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A Brief Review of the Israel-Hamas War

Posted by Atilla89 on January 19, 2009

As you can see I haven’t been blogging in the last few months, just put it down to laziness. The latest round of fighting in the Middle-East is of course nothing new, in fact, I expected it to happen much sooner then it did. The IDF did a great job that wasn’t helped by the illegal use of human shields (both willing and unwilling) by Hamas. However, the Israeli political leadership has left much to be desired. Now that the ceasefire is in place, Israeli finds itself in a similar situation as it was at the end of the Hezbollah war. Not only did they fail to stop the rockets from falling on the South, Hamas itself still exists as the main player in Gaza.

Indeed, many in the IDF feel that the political leadership was far too hasty in implementing the unilateral cease-fire:

Among many soldiers in the field, many of whom have been pulled out in the past several hours, Israel’s declared truce appears to constitute a missed opportunity to crush Hamas’ will to fire at Israeli civilians. Some reservists reported, though, that Hamas appeared weak.

“We could have done a lot more. There’s a feeling the operation ended too early,” one soldier told Ynet. He and his colleagues are staying alert in an attempt to block ceasefire violations – rocket fire – by Hamas or other Palestinian organizations.

These soldiers maintain that an operation such as Cast Lead should leave Hamas “devoid of desire” to continue aiming rockets at Israel. “We can continue without a problem, in urban Palestinian areas, in Gaza City or anywhere else. All they need to do is tell us to,” soldiers said.

However, for me, the issue that angers me most is the fact that Olmert should have foreseen such problems. Already we have Ismail Haniyeh declaring victory‘ over Israel.

“The enemy has failed to achieve its goals,” Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the territory, said in a speech broadcast on Hamas television.

Though he called the war, in which more than 1,300 Gazans and 13 Israelis died, a “popular victory” for Palestinians, Haniyeh said Hamas’ decision to declare a truce on Sunday was “wise and responsible”.

It is irrelevant whether he is right or not, the military causalities speak for themselves, the point is, he has just won a propaganda victory over Israel through ‘resistance’. Thus he will be able to ensure Hamas’s continued popularity in the Strip through his policy of ‘resistance’ for what may be a very long time judging by the current Israeli political leadership. I can only hope that Likud will be elected on Febuary 10 and take a much harder line with Hamas and indeed Iran.

Soldiers leaving Gaza (Photo: AP)

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