The Countdown to the Next Gaza Conflict Has Begun

Hamas could, with a fair amount of ease, cause Israel to end its security blockade by accepting the terms of the international Quartet. These include recognizing the state of Israel, renouncing violence and abiding by past agreements.

Of course, those would contravene Hamas’s ideology of Islamist jihad and move it away from its current trajectory of organized violence and religious hatred, the foundations upon which it was established in the 1980s by the Muslim Brotherhood.

For now, it seems, Hamas will try, as it has been doing for months, to orchestrate terrorism in the West Bank, on the opposite side of Israel, while upholding its truce in Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces, too, has spent recent months preparing to respond if there is a fresh round of hostilities…

Related: Reports: Hamas Rebuilding Tunnels, Testing Rockets, Preparing for Next War

Palestinian reconciliation is dead; Gaza rehabilitation might be too

h/t Marvin

  • James Holmes A Left Wing Extre

    I hear there are IAF sorties taking place … rumour ?

  • Brett_McS

    This section discussing the reasons the pledged international aid money has not made it to Gaza yet is comedy gold:

    “Under the terms set by the international community, the [aid] money must enter Gaza through a joint PA-Hamas mechanism. Due to ongoing Fatah-Hamas divisions, such a mechanism appears far from being built.

    The latest illustration of these intra-Palestinian tensions can be found in the coordinated, multiple-bomb attacks in November on the homes of Fatah officials in Gaza — attacks carried out by Hamas’s military wing.”

    Yes, they’re at a tricky point in the negotiations. Perhaps John Kerry could help?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Israel is always pressured into halting its wars with Muslims before finishing the job.
    Consequently Israel is always embroiled in yet another war with the barbarians.
    When, if ever, will Israel learn that the only road to peace is to ignore the US, EU, UN and all other entities that pressure it to quit prematurely.
    Any future wars with Islam must be taken to their logical conclusion, the total eradication of its enemy and its enemies ability to rise from its ashes.

  • Porky17

    Israel: please annihilate the fuc*ers called “Palestinians”, a wretched made up fake “nationality” invented as a weapon in the 1960s against Israel. The sooner the better!

    CAVEAT: to avoid censorship here, please note I have no direct influence on Israeli foreign policy. 🙂

  • barryjr

    Maybe the Israelis will finally come to their senses and build a big container port there after they burn everything in sight.