In 2006, under the weight of international opprobrium, Israel stopped short of smashing Hizballah in Lebanon, and Hizballah emerged stronger than ever. Here we are again. Perhaps a Hamas victory was inevitable given Israel’s international isolation, coupled with its unwillingness to discard the modern notions of limited warfare to a ceasefire rather than all-out warfare to a victory — notwithstanding Hamas’s determination to destroy Israel utterly and commit genocide.
“Israel plans ceasefire, Hamas vows to fight on,” by Nidal al-Mughrabi for Reuters, January 17:
GAZA (Reuters) – Israel plans to halt its Gaza offensive without any deal with Hamas, an Israeli official said on Saturday, in an apparent effort to deny the Islamist group any gains from the three-week-old conflict.
Hamas leaders in exile have vowed to fight on, but many of the 1.5 million Palestinians enduring incessant bombardment and privation in Gaza seemed desperate for their ordeal to end.
“The goal is to announce, subject to cabinet approval, a suspension of military activities because we believe our goals have been attained,” said the official, asking not to be named.
We’ll see about that.