Topic: Decline of the West
The Israeli thought that a limited military incursion into the Gaza Strip would persuade Hamas to stop firing rockets into the Jewish state. This may turn out to have been a miscalculation.
Hamas has no interest in minimizing Palestinian casualties. From its perspective, the higher the body count the better. This is why its leaders have rebuffed all calls for a ceasefire: The think they're winning in the court of world public opinion, and that the Israelis will be forced to throw up the sponge. So where does Israel go from here?
One thing is clear: It's impossible for Israel to withdaw its troops from Gaza with no assurance that a period of peace and quiet will ensue. Logic suggests that the only course now is to continue the fight until Hamas has been uprooted from Gaza and destroyed. As long as this Jew-hating terrorist organization remains a factor in the calculus of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, there can be no peace. Its elimination and replacement by Fatah as Gaza's governing authority seems the only way to go.
Needless to say, Barack Obama and John Kerry will do all in their power to prevent Israel from following any such course of action. But will the Israeli government, faced with such a dangerous and implacable enemy, pay heed to the admonitions of the US gogernment? We shall see…