Opposition party leaders dare not criticize. With January's election in mind, they fully support what they should condemn. Whatever their personal views, they're in lockstep publicly with Netanyahu.
Oren believes Israel will use its show of strength in Gaza "as leverage in the Iranian context." Tehran leaders aren't fool enough to buy it.
They're firm in saying any Israeli attack will be met by a comparable response. Iran's military capability is strong enough to back its rhetoric with policy. Israel would be foolish to doubt it.
Gaza is a "practical test," says Oren. Not a word about lawless aggression and war crimes. Instead he says IDF chief General Benny Gantz has a chance to prove his mettle.
Once Gaza operations end, Hamas and other resistance groups will unify more for what's ahead. Hezbollah's Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah won't be silent or refuse to defend Lebanon aggressively if attacked.
All the more reason for "an Iranian operation," says Oren, especially while "Syria is stuck politically and militarily."
Netanyahu is single-minded on two issues: removing its main regional rival, Iran, and maintaining US support. "Should Operation Pillar of Defense attain the limited goals set for it in Gaza, that will be very good." Who cares how many Palestinians die?
What follows could prove dangerous, adds Oren. At the same time, he failed to denounce Netanyahu's lawless aggression.
He also didn't say attacking Iran or other nonbelligerent country is illegal under international law. Failure to explain both constitutes support.
Journalists and editors should think twice about endorsing lawlessness. It happens with disturbing regularity. Two Jerusalem Post editorials were one-sided. One headlined " State of Gaza ," saying:
"Israel's current policy is to react to each new barrage from Gaza by identifying and singling out the specific terrorist organization that fired at our civilians, targeting rocket-launching crews and arms caches."
The Post urges more robust tactics. "Israel should view the 'state of Gaza' and its Hamas government as directly responsible for any act of aggression emanating from the territory under its control. Israel's response to such attacks would, therefore, be directed against the territory of Gaza as a whole."
The editorial endorsed war as the best way to maintain "quiet on our southern border." Its other editorial headlined " Explaining Gaza ," saying:- Advertisement -
"Gaza-based terrorists".triggered the latest round of escalation in the South." Doing so was an "unprovoked attack."
"This is not the first time terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza have launched attacks purposely targeting Israeli civilians."
Senior Netanyahu officials and IDF commanders believe "Israel must restore deterrence by ratcheting up its response to Palestinian belligerence."