posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 12:16 AM
To me it seems more like the continuation of an old tactic, clearly seen through; Operation Penitence in 2004 and Operation Cast Led in 2008-09, the
refusal to overtly negotiate with Hamas, the continuation of a painful blockade on the people of Gaza (to both undermine Hamas and wage economic and
psychological warfare on the people), the continued expansion of Israeli settlements, and the refusal to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority in a
cooperative capacity, despite the fact they have renounced violence.
Moreover, Netanyahu has an election to win. What better way to win an election than starting an unprovoked war in Gaza, escalating tensions and then
swooping in an flattening Gaza the way many Israelis seem to think it should be.
Firstly, Hamas did not break the ceasefire. When Israel bombed a soccer field, killing 2 Palestinian children, Hamas started a new volley of rocket
fire which escalated after the funeral of those children was targeted and after the head of Hamas' military command, who in Haaeretz's own words was
Israel's 'enforcer', who negotiated a ceasefire and kept Hamas in check. In fact, Israel's justification for assassinating him at this stage seems
to be that he could not crackdown on other militant groups continuing terrorist attacks.
Lastly, this is a continuation of Israel's aggressive stance on security, expansion and settlements. They don't want peace. If they wanted peace
they could have negotiated a peace settlement from 1993 to 2006, before Hamas was ever elected and during a period that the PLO and Fatah had
renounced violence. It is due to Israel's lack of progress and commitment towards peace, that the people gave up hope in Fatah and supported Hamas
instead. It's what brought Hamas into power, it's what makes Hamas popular and it is why support for Hamas will continue to grow whilst support for
the now very corrupt and powerless Fatah (essentially a group that has become Israel's surrogate) will continue to dwindle.
Violence begets violence, hatred begets hatred and terrorism begets terrorism. That goes both ways.