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The debate rages on over the impact of November's conflict.
Egypt won. Israel lost through backstabbing by the US. Exactly the result Obama desired. He's enhanced the power of the Islamofacists and impaired Israel's ability to protect it's citizens. Good job, Barack.
One thing is for certain, the US interests didn't win. Backing Israel has been an unmitigated disaster for US interests since Secretary of State George C. Marshall (the Marshall Plan guy) opposed recognition in the 1940s. The lobby wins, the US loses. Same old story.
Who won the battle of Gaza? *** That may be a trite question like 'does God answer prayer when accompanied by human sacrifice?' It started things moving alright. If the Palestinians reap any rewards from the conflict Israel would far rather these accrue to what it considers the legitimate Palestinian government, but Abbas will never realize these without dropping some of his pre-conditions for negotiating a more permanent agreement with Israel that advances the two state solution. Meanwhile the Morsi government of Egypt, giddy with diplomatic success and prestige, immediately overplays its hand by attempting to seize judicial powers and causing an outbreak of more revolutionary activity in Cairo and othe cities. Events following the Gaza conflict are hard to predict and even harder to evaluate as they unfold.
Egypt held all the cards when Hamas stated it was shooting rockets to ease the blockade. It didn't matter what Israel wanted, it can only effectively blockade what Egypt allows to be blockaded. Why would Israel send ground troops when it would not have truly affected what gets into Gaza. All parties were wise to back down and cool off with Egypt holding a deal-breaker of open borders with Gaza.
Gaza is part of Israel losing day by day.
The culprits are the reporters of the new media.
Yes, Israel was able to kill reporters and bomb the Gaza news center. Once, this would have been enough. Just call them terrorists and hay presto, America never hears another word.
But not anymore.
Israel does not have the ability to shut down a torrent of photos, recordings and reports arriving via social media.
The picture of a BBC reporter carrying the lifeless body of his infant outweighs a thousand words of an Israeli PR release.
A few dozen dead children can be pooh-poohed as a consequence of Hamas living in the same city.
But fundamentally, it is the words of Israelis that shock when heard by the outside world.
Members of the government saying “Gaza must be mowed from time to time” and calls for a “Gaza Hiroshima”…
See, this is the difficulty that Israel faces, their actions accompanied by their unfiltered statements, now heard by all, makes them look like paranoid and sadistic prison guards.
And that does them no good.
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