Israel has forced the issue in Gaza to the point that a solution must be found. UN resolutions for a ceasefire are pointless: they would only be used by Hamas to regroup. No peace treaty can be signed (as in a conventional war) because Gaza is a de facto rogue state run by Islamic terrorists. The only solution is that Hamas be removed. The likelihood is that the job will be done by Israel. But what then? If the UN is to be effective, it needs to move from words to (military) action. There should be a large UN peace force set up to take over control of Gaza from the IDF and govern it by way of military occupation for five years.
Unfortunately, all we can expect from the UN is Munich-style appeasement of the Islamicists. This means that Israel will have to govern Gaza on its own until it is fit to be handed back.
It is an unusual war: both sides have achieved their ends. Israel has (so far) made a successful assault upon Hamas whilst Hamas has used tactics which ensure that the Israelis are represented to the world as massacring children. Noted US Leftwing libertarian and Harvard Law Professor (and Jew) Alan Dershowitz puts it succinctly:
The reality is that the elected and de facto government of Gaza has declared war against Israel. Under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, they have committed an “armed attack” against the Jewish state. The Hamas charter calls for Israel’s total destruction. Under international law, Israel is entitled to take whatever military action is necessary to repel that attack and stop the rockets. It must seek to minimize civilian deaths consistent with the legitimate military goal, and it is doing precisely that, despite Hamas efforts to maximize civilian deaths on both sides.
There is no doubt that Hamas is winning the propaganda war: its continual rocket attacks eventually led to war and then it made sure that attacks were continued from schools. Such are their fanatical Islamicist beliefs that the Gazans are prepared to give up their children to martyrdom
Meanwhile, the silence of Obama is very troubling: he has made a number of economic policy statements but nothing on the Gazan War. A few days ago he said he would adopt “a new emphasis on respect and a new willingness on being willing to talk” to the Iranians.
Hamas are clients of Iran. It will be interesting to see if Obama “respects” Hamas and how he “respects” the Iranian leader Ahmadinejad both of whose stated positions are that Israel should be destroyed. American “respect” for Iran, its murderous leader and its national policy of killing all Israelis marks a U-turn in US foreign policy. The Israelis must now be very concerned for their survival. Obama’s policies may cause Israel to make a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
God only knows what will happen then.