interested in buying the Iron Dome anti-missile system, its manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, said yesterday . . . Rafael CEO Yedidia Yaari said the system’s performance had fuelled foreign interest in it, including by South Korea, which is in an armed standoff with North Korea.

“[South Korea] is very worried not only about rockets, but other things as well . . . You can certainly include them in the club of interested countries,” Yaari told Israel’s Army Radio, saying Rafael representatives had visited Seoul to promote Iron Dome.

I wonder if Rafael accepts payment in Choco Pies. I also wonder, if Israel manages to turn Iron Dome into a profitable business proposition, whether any of that money will end up back at the U.S. Treasury. (Dubious.)

Either way, this can only end well.


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