I wish I could share John Tabin’s optimism about the ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas.
There are three reasons for my pessimism.
The first reason is that we should never confuse a ceasefire for a meaningful peace. OK, the fighting stops today and maybe tomorrow. But Hamas will be back whether its next week, next month or next year. Hamas’ raison d’etre is the destruction of Israel. Hamas will stop shooting but only so it can regroup, relock and reload. It is not interested in peace with Israel and never will be.
Second, it bothers me to no end that the Obama Administration and most of the international community didn’t give a damn when Hamas began lobbing rockets into Israel in late October. Only when Israel began to defend itself did the Obama Administration and the international community have anything to say about the matter. Only when Israel began to defend itself was the Obama Administration interested in “de-escalating” the situation.
Finally, there is Egypt. Last week, Egypt’s Prime Minister was in Gaza to show solidarity with Hamas’ actions. This week, they brokered the ceasefire. While Egypt is officially at peace with Israel for the moment, let us remember that the Muslim Brotherhood runs the show and Hamas, for all intents and purposes, is the Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. So the Egyptian government is willing to broker a ceasefire not because it wants a genuine peace with Israel but because it wants to give Hamas an opportunity to regroup, relock and reload. As such I cannot stand the Obama Administration’s effusive praise of Egypt for brokering the ceasefire. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt wants Israel’s destruction every bit as much as Hamas and all the sugarcoating by the Obama Administration isn’t going to stop their aspirations.
Sooner or later, Hamas will fire a rocket into Israel. When that happens the Obama Administration and the rest of the international community will not make a sound.