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I'm Such A Blind Optimist

Back on June 19th, I broke my informal rule about making predictions -- especially those that can be readily disproven -- and said that the new "ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas would last two weeks. I deeply regret making that prediction, because I was terribly, terribly wrong.

It actually lasted less than a week.

Of course, that's not the spin being presented by the reliably pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli media. To them, Hamas launching rockets into Israel isn't a violation of the truce, it is a "test." And it's up to Israel to pass -- or fail -- the test. If they ignore the attacks, then they "pass" and the ceasefire stands. If they decide to hit back, then the pact is shattered -- and it's Israel's fault.

I have one idea that keeps coming back to mind. The usual Palestinian apologists harp on how Hamas is the duly elected, legal government of the Gaza Strip, and bring that up when assailing the US policy of not dealing with terrorists.

Well, they're right. Hamas IS the duly-elected, legal government of the Gaza Strip.

I say that Israel -- and the US -- ought to simply declare that Hamas is the duly-elected, legal government of the Gaza Strip, with all the rights -- and obligations -- that go with that. And the next time Hamas launches an attack, Israel simply says that it has accepted Hamas' declaration of war.

Hamas wants to play with the big boys. Well, that's how the game is played in the big leagues, punks. You declare war? You wage war? We wage war right back at you.


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Comments (7)

If they ignore the attac... (Below threshold)

If they ignore the attacks, then they "pass" and the ceasefire stands.

Of course, "the ceasefire stands" means that they continue to attack Israel and Israel continues to not fight back.

No, they need to then haul ... (Below threshold)

No, they need to then haul the Hamas government before some international tribunal like the ICC. Isn't that what the left screams every time?

JT,Just a point of... (Below threshold)
CR:

JT,

Just a point of order, here. Several news reports I read on this all said that Hamas' rocket attacks were a cease-fire violation. There may be plenty of looney-leftists who opine otherwise but the MSM is definitely not on board that train.

"Several news reports I ... (Below threshold)
sshiell:

"Several news reports I read on this all said that Hamas' rocket attacks were a cease-fire violation. There may be plenty of looney-leftists who opine otherwise but the MSM is definitely not on board that train."

But where is the condemnation for Hamas breaking the truce? MSM may report "Hamas has broken the ceasefire" but on page 12 of the Society section. But any Israeli active response get first page above the fold headlines and condemnation from around the globe.

A bold prediction that peac... (Below threshold)
jp2:

A bold prediction that peace would not come to Israel despite a cease fire... It's almost like you can see the future - or, more likely that you have read a newspaper in the last 5 decades.

But yeah, kudos. Though I wish you had been right about Iraq more than this. You think those insurgents are ready to stop now?

Optimism burns bright until... (Below threshold)
JoeC:

Optimism burns bright until the fires of reality consumes it. Don't give up hope! The final Arab-Israeli war will fix it all anyway.....

Though I wish you had be... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Though I wish you had been right about Iraq more than this.

JayTea has been right about Iraq far more often than you, jp2. How's that "civil war" coming?

Come to think of it, being right once makes anyone more often right than you.




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