The current conflict between Israel and Hamas is dramatically different than any previous conflict Israel has ever fought. That difference is the luxury of the Iron Dome clad defense protecting the home front from the dangers caused by the rocket barrages used by Hamas in efforts to spread dread and terror throughout the Israeli population. Because of the effectiveness of the Iron Dome systems, Israeli leaders can afford to take a less frantic approach to the threats posed by Hamas as their most prolific threat, the various kinds and numbers of rockets, have had their threat diminished to the point of becoming virtually ineffective. This has provided Israel with the option to accept almost every humanitarian ceasefire even if she has to do so unilaterally which in this situation the unilateral ceasefire results in Israel ceasing while Hamas fires. This has revealed a truth, a reality, which despite being mentally discernable in previous conflicts, has been driven home in this conflict because with Israel having the capability to suspend her military operations repeatedly in response to virtually every humanitarian ceasefire request and even to extend the duration of select ceasefire situations without leaving the Israeli people subjected to the horrors of rockets striking and destroying their communities, lives and mental state and causing massive amounts of casualties and property damage. With Hamas taking their usual cynical tactic of deploring the damage and casualties being inflicted by Israeli defensive military response and demanding a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons, a concept for which Hamas has no honest use except as it can be leveraged to allow her to go on the offensive while Israel is forced by world opinion, pressures and ever-present monitors to observe the entirety of the agreed cessation of combat, Israel this time with being capable of withstanding the rocket attacks with minimal appreciable damage or casualties can afford to cease all actions and fully reveal the perfidy of the Hamas terrorists and their true intentions.
This has even gone so far as to allow, or more like force, Egypt to even join in denouncing the intractability of Hamas in refusing the Egyptian offered ceasefire terms and holding out demanding Israel accept terms for a cessation of the conflict which are paramount to a complete Israeli surrender which would lead to a whole new paradigm when Hamas would decide to launch their next attempt to destroy Israel, only this time armed in a manner which is now completely beyond the realm of reality and only exists in the dreams of the Hamas leadership. The major demands from Hamas are for Israel and Egypt to permanently suspend their blockade against arms coming into Gaza and to not only allow, but to renovate and rebuild the ports and international airport within Gaza through which Hamas would import weaponry with which to destroy Israel and assist the Muslim Brotherhood in their attempts to reassume political control of Egypt. This became readily observable due to the increased freedom to slow the attacks and even allow ceasefires for whatever reasons even when they became one sided and Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel. Iron Dome has taken the sting off of the rockets almost entirely which produced a calm to be observed in Gaza while rockets from Gaza were intercepted or fell mostly harmlessly in open areas and Hamas was laid bare for those with unbiased eyes to see who were the terrorists and who were simply defending themselves and honoring any ceasefire. Now that Israel by accepting almost every ceasefire request, even those made by Hamas in their attempt to rearm and redeploy free of Israeli interference, and shown that Hamas does not observe the rules of war, continues their aggressions even during the ceasefires they themselves requested and that Hamas has targeted exclusively civilian populations while firing from amongst their own civilian populations has made new inroads which may over time reverse the panorama which the world had previously painted of Israel as the militaristic and inflexible party pressing their military advantages mercilessly. The reason Israel has previously pressed so hard was to end the conflicts as quickly as humanly possible which has and always will require imparting such overwhelming destruction on Hamas ability to wage war that there was no choice but to agree to a cessation of hostility. With the luxury of time made possible by the ability to negate the dreadful consequences of constant rocket barrages raining onto the Israeli public, Israel has finally had the ability to draw a distinction which is unavoidable that all but those predetermined to hate Israel for whatever reason, be it anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism or whatever other phobic hatred, to be capable of viewing the truths of which side is the aggressor and which side is committed to war by any means including and almost solely waged from within their own civilian population against the Israeli civilian population. Israel has been freed up to be able to take a new approach when Hamas employs their own version of the Iron Dome, it is called the women and children dome where, when Israel announces their intent to strike a Hamas weapons depot or rocket launching area by dropping leaflets, phoning residents and dropping a flare or small but loud explosive (firecracker) giving warning and even the time of expected strike, Hamas rounds up women, elderly and children and place them throughout any area to be struck or on the roof of any structure and hold them there often at gunpoint knowing that this will prevent Israeli pilots from completing their mission. The reason this tactic does not always succeed is due to a number of disparate issues some of which include the strike was made by naval shelling, artillery or tank fire which does not have the ability to actually put eyes on the target and see the human shields, attack is conducted at night or through thick smoke making seeing the human shields difficult or impossible and various other reasons of a tactical or operational limitations. Israel has utilized the luxury of time and a defensive system almost beyond belief or expectation to fully reveal the tactics utilized by Hamas with an emphasis on their use of human shields taken often from an unwilling population who would prefer a normal life to being on a constant war footing under leadership which has robbed them of their lives and inculcates their children with hatreds which promises to continue the suffering into the next generation and beyond.
