Hamas wins concessions, Israel, condemnation....
Columnist David Horovitz captures in a few paragraphs the foreign policy & national security disaster brought about by a clueless Obama administration & its feckless allies. The biggest regional loser is the West's most trustworthy Mideast ally, Israel. The biggest winner is openly unrepentant Islamist terror group Hamas which, along with its terrorist allies, all of whom wish the destruction of the "Great Satan" (USA), "Little Satan" (Israel) and the Judeo-Christian & secularist West.
DH sums up the war's outcome:
It is frankly astounding to the overwhelming majority of Israelis that Israel is being blamed for and pressured to end a war it manifestly sought to avoid — against a terrorist-government sworn to its destruction that repeatedly breaches the ceasefire efforts Israel consistently accepts. That the conflict is widely misrepresented, and that hostile governments are critical, is bad enough for Israel. Far, far graver is that key allies, to one degree or another, are turning upon it....
....There was no blockade before Hamas seized power in 2007. Israel had unilaterally left Gaza two years earlier, and hoped to be rewarded with tranquility. If Gaza was not run by a terrorist government, there would be no need for a security blockade to prevent arms smuggling....
From Hamas’s point of view, it must be a source of immense delight to witness the strains, and practical fallout, in the relationship between Washington and Jerusalem. It wins an election in which the US insisted it be allowed to take part, even though it has never renounced terrorism. It murders its way to control of Gaza. It diverts Gaza’s resources to turn the Strip into one great big terrorist bunker. It hits Israel, over and over and over again. It intimidates international journalists to not report on and film its attack methods. And the international community condemns Israel, the UN sets up inquiries into Israeli war crimes, and Israel’s allies limit its arms supplies.
All it needs to do, Hamas can only conclude, is keep firing at Israel’s towns and villages, forcing Israel to respond, confident that this will bring still more criticism down on Israel as well as growing restrictions on Israel’s ability to defend itself. Wow, the Hamas leaders must be thinking, the free world is just so dumb.
DH notes that contrary to widespread misperceptions in the West Bibi Netanyahu is dead center in the spectrum of Israeli public opinion. Any change of leadership will shift Israel's government further to the right.
What can a strategically clueless president be expected to do next, re Israel & Hamas?
Enter once again the Humpty-Dumpty Looking Glass ("'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'") of the latest pseudo-peace process: (1) Western country signs accord with totalitarian and/or terrorist group (Hamas is both); (2) non-Western party violates accord & denies violation of same; (3) Western party can't win admission of violations until proof positive is obtained; (4) when such proof is obtained, Western party's peace processors deny its significance, warn that enforcing penalties will drive the non-Western party to repudiate the accord; (5) non-Western party escalates scale & scope of repudiations; (6) eventually, if war results, Western party is likely--though not certain--to have lost ground during the peace process years.
Bottom Line. (1) Hamas wins legitimacy as negotiating partner + concessions, thus rewarding its strategy of kiddie-porn human-shield images presented the world. (2) Israel is more isolated than ever, having been branded the guilty party in a war where the moral & legal equities are as one-sided as they were during the 1940 Battle of Britain. (3) By undermining its most faithful Mideast ally--imposing sanctions (suspension of military aid) on its friend whilst making concessions to its mortal enemy (Hamas)--America loses yet more regional influence.
Much of the damage will prove permanent. Never again will Israel fully trust in American solidarity. That American voters not only elected Barack Obama in 2008, but re-elected him in 2012, means Israel must seek maximum independence from its primary patron for the past 40 years. Count on it to do so.
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