By Ted Belman
Prof Ephraim Inbar, BESA, summarized his article as follows
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Operation Protective Edge has not weakened or threatened Hamas enough to encourage them to accept a ceasefire. Israel has no choice but to continue to attack Hamas. Talks of reconquering Gaza are an unlikely option. Involving international actors to help manage the conflict, uprooting Hamas leadership or re-instating Mahmud Abbas as leader in Gaza are equally unlikely solutions. Israel has no power to mold its strategic environment, it can only manage it. Consequently, the only option available to Israel is to once again “mow the grass” by launching another ground attack to the point where Hamas fears that its rule over Gaza is at stake.
Israel can do what it likes, so long as it is willing to take the heat. I am not worried about sanctions. Nor am I worried that our leasers may be hauled up before the ICC to be tried for War Crimes. While we expect our soldiers to fight and maybe die, we expect our leaders to act in the bwst interests of Israel even if it means they get convicted in the Kangaroo Court of the ICC. That only means that their travelling will be curtailed somewhat. A small price to pay when our soldiers are dying.