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Israel Signals Hardline Policy Intentions

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Former al-Sammou village mayor Jamal Abul-Jadayel was  arrested. So were Islamic Jihad members Ja'far Izz-Eddin, Mohammad Shibany, Tariq Hussain (Qa'dan), and Tamer Saba'na.

Other Palestinians thought to be Hamas members, affiliated with it, or members of other resistance groups were also apprehended.

Arrests occurred after memorandum of understanding terms were agreed. Doing so constitutes punitive reprisals. They help subvert Palestinian unity. They also signal harsher measures coming.

On November 26, former Israeli politician/diplomat/US ambassador Moshe Arens headlined his Haaretz op-ed "Operation Pillar of Defense: mission not accomplished," saying:

Unfinished business remains. Southern Israeli residents remain vulnerable. Gaza rockets and missiles can target half of Israel. Many remain despite eight days of bombing and shelling.

Reduced supplies will be substantially replenished. Before long, "it will be difficult to observe a (significant) change in the security situation compared to what existed before the operation."

Air attacks fell short, said Arens. Ground operations are needed. He's not alone. Many Israeli hardliners want more done to complete what air attacks couldn't accomplish.

They urge greater slaughter and mass destruction than already caused. American/Israeli Professor/Foundation for Constitutional Democracy president Paul Eidelberg discussed 10 reasons why ceasefire won't work.

Only one is central. His list omitted it. Israel won't tolerate it. It spurns peace and nonviolence. It's just a matter of time before conflict again erupts. Palestinian victims will be blamed like always.

Other hardline Israeli supporters and citizens share Eidelberg's mindset. It's inflexible, incorrigible, and racist.

"Arab-Islamic culture is strictly authoritarian," he claims. Saying so is like calling all Israelis and Americans warmongers. Views of ordinary people in all societies often differ vastly from ruling authorities. Perhaps Eidelberg forgot.

Other reasons he cited are hopelessly misguided. Israel is democratic, he claims. It pursues peace. Arab-Islamic cultures are violent. They oppose it.

Jeffersonian democracy defines Israel. "Islam is based on absolutism."

"(G)enuine and abiding peace between Israel and its Arab-Islamic neighbors is not possible. Those who think otherwise live in denial, or in Alice-in Wonderland." 

"Israel's ruling elites need a crash course on statecraft, with emphasis on Machiavelli, The Prince."

"Unlike Muslim leaders, Israeli prime ministers are not warriors; they abhor bloodshed."

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