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  •  Few points to consider (27+ / 0-)

    1) In the past Israel has ramped up the violence just before a truce is called. In 2006 the IDF saturated southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when it was known that a truce was imminent.

    2) Israel doesn't want to appear as if it has been forced to agree to a ceasefire; it wants to show that it chose to agree to one of its own accord, at a time of its choosing. This might explain why it has chosen to extend the killing another day.

    3) The paragraph you translated from Ha'aretz makes it clear that whatever this is about, it's not about the rockets. If Israel wants to stop the rockets there has been a deal on the table since at least early 2008, namely: to end the strangulation of Gaza's economy in exchange for a lasting ceasefire. That was the deal that led to six months of quiet from June 2008, despite the fact that Israel didn't actually live up to its side of the agreement. The problem is, Israel wants to both continue to prevent any economic development in Gaza, and experience no violence from Gaza. Well, it can't have both, and if it tries to, we should be clear that it isn't acting simply to stop rockets. It's acting to stop rockets without having to dismantle an illegal and society-destroying siege. (Actually, I don't think this particular attack was about the rockets at all but rather about re-asserting Israel's regional deterrence - which brings us back to point 2).

    •  This is my impression (8+ / 0-)
      The problem is, Israel wants to both continue to prevent any economic development in Gaza, and experience no violence from Gaza. Well, it can't have both, and if it tries to, we should be clear that it isn't acting simply to stop rockets. It's acting to stop rockets without having to dismantle an illegal and society-destroying siege.
      I don't agree so much of my taxmoney should be used this way. Or on military/imperialism in general

      I hope there is a revival of anti-war movement in USA and it grows large enough to push back the war profiteers.

      The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

      by stargaze on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:07:13 AM PST

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