What happens in the coming days, weeks or even months will determine much for how the future will play out. Israel has the chance to end the rule of Hamas and also assure that Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza or the newest terrorist group, ISIS, do not simply replace Hamas as the top terrorist running the Gaza Strip. This decision will also affect the stability in Egypt and could deny the Muslim Brotherhood of a safe storage place and training grounds for their weapons, fighters and infrastructure from where they have been capable of striking into the Sinai Peninsula exactly as they have on previous situations with deadly effects upon Egyptian border troops and beyond. Hamas may actually end up responsible for Israel finally ending the Gaza experiment which was begun by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon with the Disengagement which was presumed to provide the Palestinian Authority the opportunity to make a functioning state which would have later resulted in a follow-up disengagement from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and the formation of their presumed desired state. Hamas used a coup to wrest control over Gaza and begin a terror war against Israel and fulfill their charter which demands the eradication of the State of Israel and the destruction of the Jewish People worldwide. Despite the powers of the world including the United Nations, European Union, United States and others to be named as they crawl out of the woodwork all using their indomitable forces to force a permanent peace on Israel before Hamas is completely destroyed beyond the ability of Iran, Qatar, Turkey and whoever else has been sponsoring Hamas in their terrorist activities can repair the damage, restock the rockets with probably now and improved armaments, give them a new, improved battle plan and whatever other assistance may be determined is necessary or simply most advantageous.
That leaves all of us with a few particular questions over what is to come. The first is one not mentioned above but is probably the most crucial, is the Israeli leadership capable to commit to the complete destruction of Hamas, to dissemble the other remaining terrorist groups and crime families and reassert Israel security controls over Gaza. If so, will Israel also restructure the terror infrastructure from within the Gaza societal structures including the schools, children’s camps, social networks, and everywhere else the tentacles of Hamas and their cohorts have reached and contaminated? If Israel is not willing to take the necessary steps to change the parameters of her neighborhood, a neighborhood whose makeup was not of Israel’s making, it was determined by the allied powers out of World War I, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the United States (though the United States took a mostly passive acceptance allowing the Europeans to deal with those areas considered not vital to American interests at that time) who formed the new face of the lands formerly belonging to the defeated Ottoman Empire of which the Mandates for France and Britain were a major colonial project. This truth makes one of the claims against Israel as ludicrous as it is as Israel was an occupied nation of the British colonial world as was Jordan and Lebanon and Syria were colonies of France, thus Israel has never had colonies nor ever been a colonial power. If Israel refuses to take the required mission of removing the terrorist presence in Gaza, and hopefully in Judea and Samaria sooner rather than later, then whatever the world decides is of little consequence as only Israel can be the first to take the remedial and necessary efforts to change her immediate neighborhood and make for a safer and more stable future.
Even should Israel reach the decision to alter the realities surrounding her and solidify those terrorist influences which challenge Israeli existence, then the world can even have a supportive stance or a deleterious effect thus countering any Israeli efforts. The current unsolicited mission being undertaken by United States Secretary of State Kerry to forge a ceasefire at almost any cost has taken an extremely troubling direction as his efforts have been to impose a peace initiative designed by Qatar, a major supporter of Hamas financially, and backed by Turkey, whose Prime Minister Erdogan has called for the replacement of the current Egyptian government by reinstating President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood controlled through the Freedom and Justice Party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, against the expressed desires of Egypt as well as Israel. The United States efforts are being further backed by the United Nations and the European Union as well as numerous European governments which are capable of pressing Israel to accept terms which are detrimental to her future and would almost assuredly guarantee another round of violence in the future. Add to these influences the collection of human rights and anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and simply anti-Semitic NGOs, organizations, agencies, and international groups such as the Arab League and many in the Nonaligned Nations alliance and it can appear to most observers that the entire world stands accusing Israel of obscene crimes and exonerating Hamas and the other terror groups, which includes Mahmoud Abbas and his fellow travelers, to be innocent victims of an advance national state and all of their military capabilities. This effrontery is only possible because when rockets are launched into Israel or a team of terrorists infiltrate Israel and attack civilians the world major media outlets refuse to cover such unless it has particularly devastating results such as the slaughter of five members of the Fogel family.
The coverage almost always has its initial coverage with the introduction immediately before a commercial break such that returning from break the same introduction can be utilized in order to drive its impact home when they report that Israeli war planes launched attacks on the Gaza Strip followed by an in-depth coverage of the damage and any casualties with interviews with affected Palestinians. After a few minutes coverage of the Israeli strike it is mentioned that Hamas has launched rockets into Israel. Often it is implied or even actually stated that the Hamas rockets were fired as a response to the Israeli strike and never is mentioned the lead-up of weeks of rockets fired into Israel as for the mainstream media the entirety of the conflict only begins when Israel acts. This is part of why it is so accepted when what Israeli supporters keep stressing are undue pressures on Israel and excessive actions and cares are taken supporting the terrorists or protecting them from any permanent damage to their infrastructure assuring their survival. Much of this is made acceptable because it is regularly claimed by trusted news sources and politicians that the terrorists who are attacking Israel are completely separate from the terrorist entities which threaten the rest of the world. This is further used to imply that unlike the evil intents of the terrorists which pose a threat to Western nations are different and unacceptable while the terrorists attacking Israel have understandable reasons and their terrorist activities are caused by Israeli actions. If Israel would just give the terrorists the state they desire, than the terror would end. Well, Israel gave them Gaza and it did not stop, it actually got worse as Israel no longer was able to have security personnel in Gaza gathering intelligence. With this preface in mind, watch as Secretary Kerry will expend all of his efforts to force Israel to stand down and allow Hamas to be rebuilt for the next conflict when once again Israel will defend herself and then be excoriated by the rest of the world and have a ceasefire forced down her throat before the terrorists can be fully defeated. Some things never change, may this one time be the exception and Gaza permanently defanged before the world can save Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, ISIS and the other terrorists within Gaza.