The Israel-Palestine conflict enters its fifth day, while world powers, including the United States, have yet to make any meaningful effort for the truce. It appears as if Israeli Prime Ministerhas launched this attack on to win the upcoming election. The kind of human tragedy we see at the moment started on Nov. 14, when the Israeli army assassinated Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas's military wing.
The assassination led to a volley of rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel, and Israelis were ready to retaliate with a bigger plan that lead to a military operation in the Gaza Strip, depending upon the responses of the Obama administration and the new Egyptian government of the Muslim Brotherhood. The timing of the Israeli military offensive is of paramount importance and one should look into it carefully. Israel has elections scheduled for Jan. 22, and Netanyahu apparently feels the military offensive will help him return to the office. Four years back, in December 2008, a similar operation against Hamas was launched by Israel in which 1,400-plus Palestinians were killed.
Perhaps it is easy to launch wars for strategic reasons when there is no price to pay. This is clearly a well-thought-out and calculated strategic move by the Israeli government and Western media reports are deliberately creating confusion that Israel is responding to attacks against its citizens. Israelis are disturbed by the Arab Spring and Islamist governments in Egypt and Tunisia and AKP (Justice and Development Party) in Turkey. They want to test out and establish new political paradigms in the Middle East.
The objective of the operation against Hamas appears to upset the apple cart in the Middle East, to reduce the structural ability of Hamas, to test out the Iron Dome Shield and to reduce Iran's ability within its own borders before something about the country can be pushed or tested in 2013. A cogent diplomacy by Egypt, Turkey, the Obama administration and those Israelis who understand that their government is misleading them and the whole world for purely strategic reasons can end the conflict. Egypt and its new leadership need to be cautious because Israel is disturbed by their cautious relationship with the US and the West. Hamas and the Palestinians are being killed as guinea pigs, while Israel appears to have bigger issues at hand.