The New York Times reported on Sunday that thus far Secretary of State John Kerry has failed to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas terrorists currently involved in a full scale war. The Washington Free Beacon suggests that Kerry’s goals are rather ambitious. According to Obama administration foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes, the goal is nothing less than to find “a common place” between Israel and Hamas in order to stop the fighting. What that common place might be has thus far been left unsaid.
Hamas’ official slogan is “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.” It is dedicated to the destruction of the State of Israel. The Israelis prefer not to be destroyed. Therefore the “common place” between those two positions may prove to be elusive.
Israel is therefore continuing its campaign to cripple Hamas’ ability to wreck mayhem on its people, destroying infiltration tunnels and rocket sites. Egypt has quietly joined in on the offensive from the Sinai side, destroying tunnels that have been used to smuggle arms and other supplies from its territory. Egypt has a score to settle with Hamas, which it accuses of inciting violence in Cairo and other places since the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi.
Complicating matters further, Turkey seems to be getting ready to launch another “freedom flotilla” to Gaza to deliver “humanitarian supplies” to the embattled terrorist state. Unlike 2010, when Israeli commandos boarded on of the ships involved in a similar effort, killing nine, this attempt to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza will be under the protection of the Turkish military. This sets up a nightmare scenario of two America allies going at it at sea as the fighting in Gaza rages on. The question arises, will the fighting in Gaza escalate into a bigger problem before it is concluded?