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The Battle of Gaza

Virginia_Smoked_Hamm Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 8:13 PM
"The rights and wrongs that have led to the current crisis between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are scarcely irrelevant, but almost all of the different arguments on each side have only one outcome. They all help lead to a degree of strategic paralysis that ensures no stable solution is possible to the crisis, that future tensions will rise, that Palestinians will suffer more because they are weak, and that Israelis will not become more secure simply because they are strong." Anthony Cordesman
Bondman60 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 10:19 AM
I have often dissagreed with Cordesman, and I do here as well. Assuming Israel can safeguard its citizens, what is so bad about the status quo, minus Hamas rocket fire? The Palestinian Arabs, including Fatah, have no interest in coexisting alongside a Jewish state, so how, exactly does this situation get "solved"? Only by the defeat of one side or the other. Israelis are slowly realizing this, as the recent Likud party primary results show. Watch for Israel's goals to transition from the Oslo model to a new model - defeat of Israel's enemies like Hamas - over the next 5-10 years.

There was no uncertainty about who won the battle for Constantinople in 1453 (the Ottoman Caliphate), or who lost the battle for Vienna in 1529 (the Ottoman Caliphate). In the Civil War, the North decisively defeated the South. In the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies prevailed, and the Axis never recovered.

These days, however, the fog of war shrouds not only conflicts that are underway, but even conflicts that have halted. And so there is now a debate about the outcome of what might be called November’s Battle of Gaza.

On one hand, the Israel Defense Forces hit with...