Secretary of State John Kerry is making the rounds in the Middle East that is about as effective as President Bush doing a flyby in the Katrina hurricane disaster. Kerry’s job is more dangerous because he must make the trip in more volatile places in the world. It is just an act. Kerry didn’t help his personal credibility by allegedly acting sarcastically about Israel’s pinpointing strikes against Hamas terrorists, that according to a report by CNN.
On that point, Hamas has apparently dug in all over Gaza, having built a tunnel network in which to store and from which to launch missiles against Israel. If they are everywhere, than Israel’s uprooting them will appear more like a shotgun operation.
From the Israelis perspective, Hamas is a proven terrorist organization that has declared its commitment to destroy Israel. Given that, Hamas is a rogue operation. It gained legitimacy by Gaza electing them as their representatives. When that happened, Gaza people declared their allegiance and the entire community earned the label, terrorists.
Next, when Fatah in the West Bank joined with Hamas in a joint government, Fatah became co conspirators and terrorists.
Exacerbate that with Hamas firing missiles into Israel, and Israel had no choice except to defend itself. How far should Israel go?
If it were the U.S. defending home soil, America would seek and destroy every last Hamas member it could find. It would disarm them completely. That is what Israel is trying to do.
Secretary Kerry isn’t going to be able to stop that, nor should he and the U.S.
The next step by Israel will be to attempt to bring order to Gaza. Therein there is a legacy notion of creating a Gaza territory or a Palestinian state. A Palestinian state makes no sense because the location is unsustainable as a nation, and the region and the world would not benefit from that.
Therefore, Israel should plan to adopt Gaza and the citizens as members of the Israeli community and give to the territory the opportunity to participate in the Israeli government.
In the meantime, observe that the West Bank and Fatah are resting on the sidelines. Gaza will be a precedent for what happens to them, depending upon how they react.
As a note of perspective, the death toll in Gaza is about 500 at this point. How many Hamas fighters are there? Estimates vary between 20,000 - 25,000. The number of deaths could be in the thousands by the time a ceasefire is reached.
Secretary Kerry and President Obama need to get real about the situation. Stopping short of defeating the Hamas is a losing proposition, just as stopping short of defeating al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban.
“John Kerry Returns to Middle East to Push for Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire
Jul 21, 2014, 6:15 AM ET
By ABC NEWS via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend.
Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.
He will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement offered by Egypt that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting. More than 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in that time.”