The bombing of the bus in Tel Aviv confirms the folly of attempting to negotiate a cease fire with Hamas at this time. If Israel wants to end attacks by Hamas for an extended period, it needs to defeat Hamas militarily. If Israel wants to show that the “Arab Spring” has not altered the Middle East to Israel’s detriment, it needs to defeat Hamas militarily. If Israel wants to maximize its flexibility for dealing with Iran’s nuclear threat and minimize the threat from the South in the event of a war with Iraq, it needs to defeat Hamas militarily.
But Israel is constrained by the presence of Hillary Clinton, and that, of course, was President Obama’s purpose in planting her in Israel. Obama went ballistic on Prime Minister Netanyahu when, while Joe Biden was in Israel, the government said it would built some housing units in Jerusalem. Imagine the reaction if Israel launches an invasion while Hillary is present.
The whole spectacle is farcical. A pretend friend of Israel sends his envoy to constrain Israel’s ability to defend itself, on the pretense of negotiating a pretend long-term cease fire through the good offices of an Egyptian government that doesn’t even pretend to be other than Israel’s enemy.
Meanwhile, Hamas, which isn’t pretending, continues to kill Israelis.
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