Sunday, 28 December 2008

Israel planned attack 'over six months ago'

. Haaretz has an interesting article on the lead-up to Israel's new offensive on the Gaza Strip. Operation 'Cast Lead' as it has now become known was first formulated over six months ago when "Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation" even when "Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas".

Neither side strictly observed the ceasefire which raises the question whether the international community should have left both sides alone. 'Cast Lead' remained at the blueprint stage until a;

"month ago, when tensions soared after the IDF carried out an incursion into Gaza during the ceasefire to take out a tunnel which the army said was intended to facilitate an attack by Palestinian militants on IDF troops."

It looks pretty obvious that the ceasefire was indeed war 'under another name' for both sides; I think we will come to regret not having taken the opportunity as an international community to establish ourselves as a neutral broker which is prepared to back it's words with actions. Instead we have maintained a illogical focus on razing and then rebuilding 'failed states' which has failed in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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