Getting a clue yet?
Maybe that clue is this: you can’t keep a people locked up in what is, in essence a concentration camp without them doing the exact same things you did when Jews were locked up and besieged in the Warsaw ghetto? Ring a bell? Perhaps you ought to try a different approach, like actually talking to Hamas, the, erm, elected government of Palestine and then dismantling the settlements in the West Bank and share the water from the Jordan River in a fair and equable fashion?
Because, as it looks to me, and as Col. Lang writes:
The Israelis have failed to humble Hamas. Rockets still arrive in Israel. This failure in their self-declared war aim will cost them dearly in the strategic contest. They are going to halt their “offensive without any sort of concession from Hamas?”
So, you just murdered more than a thousand people for what? Literally nothing. Hamas is still shooting rockets into Southern Israel.
Seriously, I’m not anti-Israel. I’m not opposed to Israel being a state. What I’m opposed to is stupid, bloody minded butchery, especially when it achieves absolutely zero strategic gains. And that is exactly what has happened here. You lost to a bunch of rag tag fighters who are shooting nothing but glorified bottle rockets into Southern Israel, while you had all those fighter jets we sold you, and all those Merkava tanks.
“Instead Israel is planning to resort to its favourite diplomatic manoeuvre: unilateralism. It wants a solution that passes over the heads of Hamas and the Palestinians. Or as Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, put it: “There is no intention here of creating a diplomatic agreement with Hamas. We need diplomatic agreements against Hamas.”
That’s your strategy? If it is, I can promise you this: Hamas won’t quit. They have nothing to lose. Get it? Nothing to lose.
Do you think, maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a strategic and diplomatic re-evaluation?