As more information becomes available, follow-up reports will discuss it. Hamas won't agree to one-sided terms. Israel murdered Qassam Brigades head Ahmed Jabari to avoid peace.
A draft agreement was in place for that purpose. Killing Jabari subverted it. Israel depends on violence and instability. It spurns peace.
Whatever Tel Aviv has in mind now offers Hamas nothing. Expect stalemate, bombing and shelling to continue. Conflict reflects Israel's entire history. It's not about to change policy now.
Hamas officials know what they're up against. They'll get no help from Washington or other Western leaders.
On the Progressive Radio News Hour, Professor Rodney Shakespeare said Egypt's Mohamed Morsi has a historic opportunity. He could act responsibly and be lionized on the Arab street for his efforts.
He could back up his condemnation of Israeli attacks with pro-Palestinian policies. He could open Rafah crossing, provide direct aid, and urge other regional leaders to get directly involved.
Halting Israeli attacks, ending Gaza's siege, and helping long-suffering Gazans should be prioritized. Beyond rhetoric, of course, most regional leaders do nothing.
On November 17, an Arab League statement was meaningless, toothless, and embarrassing. It pledged support for Palestinians against "Israel's aggression," but offered nothing to stop it.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan wants "justice" in Gaza, but stopped short of punitive measures to achieve it. At the same time, he's Washington's lead attack dog against Syria.
Safe havens he provides Western-recruited death squads and weapons he assures they're provided kill scores or hundreds of Syrians daily. Most are civilians.
Talks with Israel achieve nothing. Punishing Netanyahu's government is essential. Ambassadors should be recalled. Israeli envoys should be expelled. Oil can be used punitively. All political and economic relations should be suspended or terminated.
Israel only understands smack downs. Major ones are long overdue short of violent confrontations. How much more Palestinian suffering is tolerable before regional and other leaders say no more? The time for confronting and stopping this beast is now.
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