A 'win-win'... for Hamas
Although largely defeated militarily, Hamas has succeeded in attacking Israel and using it to drive an even deeper wedge
between the Jewish state and its 'most trusted ally.' This is David Horovitz.
It becomes ever harder to understand what the
US administration thinks it is doing in the Middle East. Its influence
is waning across the region. It appears insufficiently robust — to put
it mildly — when dealing with the region’s most dangerous regimes,
notably Iran. Its ill-judged lack of enthusiasm for Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi — apparently blamed by Washington for ending an elected Muslim
Brotherhood presidency, even though president Mohammed Morsi would
likely have ensured no further elections — is pushing Egypt ever closer
to Russia. And now ties with the region’s only democracy are fraying.
Some in the administration appear to labor
under the delusion that if only Benjamin Netanyahu — described by some
US officials in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal as “reckless and
untrustworthy” — could be weakened and eased aside, Israelis might elect
a leadership more inclined to follow its thinking and consider
territorial compromise in the cause of a rejuvenated peace process with
the Palestinians. The fact is, of course, that an Israel attempting to
de-fang Hamas, concerned at the possibility of rising tensions in the
West Bank, aware that Hezbollah in Lebanon is many times more powerful
than Hamas is, and watching Iran working to outwit the West on its route
to nuclear weapons, is as likely to veer left as Hamas is to
voluntarily disarm. Far from being the most obdurate prime minister,
Netanyahu is the most moderate that Israel can be expected to choose in
the foreseeable future.
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.
Rather than criticizing Israel for seeking to
protect its civilians from Hamas, and moving now to limit its capacity
to do so, the US, UK and the rest of the international community should
be emphatically backing Israel in its struggle against the cynical Hamas
— for the sake, too, of the civilians of Gaza. They should be insisting
that Hamas disarm. And they should be making clear that they share
Israel’s and Egypt’s concern that lifting the blockade is not tenable so
long as any easing of restrictions would be exploited by Hamas.
They would thus be underlining the message to
Gazans that Hamas is not fighting for their freedom, as it claims, but
is, through its pursuit of war against Israel, denying them their
They would also be giving Israel reason to
believe that when it finds itself in crisis — in good part, it can be
argued, because it undertook a territorial withdrawal widely urged by
the international community — the world will stand shoulder-to-shoulder
with it. Right now, the sense in Israel is quite the reverse — not
support, but abandonment.
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
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
John Podhoretz adds
regarding the US block on Hellfire missiles to Israel:
Simply put: It’s a gigantic hissy fit, an expression of rage against
Bibi Netanyahu, by whom the administration feels dissed. The quotes in
this article are almost beyond belief. In the annals of American foreign
policy, no ally has ever been talked about in this way.
EXAMPLE: A senior U.S. official said the U.S. and Israel clashed
mainly because the U.S. wanted a cease-fire before Mr. Netanyahu was
ready to accept one. “Now we both want one,” one of the officials said.
This is also transparently absurd. Netanyahu didn’t want this war,
and is transparently eager for any way to extricate Israel from a long
struggle. What he can’t accept is a cease-fire that leaves Hamas with
sufficient firepower and with intact tunnels—which is something you’d
think the United States would similarly support.
EXAMPLE: “It’s become very personal,” an official tells the Wall
Street Journal. Yeah, no kidding. That’s a great way to make policy.
For five and a half years now, some Israel advocates have been
attempting to make the case to others that there is something new and
dark in the Obama administration’s perspective on Israel—that there is
an animus as pronounced as the one during the administration of the
Elder George Bush, which was so self-evident the Jewish vote for Bush in
the 1992 reelection was a staggeringly low 11 percent.
This Wall Street Journal article should now leave no illusions. In
its transparent hostility—not to mention the cowardice of hiding behind
anonymity to issue its repugnant bitch-slaps—the Obama administration is
worse than the Bush 41 administration. It’s the worst since
Eisenhower. Were it not for Iron Dome, it would be the worst ever. And
given the decision to hold up weaponry during wartime, it may yet
And Eisenhower came around
to support Israel
in his second term.
Labels: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Dwight Eisenhower, Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, IDF, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood