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Big mistake: Israel-Hamas cease-fire
Posted By Larry Klayman On 11/23/2012 @ 5:49 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
The so-called U.S.-Egyptian brokered cease-fire claiming to end the last week’s conflict in Gaza is a sham. It shows that it is not only President Barack Hussein Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who are expedient and delusional at best, but regrettably also leaders in the Israeli government who caved in to American, leftist domestic and international pressure to end the siege. The increased prestige the cease-fire brings to one of the worst terrorist groups in the world, Hamas, which now claims that it has successfully stood up to Israeli Zionist oppression – and crowing by the Obama administration that this is the first recent step to a broad peace agreement over a two-state solution for the so-called Palestinian problem – would strongly suggest that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has really walked into “something” that leaves a very bad odor now and into the future.
When polled in the last few days about the cease-fire, the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens rejected it as a means to end the rocket attacks and violence of Hamas and its Muslim brothers like the even more radical Islamist Jihad, financed and supplied by the neo-Nazi Islamic regime in Iran. That’s because, based on experience, Israelis understand all too well that the cessation in hostilities and rocket firings are only a temporary respite. And any missile facilities of the terrorists that were destroyed will be quickly rebuilt with even more sophisticated weaponry and with the assistance of Iran and other Arab interests. So too will rockets be resupplied by the mullahs in Tehran, whose goal, consistent with Islam and its “godly” teachings, is to wipe Israel off the face of the map and kill as many Jews and Christians as “humanly” possible in the name of Allah and his edicts – in order to eventually have Muslims rule the world.
On Thanksgiving Day, New York Times reporters David Sanger (the same leftist reporter who released months earlier highly classified information at Obama’s beckoning about Israeli war plans with Iran so the administration coerce Israel not to attack Iran before the presidential election) and Adam Shanker, correctly observed:
“The conflict that ended, for now, in a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel seemed like the latest episode in a periodic showdown. But there was a second strategic agenda unfolding, according to American and Israeli officials: The conflict was something of a practice run for any future confrontation with Iran, featuring improved rockets that can reach Jerusalem, and new anti-missile defense systems that can counter them.
“It is Iran, of course, that most preoccupies Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. While disagreeing on tactics, both have made clear that time is short, probably measured in months, to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.
“And, one key to their war-gaming has been cutting off Iran’s ability to slip next generation missiles into the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, where they could be launched by Iran’s surrogates, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, during any crisis over sanctions or an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“Michael B. Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a military historian, likened the insertion of Iranian missiles into Gaza to the Cuban missile crisis.
“‘In the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. was not confronting Cuba, but rather the Soviet Union,’ Mr. Oren said Wednesday, as the cease-fire was declared. ‘In Operation Pillar of Defense,’ the name the Israel Defense Force gave the Gaza operation, ‘Israel was not confronting Gaza, but Iran.”
Why then did Prime Minister Netanyahu and the rest of the Israeli government accede to predictable pressure by the “Muslim in chief” and the so-called international community for Israel not to thoroughly clean out and destroy the Hamas-driven rats nest in Gaza, as a prelude to the upcoming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program? The answer is regrettably both simple and uncomforting. Netanyahu and his Likud Party face new elections in late January 2013, and he and his allies feared the political impact of high Israeli casualties if they finished, with a full troop invasion, the job they started a week-and-a-half ago to more fully eliminate Hamas as a threat. But the irony is that, based upon my observations and discussions with Israelis in the last week – including those already in the line of fire in Tel Aviv, the West Bank and elsewhere – the Jewish nation was prepared for this. Casualties and sacrifice are a staple in the history of the Jewish people, and better to bite the proverbial terrorist bullet now than have Iran resupply Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others in the months leading up to the eventual Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
In short, Prime Minister Netanyahu, succumbing to pressure not just by Obama and the international community but also Israel’s dovish Labor Party on the left, headed by President of Israel Shimon Peres, caved to political expediency. By so doing, the image and reputation of Israel as a tough and unyielding adversary to Arab terrorism and coercion was severely compromised. By throwing in the towel to an immediate land invasion of Gaza, Netanyahu and the Israeli government undercut the deterrent psychology and effect of the Jewish state’s strategic interests. Hamas and Iran, are now – having declared victory over the cease-fire (Hamas’ status on the world stage also having been elevated by the bargain) – are emboldened to act even more aggressively in the future. And, it is only a matter of a short time that they recommence rocket firings into Israeli population centers with new and improved technology that will also be undoubtedly used in any war over Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Thus, the prime minister and the Israeli government made a huge mistake in not finishing now the job they set out to do, but instead leaving traces of the cancer to grow back, with greater force, in the near future.
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